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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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Truth or Twitter? Why Donald Trump Is No John Steinbeck

By Stephen Cooper Donald Trump bragged, via tweet, that he’s the Ernest Hemingway of Twitter. Unfortunately for us, the new president possesses neither the courage nor the self-control ...

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Benny King and the Criminalization of Addiction in America

By Stephen Cooper Benny King is a gregarious, good-hearted, God-fearing 53-year-old black man from Alabama who shouldn’t be in prison. But he is. Mr. King is serving 14-months ...

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Remembering Oceanside

My dad, and OHS class of ’70 grad, sent me this poem from a snowy Kansas City. Thought it might be appreciated by your readers. -Mason Leaf Oceanside ...

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Father Frustrated by Son’s Treatment in Oceanside

My son is stationed in San Diego and has been for the last 4 years. He is the Navy and lives in Oceanside CA. Last month his car ...

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Off Limits: Of Mice and Men and the Death Penalty Today

By Stephen Cooper Seventy years after its publication John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men continues to stimulate debate, pro and con, about the death penalty. But justifying capital ...

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The Riehl World-Trump’s Plan to Make American Education Great Again: Abandon Public Schools

By Richard Riehl President-elect Trump described his choice for Secretary of Education in a November 23rd tweet as a “passionate education advocate,” who will “break the bureaucracy that ...

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The Joy of Public Defense

By Stephen Cooper When a zealous public defender acting as the effective lawyer guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment was handcuffed in a Las Vegas courtroom in May for ...

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