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Orchids, Golf and Chavez

Good show today. I thought all four segments went extremely well. If you’re into orchids, be sure to head over to the S. County Center on Branch Street on Saturday and Sunday to check out the 12th Annual Central Coast Orchid Show. Five bucks gets you in the door and there will be plenty of orchids for sale.

Listeners certainly wanted to discuss golf courses today and thanks to Lance Parker for playing through during the 4:05 hour. I have nothing against golf, but I’m still puzzled by the need for county government to subsidize golfing and why we need to spend $1.5 million update three local golf courses. As Lance argued today, Dairy Creek should never have been built and we really don’t need three courses. You can privatize Chalk Mountain and even get rid of Dairy Creek. Morro Bay is the course that counts because it brings in the tourists and still provides affordable golf. Why can’t we just let the market forces dictate what happens?

Nice to see Bruce Gibson again. I’m hearing good things about his work as county supervisor and he seems very excited and gung-ho about his job. He danced around questions about the 3-2 pro-development majority that seems to be shaping up on the board and remains convinced that he can bring his new colleagues over to his point of view. Hmmmm. We’ll see. Not a single call tonight about the Los Osos sewer. More calls about golf courses.

I’ve always admired Pedro Arroyo for the work he does with troubled youth. I think he’s a real asset to the community. They’re having a Ceasar Chavez celebration in Paso Robles Saturday at the Culinary Arts Academy, starting at 6 p.m. to mark the new state holiday. More great calls on this segment and I had to agree with another Pedro, this one from Pismo who wanted to know why the days we have to honor people are simply days off for government workers. Good point. If we’re going to have a Dr. King day or a Chavez day or a Washington day, kids should be in school, learning about why these men are so important. Too often, these “holidays” are just that — another day off. Pretty pointless.

Finally, I’m still hearing from listeners about comments made earllier this week by SM Bill, who is convinced that we’re going to attack Iran in early April. Personally, I don’t believe it, but some of you do. So I’ve asked our military affairs expert Jack Greene to share his opinion. After all, Jack predicted our invasion of Iraq months before it was announced, so I respect his opinion. Tune in Friday at 5:05 to hear what Jack has to say.

  1. Anonymous
    March 30, 2007 at 3:11 pm

    Gibson seems like a nice fellow, but he’s fooling himself if he thinks he can win over the pro-development trio. unless he plans on funding their campaigns the way developers do. i’m not against growth, but the developers’ trio on our Board are extreme. they’re going to ruin the county, and to whose benefit?

  2. Atascadero Chuck
    March 30, 2007 at 5:36 pm

    We all know that Ovitt is calling the shots on the Board right now. Who is going to stand up to him?

  3. Anonymous
    March 30, 2007 at 6:21 pm

    Do Jim Patterson and Bruce Gibson hold hands when they go on their nature walks. Two more liberal freaks sucking on the taxpayers.
    Hey Dave that jerk Bud Laurent has his fingerprints all over Dairy Creek. Ask him how it cost 12 million to build when the land was given to the county.

  4. Brett
    March 30, 2007 at 8:55 pm

    Golf courses are really no different then parks, skateparks, both Santa Margarita and Lopez Lake recreation areas or a hundred other recreation facilities or cultural facilities that many of us don’t use but pay for through our taxes.

    I’m not sure what it is with golf that seems to create controversy. Actually I do know. But despite images of incredibly rich 22 handicappers playing on courses like Pebble Beach of Augusta National, players on County courses are far far and away you average guy or girl.

    Golfing is another form of recreation for many, whether you like to play or not.

    Using the logic of many who don’t think county tax payers should be “subsidizing” golf courses I don’t think I should have to subsidize ________ fill in the blank, because I do not participate in those activities.

    Having recreation facilities available to residents is part of what makes a community what it is. All of us in some way or another benefit.

  5. Travis in SLO
    March 31, 2007 at 5:32 am

    Golf coursed are unlike parks such as Lopez and Santa Margarita Lake in that the lake is there mainly to collect rain runoff during heavy rains reducing flooding down in Arroyo Grande and the Salinas Valley, secondary to the flood control, they give us a nice clean supply of water, and provide fishing and water sports activities. Golfing is trying to hit a small ball with an instrument ill suited to the task.

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