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At the last Coronado Unified School District (CUSD) school board meeting, board members spoke about the importance of earning back the trust of the community. But psychologists (and HR directors) will tell you that confidence and trust cannot be regained once it has been lost - until mistake…

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I recently received an anonymous letter written by a mystery lady who identified herself only as, “The mother of one of your 1975 CHS classmates.” 

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I contend that every major problem we have as a country can be traced to Republican policies and priorities. One, President Regan greatly exacerbated the homeless situation by removing mental patients from hospitals and placing them on the streets. Two, the oil lobby (primarily backed by Rep…

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If you have a fondness for the architecture of the Ferry Landing Marketplace complex, act now or prepare to kiss it good-by.

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Here are the two fundamental questions facing the United States Senate right now: do all Americans have the right to equal access to the ballot box, and should states be allowed to ignore the will of their voters by giving their legislatures the power to overturn election results.

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The Biden/Harris ticket won election by a relatively-slim margin. Had outgoing president Donald Trump not clumsily interfered in the Georgia senate runoff election, Republicans would probably have a majority in the U.S. Senate today, forcing President Joe Biden to govern more from the center…

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I was sad to learn that Trustee Stacy Keszei has resigned from her post as a Coronado School Board Trustee. Public service is not easy and we should all pay her a debt of gratitude for supporting our students after the tortilla incident, which led to so much disfunction last year. 

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In the Jan. 5 Coronado Eagle & Journal, Coronado Unified School District’s (CUSD) new School Board President Esther Valdes-Clayton provided the Coronado community a brief glimpse into her approach for the next 12 months. Trustee Valdes-Clayton offered that we should not be afraid to “thr…

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Way, way back in the day, down by the bay between the foot of E Avenue and the foot of Orange, there was once a huge vacant space of at least a square block in area (it could happen), a wide-open but pothole-riddled parcel of flat earth now home to condos.

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Pop star Nicki Minaj told her 22.6 million Twitter followers and the 157 million on Instagram that a friend of a cousin in Trinidad got the COVID shot and then his testes swelled to enormous proportions leaving him impotent. The major news networks and public health officials quickly mounted…

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The Coronado community is fortunate to have two gifted writers in Jim Kelly and Jon Sinton. They contribute mightily to our body of knowledge on a weekly basis, offering diverse opinions to balance the liberal/conservative debate that divides our politics today.

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The Coronado citizens’ group advocating to save the last remaining island bay front open space, east of Il Fornaio, have not given up in spite of City Council’s refusal to place the issue in their Port Master Plan letter. Reason given: The site was designated for commercial development decades ago.

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The Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln recently departed its San Diego homeport for another lengthy distant duty deployment. This one, however, was unique for at least two reasons. It’s the first carrier deployment for a Marine Corps F-35C fighter squadron and in c…

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Coronado Middle School (CMS) sixth graders will be attending the annual San Diego County Outdoor Education Camp at Camp Cuyamaca from Feb. 7-11. Trained outdoor-education teachers will guide our students in the study of conservation, nature, and science. Lessons incorporate trail experiences and citizen scientist projects to create

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Thanks to Sarah Steindl for her City Page interview of 2022 CUSD Board President Esther Valdes-Clayton. We the Parents Coronado were encouraged by Trustee Valdes-Clayton’s support for parent participation in guiding Coronado schools.

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I’m just curious as to the tree lighting ceremony this year (December 2021) - why was the tree so poorly lit? There were hardly any lights on it, and throughout the month, only the bottom portion stayed lit. Isn’t that a very sad representation of such a wonderful town? The trees all down th…

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While walking along our neighborhood’s vintage sidewalks with dear Addy, my darling daughter’s darling chocolate lab, we noticed a path of precious pawprints shallowly embedded in the well-weathered concrete underfoot, obviously the handiwork (paw-work?) of someone’s wayward pet way back in …

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Good day, fellow Coronado residents and Happy New Year. I have three institutions of merit about whom I am concerned. Without our collective help they may not be able to make a go of it in the long term. May I suggest, for your consideration and future decision making that, maybe, we as enga…

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We’re suckers for great marketing. Slogans simplify big ideas into memorable phrases. With “Where’s the Beef?”, Wendy’s repositioned McDonalds’ burgers as skimpy. FedEx debuted a logistics and delivery revolution with “When it Absolutely, Positively, Has to be There Overnight.”

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Looks like we may have to wait a while longer for anything approaching the latest iteration of President Biden’s signature legislation the Build Back Better Act (“BBB”) to pass through congress. A recent contributor to “Letters and Commentary” opined that Mitch McConnell, and the delusional …

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By most definitions, 2021 was not a great year for the world or its inhabitants. But the start of each new year is as good a time as any for trying a different approach to some of the problems that carry over from the old year. It’s also a time for assessing the performance of those we elect…

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A TV commercial has been running for a car agency that illustrates our argument with the Coronado City Council over preservation of the open shoreline space east of Il Fornaio restaurant.

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To say that the last two years have been a doggie downer would be an understatement. When will the masks stop, when will the vaccine work, when will our front line workers get a break, when will we go back to work in an actual office, and when will the loss of lives come to an end? Seems lik…

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The City Council picked the waterfront restaurant over a park on the open space next to Il Fornaio! Yes they did, at tonight’s (Dec. 21) Council meeting. Supported the Port of San Diego’s continued commercial desecration of our bay shoreline over the residents of Coronado. Turned up their co…

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This letter is to alert the many people who participated in commenting on the Port Master Plan ( known as the PMPU) in 2019 of a potential reversal of our hard won community victory. After hundreds of residents showed up at meetings with the Port and submitted hundreds of comment letters mos…

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At the Dec. 21 Council Meeting the City discussed a draft of their comment letter on the Port’s new Draft PMPU and PEIR. Despite the hard fought efforts by residents that stopped the Port from including new hotels in their current plans, the City is considering including a statement that wou…

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A fifth of the way through the 21st century, when the steady-handed leadership of the United States in the preceding century has given way to the international rise of authoritarianism and the domestic threat of insurrection, we find ourselves more divided than any time since the 1850s. It i…

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The first love of my life was baseball. In 1967 when we moved to Coronado, I was 9, going on 10. The following year, I began my too-short journey in this great game as a scrawny Little Leaguer.

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Over two years ago, City residents unanimously delivered a message to the Unified Port of San Diego firmly rejecting the new development the Port proposed for City-adjacent properties in its first draft Master Plan update. The Port, through then Port Commissioner Garry Bonelli, received that…

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Christmas has come and gone and my wife and I are thankful to have enjoyed another Christmas with family and friends. We ate everything edible except the ham bone, carefully preserving it for the making of pea soup, and the figgy pudding. Who eats figgy pudding anyway? New Year’s Eve approac…

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I am writing this in response to two commentaries in the Eagle: “Peace on Earth Requires More Good Will,” and “Walk with Jesus.” I would like to respond to both of these commentaries.

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I live in a retirement community in Southern California, mostly Christian. Old people who have never seen anything like what we are currently experiencing, like people breaking into shops and stealing things and not being held accountable, being told that if we are white, we oppress black pe…

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Those who think that this is a treasonous sentiment need only read such gems as Dred Scott v. Sanford, 60 U.S. 393 (1856) (deciding that blacks were not legal U.S. citizens under Article III of the Constitution), and Plessy v. Ferguson, 163 U.S. 537 (1896) (deciding that racial segregation w…

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As Coronado grade-schoolers growing up in the late 1960s, we’d frolic and play down along the bay near the old ferry landing, sometimes schlepping along our painstakingly-assembled, scale-model, plastic warships, setting them adrift from the shore, their decks laden with lit firecrackers. Bo…

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Civil liberty and civic responsibility… the last several years seem to have grayed the lines between the two. Not a few of various political persuasions have taken advantage of the gray. Concerned by the increasing divisiveness being sown in our society — and Coronado — and trying to recall …

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It astounds me how McConnell and the Republicans are unwilling to pass a bill, which they already cut in half, that would help millions o people get on their feet, calling it “sweeping socialism,” when they’re more than happy building up the military. We haven’t won a war since World War II.…

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There’s a truly shocking and powerful video out there by the actor Jennifer Lawrence (if you’ve been wondering where the Academy Award winner has been, it’s apparent that she’s been busy in a civics class somewhere).

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The angels’ message to the shepherds announcing the good news of the birth of a Savior spoke of peace on earth toward men of good will. We could use a little more of each. Two thousand and twenty-one years later, peace is still elusive and good will even more so. Still every year at Christma…

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It’s that time of year again where we draw a line in the sand. One side embodies the spirit of Christmas and the other side – my side – is home to The Grinch!

Let’s face it. It’s a lot more fun being the Grinch than Santa Clause. The Grinch gets to wear a lime green suit and a furry red hat, is not required to smile or be happy all the time, or pretend to like people, or be a must-show at holiday office parties, and best of all – no shopping!

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In last week’s Eagle & Journal, J.F. Kelly points out that Kyle Rittenhouse broke no laws by carrying an assault weapon to the demonstration at Kenosha, Wisconsin (although the 18-year old friend who bought the gun for him apparently did). Vice President Harris reacted to the not-guilty …

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I thought this would all end with a whimper, not a bang. Now, I’m not so sure.

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Thanks to Caroline Chestnut for the summary of the history and role of school boards, which reminds us they represent all the voters in the community, not just parents.

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While domestic issues like the COVID-19 pandemic and associated mandates, urban crime, immigration, inflation and supply bottlenecks continue to command the attention of most ordinary Americans, global threats are compounding. With the holiday season upon us, most of our people seem far more…

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Before the break of dawn early one Sunday morn many moons ago, I spent three hours stopped atop the Coronado bridge. I was not sightseeing, and my vehicle was not having a moment. Instead, I was stuck in traffic watching a would-be jumper teeter on the edge of forever as authorities tried to…

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We are at war. It is a hot war, a life-threatening war, and potentially, a near-extinction event. This should not be a war of economics, it should not be a war of opinions. We are facing an enemy that will not miraculously vanish one day. This is a classic war of life and death. While our no…

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I’ve attended or watched every School Board meeting for six months. Administratively, glaring shortcomings stand out. Action items tasked to Superintendent Mueller and staff are rarely recorded in meeting minutes, nor do they appear on the next agenda. There is apparently no tracking system …

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The Borgen Project is a nonprofit organization that advocates for increased U.S. foreign aid in order to reduce hunger and poverty worldwide. They also work to address the many myths that surround foreign aid and whether or not it actually helps.

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Last Tuesday, the Coronado School Board voted 4 - 1 not to appeal the California Interscholastic Federation’s rejection of our appeal, stripping the Islanders of their 2021 Basketball Championship. Trustee Stacy Keszei stood alone in her continued support for our boys.