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.
My wife and I attended a Santana concert several years ago. The group had its beginnings in San Francisco in the late ’60s. Santana quickly skyrocketed to fame. The band sold more than 90 million records, among the best-selling of all time. My wife and I helped with those sales by purchasing vinyl platters years ago and CDs more recently. Carlos Santana is very popular in our house, especially with my wife.
Since at least late 2009 it has been clear in the details of the legislation grabbing federal domination of health insurance coverage that millions of Americans would not be able to keep their health insurance plans once certain enrollment requirements took effect Oct. 1. Supporters of Obamacare have made public denial their mantra throughout the intervening years.
The first Halloween I remember vividly was when I was 8. I dressed up as Donald Duck, complete with a duck-billed mask and funny little shoe toppers that looked like duck feet. I was a Mickey Mouse Club fan and Donald was a favorite. I even mastered a bit of Donald-sounding talk and used that when I begged for candy.
A website hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs says World War I “officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919…However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice…went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month…” in 1918. The following year, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed that November 11, 1919, would be Armistice Day.
The Affordable Health Care Act is a misnomer. The Act is, primarily, a change in how health insurance is handled. About the only thing the law will do is increase the cost of getting that insurance and change what all insurance policies must cover.
It is expensive to construct buildings, no matter the type. Public financing through bond sales adds significantly to that cost. Government agencies that want to issue bonds to fund construction usually hire a string of consultants to help them get through the rigors of the bond process, and all those consultants get a piece of the action.
Now that Bob Filner has resigned in disgrace as the mayor of San Diego after nearly 20 women stood up and condemned him for going well beyond the norms of interaction between men and women, the race for his replacement is on.
Tom Gade, who died in 2005, was a member of the San Diego City Council for four years in the late 1970s. He was an attorney, had a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and was the first in his family to graduate from high school and college. Tom did not come from wealth.
A sure way to get a government agency to write new regulations is to find a competitive advantage over an established, already regulated, business. Generally, in order to get the attention of the control-everything crowd that dominates government agencies, the first step is a complaint.
In general, people in this country respect the law and law enforcement officials. Although they are sometimes a bit selective, Americans tend to be law-abiding citizens.
San Diego’s City Council has confirmed its desire to apply California’s artificial construction wage to city-funded projects. The vote was along party lines with Democrats voting yes and Republicans voting no. Nothing has changed. It is still an expensive decision, intended more to curry favor with organized labor than anything else.
Every year a few weeks before the Super Bowl the hype starts. We get the standard inside stories about the teams and players, and the back stories about everything imaginable that might be of interest to the avid professional football fan.