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Monday 01/20/2020
Regarding Wars And Other Conflicts

“Politics stops at the water’s edge.”

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Sewage Treatment Plant Finances Flawed And Out Of control

The actual project costs are much higher than the already-excessive costs estimated by the City. Before the considerations below are accounted for, the cost to the City will be in excess of $2.3 million over-and-above the cost of directly purchasing water. What has still to be accounted for are:

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Trumps Directions

Donald Trump seems to include killing people who might not have shared his opinions in our foreign policy initiatives. Last Friday, Qassem Soleimani, a very powerful figure in the Islamic Republic, was killed by an American air strike in Baghdad. No doubt we’ve had a few Presidents whose concerns were not shared by 150 million or more Americans.

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Supporting Military Families . . . .

Studies show that over a third of the personnel currently leaving military service early report that disruption of their children’s education is a primary reason. Public school teachers in traditional Navy towns like Coronado, Pensacola, and Norfolk often make extra efforts to mitigate the unique challenges facing military kids. I was saved, and didn’t know it was happening, when I barely made it back in February to graduate with my Coronado High School Class, of 1944. Some years later a favorite teacher told me they discovered I was missing a required half credit, lost somewhere among all the forwarded transcripts. They graduated me anyway. In retrospect, they probably knew my father was away in the Pacific war theater.

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Thursday 01/16/2020
Please Support This Vitally Important Project

On Jan. 8, the City of Coronado held an informational meeting regarding the Golf Course Modernization Project (Project) that consists of the construction of a recycled water facility, irrigation system upgrades, and a new maintenance facility. The City undertook extensive outreach, informing residents of the meeting through letters, social media, and articles in the paper and e-news publication. The outreach was successful, as the room was full and was standing room only.

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Serious Risks Are Created By The Council’s Proposed Sewage Treatment Plant

Coronado residents should understand that the City Council’s proposed golf course sewage treatment plant, although well intentioned, would create serious risks for them. The City Council has spent a considerable amount of money pursuing a project to pump 1 million gallons per day of raw sewage through buried pipes running from the City’s trans-bay sewage pumping station near the ferry landing, across the city along Tidelands Park, tunnel under Third and Fourth streets, then along the bike path at the bridge entrance, to a new sewage treatment plant to be constructed on the golf course near the Bay. The facility would separate and treat some of the liquid for irrigation use, and then return the rest of the sewage through a pipe back the same route.

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Monday 01/13/2020
Qassem Soleimani

Recent American activity included the U.S. airstrike in Baghdad on Jan. 2, 2020 of General Qassem Soleimani. This 62 year-old led a branch of Iran’s Revolution Guards, that reports to Ayatollah Ali Khamemei, the Supreme Leader. He was also accused of controlling militias in Iraq, Lebanon and Syria.

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Concerned About Golf Course Project

I began hearing bits and pieces about the Golf Course Modernization project and Water Reclamation Facility in recent months, much of which sounded fairly innocuous to me initially. What negatives could there possibly be about using reclaimed water to irrigate our golf course and parks, right? Turns out there are significant negative impacts of this proposed facility which is a purple pipe sewage plant, euphemistically being called a water reclamation facility.

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Targeted Killing Of Iranian General

The Democrats are in a dither because President Trump took decisive action to eliminate Iranian Revolutionary Guard General Qassem Soleimani, the director of Iran’s worldwide unconventional warfare campaign. The general’s proxy forces have been responsible for hundreds of U.S. casualties and attacks on American allies.  

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Thursday 01/09/2020
The New Year Brings New Laws

Legislators in Sacramento have been busy enacting new laws; in fact, nearly 1,200 of them. You may not be pleased with all of them, especially if you are of the conservative political persuasion. What Sacramento does is important not only to Californians but also to those living in other liberal states which often follow the lead of the nation’s largest.

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Monday 01/06/2020
City To Hold Informational Meeting, Please Attend

The City Of Coronado is proposing a Sewage Treatment Plant located on the golf course.

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We Are Grateful For Your Support

Thank you for making Coronado Playhouse a huge success in 2019!

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The Importance Of The Family Dinner Table

I don’t know that there is anything these days, that can fill the void left by the missing family dinner table. I grew up at a time when it was a must. All family members (in my case, my parents, brother and I) were, without exception, together at our dinner table – nightly. No school activity, no sport, nor plans with friends, superseded this event.

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Favoring The Wealthy

Certainly there are several meaningful marks of progress that can be attributed to President Trump. Our economy has grown splendidly over last several years. Unemployment is very low.

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Reflections And Hope For The New Year

As the old year ends, it’s customary to reflect on its highlights and low points and resolve that the next year will be better or at least happier. Alas, the highlights were obscured somewhat by political dissent. The nation has become even more bitterly divided politically and positions have hardened. Yet, the economy is booming and businesses are now competing even for unskilled workers, forcing wages upward. Historians will surely note these contradictions with some puzzlement.

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Small Town Newspapers

This is in praise of small town newspapers, especially ours.

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Thursday 01/02/2020
MOAA Concludes The 2019 Letters To The Troops Project

The Silver Strand Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) concluded its 20th annual Letters to the Troops Project in November. This year, over 1100 letters were contributed by children from Coronado Middle School, Village Elementary, Silver Strand Elementary, Christ Church Day School, Sacred Heart Parish School, and from St. Charles Catholic School in South San Diego, and from high school students enrolled in the Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Course (NJROTC) Programs at both Coronado High School and at Mar Vista High School. The letters addressed to Service Members, expressed each student’s gratitude and support for our Service Members and for their sacrifices for our Country. As in years past, the letters were delivered to Naval Base Coronado’s Public Affairs Office for distribution to Service Men and Women wherever they may be serving. From each of the participating schools two letters were selected to receive a gift certificate from Bay Books in recognition of the authors’ efforts to convey their support to our Service Members. Along with the letters that earned gift certificate awards, several letters from each school were also singled out for Honorable Mention recognition.

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Tuesday 12/31/2019
A Morning At The Pool, World Culture In Microcosm

While watching a friend’s water aerobics class, I was thinking how like our culture in general.

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Monday 12/30/2019
To Friendship And Enrichment

May we find in a retrospective of 2019 and a prospective of 2020 the friendships that allow for enriched relationships. Let us accept the changing tomorrows that may carry both unexpected opportunities and inequities.

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Sunday 12/29/2019
Speaking Up

Regarding the deplorable and inhumane treatment of migrants as noted by more than 1700 letters sent from federal centers. One of many letters tells of rotten food, high cost and violent conflicts in Otay Mesa Center detainees who are some of the victims.

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Saturday 12/28/2019
A Detraction

The Eagle & Journal is a wonderful read and warms my heart to hear of local tales and all things Coronado. The thing that detracts from it is the continuous regurgitation of anything J.F. Kelly heard on Faux News or from Rush Limbaugh. There are plenty of places I can go to hear divisive rhetoric but I think the Journal should not be a platform for the continued slanted views of Mr. Kelly. Let’s keep the Journal a source of local happenings!

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Friday 12/27/2019
911 - Don’t Count On It!

I hate to get dramatic about this, but on the night of Dec. 4, I fell and cracked three ribs (Emergency Room Xray diagnosis). It hurt, but I went back home and took up residency on the first floor of my house.

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This Impeachment Marks A Turning Point

As the year draws to a close, it’s time to take stock of where we are as a nation. Where we are is in two camps divided by a chasm. Not since the Civil War have we been more divided. I believe, however, that the impeachment of the president of the United States marks a turning point. Described as an historic event because it is only the third time a U. S. president has been impeached, it is more historic for the fact that it is the first time that a U.S. President has been impeached purely on political grounds without a single vote of support by the opposition party. Moreover, it happened in spite of a record of presidential successes and during a period of unprecedented prosperity.

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Thursday 12/26/2019
Not Using Your Turn Signal Is Not OK Either

In Elliot Schubert’s letter he states that “Racial Profiling is Not OK.” I contend that not using your turn signal is not OK either.

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Life Is An Experience

Unless I’m prepared, along with millions of others, to recognize that our words will not pass as a sonic for those who follow, there is little reason, in the face of the growing list of platonic concerns, to imagine we will be able to reduce the weight that we now carry.

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Taking To Task

I’ll spare everyone the fancy prose and extra reading and simply take your J.F. Kelly and his column “Another Season of out Discontent” to task, thus:

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In The Holiday Spirit?

Wonderful time of the year with all the lights down Orange, houses with beautiful decorations and children’s laughter.

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Impeachment Problem

Many will debate and continue the argument of the theory of having House Judiciary Committee hearings impeachment argument brought before a Federal Court on the Obstruction of Congress and Abuse of Power charges, as suggested by Louisiana House representative Mike Johnson who practiced constitutional law for about two decades.

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A Christmas Present From Congress

According to most opinion polls, roughly half of Americans want the president impeached and half do not. Could there be a more vivid indication of the political divide in this country? In a deeply-disturbing book entitled “How Democracies Die,” authors Steven Levitsky and David Zillat argue that when the populace is so deeply divided over serious issues and compromise seems impossible, tyrants often emerge as populists who promise to get things done but not always in the right way.

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Thursday 12/19/2019
The Loss of True Christmas Spirit Via Cell Phone

In these days of technology driven lives, many have lost the ability to communicate, feel and care on a human level, let alone enjoy the Christmas spirit. Much of how we express our feelings are done via text or email. Instead of truly expanding and connecting to our world, this new technology seems to do the opposite. Now technology has its benefits, but bringing everyone together in a personal way, having actual conversations … not so much.

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Three Coastal Commission Strikes, But Do Not Count Coronado Out

The Intergovernmental Panel on climate change (IPPC) defines adaptation as “any adjustment in natural or human systems in response to actual or expected climatic stimuli or their effects which moderates harm or exploits beneficial opportunities”.

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Monday 12/16/2019
A Moment Of Reflection

I’ve a heater in my office, because I left Hawaii 30 years ago. My problems include a very limited amount of body fat. None of my three sons are as thin as me. None has chosen to move into a mild winter climate. All are in their thirties and about 6 feet tall. I may have been 5 foot 6 inches at 18 and I guess without shoes at 82 there’s little chance I reach 5 foot 5 inches.

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Racial Profiling Is Not Okay

J.F. Kelly Jr. believes that racial profiling is a good idea. In his article headed “The Voters Deserve More Choices,” he says that the New York City policy of “stop and frisk” was never popular among blacks, hispanics, and liberals who opposed profiling.

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One Tenth Of One Percent

The Republicans led by Donald J. Trump, have loudly trumpeted (pun intended) the tax cuts they have provided to the citizens of America. So I checked my taxes for the years of 2017 as compared to 2018. 2017 was, as claimed by the Republicans, too early to realize the tax cuts. 2018 was the first year that the full impact of the tax cuts were to take place.

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Hopes For 2020 Election

There have been more than a few problems created by President Trump for Donald Trump.

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Friday 12/13/2019
Another Season Of Our Discontent

With apologies to John Steinbeck, we are about to experience another winter of our discontent. The holiday season, a season of good will to all, is upon us but there is precious little good will in evidence. It’s not too early to reflect on the accomplishments of the year just concluding. For the Democrat party, accomplishments were few except that they managed to cobble together articles of impeachment in an attempt to remove a duly-elected president less than eleven months before a national election would leave that decision with the voters where it belongs. This extraordinary action by the House of Representatives for only the third time in our history will further divide our already deeply divided nation. It is, furthermore, a waste of time and expense because the effort will fail in the GOP-controlled Senate.

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Tuesday 12/10/2019
Life In Coronado

I’m over 80, but probably look like a seven year old. I attribute my youngish appearance to being a little short. Of course if I was 6 foot 3 inches as opposed to 5 foot 5 inches I might not get juvenile movie passes, (which I don’t really get).

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Sunday 12/08/2019
To Separate Immigrant Children From Their Parents

It has been reported that he plans to separate 1,556 immigrant children at the border from their parents. It is more children than previous separations. The President is either uninformed or uncaring about that inhumane policy being carried out. Separating children from their parents brings back horrific polices carried out during World War II in Europe.

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Friday 12/06/2019
Surfrider Tells Resident To Shut Up

On Oct. 15, 2019, life-long IB resident Leon Benham received a threatening letter from Surfrider warning him to immediately stop expressing his views on the Surfrider-supported so-called Tijuana River Valley (TRV) Stakeholder’s Solution to sewage originating from Mexico. (NOTE: you can read the full text of the letter at https://citizensforcoastalconservancy.org/surfrider-cease-and-desist/). This attempted prohibition on public discussion was meant to include “Letters to the Editor,” such as this one. This “cease and desist” letter was signed by Surfrider Chief Operating Officer Michelle Kremer, and cc’d to Surfrider Chief Executive Officer Chad Nelson. Not only do these two individuals not reside in IB or the border area, they do not even reside in San Diego County! This nevertheless did not stop them from trying to keep Mr. Benham quiet about what was happening literally in his own backyard.

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Thursday 12/05/2019
Fighting The War On Fossil Fuels

Leading the war on fossil fuels are the coastal elites, principally clustered in California and New York. The Golden State and the Empire State provide probably the best examples of the excesses of the climate change warriors. By way of full disclosure, let me state at the outset that I am not a climate change denier. I accept that we’ve had climate change throughout the history of the earth and that it sometimes causes serious problems. My mind is still open, however, with regard to what man should be doing about it. Of one thing I’m certain, though. There are some seriously misguided people who think that they can precipitously halt the use of fossil fuels without serious impact on the safety, health and comfort of millions.

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Wednesday 12/04/2019
The Time Has Come To Lower Drug Prices

The largest single expense we have, as older Americans pushed out of the job force, (not really retired), is the money we spend on medications.

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Enjoy Thanks-Giving

We are closing on the X-mas holiday session. My sister called early today. She was reminding me that her birthday was three days ago. It was not my fault. I haven’t quite worked out the reason she thought I would have called and maybe sent a card. I am four years her senior and she knows there is little she should expect from an older man.

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Tuesday 12/03/2019
Monarch School Turkey Project

Many thanks to the good people of Coronado for making Thanksgiving possible for the families of homeless children. We roasted a total of 56 turkeys, made some 50 quarts of gravy and delivered them all just over the bridge yesterday to feed 500 people attending the Project Connect Fall Festival at the Monarch School of San Diego.

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Monday 12/02/2019
Get Ready For Ocean Water Quality To Take A Dive!

Locals in Imperial Beach and Coronado may not be aware that the currently proposed plan that is called The TRV (Tijuana River Valley) Stakeholders Solution as proposed by the Surfrider Foundation, North American Development Bank (NAD), and supported by the Mayor of Imperial Beach and his non-profit corporation Wildcoast could result in the quadrupling of the amount of treated sewage being dumped off Imperial Beach from the current 25 million gallons a day (mgd) to more than 100 million gallons a day. Anywhere else in the United States, this sewage dump would be illegal and a direct violation of the Clean Water Act.

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Moral Support

I hope Radm Collin Green (Senior Commander of SpecWarfare, the SEALs, based in Coronado) is feeling a kind of telepathic moral support throughout our island for the very public stand he and the Chief of Naval Operations are taking against the Twitter in Chief.

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Thank You For The Music!

The fabulous Film Festival is over but there is still top entertainment on our island. The Coronado Playhouse features a wonderful live theater production of “Mamma Mia!” We’ve both seen “Mamma Mia” in London and the traveling Broadway musical in LA/San Diego, and now in Coronado two times in a week! (This is a shorter, smaller version but just as fun!)

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Commodities Worth?

Both Luan Troxel (Nov 13) and Daron Case (Nov 20) opinions about the Golf Course sewer plant were interesting and truthful. Yes, it is going to be very expensive to build and maintain. Yes, we did sue the Navy on a trumped up charge that they owe us the sewage because they are on the Coronado side of a property boundary. In reality, the City needs their portion of waste to meet the goal of 1 million gallons of sewage to make 750,000 gallons of purple pipe water. I find that John Moutes article (Nov 20) recaps what had been stated in both Council meetings, public meetings and the “studies” by Atkins (Mar. 2014) and the Coronado Golf Course Modernization Project -2018/2019 Final Feasibility Study Report. However. I disagree with the comment that this is wastewater when in reality it is a commodity that all parcel owners can market to the City of Coronado who will absolutely need it.

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Wednesday 11/27/2019
The Voters Deserve More Choices

Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is jumping into the race for the Democrat presidential nomination. He is a welcome addition because none of the other Democrat aspirants to the most powerful office on earth really should be trusted with this economy. They have little to offer the American people except greatly expanded government, much higher taxes, a spiraling national debt and a likely end to the economic growth achieved during the first three years of President Donald Trump’s term. Their main goal, moreover, seems to be the impeachment of the president, apparently because they lack, for good reason, sufficient confidence in their ability to defeat him at the polls in eleven months.

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Tuesday 11/26/2019
Mayor Bailey Announces Bid for Re-Election In 2020

Over the past few years we’ve seen the start of several great initiatives that will make Coronado more financially sound, environmentally friendly, with greater local control and an overall better, more inclusive community than it was four years ago.

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Monday 11/25/2019
It’s Time For Intelligent Conversation

Now I would like everyone to take a deep breath for a minute and really contemplate global warming.

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