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.
During nearly every election campaign for political office, a phrase often used by voters is “follow the money.” The implication is that candidates don’t have their own opinions.
The first two sentences of my first piece for this space a few years ago were: “I am a lucky man. I was born in the United States of America.”
The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution enshrines the right of citizens to own and carry weapons. This concept, at least for the moment, is also enshrined in California as the result of what some might consider a surprising ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
The government-imposed minimum wage in California is on the rise. It will move from $8 per hour to $9 on July 1, and $10 per hour on Jan. 1, 2016.
I wasn’t in San Diego in the ’90s so I can’t imagine the state of mind of San Diego Charger football fans in January 1995. I am sure that was a time of great fun.
The idea of term limits date back at least to ancient Athens. The argument persists to this day.
When I was a youngster, one of the big arguments of the day was associated with the adage “spare the rod and spoil the child.” My parents did not take that literally, but my sister, brother and I knew that if we messed up, there would be punishment. That knowledge shaped our behavior.
I have been involuntarily unemployed just once in my life. My wife was due to deliver a baby two and a half months after I lost a broadcast job.
The Federal Communications Commission voted in mid-December to repeal the National Football League’s blackout rule, a regulation it implemented in 1975. Most football fans know that unless a local team sells all of the tickets for a specific game, that game won’t be shown to local viewers.
Leading up to the most recent Budget Control Act, often referred to as sequestration, predictions of dire consequences were widespread. In September, with no new budget in the offing and a so-called government shutdown pending, those predictions of economic disaster continued.
Seventy years ago, retail outlets in Oklahoma were required by law to sell their products for at least 6 percent over invoice. Businesses did not want to have to use pricing to compete and a business-controlled legislature agreed. Anecdotal evidence shows that some retailers did not comply. It must have been pretty hard to enforce. This year, lawmakers in Oklahoma eliminated the sales-price floor.
The National Football League has launched a public relations campaign that asks people why they like football. Several celebrities and political figures are among the many whose answers have been shown on NFL Network and elsewhere. One viewer responded that he felt the NFL produces a violent and brutal competition.