Opinion

Keeping the city’s “eye appeal”

ED GALLO SPEAKS

  Good morning or afternoon or evening whatever time of day you are reading our local newspaper.  Last week I made reference to “eye appeal is buy appeal” and I wanted to add a bit more commentary  regarding the importance of this statement as it relates to our community.  A community I refer to as a big small town.  I […]

Help for youth addiction


Every two days a young person in California dies from an opioid overdose. More and more opioid dependent children are treated in emergency departments than ever before — increasing by 54% over the past ten years. While there is no single treatment or remedy for substance abuse, it is clear that early intervention programs aimed at youthful abusers are comprehensive […]

Help for youth addiction


Every two days a young person in California dies from an opioid overdose. More and more opioid dependent children are treated in emergency departments than ever before — increasing by 54% over the past ten years. While there is no single treatment or remedy for substance abuse, it is clear that early intervention programs aimed at youthful abusers are comprehensive […]

The New York Times’s cowardly decision


The New York Times has decided to stop running political cartoons. There is a columnist whose podcast I listen to from time to time named Andrew Klavan who refers to the Old Gray Lady as “a former newspaper.” Given this decision by what once was without doubt the greatest newspaper in the world to run away from political cartooning, he […]

Ed Gallo Speaks


Editor—Even since Ed Gallo “retired” from the city council I have been working on him to get him to write us a column. I finally broke him down, and here is the first example: You are correct.  This is a new column premier edition.  Hopefully it won’t be a one and done.  Today’s topic in the historic Escondido Times Advocate, […]

When the ‘wrong people’ win elections: A tale of two nations (and maybe more)


Someday I would like to see the origins and results of “Russiagate” covered with the same hagiographic devotion as the origins and results of Watergate were in the celebrated 1970s movie “All the President’s Men;” which was the mother’s milk on which many infant journalists suckled in the years following the 1970s. Of course, Watergate became the touchstone upon which […]

Sacramento Update


This year over 2,900 bills were introduced in the State Legislature, an excessive number in my opinion. All those bills had to pass by the “house of origin” deadline on May 31. Any bills that failed to pass are held for now, though some will become two-year bills to be considered again next year.  Several of my bills beat the […]

Stalking the wild punctuation error


Welcome to Dave Ross’s Wild Punctuation Planet, where we travel the seven continents—but mainly in North County—looking for strange and exotic forms of punctuation that seem to spring fully formed out of some weird dimension where normal rules of grammar do not apply.  It is unknown whether these peculiar forms of punctuation are caused by exposure to radiation or merely […]

Letter to the Editor: ENATORS GUT LEGISLATION TO PROTECT THE RIGHT TO USE SOLAR ENERGY

Editor, Times-Advocate: I am writing to alert the public that a panel of state senators recently gutted common-sense legislation to protect everyone’s right to make their own solar energy without the utility getting in the way — and free ourselves from crushingly high electricity prices. It’s called the Solar Bill of Rights (SB 288 – Wiener) and it would have […]

Trading up the chain: San Pasqual High School’s unfortunate journey to virality


Wednesday was a drama-filled morning for Escondido. San Pasqual High School had made headlines for a relatively uncommon reason—a series of staff yearbook photos featuring the world language faculty wearing ponchos and sombreros with one teacher wearing Parisian garb. The article, titled “Yearbook Reveals San Pasqual Language Teachers’ ‘Insensitive’ Photos,” has quickly become a talking point for everyone in the […]


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