Commentary

Think About It

By George Hawkins

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.

Does teacher tenure protect children or employees?

In a U-T San Diego article, Alex Caputo-Pearl describes a Los Angeles Superior Court ruling that struck down teacher tenure as unconstitutional as “an attack on teachers.” Caputo-Pearl, president-elect of United Teachers of Los Angeles, adds that challenging tenure is “a socially acceptable way to attack children.” People say the darndest things.

Raising minimum wage won’t reduce poverty

Once a politician adopts a position on a sexy proposal that appeals to many, it is hard to get that position changed. Facts be damned.

The confusing, contradictory case of Sgt. Bergdahl

The political and news uproar after the swap of five men who had been imprisoned in Guantanamo for more than 10 years for one American who had been held by hostile forces for five years doesn’t tell us what really happened.

New Waterfront Park is nice but …

Our family spent a couple of very pleasant hours on Mother’s Day afternoon at the new San Diego Waterfront Park. To us, this 12-acre, $50 million facility has a subtle eloquence.

Thank you for your service

Of late I have been thinking about the phrase “thank you for your service.” I hear it sometimes and almost always say it when I meet someone wearing a U.S. military uniform. It has become a comment, frequently used, to express appreciation to those who put themselves, potentially, in harm’s way on our behalf.

Lessons learned from the 2014 San Diego fires

The brush fires that raged in San Diego County last week were to be expected. As the population in the area expands and pushes farther and farther into what used to be called “the backcountry,” the chances of a mechanical device sparking a blaze increase.

She always had my back; moms are like that

There was a tag line for a television commercial years ago spoken by a young tyke who said, “Moms are like that. Yeah, they are.” The advertisement was for something that was supposed to be good for you.

Sterling, highly paid players and thought police

Donald Sterling is, in name only, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, a National Basketball Association team. The NBA has banned him for life. Sterling may not ever again involve himself in team affairs nor set foot in a stadium when an NBA team is playing. As an additional part of the NBA dictate, he was assessed a $2.5 million fine.

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