George Hawkins

George Hawkins is retired after 35 years as a construction industry association manager. He was broadcast reporter and news anchor in Denver. As a Navy officer, he saw action in Vietnam in the River Assault Squadrons and is the recipient of a Silver Star and Purple Heart.

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Sweetwater Authority, the agency that provides water for National City, Bonita and the western and central portions of Chula Vista, has announced it will be increasing water rates. Helix Water District, serving La Mesa, El Cajon, Lemon Grove and unincorporated areas of San Diego County, sent a notice that it is planning rate increases for each of the next five years. The San Diego Public Utilities Department says essentially the same thing.

The United States has myriad weapons in its arsenal as it attempts to force attitude adjustments on regimes that have stated goals which we abhor. One of those stated goals is to rid the world of us, "The Great Satan." Another is to eliminate Israel. Neither goal appeals to most Americans.

The pressure to raise the minimum wage in California and across the country continues. The argument regarding the impact of these wage-control-type measures also continues.

When a so-called policy group stakes out a position, at the very least one would expect the position to stem from an accurate foundation. A group calling itself Smart Cities Prevail, on a website with that name, fails that simple test.

Recently the U.S. Supreme Court concluded that marriage between individuals of the same sex is protected by our constitution. That now seems to be settled law, though one never really knows anymore.

The American public is being trumped. The Donald has captured headlines and is leading the popularity polls among the 17 announced Republican Party candidates.

We have toured the USS Midway Museum, tied up on San Diego’s waterfront, several times since it opened to visitors in 2004. Each time, there has been something new to investigate. One of the more recent additions is a short movie, “The Voices of Midway,” detailing the Battle of Midway.

School districts all around San Diego are reviewing their security needs, in part because of the horrible events that occurred nearly three years ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. A deranged gun-toting 20-year-old shot his way through that elementary school and killed 20 children and six adult staff members.

For the past month we have had several groups of out-of-town friends and family visiting. It has been tour-guide time for us.

Of late there have been regular reports about some business or institution being electronically invaded. As sophisticated as we have been told they are, computer defense systems aren’t able to prevent hackers from capturing personal data. People with advanced computing skills seem to be able to collect pretty much what they want when they want it.

Last fall I was talking with a former Superior Court Judge about the civil grand jury system that is in place in California. While he was appreciative of the general concept of having a citizen oversight system at the broad level of a grand jury, he did not seem impressed with the way members are selected.

The incredibly vast array of things that induce people to commit vicious crimes is almost beyond comprehension. During the middle part of the 20th century, insidious criminal training manuals were resplendent in many soda shops. I think they were called comic books as a way to fool adults into letting their kids learn killing techniques.

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