Opinion

You’d think we could nail down this election thing


Oh my, can you believe it? Only 14 days until a day that seemed so far away months ago. Yes, election day is nigh. And yet a little more information coming forward regarding casting your ballot. Yesterday I read in the U-T, a champion of economic development and employment but who uses a printing office in Los Angeles rather than […]

Voting for Trump? . . . just 10 of the likely reasons why


I know, I know, you’re probably getting awfully tired of me — and so many others — banging on the president with our arguments against inking the box beside his name. So let me change it up and provide all the arguments as to why you will  likely vote for him. # 1:  You kinda like all the drama. You […]

How boring is it to only publish ‘mainstream’?


Around this time of month during a national election or state election it is not uncommon for me to get letters (anonymous of course, because nothing says “courage” like not signing your name to a strong opinion) that say something like this: “You are not to be commended for publishing the likes of __________ (fill in the blanks) and __________, […]

Pay your bills, not scammers


Paying bills online is very common, but unfortunately even something as mundane as paying a utility bill can become a rollercoaster ride now that scammers frequently pose as utility companies.  The scam involves a bad actor calling the victim and pretending to be the representative of a utility company and claiming to have encountered a problem with address information or […]

Latest censorship actions make Facebook expendable


The United States Senate’s Judiciary Committee will be investigating Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube for blocking political posts. The mere fact that these social media outlets have done so renders them expendable. In early 2009 some high school friends dragged me onto Facebook. I joined LinkedIn shortly afterward. I have not found a reason to join Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest. I […]

The cultural disease no one is talking about

What is a disease? Oxford Language defines it as “a particular quality, habit, or disposition regarded as adversely affecting a person or group of people.”  We are all familiar with infectious diseases like smallpox, measles or the flu. We all live in fear of cancer, because we still do not know what causes it.  And though we have all been […]

Reining in prescription drug costs


One of the most important lessons from the pandemic is the need to prioritize reliable prescription drug manufacturing. California, especially this region, has long been a center for medical research, and one of our top priorities should be to encourage more drug research, innovations, and manufacturing, especially for generic drugs. That’s why I support Senate Bill 852. While the main […]

Let’s do our part and vote


Thirteen days and counting. Thirteen days until Election Day. Time to stand up and be counted. Time to let your voice be heard. OK, enough, we know what to do.  We’ve sifted through the information and disinformation, and we’re ready to cast our vote. No matter what party you represent or where you stand on the issues I applaud those […]

But wait, there’s more!


By now everyone should have received their ballot for the election on November 3. Let me re-phrase that. By now a ballot has been mailed to every registered voter in California.  As the late Ron Popeil used to say, “but wait there is more.” It has been reported two days ago that Valley Center has been the victim of increased […]

Just wondering . . . some questions for the Grand Old Party

Leaning Left

I’m a Democrat, and pretty much in the “Progressive” category of this tribe. I don’t know exactly when I became a Democrat. Both sides of my family are German-Lutherans, weekly church-goers, including three uncles, a Dad and a Granddad as ministers, so through and through conservative but not particularly political. The only specific political discourse I remember as a child […]


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