Commentary

Think About It

By George Hawkins

With this ring: New phone calls up frustration

My first portable phone was a pair of tin cans and some string. At the time, our regular land line was a multiparty affair uniting at least nine other families, though my memory suggests that system accommodated 20 homes.

Patriotism and tax laws

Warren Buffett has been the darling of the left-of-center bunch, which praises him for suggesting an increased tax rate for the rich. These people think the wealthy don’t pay enough in taxes to keep themselves, the 99 percenters, from having to pay more for the larger, more intrusive and abusive United States government they espouse.

Domestic, global troubles arenít on vacation

I didn’t write the following, circulated just before the president began a vacation, but agree without reservation. It was offered by a member of the San Diego Writers/Editors Guild and unsigned “so readers would not judge the content by its author.” It is not necessarily a reflection of the position of the guild.

Letís adjust to the fact of climate change

Let’s face it. Climate change is not a problem that some government edict can resolve. It is a fact. It should be addressed as such.

Never giving up can turn a life around

There is a persistent belief that former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill gave a five-word commencement speech at Harrow School, his alma mater. The story goes that he walked to the center of the stage and said, “Never, never, never give up.” And then, according to the tale, he sat down.

Patriots, detractors, wealth and success

Many in this country who consider themselves patriots accept the fact that the U.S. system of capitalism and democracy has flaws, but they consider those flaws minor compared to other ways people have of managing their societies. As Winston Churchill has oft been quoted, “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”

The rights and wrongs of flying the American flag

Van T. Barfoot died March 2. He was the man who was told by his homeowners association that he could not erect an American flag on a free-standing pole outside his home in Virginia because it violated an aesthetics guideline in the HOA’s covenants.

Paying it forward with courtesy

I don’t remember where I was when I first heard the phrase “someone is always watching.” Most likely it was at church-related youth fellowship meeting I sometimes attended as a teenager.

Personal wealth and presidential qualifications

Presumably looking to establish her cred with voters, Hillary Clinton has said she and her husband, Bill, were “dead broke” when the couple left the White House in 2001.

Public assistance and traditional values

Three members of the San Diego City Council in 2003 were accused of extortion, wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud for allegedly accepting illegal campaign contributions from a strip club owner. The accusation was related to an apparent desire to end the city’s no-touch laws.

Work begins on county grand jury

The 19 members of the 2014-15 San Diego County grand jury have been sworn in. Work began Tuesday. The Hon. David J. Danielsen installed the jury, including myself, and has supervisory responsibility over it.

Caught between legalization and zero tolerance

With the exception of medical marijuana, it is illegal to possess any amount of any material deemed to be an illegal drug in 48 of the 50 states. When nearly two-thirds of Colorado voters changed that law as it concerns recreational marijuana in Colorado, surrounding states, Utah in particular, may have seen a potential for some extra cash.

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