Founders of Our Faith: Oral Roberts

  “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him” (Acts 10:38, NKJV).   Continuing with the current series, I want to present someone I had the privilege of hearing preach as a kid.  I was raised […]

Council Candidate Andres Yanez: ‘Top priority is improving public safety’

  UPDATE 9/29/20 : Council candidate Yanez suspends campaign   Andres Yanez is a candidate for the District 4 Escondido city council seat. Yanez, 20, is attending Cal State San Marcos, majoring in political science. He is a member of the group Juntos for Justice. An Escondido native, he says, “I grew up here seeing and experiencing some of the city’s […]

Clifford Cravath honored as “Escondido Legend” by History Center

Over the years, Escondido high schools have produced numerous outstanding baseball players.  The Escondido History Center this week is honoring the first, Clifford C. Cravath, as a 2020 Escondido Founding Legend.   Clifford Cravath was born in Escondido in March, 1881. His father, Augustus (A.K.) Cravath, was the first mayor of Escondido, and his mother, Kate Isabella Sikes, was raised […]


Editor, Times-Advocate: Even as I have watched the mayhem and terror on city streets across America, I felt secure knowing that I lived in Escondido, where our leaders along with our proactive and effective Police Department was protecting our city.  As I listened to the lunacy among Mayors and City Councils in Minneapolis, Portland, Seattle, and LA about taking away […]


Editor, Times-Advocate: Re:  “Founders of Our Faith: Kathryn Kuhlman,” September 10 A commentary by a local pastor about famed evangelistic faith healer Kathryn Kuhlman took me back to the early 1970s when I was researching data for a master’s thesis which focused on faith healers.  Its title was “The Exploitation of Gospel Through Mass Media,” during which I interviewed multiple […]

Crunch time for elections is approaching

Are you feeling the pressure? Well, if you are not a candidate for election to any office you don’t have any pressure. But, if you are running for office crunch time is approaching and believe me this coming election is like nothing we have ever seen before. Not that this is a critical election, because all elections are? But the […]

Just how well are you doing? It’s destiny . . . by the numbers

America is currently facing up to a whole range of inequalities, with most focus on two of these:  a skewed justice system – highlighted by the Black Lives Matter movement — and an equally skewed distribution of healthcare – highlighted by the COVID-19’s impact on minorities. But we have some basic inequalities that are much more pervasive.  Many Americans may […]

Now it’s up to the Governor

With the final adjournment of the Legislature on August 31, hundreds of bills were forwarded to the Governor, who now has until September 30 to decide their fate. There’s often lots of controversy in Sacramento, but contrary to what may be a common impression, many bills pass with overwhelming support from both parties. This session was no different.  For example, […]

You Can’t Gaslight Me

My friends are upset with me because I won’t watch or support professional sports anymore. They challenge my reasoning on the basis that I should honor “the game” and overlook the politics that has been injected into the professional sports experience. I could do that, but I won’t be bullied. Let me explain … I have been a diehard Padres […]

2020 Annual Report: Interfaith to repurpose closed motel, launches anti-racist initiative

Highlighting its ongoing effort to address homelessness, Interfaith Community Services last week reported plans to buy a closed motel in Escondido and convert it to a recuperative care center and temporary housing. Announcement of the proposal — and a new program for combating racism — was made last week by Interfaith during a Zoom presentation of its 2020 Annual Report, […]