Plain Speaking

By Ron Carrico

The truth about the JFK assassination

The 50-year anniversary of the murder of President John F. Kennedy — Nov. 22, 1963 — is upon us. This sad anniversary creates opportunities for the media and hucksters promoting old and new books, TV shows and conspiracy theories.

Gun fame

John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, Sirhan Sirhan, Adam Lanza, Jerad Loughner, James Holmes, William Spengler. What do these infamous names have in common? It is list of insignificant losers who made a name for themselves by committing heinous crimes killing prominent people or innocent citizens and children. Instant fame by using a gun -- gun fame.

Christmas past, present and future

Last week I went to my two granddaughters' preschool Christmas parties. There were more parents and grandparents than kids. Lots of pictures, presents and the kind of treats we only see at Christmas. Maybe I should say “holidays.”

Chargers: Where to from here?

Does the city owe the Chargers?

Time moves forward

We are moving through time, and so far it seems to be a one-way street. Our world is changing.

Should we trust promise or performance?

Elections should be about the future, not the past. But we have to look at both to decide whom to trust as our next president.

Stroke of luck

Writers are told to write what they know. Recently I became very familiar with a medical condition known as stroke. Well, in fact I had a stroke. As bad as that may sound, by some amazing stroke of luck I seem to have zero side effects.

A disappointing GOP convention, or the future of politics?

With enthusiasm I welcomed Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as GOP candidate for vice president of the United States. Maybe, at last, we could finally begin a real discussion of great political import rather than a campaign based on platitudes, gaffes and one-liners.

Power, pistols, pit bulls and politics

After another gun disaster in our country, is it time to consider if this is the new normal? Are we going to have innocent civilians killed by some heavily armed crazy person every few months?

Who benefits from the conservative agenda?

Various polls show that President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are very close in the presidential contest. Meanwhile, across the country, conservatives are doing well in electoral contests for state and federal offices. With the conservatives energized by the possibility of replacing Obama and gaining control of both houses of Congress, my question is this: Who benefits if the GOP wins big?

A parking plan for Balboa Park

Balboa Park, the gem of San Diego, is a topic of much discussion lately. At issue is the idea of limiting the Plaza de Panama to an automobile-free zone. It's a worthy idea making the center of the park an entirely pedestrian-friendly plaza.

Who should be mayor?

A polling company called, asking about the mayoral race and whom I favored. Actually, the questions regarded which of four individuals I favored or disfavored and how strong my feelings toward the candidates were — as in “slightly disfavor” or “strongly favor.”

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Ron Carrico

Carrico is a San Diego attorney....

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