Opinion

Emergency Response


California is no stranger to natural and man-made emergencies. The recent quakes in Kern and San Bernardino Counties are another reminder that living in the Golden State has a price. The State Constitution grants immense power to the Governor to deal with emergencies. The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES), which began as the State War Council in 1943, coordinates […]

ED GALLO SPEAKS


The other day I received an email that referenced my ‘opinion’ piece. I probably should have noted in my first column that my comments will be more of a collage of opinion, commentary and anecdotes from my 46 years as an Escondido resident. So, here goes issue three. Last time I said I would talk briefly about a comment received […]

Lord save me from oddball spellings: or a modicum of monikers

CURMUDGEON

A few decades or so ago we entered the age of the oddball spelling of names. So that now it is actually unusual to find that women’s names are spelled the way we would have found them traditionally.  I guess “tradition” is the key word here. We must avoid tradition at all costs. No Mabels, Abigails or Ethels for us! […]

Writing a profile of a candidate is not an endorsement


I would think it isn’t necessary to say this, but here it is: When The Times-Advocate publishes a profile of a candidate for public office, like, say, the Board of Supervisors, or U.S. Congress or the city council, that is not an endorsement of that particular candidate. In the case of the 50th Congressional district, for instance, it is our […]

Big Brother wants to track your car’s whereabouts


There is a new tax in town nicknamed “Track & Tax.” It is a proposal by San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) Executive Director Hasan Ikhrata as the way to pay for road improvements and mass transit additions that the voters were promised when they voted for TransNet sales taxes 15 years ago. See our story on the front page. […]

Lying to pollsters: it’s a gas!


People tend to treat a known journalist as a cross between a father confessor and a carrier of bubonic plaque bacteria.  Over the years I’ve come to expect people to come into my office, sit down confidentially, spill their guts about some extremely juicy bit of gossip and then, in the full knowledge of what I do for a living, […]

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 […]


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