Opinion

Just you wait


Last week the County of San Diego showed that if you wait long enough and throw enough money at the County you will get what you want. The Planning Commission unanimously approved moving the Lilac Hills Ranch forward to the Board of Supervisors, who are probably going to pass it—at least that’s the way the smart money is betting. Next […]

“We have nothing to fear but fear itself” may be a cliché but it’s still true today


Since this summer is the 42nd anniversary of my Marine Corps battalion conducting an evacuation of Lebanese citizens from war torn Beirut, I read Mayor Abed’s Washington Times op-ed reprinted in our local Times Advocate with particular interest. In the op-ed he compared Escondido to war torn Beirut. Lebanon – a Case Why Having a Strong Community Matters If you […]

The truth about the gas tax


No one likes to pay taxes. No one. We oftentimes feel taxed in ways that are beyond reason. But most recognize the utility when the general welfare of the people is served, including repairs to roads, bridges, rail service, etc. and bringing new projects to our communities. I oppose the regressive nature of a gas tax because the net cost […]

Letter to the Editor: A CLEAR, COMPLETE ANALYSIS OF FORMER COUNTRY CLUB SITUATION

Editor, Times-Advocate: This is reference to a recent column by Rick Elkin, his June 7 piece: “Building Frankenstein: The city council and the former Escondido Country Club development.” Thank you for the clear and complete analysis of the situation at the former Escondido Country Club. As a neighbor, I am encouraged that your paper has accurately, as I perceive it, […]

Letter to the Editor: WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF SCIENCE

Editor, Times-Advocate: “First you ignore me, then you laugh at me, then you fight me, then I win.” Gandhi The house of cards in your recent editorial is the entire “conservative” political position that global warming isn’t even happening. Now you are bragging about a theoretically possible technology (largely government funded, and remember it’s only a theory) that would solve […]

Letter to the Editor: HOUSING CRISIS WILL NOT BE ADDRESSED BY NEWLAND SIERRA PROJECT

Editor, Times-Advcoate: It is a huge disservice to your readers and residents of the area to publish (David Ross, 03/15) such a biased, one-sided praising of the Newland Sierra project. This sycophant for the developers has drunk their kool aid and regurgitated their contents on your readers. The housing shortage we face in the county will not be addressed by […]

The collapse of the climate-crisis house of cards

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Largely unnoticed by the major networks and news sources was the announcement by company called Carbon Engineering of a relatively cheap process, that IF it functions as advertised—admittedly a big if—can scrub the air in factory-level efficiency, removing carbon dioxide from the air in large quantities and turning it into fuel that can be burned in cars. Remember these names:  […]

“Martha, Say It Ain’t So…” You Get 55 Gallons Per Day, Per Person!


Yes, I am afraid it’s true. Soon enough, each of you out there in the People’s Republic of California will be relegated to 55 gallons per day for your internal water use. 55 gallons per day for cooking, cleaning, flushing the toilet, washing dishes, washing clothes, washing the dog, etc.  So along with counting calories on Weight Watchers, you can […]

Gathering data on us journos makes me jittery


In April the Department of Homeland Security solicited bids to private contractors to “create a searchable database of information about journalists, social media ‘influencers,’ and media outlets” and be able to track about 250,000 news outlets all over the world. DHS wrote: “Services shall enable [the DHS’s National Protection and Program’s Directorate] to monitor traditional news sources as well as […]

Public Safety – Job #1


Loopholes that allow convicted rapists and human traffickers to walk free before completing their sentences must be closed; criminal use and possession of firearms must be reined in.  Thousands of cases of sex trafficking are reported in the U.S. each year. Unfortunately, San Diego County has been identified as a major hub for this despicable criminal enterprise. That’s why I’m […]


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