George Mitrovich

George Mitrovich is president of The City Club of San Diego and The Denver Forum, two leading American public forums.


Have you been to traffic court? Let me presume you haven't. Great. Because you don't want to go there. You will lose. The system is set up for you to lose. And as systems go, this one is virtually fail-safe.

The City Club of San Diego held a national conference on immigration in 1982. As conferences go, this became hugely significant.

On the invasion of Iraq, Gen. Colin Powell famously told President George W. Bush, “If you break, it you own it.”

Philip Seymour Hoffman was a great actor. He was also a heroin addict.

The rollout of President Barack Obama’s health care act was a major screw-up and when the president described it at a press conference as a “fumble,” he insulted our intelligence.

President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was killed 50 years ago today, dead of an assassin’s bullet while riding in the streets of Dallas. Like so many others of a certain generation, I remember where I was and what I was doing when I heard the shocking news.

For the past couple of years I have written Baseball Notes during the major league season. For a while I did them every day, but even for me that was too much, so this season, 2013, I did Notes on weekdays.

When people suggest I am a “writer,” my inclination is to reject the characterization. Given that my life has been surrounded by writers, not a few of whom are famous — Richard Reeves, Gay Talese, George Plimpton, David Halberstam, Gloria Steinem, John Farrell, Michael Gordon, Gordon Edes, Dan Shaughnessy and Juliet Schor — I simply cannot accept that I belong in such company, because I know I don’t.

While browsing recently in the fiction section of the Adams Avenue Book Store in Normal Heights I came across a book about Ayn Rand, although the book I pulled from the shelf was not fiction, but was leaning against “Atlas Shrugged.”

"If we know a nation is capable of enduring continuous discussion, we know that it is capable of practicing with equanimity continuous tolerance." — Walter Bagehot, "Physics and Politics" (1872)

There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.

Some Republicans have no shame, especially Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham. The senators’ attacks on Ambassador Susan Rice over Benghazi are relentless. Why, because of something she said on "Meet the Press"? Really?

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