Opinion


Fighting over water in Paso Robles

By WALTER HEER I helped circulate the petition to allow people to vote in November on the Paso Robles City  water rate plan. People did get the chance to vote, and Measure A-09 was defeated. It is only right for... (Continue reading)

A Cayucos Fourth of July

By STACEY WARDE I’m raw and unbalanced, hung over from a bout with beer and whisky. I skipped going to work today. It’s gray, overcast and generally gloomy. Besides, it’s a Saturday, and a Fourth of July weekend. I hate... (Continue reading)

Singing the San Luis baseball blues

OPINION BY LESLIE RAMSEY HALLS I am a minority shareholder in the San Luis Blues baseball franchise. I purchased a 5 percent share in the team in 1998. Over the years I contributed considerable time, effort, and money to keep... (Continue reading)

Time to close down Diablo Canyon

By JANE SWANSON The June 23 Alert at the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant fits into a years-long pattern showing PG&E’s inability to manage its two aging reactors and the radioactive waste that has been accumulating since 1984. Diablo was designed... (Continue reading)

Political fun and games in Oceano

By DR. NELL LANGFORD There was a special meeting Tuesday night at the Oceano Community Services District to talk about a budget, since Oceano is facing a monetary crisis.  To try to find out where all the money went, the... (Continue reading)

Vote to protect our coastline on June 22

By MARILYN ARMSTRONG Governor Schwarzenegger last month called for a special election to fill the California State Senate seat vacated by Republican Abel Maldonado. Schwarzenegger set a date of June 22, now just 10 days away. Efforts by Democrats to... (Continue reading)

People not being heard on Paso water issue

By NOEL FOERST We the people, reside in a Republic and have the right to peaceful and productive dissent. Let me say, before I opine, that residing in Paso Robles these past 20 years, I can surely support my local City Council on most issues. However,... (Continue reading)

Taxpayers going postal over public employee pensions, perks

By PETER SCHEER—For public employee unions–those representing police, firefighters, teachers, prison guards and agency workers of all kinds at the state and local level–these are the worst of times. Despite record high membership and dues, and years of unparalleled clout... (Continue reading)

Why voters need to reject slush fund politics

By Matt Kokkonen All over America, voters are rejecting the lies and half-truths of politicians. They are rejecting “business-as-usual” politics, secret political agendas, and the influence of Big Money on our elections. They are demanding greater transparency and accountability from public officials. They... (Continue reading)

The issue is water in Paso Robles

Opinion by KAREN REED The City of Paso Robles has taken the final steps to saddle us with exorbitant and irresponsible water rates. They have done a good job of making everyone believe this is a water issue. This is... (Continue reading)