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Think About It

By George Hawkins

Veterans Day should be day of mourning, gratitude

Veterans Day.

Election 'silly season' spans nation, not just California

The 2010 midterm election, this year's "silly season," is nearly over. In some cases the vote counting will continue and there is always the chance of a legal challenge but for the most part another election is behind us.

Organized labor challenges Prop A by confusing voters

Beware the tricky wording. Organized labor is so incensed over decisions to focus on fair and open competition, it resorts to deceptive arguments to challenge measures like Proposition A on the San Diego County Ballot this November.

Honest efforts toward pension reform, but still long way to go

Elected officials are easy to criticize. They are public figures whose actions are visible to everyone. It's impossible for them to do anything that doesn't have at least someone objecting.

Elected officials' solutions to S.F. budget crisis won't benefit many

A few months ago I read a short news story which said it all. It read in part " ...San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newman announced Friday that union leaders have agreed to furlough most city employees for 12 days over the next two years."

Union leaders should clean up own act before pointing fingers

Normally, the best defense is a good offense. That's true in sports and it's true when your organization is losing public support, as is the case with organized labor at every level.

Generous civil pension programs not fault of worker

Retirement ... most of us look forward to that day. To my surprise being retired is not quite what I expected.

Helix District's pension problem affecting water rates

Water use in the Helix Water District's service area is down 17 percent over the past three years. In June 2010 consumption was almost 12 percent lower than June 2009.

A shining example of bravery

In an edition of Webster's New Universal Unabridged Dictionary, published in 1983, bravery is defined as "1. courage; valor; fearlessness of danger."

Recession-strapped taxpayers being asked for more money

It's "get more taxes from the public" season. In some cases, elected officials are again, or is it still, looking to the public to paper over financial structural problems with more money.

Protection of free speech worth the occasional chafing

The Stolen Valor Act of 2007 is a federal law that was written with the intention of preventing people who are not entitled to them from wearing or claiming eligibility for military decorations.

How much freedom are we willing to give up?

It is surprising what one can learn from a baby jack rabbit.

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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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