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The Riehl World: Are Carlsbad’s Good Old Boys Losing their Grip?

By Richard Riehl According to the city’s 2016 Survey, only one in four Carlsbad residents are “very confident” that their city leaders will make the right decisions for ...

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Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates on New Gas and Car Taxes

Sacramento CA— As Governor Brown prepares to sign Senate Bill 1 into law that contains the largest gas tax increase in California’s history, Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ...

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Op-Ed: Nothing is fair about Alabama’s “Fair Justice Act”

By Stephen Cooper Tied for seventh among states with the most exonerated defendants according to a February report by the National Registry of Exonerations, Alabama’s unsatisfied; it’d like ...

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Ghoulishness Envelops Arkansas’ Mass Execution Schedule

By Stephen Cooper Ghoulishness envelops Arkansas’ decision to pump deadly drugs into eight men over the next fortnight. Although two of the eight scheduled executions have definitively been ...

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Celebrate Prom and Graduation Safely

Near the end of high school, fancy dresses and stylish tuxedos come out for prom.  Seniors also prepare for college, military, and/or work.  A lesson from my life ...

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The Riehl World: Will 2018 Election Curb Carlsbad Cronyism?

By Richard Riehl There’s a sign that “times they are a-changin” in North County’s little Village by the Sea after Cori Schumacher was elected to the Carlsbad City ...

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John Steinbeck’s To a God Unknown: How to Be a Writer In the Age of Donald Trump

By Stephen Cooper It’s easy to read John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, winner of the 1940 Pulitzer Prize, and as Stephen King describes in his best-selling book On Writing, ...

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The Riehl World: Carlsbad Leaders Use Alternative Facts to Bring Big Brother to the City

By Richard Riehl Fifty-one stationary cameras, in 14 locations, together with six mobile devices added to the ones already installed on two police cars, will soon capture the ...

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Women Surviving the Streets

By Arnold Burgos On February 17, 2017, an unnamed homeless woman was found lifeless in the doorway of a Mission Life Church in Fresno California. Her lifeless body ...

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John Steinbeck’s Road Map For Resisting Donald Trump

By Stephen Cooper A recent blog post of the National Book Critics Circle asked members “at this time of cultural shift” in the dawning era of Donald Trump ...

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Gun Rights Under a Trump Presidency

By Michael Schwartz Second Amendment supporters in San Diego County are looking forward to a Trump administration. Although the most problematic gun laws restricting our Second Amendment rights ...

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Constituents Stonewalled by their Congressional Representative in CA 49th District

This week, the people of the 49th district are hosting a public townhall meeting in Vista intended to give Representative Darrell Issa a chance to meet with his ...

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Three Charitable Giving Tips for Tax Season

By Glen Newhart, MBA, CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive) It’s tax season, and while you’re thinking of it, it’s the perfect time to create an action plan for charitable ...

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The Winter of Our Discontent Deepens as Trumpettes Party

By William Ray It’s doubtful Donald Trump ever read The Winter of Our Discontent, John Steinbeck’s 1961 novel about greed, xenophobia, and corruption in Eisenhower-era America. But for fans of ...

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Is Reading Steinbeck an Antidote to Donald Trump?

By Stephen Cooper A rotten egg incubated by reality television and hatched by retrograde thinking about women and the world, the presidency of Donald Trump is creating anxiety, ...

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