Opinion

Letters to the Editor

Take action — sign the petition to push for nonbiased news organizations

Many faithfully follow their favorite news organizations where they are fed a steady stream of liberal or conservative talking points and conclusions that leave little room for original thought. The danger here is that decisions are formed based upon the opinions of a few elite journalists. With so much power in the hands of a small group, democracy is degraded when they impose a one-sided view.

Letters to the Editor

Standing up for Chief Garret Olson over chamber video

At first glance, one might think the brouhaha over the video shown at the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce annual dinner is an indication that San Luis Obispo had completely lost its sense of humor. After all, the chamber dinner has a tradition of making fun of practically everyone at the event in the spirit of camaraderie and self-deprecation. Fire Chief Garret Olson’s video was poking fun at the chamber, chamber staff, firefighter stereotypes — and himself.

Letters to the Editor

Instead of complaining about protesters, lead by example

Rod MacLeod of Pismo Beach railed against our female city leaders and specifically against the “narcissism on parade” directed to the 7,000 who marched in solidarity for women’s rights (“Postelection protests reinforce Trump’s mission,” Feb. 13). Instead, Mr. MacLeod writes they could have helped or fed the homeless with all that wasted time and energy.

Letters to the Editor

Time to holster the pitchforks in San Luis Obispo politics

I am a business owner in San Luis Obispo and have three kids at home, which has never left me much time to actively engage in politics. While I have always voted, I have only recently participated in the public hearing process. I was shocked to learn that during public hearings, many in the public use the opportunity to attack, insult and harass applicants, staff and the public review body who are tasked with making a decision for the betterment of our community.

Letters to the Editor

SLO County needs to do something to fix Cayucos’ veterans hall

The community of Cayucos’ Veterans Memorial Lions Hall sits empty. What a shame that nothing is being done to fix the problem. Life goes on, events are held in a tent (which serves a purpose); the problem there lies in the fact that it does not accommodate the handicapped. They have to go outside the tent, around the front of the building. It is often dark. This presents another problem: Injury can happen to any individual. There are many factors that limit the rental of the tent. Wind causes the facility to dance, it is difficult to hear one another, and cold causes discomfort.

Letters to the Editor

Nuclear power is part of an emission-free electric solution

What many people do not know is that Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant generates reliable, 24/7, low-cost, carbon-free electricity for nearly 3million people. It provides 23percent of PG&E’s emission-free electricity and generates five times more power than Hoover Dam and generates 14times more power than Topaz Solar Farm in east San Luis Obispo County. No wind, no sun and no batteries are required to operate Diablo Canyon. It is a world-class plant that has a design life of 60years and has only run about 30years (mid-life).

Opinion

United States must make room for immigrants like Laith Hammoudi

Laith Hammoudi was one of tens of thousands of people ensnared in the ban imposed by President Donald Trump on travel from seven Muslim-majority nations, Iraq included. Federal courts halted that ban, but Hammoudi, like many aspiring Americans, remains stuck in a Kafkaesque limbo. Surely, there is room for them in this welcoming nation.

Videos

Advocates of the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary explain why they support it

In a video provided by the Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra Club, supporters of the Chumash National Heritage Marine Sanctuary explain what the designation would mean, what they hope to accomplish and why they think it's important for the Central Coast.
Sierra Club, Santa Lucia Chapter Courtesy
Advocates of the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary explain why they support it 5:11

Advocates of the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary explain why they support it

Highlights of SLO High boys soccer playoff loss to Godinez 1:36

Highlights of SLO High boys soccer playoff loss to Godinez

See a full and flowing Lake Nacimiento as it nears capacity after recent storms 3:07

See a full and flowing Lake Nacimiento as it nears capacity after recent storms

Crews remove downed trees at Morro Bay State Park after storms 0:45

Crews remove downed trees at Morro Bay State Park after storms