Supervisor Gibson’s Tribune
On December 6 The Tribune published an editorial that said District 2 Supervisor Bruce Gibson shouldn’t resign. This comes as no surprise to us, given that The Tribune has consistently offered favorable coverage, and was, in fact, contacted by Gibson himself to cover “the exclusive” about his extramarital affair. It would go against the grain for The Tribune to bite the hand that feeds them. But their editorial missed a few things and airbrushed a few details with an elitist stroke, which drew our ire.
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Pulitzer to Cuddy: Nope
The politics in San Luis Obispo County has never been pretty. The choice between District 3 Supervisor and incumbent Adam Hill and Pismo Beach city councilman Ed Waage has electrified the political debate in this county. There have been many wild twists and turns during the course of their campaigns, including but not limited to: prank calls, tampering with online newspaper polls, bizarre diatribes on racism and birtherism by the Tea Party, and kindergarten-grade character attacks from a newspaper that prints opinion columns as actual front-page news. This is clearly anarchy, and that reflects poorly on everyone who is involved in the mudslinging.
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"SEXTRA, SEXTRA, READ ALL ABOUT IT!"
“An item of interest,” Cal Coast News Senior Correspondent Dan Blackburn wrote to Razor Online on February 2.
Mr. Blackburn provided a link to the News Frontier Database, which is maintained by the Columbia Journalism Review (CJR), which is affiliated with Columbia University School of Journalism. In CJR’s database, Cal Coast News (CCN) was added as an online news site. A profile was included for the site, which was penned by Chasen Marshall of the CJR. Shortly after the email by Mr. Blackburn was dispatched to me, Cal Coast News published an article claiming that they were “featured” in the database.
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Those opposing the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) legislation are ignoring the larger issue at hand: piracy, and the irrational fear of piracy, which drives such legislation. Even if SOPA is defeated by Congress, conglomerate copyright-holders will continue to cite piracy as a primary reason for loss of profits in their respective industries. In order to truly defeat SOPA, people must also defeat the piracy-phobia mindset that will undoubtedly infringe on our First Amendment rights one way or another.
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The County of San Luis Obispo is unlike most counties in California — and across the nation — because of its distinct preference for silence as a general response to public inquiry. Many inquiries and concerns are raised and have been raised by citizens who demand transparency and accountability. However, many of those inquiries and concerns are swept under the rug without recourse. This is the culture of silence, and it’s rudely counter-intuitive to making progress and uncovering the truth about highly questionable governmental practices that have become standard operating procedure in the County.
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The Tea Party movement has not done much to raise awareness of specific issues that regularly affect millions of Americans. Instead of issuing a reasonable, thoughtful rebuttal of President Barack Obama’s policies, Tea Party supporters have been preoccupied with producing a fearful caricature of Obama as a “committed socialist idealogue,” a Leftist Leviathan who will do everything in his power to destroy the Constitution. At least, that’s according to Former Congressman and 2008 Republican presidential candidate Tom Tancredo, who spoke to an audience at the first-ever Tea Party Convention in Nashville.
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