Op-Ed

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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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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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 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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A man, a midlife crisis and a skateboard

By Stephen Cooper Have you ever — to the shock and horror of everyone you know — turned your back on a job you’ve been at for many ...

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The man living in front of the Maserati store is homeless

By Stephen Cooper Late on a Thursday night in Woodland Hills, California, the recessed lights of the Maserati Auto Gallery spotlight a gaggle of sleek, luxury automobiles; like carbon fiber and ...

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Gun Owners PAC Congratulates its Endorsed Winning North County Candidates

San Diego County CA— The San Diego County Gun Owners (SDCGO), a political action committee promoting Second Amendment rights, is congratulating its endorsed North County candidates who won ...

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Don’t We All Need a Friend?

By Stephen Cooper “Friend” is a reddish-brown submarine of a dog not unlike a cross between a miniature Jersey cow and tan Easter Bunny. His extra long hash-brown ...

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OpEd: Solitary Confinement Saps Our Country’s Collective Conscience

Over 125 years ago, in a death penalty case called In re Medley, 134 U.S. 160, 170-71 (1890), the United States Supreme Court wrote that solitary confinement was ...

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