Reader's Editorials

READER’S EDITORIAL: IMMIGRANTS ENRICH THIS COUNTRY

 

By Miriam [Mimi] Pollack

February 3, 2017 (El Cajon) -- Imagine you have had a good life with a stable job and family. Then, imagine that your life turns upside down, be it from war, religious persecution, or social unrest, and you have to start from scratch in a new country with a different language, culture, even alphabet! Welcome to the world of many of my adult ESL [English as a Second Language] students. Despite all that they have gone and continue to go through, they are very grateful to be here


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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: DEVELOPING ALPINE, THE NEW GENERAL PLAN AND HOW TO HAVE INPUT

 

By Ben Locke, Alpine resident

January 31, 2017 (Alpine) -- Located at http://www.sandiegocounty.gov/pds/generalplan.html is the County website for the General Plan (GP).  As you may have heard, a GP update will be taking place for Alpine over the next 18 months.  The preamble to the GP states that it is:  “…a framework for the future growth and development of the unincorporated areas of the County.”  And that it “…is based on a set of guiding principles designed to protect the County’s unique and diverse natural resources and maintain the character of its rural and semi-rural communities. It reflects an environmentally sustainable approach to planning that balances the need for adequate infrastructure, housing, and economic vitality, while maintaining and preserving each unique community within the County, agricultural areas, and extensive open space.”  Finally, it states that it:  “…reflects the County’s commitment to  a sustainable growth model that facilitates efficient development near infrastructure and services, while respecting sensitive natural resources and protection of existing community character in its extensive rural and semi-rural communities. The General Plan provides a renewed basis for the County’s diverse communities to develop Community Plans that are specific to and reflective of their unique character and environment consistent with the County’s vision for its future."


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READER’S EDITORIAL: WIND ENERGY – A RUNAWAY FAILURE FOR NEARLY 4 DECADES--PART 1 OF 3

 

By Jim Wiegand, wildlife biologist

Editor's note:  This replaces an earlier version, with updates, additional documentation links and clarifications added.

January 24, 2017 (San Diego) -- If you are one of the millions across America, that that believes wind energy will create a better world, you need to read the facts presented here.   This information has been hidden by the media, utility companies, your government and by most of all, a terribly destructive industry seeking profits.   


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READER’S EDITORIAL: AN “OPEN, DEMOCRATIC PROCESS” CAN BENEFIT FROM FOREIGN INTERVENTION

 

By Steve Cunningham, La Mesa

January 23, 2017 (San Diego) -- John Lewis recently said that "I think there was a conspiracy on the part of the Russians, and others, that helped him get elected. That’s not right. That’s not fair. That’s not the open, democratic process.” Putting aside questions of whether or not Russia hacked at all, and the claim of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange that his "source is not a state party," there is nothing wrong with a foreign entity helping to disclose truth about public officials.


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READER’S EDITORIAL: SHOULD WE KEEP THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE? NO!

 

By Joel A. Harrison, PhD, MPH

January 19, 2017 (San Diego) -- Since the election, a lively debate has developed on the Electoral College.

In Federalist Paper No. 68, Alexander Hamilton promotes the Electoral College to ensure Presidents would have “the esteem and confidence of the whole Union, or of so considerable a portion of it as would be necessary.” Hamilton called it “unsafe to permit less than a majority of the states’ electors to select the president.”


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READER'S EDITORIAL: TRUMP ON DOPE: LEGAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL THOUGHTS ON THE FUTURE OF MARIJUANA LAWS

 

By David Anderson

Reprinted with permission from the Moderate Voice:  http://themoderatevoice.com/trump-on-dope-legal-and-psychological-thoughts-on-the-future-of-marijuana-laws/

photo credit: eggrole lemon kush day 25 via photopin (license)

December 24, 2016 (San Diego's East County) - During the madness of last month, other things happened. One was a partial retreat in the War on Drugs, marijuana division.

A quick review of recent changes from voter actions –


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READER'S EDITORIAL: STOP THE EFFORT TO PRIVATIZE MEDICARE

 

By Richard Collins, San Diego

December 6, 2016 (San Diego) -- U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, Representative Kevin Brady, Chairman, Ways and Means Committee, and Representative Tom Price, Chairman, Budget Committee, who is President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, are among Republican leaders in the U.S. House who support legislation to privatize Medicare by converting it to a "premium support" system.  I urge your newspaper to editorialize against their efforts to change Medicare to a "voucher" plan that will raise the cost of health care for seniors.

Just because the Republican Party has majorities in the House and Senate and the President-elect, it is not a mandate to destroy Medicare with a "voucher" plan to pay outright subsidies to insurance companies who make big contributions to many members of Congress.


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READER’S EDITORIAL: THE NATION CANNOT ALLOW A WHITE SUPREMACIST AS ATTORNEY GENERAL

 

By Patrick Osio, Jr.

December 5, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- The Senate will soon consider confirming Jefferson Beauregard III to the powerful post of Attorney General – In the nation’s best interest, it is imperative his confirmation be denied.


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READER’S EDITORIAL: THE CLEAR CONSCIENCE OF A GREEN



By Brett Stalbaum, Shelter Valley resident

Photo:  Jill Stein, Green Party presidential candidate 2016

November 12, 2016 (Shelter Valley) -- I come from a fairly conservative family with midwestern roots. My parents were college and nursing school graduates in the 1960s, the first in their families with degrees. They felt stifled by lack of opportunity in their home state, and enjoyed adventure. So they packed up and came to California, carrying me and my diapers. As a northern California kid, I grew up with a love of the redwoods, normally inclement beaches, the Sierra Nevada, the Cascades, and the basins and ranges of Nevada. By 1989, I was a student at San Francisco State University, and was already considerably more liberal than my Catholic - and wonderful - mother and father. The community I grew up in was fairly described as an openly white supremacist one, with a particularly vicious and paranoid attitude toward black Americans. But my tolerant family, as well as our church, also introduced me to multiracial, multicultural, and yes, even multisexual California. I did not and do not know how to be the best ally all of the time, but certainly I have countered the hatred that some whites maintain toward people of color; indeed I have shamed and lost many friends. My concerns then and now are social justice, economic justice, and protecting the planet; although lately an emergent concern for the physical well being of friends, colleagues, and students of color has come ever more to the foreground.


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READER’ S EDITORIAL: A MESSAGE TO THOSE WHO VOTED FOR DONALD TRUMP

 

By Claire Pratt, President, Eastlake/Bonita Democratic Club 

November 10, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- I join the many who are writing their reactions and expressing their grief about the election.  Tuesday night and Wednesday were shock, numbness.  Last night sleepless again and today tears, mourning.   Here is my written contribution.


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READER’S EDITORIAL: FIRE TRUCK USED FOR POLITICKING IN SAN MIGUEL FIRE BOARD RACE

 

By Patrick D. Walker, Deputy Vice President—District X,  CAL FIRE Firefighters Local 2881

November 5, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- In reference to your article regarding Santee firefighters' use of a fire engine for political action, it should be known that the same is being done in San Miguel.  Those who oppose the CAL FIRE Cooperative Agreement are using an Engine that the District sold to them (Former Local 1434 / San Miguel Firefighters Foundations) for $1 with the clause that it would not be used for political action, well it clearly is.  Not only are they using it for political action (Displaying at local businesses) they are also sharing the images on Social Media and storing the fire engine at a fire station.  See video.  They are also driving the engine around the District with trucks in front and behind supporting the opposition.  From day one they have done everything to sabotage the CAL FIRE Agreement, this is just another example.


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READER’S EDITORIAL: LA MESA COUNCIL RACE CAREENS INTO THE GUTTER

 

By Gene Carpenter and Anthony Mc Ivor

November 4, 2016 (La Mesa) -- Earlier this week, many La Mesa residents found a rude surprise in their mailboxes. It was a particularly vile attack mailer targeting La Mesa Council candidate Colin Parent.  The piece is slick, but  intellectually dishonest and shabbily written.  After three polite debates in city venues, who would use the post for such a vulgar purpose? 


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READER'S EDITORIAL: PROP B: A RECIPE FOR IRREPARABLE HARM TO SAN DIEGANS

 

By Billie Jo Jannen, Chairman, Campo Lake Morena Community Planning Group

October 27, 2016 (Campo) -- The Campo Lake Morena Community Planning Group has voted unanimously to formally oppose Proposition B – a developer-proposed initiative that would allow over 1,700 homes to be built on what is currently farmland, and does so in opposition to both the county general plan and the wishes of community planners and residents.


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READER’S EDITORIAL: SAND MINING AND THE STADIUM

 

By Barry A. Treahy, Lakeside

Photo:  Sand mining in Wisconsin; Wisconsin Watch creative commons image

October 18, 2016 (Lakeside) -- This November election will be interesting.

Two Charger stadium initiatives are on the ballot and one EIR for El Monte Valley Sand Mining remains pending.  Am I looking at a coincidence, that the EIR might be coming out after the Sand Miners see how elections go and whether or not they will be selling sand to build a new stadium?


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READER’S EDITORIAL: MEASURE B WOULD BE A PUBLIC SAFETY HAZARD

 

By Mark Jackson, former Valley Center Community Planning Group member

Map by Tristan Loper and Maya Srikrishnan

October 11, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) - The Lilac Hills Ranch development put forward by San Diego County Measure B claims to be good for the region’s housing needs. In fact, it would not make a dent in the county’s affordable housing shortage. It would also endanger the very people who purchase homes in the development in the event of a wildfire. For these and many other reasons, I urge all county residents to vote No on B.


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READER’S EDITORIAL: DISCERNMENT ON PROPOSITIONS 62 AND 66

 

By Michael Peddecord, Member, California People of Faith Working Against the Death Penalty

October 3, 2016 (San Diego) -- Discernment is the ability to judge well. In Judaic and Christian traditions, it can be understood as seeking spiritual direction and understanding prior to making a decision. Discernment can also be regarded as a spiritual gift allowing us to judge or appraise a person, statement, situation or proposal.  To achieve this gift, one can be aided by reading scripture and informed texts, prayer, contemplation and discussion of the issue.  Trusted spiritual advisors and religious leaders are also useful in discernment.


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READERS’ EDITORIAL: THE POT PEDDLER NEXT DOOR

 

By Jack and Helen Ofield, Lemon Grove

September 22, 2016 (Lemon Grove) - -Measure V on our November 8 ballot would bring up to 15 marijuana storefronts to Lemon Grove, according to Mayor Mary Sessom, serving about 4,000 pot smokers apiece, yielding a mob scene of some 60,000 addicts (more than twice the size of Lemon Grove's population).


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READER’S EDITORIAL: BLM SHOULD FINALIZE WIND AND SOLAR LEASING RULE FOR PUBLIC LANDS

 

By Ryan Alexander, president, Taxpayers for Common Sense



September 19, 2016 (Washington D.C.) -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is expected to release its Wind and Solar Leasing Rule in the next few weeks.  The rule would create a system for competitive solar and wind energy development on federal lands. It would also establish megawatt (MW) capacity fees for wind and solar energy projects in order to capture a fair market value (FMV) and a fair return for taxpayers.  View the BLM proposal here.


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READER’S EDITORIAL -- FORD’S PUSH ON DISABILITY RIGHTS SHOULD BE A MODEL FOR PHILANTHROPY

 

By Steve Bartlett and Tony Coelho

September 15, 2016 (Detroit) -- The Ford Foundation made history last year when it announced it was focusing its grant making on equality. Now one of the nation’s wealthiest and oldest foundations is making history in a new way: It acknowledged in big, bold fashion that inclusion means focusing on disability as well as race, gender, and class. Indeed, according to the U.S. Census, people with disabilities are the poorest of the poor in America.


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READER'S EDITORIAL: HIDING EVIDENCE OF THE MASSACRE

 

By Mark Duchamp, Save the Eagles International

Photo courtesy Ontario Wind Resistance


September 12, 2016 (San Diego's East County) - News of bird and bat deaths at wind farms have reduced to a trickle. Does that mean that a solution has been found? Yes, it has, but it's not what you think. Wind turbines are every year more numerous and the massacre they cause is ever increasing. What has changed is that the cover up is now effective at 100%, or just about.

The following news sheds light on the latest technique for making mortality data unavailable to the public (and the media):


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READER’S EDITORIAL: WILDIFRE EVACUATION SLOWED BY PEOPLE TAKING PHOTOS: PLEASE DON’T ENDANGER OTHERS

 

By Ray Conser

Photo courtesy of Troy

September 2, 2016 (San Diego's East County) - One negative factor from this week’s fire on Skyline Truck Trail.

I personally called my neighbors at work to let them know that a fire had broken out close to their homes and that the should head home to take care of their homes, horses and pets.  Most of them had a difficult time getting home because so many by-standers were parked on the shoulders of Skyline taking pictures with their phones that also included several Border Patrol cars, REALLY! If anything they should have been going from car to car getting them to move on and clear the road.


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READER’S EDITORIAL: THE PLIGHT OF ADJUNCT TEACHERS

 

By Mimi Pollack

August 11, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- Here in California, adjunct teachers are like the comedian, Rodney Dangerfield, in the community college world. They get some respect, but not a lot, despite being the backbone of the system.


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READER'S EDITORIAL: SAN DIEGANS WON'T PAY A DIME FOR THE NEW CHARGERS STADIUM - REALLY?

 

By Tony Manolatos​



August 11, 2016 (San Diego) — Memo to taxpayers:  If voters approve the Chargers billion-dollar-plus stadium tax in November San Diego taxpayers would pay for the new facility in a variety of ways.

Do not believe Dean Spanos, Mark Fabiani and their surrogates. The cost would NOT be born solely by hotel guests. San Diego taxpayers would pay. The total amount is unknown, which is why Dean Spanos’ plan to raise our taxes by more than $1 billion is so risky.

In this open memo to taxpayers, the “No Downtown Stadium – Jobs and Streets First” coalition outlines several examples of costs San Diego taxpayers would incur. The following are in addition to the costs found in the Chargers $1.8 billion measure:


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READER’S EDITORIAL: SAN DIEGO LACKS ADEQUATE RESERVOIRS, VICTIMIZES LAKE MORENA

 

By George Barnett

Photo:  Cabin with former lakefront view now overlooks a barren wasteland.

July 13, 2016 (Lake Morena) -- East County Magazine did a recent piece on Lake Morena and whether water levels were maintained too low to be a viable source of water for fire-fighting.  In the article, Billie Jo Jannen is quoted as saying if there’s a safety issue it needs to be examined.  Billie Jo is quite right.


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READER’S EDITORIAL: STAND TOGETHER #WITHREFUGEES ON #WORLDREFUGEEDAY

 

By Elizabeth Lou

June 20, 2016 (San Diego) -- With all the cataclysmic incidences happening around the world, the refugee crisis is one of chief concerns in recent history. Refugees are a population of concern because they are displaced due to unwarranted circumstances including armed conflict and political or religious persecution. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), there are more than 65 million displaced people in the world. That is approximately the populations of two U.S. states, California and Texas combined. Every year during the month of June, the international community commemorates the plight of refugees, as well as their contributions to their respective host countries.


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READER’S EDITORIAL: YOUR NAME IS MUHAMMED ALI

 

By Dr. Arif Ahmad

Reprinted with permission from The Moderate Voice, a San Diego Online News Association member

What’s my name? What’s my name?

Most of us are fine spending our lives going with the flow. Very few if any want to swim against the tide. Even fewer appear comfortable doing it. We are not sure, if at all, how we are going to look coming out on the other side. We are content in our zone, afraid of the consequences, the inherent risks of failing and that of a wasted life.


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READER’S EDITORIAL: THE MUNICIPAL BOND MARKET IS A MASSIVE CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE -- GET OUT NOW OR PAY LATER

 

By Richard Lawless

June 2, 2016 (San Diego) -- Senior citizens and savers throughout the fifty states and Puerto Rico have taken tens of billions in municipal bond losses.  It has become clear that the Rating Agencies have been knowingly and intentionally issuing good credit ratings for technically bankrupt municipal entities in exchange for healthy fees. 


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READER’S EDITORIAL: OFF-ROADING GLORY

 

By Jim Rue

April 24, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- There are many ignorant riders who think they’re driving and in control of their off-road vehicles. But each season, somebody rides without protective gear and gets injured or killed.


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READER’S EDITORIAL: TAXPAYER WATCHDOG: "I WON’T SIGN THE CHARGERS’ MEASURE BECAUSE IT IS NOT A GOOD DEAL FOR TAXPAYERS"

 

By April Boling

April 24, 2016 (San Diego's East County) - Voters asked to help qualify the Chargers proposal for the November election should know a few things before deciding to sign.


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READER’S EDITORIAL: AN OPEN LETTER TO GILLESPIE FIELD NEIGHBORS REGARDING SENATOR ANDERSON’S DISRESPECT OVER OUR CONCERNS

 

By Sue Strom, ASAP Steering Committee

April 24, 2016 (El Cajon) - A number of residents recently attended a community coffee for State Senator Joel Anderson.  It was hosted by El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells on Thursday, April 14th, 2016.


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