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George Mitrovich

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

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Malcolm Muggeridge was a friend of mine, from the day we met over tea at the Huntington Sheraton in Pasadena in 1965, until the day he died, Nov. 14, 1990 – 24 years ago today.

I believe in government, which is established through the means of politics.

The drug epidemic sweeping our country is someone else’s problem until it becomes your problem, as it has become my family’s problem.

Few things annoy me more than when the argument “He should have known” or “She should have known” is used.

When I was doing some work for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, I put together a private dinner at Rainwater’s (Remember Rainwater’s? What a loss.).

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.

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