Think About It

By George Hawkins

Graduation ceremonies for young and old

While graduation ceremonies can occur during almost any season, we are typically smothered with graduates in the late spring and early summer. For many, this is a time that reminds us of the next steps in our lives. For others, no kind of graduation ever occurs.

Redefining life, need, freedom for political reasons

One of the more recent sets of statistics about the number of pregnancies in the United States that end through artificial means comes from an Associated Press survey of the 45 states that keep such records.

English-language ballots should be the standard

There are areas of some cities in which most of the posted signs are in Spanish, Vietnamese or Chinese, to name a few. This may put many English only readers at a loss.

Questions to ask about climate change

Is the sky falling? Not yet, apparently, but everything else that could go wrong with the world’s climate is about to happen. In short, the world as we know it, at least according to some, is quickly going south.

Put yourself in the shoes of a displaced person

It is hard to imagine making a decision to leave your home for a new country, no matter how bad things may be where you are. Can you conceive of a situation so dire that you conclude the best course is to send your young children away, perhaps never to see them again? No one should ever have to deal with such draconian choices.

A veteran remembers the fallen

My last official day as an active duty member of the United States Navy was March 1, 1971. I was reminded of that as I was sifting through various documents looking for a specific piece of material I needed.

Perfidy among elected officials

Perfidy is defined in several ways. One definition is “an act or an instance of disloyalty.” Another is a “deliberate breach of faith; calculated violation of trust; treachery.” Both definitions apply to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and to the Chula Vista Elementary School District Board of Trustees.

Spring, mothers and babies

Spring has arrived and the word from the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, as well as the backyard, is new babies. They are arriving one after another and they are cute. Little baby birds, big baby hippos — size does not matter. Cute is what counts.

Water-use fines and dictatorships

The 2011 movie “Fast Five” is the fifth in the “Fast & Furious” movie franchise that, until number five, was more street racing than anything else.

Water lessons from 2,000 years ago

Petra is an ancient city in Jordan. It is located in one of the driest places on earth. This inhospitable site for a city was chosen because it is on a trade route, about halfway between people who had something to sell and people who were interested in buying. It seemed an ideal place for a way station. Citizens prospered.

The small return of plastic-bottle redemption

Trash collection days in the San Diego area vary from community to community. The people whose full- or part-time business is rifling through the blue recycle containers must plan their days, or at least their mornings, according to the schedule set by the refuse-collection companies.

The drought — and legal dispute — continue

The drought continues, as does the legal dispute between the Metropolitan Water District and the San Diego County Water Authority. The current dry spell is about three years old. The lawsuit is five years of age. Each continues and there is at least some question as to which will end first.

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George Hawkins

George Hawkins is retired after 35 years as a construction industry association manager. He was broadcast reporter and news anchor in Denver. As a Navy officer, he saw action in Vietnam in the River Assault ...

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