Commentary

John Patrick Ford

John Patrick Ford is a free-lance writer based in San Diego.

Observations

A new word and concept came to my attention last year when a group’s fundraising efforts saved San Diego Opera. Now I am aware that crowdfunding has other applications to raise money for a cause or to create a market.

Pensions and the ability of workers to save enough for retirement are getting some attention from Congress. Currently under debate is a proposal that financial advisers, particularly for pension planning, should be regulated by the federal government.

The people who want to shut down Sea World because of its use of orca whales to entertain the public are at it again. The latest target is the sea lion population that has adopted La Jolla Cove as a dormitory. Residents have complained about the stench and taken legal action.

Will the Bolts bolt to L.A.? It’s a possibility.

San Diego’s cultural world has experienced several major transitions in leadership. Two prominent music groups recently recruited new CEOs to lead their company’s future operations.

The debate over a new stadium is heating up again, ignited by Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s State of the City speech. Neither side of the issue was pleased.

If you are a business-news junkie like me, you could hardly miss the trends of the past two months that presumably predict the 2015 economy. Before the holiday season and on into January, retailing was a priority fiscal indicator. Now we have oil production as a runner-up for the most crucial headline of the day.

The eccentric figurehead leader of North Korea is at it again. Not content to rattle his neighbors by firing missiles over the Sea of Japan or secretly testing nuclear devices, Kim Jong Un has shown his ability to hack into any digital system. Is this the start of a cyberwar?

Deals, deals, deals. That’s what all the promotion of Black Friday and the entire Thanksgiving holiday was about. Forget the turkey dinner, family gathering and a few moments of thanks; just get out there for a deal.

Two commentaries in a recent edition of The Daily Transcript extended an explanation of why immigration reform cannot be legislated. The respective opinions of each columnist looked beyond the common excuse of congressional gridlock.

News coverage about American veterans with post-combat trauma is constant. Mental disorders, drug and alcohol addiction have evolved into suicides, as recently reported about the young Marine who shot himself on a firing range in Oceanside because of despondency.

Postponing Social Security benefits can be a key retirement component for better income in the golden years ahead. That’s what Dr. John Shoven, director of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, told a capacity audience at the UC San Diego Faculty Club.

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