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The Riehl World: Widening Freeways No Solution

By Richard Riehl Last week I received a letter from Carl DeMaio, Chairman of Reform California, a 527 political action committee. The letter had the headline: “ALERT: New ...

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Abolishing the Death Penalty Requires Morality

By Stephen A. Cooper In “How to Convince Americans to Abolish the Death Penalty,” Amherst College Professor Austin Sarat asserts “important lessons about how abolitionists can be successful ...

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“Wheel! Of! Fortune!” (A Vegas Story)

By Stephen A. Cooper An unnaturally tan woman with metallic blond hair and garish makeup has hit a bonus. Automated applause, bells, whistles, whoops, and all manner of ...

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The Riehl World: We Called Him Shaky

By Richard Riehl We called him “Shaky.” Not to his face, of course. We were first year college men, all grown up, except for our adolescent understanding of ...

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The Riehl World: My Time in the Twentieth Century

By Richard Riehl My wife and I met Ron Bouchard in the spring of 2018, a few months before his 102nd birthday party at Chateau Lake San Marcos, a ...

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Op-Ed: My Unforgettable College Stabbings (Reacting to Violence: A Personal History)

By Stephen Cooper Violence can and does occur anywhere at any time to anyone. While our current mass shooting epidemic has thrust this fact of being alive into ...

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Op-Ed: Julius Jones’s Hail Mary to Avoid a 21st-Century-Style Lynching

By Stephen Cooper Recently, by filing a petition for certiorari in the Supreme Court of the United States, Julius Jones, a black man condemned to death in Oklahoma, threw ...

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Don’t be an “Intexicated Driver”

“c u soom”.  By rear ending a vehicle, the typo was made. Sadly, teenage crashes increase this time of year.  Drinking and cell phones are some problems. Many drivers ...

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Op-Ed: Why Twitter brings out my worst self (and perhaps yours)

By Stephen Cooper As a full-time freelance writer – having transitioned from law practice at midlife, accursed with all the selfish, self-doubting sensibilities that kind of crisis entails – Twitter ...

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Op-Ed: Keith Tharpe and the Death Penalty’s Racist Roots

By Stephen Cooper Recently, the appalling spectacle of a black man condemned by a Georgia jury, a jury that included a racist bigot, reentered the American consciousness; if ...

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Op-Ed: Supreme Court Screw-Up Sullies U.S. Constitution

By Stephen Cooper Giving a speech at Georgetown University, late Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., said: “[T]he Constitution is a sublime oration on the dignity of man.” However, ...

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Op-Ed: Alabama Executions: Strictly a Christian Affair

By Stephen Cooper Over 60 years ago, Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren wrote that “[t]he basic concept underlying the Eighth Amendment is nothing less than the dignity ...

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Perils of Political Hype for O’side Voters

Think deeply before you vote people, lest the forces of greed make a mess out of this city “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens ...

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Is Oceanside City Council doing the will of We The People?

…..What amazes me is how the “new” City Council is moving toward dismissing the recommendations of their very own PLANNING COMMISSION…….Staff Report Recommendations to not go ahead with ...

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Op-Ed: How Congress Listens; why they fail

By John Ruffu Our free speech when we march on DC or on our local streets holding signs is “meaningless free speech” when our representative is “shut out” ...

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