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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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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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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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Op-Ed: Candidates Vie for Appointment to Oceanside City Council

North County’s largest city is still reeling from the results of the recent Midterm General Election. Newly created council districts lead to a face-off between incumbent Council-members in ...

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Op-Ed: When will journalism grapple with the ethics of interviewing mentally ill arrestees?

By Stephen A. Cooper When, in a December 2016 column for The Hill, I accused the New York Times, the venerable “Gray Lady” of American journalism, of violating basic journalistic ethics in ...

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OpEd: The prospective gassing of human beings in Alabama is an abomination

By Stephen A. Cooper When, in October 2016, I wrote “[d]eath row inmates in Alabama are human guinea pigs” because the state’s capital punishment regime — specifically its barbaric, often ...

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Op-Ed: Gun Owners Political Action Committee Announces November 6th Endorsements

San Diego County Gun Owners (SDCGO), a political action committee promoting Second Amendment rights, has announced its endorsement of North County candidates for the Nov. 6 election. According ...

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OpEd: Gun Owners PAC cite political contributions reveal anti-gun basis of Del Mar fair board members

 Del Mar fair board members who will decide on future of the Crossroads gun show San Diego County Gun Owners (SDCGO), a political action committee promoting Second Amendment ...

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OpEd: The Deafening Drumbeat of the Unfree

By Stephen Cooper Above the din of disturbing news – that discordant banging you’re hearing, steadily getting louder and louder, that you can no longer ignore – that’s ...

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Op-Ed: Countywide election for assessor-recorder-clerk includes incumbent Ernie Dronenburg

A normally low-profile, countywide political race that often falls under the radar for many voters features Ernie Dronenburg, incumbent for the office of San Diego County Assessor/Recorder/Clerk. Dronenburg, ...

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Op-Ed: How My Cyberstalker Helped Me Discover Cell Companies are Exploiting Harassment Victims

By M. O’Neal Imagine you’re being harassed by a cyberstalker. Now, imagine begging your cellphone provider to help you block his number for peace of mind and personal ...

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