Adam Hill is a shame to his party in so many ways, yet The Tribune’s endorsement (“Adam Hill deserves another term in SLO County’s District 3,” April 24) minimizes glaring concerns over his bully behavior and affiliations and instead praises the several accomplishments he has, none of which are impressive.
Thanks to Soumya Karlamangla for her article (“Doubts remain as birth control is more available,” April 9), which sheds light on the law that was put into effect April 8 — allowing women and girls in California to pick up hormonal contraceptives at pharmacies without first seeing a doctor.
The Republican Party is coming apart at the seams. The chickens are coming home to roost because of the daily drumbeat of rage, paranoia and race-tinged hatred on Fox News, the talk radio shows of Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin, and the fever swamps of right-wing websites.
It was reassuring to read Andy Pease’s letter (“Responses to Nipomo farmworker housing fire give hope,” April 17) and Lindsey Holden’s article on the importance of housing for farmworkers in our community (“Guest worker program provides labor, poses difficulties for SLO County growers,” April 17). I am also grateful to Tom Ikeda, Greg and Donna France, and Western Sky Properties for making an effort to provide housing for a very special group of people performing backbreaking labor in our community.
If governments choose to send their youths into harm’s way and they are seriously wounded, governments should be responsible for their full recovery — or at least the cost of all treatment in lieu of full recovery.
Our city and county governments located in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties are ignoring the water elephant in the dining room. While they are imposing restrictions on residential water usage, they are leaving untouched the groundwater (aquifer) overdrafting and permitting the conversion of nonirrigated lands into high-intensity water usage crop producers with no restrictions.
My husband and I live on the Nipomo Mesa and, as most locals know, springtime brings gale-force winds to the Central Coast. Air pollution from microscopic particulate matter coming off the Oceano Dunes can make it difficult for people with respiratory problems to breathe, especially on very windy days.
I commend young Jack McMahon (“Climate change cannot be denied,” April 22) for cutting through the climate change bunk. But a middle school student, his perspective was clear and mature compared to archaic deniers. Looks to me like fresh eyes can see the truth.
As someone who works in the agriculture industry, I can tell you that those of us within the community are feeling left behind by our elected officials. Water restrictions, outrageous regulations and high taxes are stifling our local economy and smothering job creation.
I did agree with columnist Paul Krugman’s commentary on April 26 (“Which presidential candidate is best prepared for economic crises?”) and believe Democrats have a very much better feel for dealing with economic problems, whereas Republicans tend to happily run up unpaid bills.
If the estimated cost to close and dismantle the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant is $3.8 billion (“Cost to decommission Diablo Canyon escalates,” April 24), the companion question is, what will be the estimated cost to close and dismantle the then-superfluous Mothers for Peace organization?
What a pleasure to open The Tribune every Sunday in April to find two pages of poetry chosen by San Luis Obispo County Poet Laureate Marguerite Costigan, including verse by our veteran poets Kevin Patrick Sullivan and Susan Lara. The last issue carried delightful poems from young people, exploring their themes of hurt and love.
How interesting to read Matt Fountain’s informative article on Tyler Jarvis coping successfully with his rare disorder (“Pismo Beach man with rare Prader-Willi syndrome feels ‘safe’ now,” April 21). Hopefully the judge will terminate his probation at his court hearing since he’s not a threat to anyone. I can only imagine how relieved his mother must be!
Joe Tarica’s column (“Don’t be very afraid. Just don’t be afraid at all,” April 23) was a breath of fresh air in our current social and political climate of negativism and fear. As he so well stated, the truth can go far in reducing our daily fears. The old acronym F.E.A.R. can indeed mean “false evidence appearing real.”
Thank you for your article on tax scams (“Watch for scams this year while filing your income taxes,” April 7). As a first-timer in filing taxes, I am grateful to know there are risks that come with doing so.
We all know the story about the best way to boil a frog: If you pop it in a pot of boiling water, it will jump out — so put it in a pot of cold water and bring the temperature up slowly. It won’t know what’s happening.
Two caucuses to select delegates to the Democratic National Convention were held in San Luis Obispo on May 1, 2016. The delegates were running to be chosen to vote for presidential contenders Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
San Luis Obispo County voters caucus for Democratic delegates
Runners hit the pavement at the 2016 SLO Marathon and half marathon
SLO men feel the pain in a 'Walk a Mile in Her Shoes' event to end sexual violence
Highlights: Cal Poly defense rallies to win annual spring game