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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.

Think About It

National headlines regarding the Ukraine get worse each day. No one seems to know what to do or, indeed, if the United States ought to do anything at all. Sanctions against Russia? Arms or financial aid for Ukraine’s police and military?

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution consists of 45 relatively simple words. The Legal Information Institute, on a website under a Cornell University Law School banner, says the Amendment “protects the right to freedom of religion and freedom of expression from government interference.”

Most of us understand that one size does not fit all. California’s constitution also recognizes this by allowing cities, with the approval of the voters, to establish charter city status. A charter city, and there are more than a hundred in California, can, in many instances, develop rules and regulations that meet the needs of their citizens rather than follow the broad brush strokes of California law. There is, however, at least one exception. If the matter is of statewide concern, general law applies.

A retired friend of mine, who was in charge of management education for the San Diego Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, would tag his email messages with a comment about training.

Whether or not a stated claim is based on fact or was made to further an agenda, speak it often enough and people will believe it is true.

Based on several recent court decisions and the passage of some laws, it would seem lawmakers believe judges and prosecutors can read minds. One example of this is hate crimes.

Sgt. Jeff Jordon, a representative of the San Diego Police Officers Association (POA), recently explained to the San Diego County Taxpayers Association that budget cuts over the past 10 years have dramatically changed the department. That concerns the POA.

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.

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