Opinion

An event to put a smile on our faces


How about this week a column that just might put a smile on your face. This past Saturday I attended the monthly 2nd Saturday Art Walk on Grand Avenue. This year the event was especially “artistic” with most of the k-rails having been decorated and a few in the process of being decorated. With the new dining and parking configuration […]

Look out, Fox . . . TrNN planning to hijack your audience

Leaning left

While Trump has not yet officially conceded the 2020 election, he seems to have privately embraced the inevitable. And he’s said to be planning a new foray into reality TV . . . and non-reality news. Sources says that before his expected 2024 presidential run, he’ll lay a foundation for that effort with his own TV channel – dubbed TrNN […]

Without even trying


Isn’t it amazing how some people can do the most difficult things and make it look so easy?  I hate people like that.  You have to have enough knowledge about the difficulty of the feat to really appreciate it. Like watching Bryson DeChambeau accurately hit a golf ball 425 yards. He is one of only maybe three people on the […]

New legislative session


The Legislature will open on December 7 with the swearing in of all members and start the 2021-2022 session. Though a few bills are likely to introduced, the day is largely ceremonial, and the new session will begin in earnest on January 6. Next year my priorities will continue to be on the needs of this region. We must ensure […]

It is the time for choosing and action

Note: This Op-Ed originally ran in the Union-Tribune. As regional leaders, we face unprecedented challenges. The decisions we make today to address those challenges will be felt by those we serve long after we leave office. This moment of crisis presents us with a choice: what kind of region, state and country do we want to be? The choice begins […]

Now Morasco is “Old Timer”


On December 9, 2020 two new members will take the oath of office and be seated on the Escondido City Council dais along with one re-elected Council member. Welcome newbies Tina Inscoe and Joe Garcia and the now senior member of the Council Mike Morasco. I’m sure the other four elected will refer to Morasco as the “old timer” but […]

The best, the worst . . . and way beyond the absurd


This is, these days (borrowing from my favorite author) “the best of times, the worst of times.” It is the best of times given a new president in the White House. That good news came early last Saturday morning with the (palpitating heart) report that Joe Biden had won Pennsylvania. Did you hear the huge sighs of relief, of hoped-for […]

No longer destiny


Pay attention. This may not happen again for a long time: I’m going to praise something President-elect Biden said during his victory speech.  “Let’s give each other a chance,” He said. “It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric. To lower the temperature. To see each other again. To listen to each other again. To make progress, we must stop […]

World Series ratings should send message about support of towns


Major League Baseball executives and other decision-making personnel will need to conduct an honest assessment of why the television ratings for this year’s World Series were the lowest in history.  The cause may have been the transition of baseball from a break from civic matters to a forum for political advocacy. The cause could be that the designated hitter in […]

Observations about poll workers


This might possibly be my last comments regarding the 2020 election. I sure hope so. Saturday I went to my polling location to vote arriving about 12:30 p.m. Having been the guy in charge of four different polling places prior to being an elected official I take more of an ombudsman approach in where my ballot is cast. Here are […]


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