Ron Carrico

Carrico is a San Diego attorney.

Plain Speaking

President Barack Obama gave one of his most compelling speeches two weeks ago at the Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma, Ala., on the road to Birmingham. Unfortunately, it was not well covered in the press and U-T San Diego buried it on Page A24 of the Sunday edition.

Apparently football causes brain damage — especially among politicians. At least that is the way it looks whenever the discussion of public subsidies for professional football team owners begins.

It is time to build that pipeline. No, not the oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf. But a water pipeline into California. Let’s face this simple fact: Our water shortage is not going away.

My wife and I went to see the movie "Her." The movie has won many accolades and is nominated in several Academy Award categories.

After trying Bob Filner as mayor and finding him a bad choice, we voters are now considering two more candidates. Both want a very demanding job with overwhelming problems.

Admission: I am a car guy ... well, airplanes too. I am a member of the San Diego Automotive Museum and for several years I was on the board of directors. I resigned two years ago when I determined that the Auto Museum board was not moving forward. Two years later, the Auto Museum is still stuck, basically just treading water and surviving.

For Padres fans and anyone who knew him, the passing of Jerry Coleman is very sad. We offer condolences, but we also celebrate his life. As he liked to say, "Hang a star on that one!"

Ever wonder about the polling samples that are referred to so much by TV and newspaper stories? The other day I received an unsolicited phone call from someone representing himself as with a “marketing research” company or some other polling organization. I don’t know who this apparent “researcher” represented.

The mayoral election is Tuesday. The four main viable and qualified candidates are David Alvarez, Mike Aguirre, Kevin Faulconer and Nathan Fletcher.

The 50-year anniversary of the murder of President John F. Kennedy — Nov. 22, 1963 — is upon us. This sad anniversary creates opportunities for the media and hucksters promoting old and new books, TV shows and conspiracy theories.

John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, Sirhan Sirhan, Adam Lanza, Jerad Loughner, James Holmes, William Spengler. What do these infamous names have in common? It is list of insignificant losers who made a name for themselves by committing heinous crimes killing prominent people or innocent citizens and children. Instant fame by using a gun -- gun fame.

Last week I went to my two granddaughters' preschool Christmas parties. There were more parents and grandparents than kids. Lots of pictures, presents and the kind of treats we only see at Christmas. Maybe I should say “holidays.”

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