The Threat from Within

I have a very serious question to ask: Just how well versed are you on high school and college curriculums? If you have children in high school, you probably visit the campus a couple of times a year for introductory meetings. You tour the classrooms and get a chance to meet the instructors. All well and good. I always came […]

Luring people back to fishing

  As you know, I am an outdoors enthusiast, and that enthusiasm includes fishing. Anything we can do to get people out of doors, especially our kids, will lure people away from electronic distractions and expose more people to the outdoors. This session I am a very proud co-author of Senate Bill 187 (SB 187), introduced by Senator Tom Berryhill […]

Western Civilization is cool

By DAVID ROSS When asked what he thought of Western Civilization, Mahatma Gandhi famously replied, “I think it would be a good idea.” Nyuck, nyuck, nyuck! From the point of view of someone who was fighting for India’s independence from Great Britain this quip was probably a pretty telling verbal blow. Nevertheless, the general superiority of Western Civilization and its […]


Editor, Times-Advocate: In researching a travel offering from our local Toyota Escondido car dealership for a full-service tour of Baja California Mexico, we never thought how unprofessional the service was being delivered! The Desert Assassins, Cameron Steele and his wife Heidi, together with the Action Sports people of Toyota Escondido are advertising this travel. The tour was run last year […]


Editor, Times-Advocate: It has been several months since our daughter Cathy Kennedy, lost her life in a senseless act of gang violence on March 7. Due to diligence on behalf of the Escondido Police Department, the men responsible have been apprehended and are awaiting trial. The anguish and pain we feel will never leave us but in this tragedy, we […]


Editor, Times-Advocate: When the “out-sourcing” efforts began many years ago, I was working for a major manufacturing company that wanted to cut costs. They saved money by buying parts from other manufacturers instead of designing them in house. So they looked at other departments to outsource, such as building maintenance, thus saving benefits, retirement, and the high salaries of twenty […]

Keep the Escondido Public Library public

The City of Escondido has operated a professionally staffed public library since 1898 but suddenly it is at risk of substantial change. You should be concerned and even a little mad.  The council majority gave direction in a non-public forum, to explore outsourcing the library to a private company.  Although I insisted on an open public process, staff has already […]

Protest the car tax: stop driving

One eighth of a dollar.  $.12.  Two nickels or one dime and two pennies.  Chump change.  What rattles around in your pockets until you reach in, grab it, and put it in the jar.  Take note … you’ll need it, finally, because you are being asked AGAIN to tighten your already fully cinched-in belt. The politicians who did this have […]

Getting on the right side of America’s renewable energy future

Last time I noted that renewable energy sources (solar, wind, geothermal, etc.) are FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HUMAN HISTORY cheaper than fossil fuels. Business Insider’s Graham Rapier notes that we’re at an inflection point: “Renewables will be the cheapest form of new power generation by 2020… solar and wind are quickly becoming as cheap — even cheaper — than […]

The cuckoo “Calexit” movement

I’m not going to mince words. The “Calexit” movement to make California an independent nation is cuckoo for cocoa puffs. I get it that a good percentage of the state thinks that the rest of the voters were crazy for electing Donald Trump president. The Calexiters think that California would be better off as its own nation, and, taking a […]