Op-Ed

Covid-19 Exposes the Death Penalty’s Selfishness

By Stephen Cooper Capital punishment has always been perverse, but during our country’s struggle with the coronavirus, its selfishness sticks out like a sneeze, its sickly aerosols joining ...

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Op-Ed: Yes on B – Creating Homes instead of a Mega-Mall

By W. Erik Bruvold With the Primary Election upon us, it is important for San Diego County voters to be well informed about their ballot choices and how ...

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Op-Ed: Local Issues Matter Too

By Jane Marshall While Presidential politics take all our attention, there are local issues that directly affect our day- to-day lives. And like national politics they’re influenced by ...

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Op-Ed: “Just Mercy” and Justice Don’t Exist in Alabama

The chance of there being “just mercy” for Nathaniel Woods—facing lethal injection on March 5 for the killing of three Birmingham police officers—is as good as the chance ...

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Yes on B Means a Better Choice for All San Diegans

Jack Feller, Deputy Mayor of Oceanside On March 3rd, we have an opportunity to shape the future of San Diego County for the better. Right now, there are ...

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Op-Ed: Desalinated Water – Beer’s Best Friend

By John Wammes The Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant has helped diversify our region’s water supply to support critical industries throughout San Diego. One of those industries, ...

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Op-Ed: Hey Los Angeles: More public restrooms, please!

By Stephen Cooper I have to pee. But I can hold it; thank you, God! I can hold it until I get there, and everything will be fine. ...

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Another Death Penalty Horror: Stark Disparities in Media and Activist Attention

On November 12, intrepid abolitionist Sister Helen Prejean tweeted to her legions of followers: “What do Sen. Ted Cruz, Gigi Hadid, Kim Kardashian, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and me ...

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Sick and Shrouded in Secrecy: Alabama’s Contract to Gas Humans to Death

By Stephen A. Cooper For $25,000, Alabama’s Attorney General Steve Marshall has contracted with Tennessee company “FDR Safety,” to assist Alabama in developing a barbaric new protocol – ...

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Op-Ed: If You Live In Oceanside, You Can Help Improve Our Government

Represent Oceanside (RO) is a grass-roots group of your fellow residents working to make Oceanside government ethical, transparent, and responsive to citizens’ input.  We are non-partisan and welcome ...

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Op-Ed: Judge Marks and Mass Incarceration in the Middle District of Alabama

By Stephen Cooper In 2016, together with former colleague Assistant Federal Public Defender Donnie W. Bethel, I wrote, “[p]eople of all persuasions, political parties, and philosophies have awakened ...

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The Riehl World: Waiting for the Big One

By Richard Riehl When we moved to California, Karen and I we were not alarmed by the occasional rattling of windows and coffee cups and swaying of chandeliers. ...

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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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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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