Op-Ed

Op-Ed: When racism lurks in the heart of a death penalty juror

By Stephen Cooper “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?” This single, sinister question, asked over a sepulchral-sounding musical score, was rhetorical; for after a ...

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Cutting SNAP Program would Endanger Veteran’s Family

By Khuzema Savai I have a son who is 8 years old. His health and nourishment are my focus. Eleven years ago, I joined the United States Navy, ...

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Senator Bates Issues Statement on Passage of AB-805

Passage of bill dilutes North County’s voice on transportation issues On Thursday, the California State Senate approved Assembly Bill 805 (Gonzalez Fletcher) that would change the governing structure ...

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Op-Ed: Celebrating Oktoberfest in Alabama with Executions

By Stephen Cooper October is a pleasant time of year to be in Alabama – especially if you love killing. Sure, happening times can be had in pumpkin ...

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Op-Ed: Councilman says County Sheriff Bill Gore is Willingly Refusing to Obey the Law

By the Hon. Rob McNelis An injustice is happening in San Diego County. And, the person causing the injustice is the county’s top law enforcement officer, Sheriff Bill ...

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Forensic Science Evidence Trending Towards Less Reliable

By Stephen Cooper In January 2016, bemoaning that “the more people talk about improving the use of forensic science in the courtroom, the more things stay the same,” ...

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San Diego County Gun Owners PAC Disappointed in U.S. Supreme Court’s Rejection of Challenge

The San Diego County Gun Owners PAC (SDCGO), a diverse and inclusive 700-plus-member political action committee promoting Second Amendment rights in San Diego County, has issued a statement ...

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Civilized, Constitution-Loving Californians Will Continue Capital Punishment Fight

By Stephen Cooper The biggest lie about Proposition (“Prop”) 66, California’s poorly drafted new death penalty law – only missing another “6” in numbering to be properly identified ...

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How John Steinbeck’s In Dubious Battle Helps Us Navigate Social Discord

By Stephen Cooper Rarely since the Great Depression has our country been as polarized and angry as it is today. On television, in newspapers, on social media, around ...

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A life without parole sentence – not the death penalty – for Hitler

By Stephen Cooper In a blood-thirsty column clamoring for faster executions in the United States, John Steele Gordon, a writer specializing in financial and business history, asserts: “Had ...

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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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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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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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