Commentary

Daniel Coffey

Daniel Coffey is a 22-year attorney with a chemical engineering undergraduate degree from University of California, Davis. A former appointee to the San Diego Park and Recreation Board, Mr. Coffey follows San Diego politics closely as an active member of the community.

On San Diego

A major barrier to adopting electric vehicles is “range anxiety,” a sensible consideration that can become genuine panic when you are the owner of an “empty” electric vehicle looking for that currently very rare thing: an operable public charging station conveniently located where you plan to be, live or work.

The classic “ugly” joke goes: "I was so ugly as a child they hung a pork chop around my neck so the dog would play with me." Who knew that would become a sound municipal governing principle?

The drones are coming! The drones are coming! Let’s face it, we do love our machines.

In deciding Burwell v Hobby Lobby Stores, the U.S. Supreme Court recently made Pandora’s box kits available in Hobby Lobby stores nationwide. Each kit allows the purchaser to assemble any number of social ills and statutory marvels and then loose them upon society, all with a full stamp of approval from the nation’s highest court.

Knowing how to properly handle and care for firearms is both important and a grave responsibility. Beginning when I was a relatively young child, my father taught me how to handle firearms. Paramount in this educational process was his fundamental admonition, which had no exceptions: “Never, ever point a gun, loaded or unloaded, at another person!”

It seems what the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution was to the 1930s New Deal and integration of the nation, the First Amendment has become for modern conservatives bent on disintegrating the federal government while waging political and economic war on the middle class and poor.

We are invited to shun an American soldier returned from the war in Afghanistan because some in military and civilian life assert that he should not have been brought home, or at least not in exchange for individuals who fought against America.

Returning again to the notion of a “revenue-neutral” tax on carbon to remedy global warming, it’s worth noting that the devil is in the details, and both devil and details are abundant in this particular approach. In fact, the genus and species within the family “Revenue-Neutral Carbon Tax” are numerous and each hides a level of peril to people as yet underappreciated. Here are but a few pitfalls to consider.

Elizabeth Kolbert, a staff writer for The New Yorker and author of “Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature and Climate Change,” climatologist Dr. James Hansen; and others advocate a “revenue-neutral” tax on carbon to remedy global warming. This misguided notion deserves some critical review.

The minimum wage provides an important but arbitrary value below which employed people should not fall. However, it does not ensure a full or minimum work week, nor does it provide job security.

The city of San Diego is legally obligated by an indemnification agreement to pay the attorney fees of the innocent former city officials who were wrongly prosecuted by District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and former U.S. Attorney Carol Lam (the federal fee case is temporarily stayed). Thus far the city has refused to pay, despite the reality that substantial interest is accruing.

Risk is the new, vague, one-word mantra circulating within the climate change community, the polite shortcut to knowledge. A sophisticated sounding word, risk is more aptly a substitute word meaning bad things. It can mean risk of loss or probability, but who really knows? It just sounds good.

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