Opinion

Thanksgetting

~ Guest Opinion
Southpaw
~ a leftie living in a ‘rightie’ world

It’s the most dangerous time of the year: a potential minefield of holiday family get-togethers laid out end-to-end right smack in the middle of an idyllic Christmas tree-lined lane between you and a happy new year. So far so good. You’ve nearly made it all the way through the meal, finishing up the turkey and stuffing, making sure to save […]

Unique San Diego agriculture

~ Guest Opinion

More than 14% of the nation’s agricultural exports come from California.  We produce over one third of the country’s vegetables and two-thirds of our fruits and nuts. Contrary to what many in Northern California may think, much of California’s abundance originates in our region. Our farms and farmers are unique in many ways. First of all, we have the 2nd […]

The howling

~ EDITORIAL

Last week in several cities around the United States, most notably in New York City, good, card-carrying members of the resistance took to the streets, lifted their faces towards the firmament and howled or screamed into the sky to vent their frustration with the fact that, despite their best efforts, despite having closed their eyes and stamped their feet, and […]

Letter to the Editor: REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT NOT THE ONLY WAY FOR CITIES TO GROW REVENUE

Editor, Times-Advocate: I read your October 26 editorial of the above title.  While I appreciate having a local paper again, I have heard rumor that it is financed by real estate interests, possibly including the Crews family.  While this is not wrong in and of itself, I think as readers that if it is true, it would be wrong not […]

Letter to the Editor: COULD YOU HAVE A MORE DIVERSIFIED AUTHORSHIP OF CHURCH NEWS?

Editor, Times-Advocate: Thanks so much for publishing The Times Advocate. As a long time Escondido resident, I miss the old Times Advocate, and your weekly mail edition is terrific and fills the gap. My question and comments are… Can possibly you have a bit more diversified authorship of the “Words of Faith”? The current authors, Becky and Bob Granger are […]

Does Schlesinger deserve a yes vote?

~ EDITORIAL

I don’t often reference other publications, but I have to agree with the U-T editorial of last week (“Poway Measure A vote a referendum on obnoxiousness”) that criticized developer Michael Schlesinger’s rude behavior over the years. Although it was in reference to the StoneRidge development he wants to build in Poway, where he has, true to form, resorted to trying […]

Our backyard friends


California is a great state with a rich diversity of native wildlife.  In the mid-1980’s, I took Project Wildlife training as a native songbird rehabilitator, and have rescued many orphaned baby birds or injured adults through the decades. This session my AB 1031, signed into law, creates the Native California Wildlife Rehabilitation Fund setting up voluntary tax return checkoffs providing […]

American Political Dysfunction, Writ Small


The ongoing…and seemingly endless … arguing over the development (or not) of the old Escondido Country Club site has all the earmarks of our national “dialog” on virtually every issue. The diametric opposition of one side or the other as to the merits of the “Villages” proposal too often is cast in entirely emotional terms, where reasoned, thought out logic […]

Rejecting a founder

  Since I’m in a historical mood I wanted to comment on reading that the church that George Washington founded (when he wasn’t busy founding the United States of America) has rejected his parentage and has taken down the plaque that acknowledges his participation. Supposedly the reason was that because the Christ Church of Alexandria is “open to everyone, without […]

My brush with history

~ EDITORIAL

I had fun at the recent San Diego Press Club Awards, something I had not attended for about ten years. I was particularly gratified for winning a First Place in the history category for my article on the Battle of San Pasqual entitled: “Why did one of America’s best generals botch the Battle of San Pasqual 170 years ago?” This […]


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