Articles Tagged With ‘History’

California bans government display of Confederate flag

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law that prohibits state government agencies from selling or displaying items containing the Confederate flag. [Mercury News] Democratic Assemblyman Isadore Hall of Compton authored the bill after his mother saw replica... (Continue reading)

Government schools and the state of the republic

OPINION BY GARY KIRKLAND I start this essay with a bit of false reasoning, argumentum ad verecundium, which means appeal from authority. I was a teacher in government schools for 37 years. I was able to observe what these schools... (Continue reading)

Supervisor candidates clash over hobo bash

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A planned fundraiser for San Luis Obispo County supervisor candidate Lynn Compton involving “hobo stew” has become the center of the latest controversy in the nasty campaign for the fourth district seat. The Compton campaign is planning... (Continue reading)

Former Morro Bay Mayor Bill Yates dies at 66

Former Morro Bay Mayor Bill Yates died Wednesday following a battle with lung cancer. He was 66. Yates, a former businessman and yachtsman, served four terms as mayor from 1992 to 2012. He was unseated by Jamie Irons in 2012.... (Continue reading)

An evening at Cal Poly with the Temptations

By ERICA EVANS Seeing the Temptations, or as they like to call themselves, The Temps, at the Christopher Cohan Center on Cal Poly’s campus couldn’t have been more perfect. When the Temptations took the stage on Valentine’s Day, Otis Williams... (Continue reading)

Agricultural visionary Ernie Righetti dead at 97

Ernie Righetti, the man who introduced avocados to the area, died Sunday night. He was 97. [Tribune] Righetti had been under hospice care. He died at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo. Righetti lived in the house... (Continue reading)

Welfare in the Roman Empire

OPINION By GARY KIRKLAND During the last decades of the Roman Republic and continuing into the Roman dictatorship, the Roman government provided welfare in the form of wheat and other grains to people. The dictators, starting with Julius Caesar, provided... (Continue reading)

Morro Bay rodeo legend dies at 81

John W. Jones Sr., Morro Bay rancher and world champion rodeo man, died Sunday at 81-years-old. With four world champions among his many rodeo titles, Jones was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1979. He “may have won... (Continue reading)

California’s oldest resident dies at 114

The oldest person in California and the fifth oldest person in the world died last week at the age of 114. [Union Tribune] Soledad Mexia died August 29 in a Chula Vista Care facility, 17 days after she celebrated her... (Continue reading)

Signs of a Failing Empire

OPINION By JIM GRIFFIN If you study history, there are certain clear signs that a society, a socio-economic and political system, is reaching the limits of its progressive power, potential, potency, and legitimacy. I’m sure there are others, but here... (Continue reading)