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  • "Read the preamble to the U.S. Constitution, "We the people, in order to form a more perfect union, promote the general welfare, provide for the common defense, ensure domestic tranquility, etc." A main purpose of government is to provide the things people cannot provide individually, like roads, an army, police services and the like. An educated populace was considered essential to retain the republic, hence we got public schools so everyone had a chance to learn to read. This country was NEVER a Third World country but we are rapidly looking like one with gangs, drugs, open borders, a broken education system, and government debt wildly out of control - the City of San Luis Obispo owes the state over $165,000,000 for its employees' pension contributions not to mention millions in bonds. It would be wonderful to have someone in Congress who understands the value of a dollar and would major on the majors - Andy Caldwell sounds like a wonderful, long overdue breath of fresh air after Lois Capps and Salud Carbajal."

    womanwhohasbeenthere commented in:
    3 deputy sheriff’s associations back Andy Caldwell for U.S. Congress on 2020-02-24 00:09:16
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  • "Sinsheimer Park is so nice, with wonderful playground equipment including a zip line, a great slide/play structure, and a hill for kids to slide down. Destroying this lovely area is utterly disgusting! Why would anyone do this? These teenagers have a serious problem committing arson at such a young age. Can't wait til they get to the high school where some other teens burned down the robotics lab..."

    womanwhohasbeenthere commented in:
    Teens arrested for vandalism at Sinsheimer Park in SLO on 2020-02-23 23:38:38
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  • "Your response really bothered me and I asked myself why? It's reasoned, BUT really just wrong because the attitude that these poor teens are victims of boredom and cannot help themselves really HARMS those responsible. These kids have problems, are destructive and lacking in certain cues which allow them to cross boundaries other teens will not do. It is parenting deficits, individual or group sociopathic behavior and just simple malice. No excuses."

    aye-caramba commented in:
    Teens arrested for vandalism at Sinsheimer Park in SLO on 2020-02-23 22:11:46
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  • "The typical reply from older 'responsible' citizens would be to assume the teens are bums with lousy parents. I'll stick my neck out and disagree. Look around, use your memory to imagine your youth. What is there to do for our young'uns? Especially in this modern sanitized world there is very little outlet for their creative interests, energy, rebellion and other drives our kids naturally have. Sit home and play video games? Sure, messing up a playground is no place to express those things but give the kids a break, since we give them little else. It is pure folly to expect the average kid to be above average- self driven to achieve high goals. Study hard, obey your parents, invent some new thing in the garage. Most kids don't even have any goals, I don't think they even know who they are or what they are doing. They are teenagers, a frightful age of confusion, raging hormones and ignorance. I don't know what would be a good outlet for all that energy but for most I don't think afternoon basketball is it, though a worthwhile endeavor for some. I imagine most citizens in SLO love our Thursday Farmers Market affair. Do you know how and why that was created? The local high school kids would cruise Higuera and Marsh that night and in an effort to crush the one remaining cool and relatively harmless outlet for them we created an event to make their event impossible. Teenagers cruising and meeting up is an American tradition, I did it long ago. We wanted to see and be seen, hang out. That's what they need, and society has pretty much wiped even that out. With their expendable time they need something to do, that they want to do. If you doubt our dear city leaders would do something so callous I call your attention to the early days of the homeless here. Most hung out in Michell Park, the city did their best to ignore the growing issue. After some complaints that some of the homeless found sparse refuge sitting against the back of the Veteran's Memorial Wall there the city tore the wall down. What would you call that?"

    Pete commented in:
    Teens arrested for vandalism at Sinsheimer Park in SLO on 2020-02-23 16:55:35
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  • "Great point! When does an out-of-state student become a California resident? When he/she registers to vote here? Lives here for one year? Has a part time job here and pays state taxes? Could out-of-state students claim discrimination if they do one or all of the above and are still charged out-of-state tuition? Some lawyer could have fun with this!"

    womanwhohasbeenthere commented in:
    Thousands of SLO County voters receive two ballots, others none  on 2020-02-22 19:17:38
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  • "With you all the way about the carbon dating and science. Especially since the current regime in Washington is only about those opinions that support their corporate agenda. Have to part ways on the socialist label of their regime, however. You are not likely a political science scholar, or you would know that the very misused term "socialist" does not apply to the current white House. Our system, at its best, is intended to be somewhat socialist. "We the People", that's us. "Of, By and For The People", that's actual socialism. Without checks and balances, that becomes communism. Without checks and balances, our financial system becomes Fascism. That is exactly where we are now headed. Top down rule. Trump, who is attempting to grant himself absolute power, is not a "socialist", He is talking totalitarianism. Those governments, like the USSR, that have used the term "socialist" are simply calling themselves something they are very clearly NOT. This is being used to confuse us by those who would have us believe "socialism" is a bad thing. Don't believe me? Look all this up. Those countries in Scandinavia that have a several times higher level of quality of life, they are actually practicing socialism. Democratic socialism, to be more precise. Their people participate in actual elections, far less compromised than our own. There are checks and balances. They have all the things America was about to have before "neoliberalism" and "neoconservativism" , which simply boils down to "corporativeism" took hold and sent all our jobs away and stripped our social safety nets, diverted our resources to endless wars and allowed our infrastructure to deteriorate. Instead of those things we now have multi-multi BILLIONAIRES. What it comes down to is a long drift, over several decades, towards Fascism. Corporate money rules our government and our votes are having less and less meaning. Want to change things? No matter which "team" you are playing for, (I am NPP) "red" or "blue", force them to count the votes of The People. That is what self governance is all about! Also, old-timer, I love that you actually care. Namaste"

    Francesca Bolognini commented in:
    California files suit against Trump over water diversion for farmers on 2020-02-22 12:29:48
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  • "Well, it is interesting that this candidate is purporting to deliver us from "socialism" and is also being supported by these law enforcement organizations, which are a direct result of socialism. Police dept., fire dept., U.S. military, all regulatory agencies such as those that protect the purity of our water, the breathability of our air, the school system that educates us, the Social Security system, the Center for Disease Control, Medicare, etc., not to mention all of those unions one may belong to or any other organization protecting the public interest and our precious natural resources. Not interested In having someone in office whose intent is to dismantle the infrastructure that took generations to create to elevate ourselves above third world status. We have that going on at the federal level and it will take decades to correct the infrastructure damage. The damage to our resources is, in some cases, permanent. Big NO THANKS on this one."

    Francesca Bolognini commented in:
    3 deputy sheriff’s associations back Andy Caldwell for U.S. Congress on 2020-02-22 11:54:29
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  • "Paso/North County is overflow due to coastal demand. Santa Cruz, SLO, SB, Santa Monica have the climate in winter, though there's something to be said about the North County warm nights in summer, its only hot for a few hours midday, but even homeless population pressure pushes people inland for affordability and quality of life, and now better services. Were I homeless. I would much prefer Atascadero's bucolic Sunken Garden and the close-by services to overcrowded (too many homeless, no such thing!) downtown SLO and the remote service center out by the sewer plant (as is proposed in Paso). Paso and the North County are definitely "teeing up". And now that homeless services is not a charity but a very well-paid profession, new good paying jobs for homeless proponents."

    obispan commented in:
    SLO County supervisor candidates trade barbs as campaigns heat up on 2020-02-22 11:27:08
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  • "Millions of people have dogs and chickens. The dog's job is to protect the chickens from foxes, coyotes, raccoons and possums. Dogs have to be properly trained and torture is not the way to do it. My neighbor's lab/pit bull puppy got caught with one of my ducks in it's mouth. She was scolded and we spent time with the ducks. Soon my big Pekin would do his war dance and chase her and bite at her butt when she got to close, she kept respectful distance though she could have killed it with one bite. The woman is too stupid to own animals. Have her plead guilty to a misdemeanor with probation prohibiting her from owning any animals and surrender the dog for adoption to a loving and competent person. Probably not now, but I could had have it safe around chickens in a week and fascinated with, and protective of, half-ounce baby chicks in a month. Re-home the dog to a house without chickens."

    obispan commented in:
    Animal Services recommends criminal charges for Labrador owner on 2020-02-22 10:40:31
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  • "Difficult to follow one's protestant religious beliefs when the first reaction is to hope somebody "drops the hammer*" on this incorrigible stealer of memories, keepsakes, and sense of safety and security. * drop-the-hammer: arcane reference to pistol or firearm discharge."

    LameCommenter commented in:
    Serial thief arrested in Paso Robles on 2020-02-22 10:24:44
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  • "An innocent mistake; nobody lost an eye. A clumsy move yes, on a method that is a part of training lore. I wouldn't do it her way, but I also wouldn't put the owner through a malicious prosecution. If they charge this woman, it will be just a political and feel-good, animal-rights over-reach. Entirely inappropriate, and I'm an animal lover that elects T bone-type steaks at the market specifically so ours will frequently get a fresh bone to enjoy. Slap her wrist (such as a chewing out by an animal control officer) and DROP the matter. No way a criminal charge is appropriate."

    LameCommenter commented in:
    Animal Services recommends criminal charges for Labrador owner on 2020-02-22 10:12:17
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