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Thursday 06/13/2019
One More Thing Slipping Under The Wire In Coronado

First it was the Coronado Bridge, then it was the Coronado Shores, and now it’s in excess of one hundred poles with 4G/5G EMR coming to your neighborhood! And you never heard a word about it until maybe a month ago. I attended the recent June 4, 2019 City Council meeting, maybe you watched it on TV. Bill Sandke and Whitney Benzian were absent. The AT&T rep was present along with the attorney who helped write the 5G City of Coronado Ordinance. There were two AT&T reps present, one apologized for missing the last meeting and then I don’t remember hearing anything else from him. Kevin McGee did all the talking and this is what he said.

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San Diego’s Suicide Span

The two-mile, graceful span that connects the coastal resort city of Coronado with what is often hilariously referred to as “America’s Finest City” will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year. It will also probably overtake San Francisco’s Golden Gate as the deadliest bridge in America. Safety nets are being installed on the San Francisco span at a cost of about $200 million. The San Diego Bay Bridge will soon claim that dubious distinction as the number of recorded suicides by jumpers approaches 500.

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Coronado Must Apologize To Imperial Beach

A couple weeks ago Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina was quoted during an interview with KPBS as saying the City of Coronado “has done nothing to help solve” our regional transborder sewage crisis. Due to a non-disparagement clause (paragraph 6.1) of the Reimbursement Agreement between Coronado and IB, such public criticism about Coronado’s approach to cross-border sewage is prohibited, and Mayor Dedina issued several public apologies within 48 hours (e.g., in the San Diego Union Tribune, in the Coronado Eagle & Journal, on social media, and in a letter to Coronado Mayor Richard Bailey).

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Electing A President Who Is Our Founder’s Choice

The purpose of this letter is to discuss Peter Kelley’s Radical Right Wing Conservative Republican political ideology. In contrast, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House is a heroine.

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Support Your Fourth Of July Celebration

As we close in on our nation’s 243rd Independence Day, the 4th of July Committee would like to thank our donors for their assistance in putting on our day’s celebration, both this year and in years past. This year’s festivities will cost about $85,000. That includes costs for the fireworks (approximately $34,000 for both the barge and the fireworks themselves), the sound system for the parade (approximately $17,000) and the parade’s accompanying costs for insurance, awards, etc. Also included in those expenditures are parade staging at the Grand Stands area and printing costs for letters to the general public and accompanying publicity needs.

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Councilmember Sandke Continues To Politically Grandstand

I was surprised to learn that Councilmember Sandke, while representing Coronado at SANDAG in 2018, voted in support of the policy that may now result in an increase of 1,800 housing units in Coronado. What was even more shocking is that the minutes from the meeting show he actually voted for the measure not once, but twice. 

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In Reference To New York Times American Royalty?

Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, moved to Kalorama, a deluxe neighborhood for Washington elites. Also, Ivanka has been seen carrying $3,400 Chanel® bag.

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Friday 06/07/2019
Coronado Is Fighting Back Against Forced Density

Recent headlines regarding the State of California forcing the City of Coronado to potentially accommodate up to 1,800 more housing units are both alarming and, unfortunately, true. There are few threats to the quality of life we experience in our community greater than the State of California’s heavy-handed housing policies. A top-down policy that forces cities like Coronado, which is already dense and already built out, to increase our housing supply by nearly 20% would forever change the character of our city. Fortunately, the majority of the City Council is pushing back on this outrageous attempt to usurp local control.

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IB Mayor Apologizes To Coronado Over Remarks

Re “Cross-Border Pollution Creating Coastal Rift”

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Why This, Not That?

The issue of suing versus using diplomacy with regard to our cross-border pollution crisis recently came into the open again this week with Imperial Beach mayor, Serge Dedina, criticizing Coronado for not joining the lawsuit he is leading against the U.S. government for violations of provisions of the Clean Water Act.

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Thursday 06/06/2019
Kudos To CYC

Kudos to Coronado Yacht Club (CYC) for supporting the second annual Monarch School Seventh Grade Sailing Day last Friday.

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Mueller’s Muddled Message

Democrats have been demanding an un-redacted copy of the 448-page Mueller Report, apparently hoping to somehow find something that isn’t there, namely evidence of an impeachable crime. The report contains grand jury material which, by law, is secret and cannot be released in order to protect the innocent and unindicted but then, some members of Congress apparently think they are above the law. But demanding Mueller’s underlying and source documents in order to search for impeachable offenses is not a proper function of Congress. Identifying high crimes and misdemeanors, i.e., impeachable offenses, is a law enforcement function and those functions are assigned by the Constitution to the executive branch. The Supreme Court made it clear in 1955 that the investigation and oversight powers of Congress must not extend to law enforcement which is the responsibility of the Justice Department. Impeachment is the only method available to Congress to remove a president from office and it is not a law enforcement function.

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Monday 06/03/2019
Women Deserve Better!

Instead of using sharia law in Brunei as an extreme example, as Mr. Stillwell does in his letter of May 22, perhaps we should compare our abortion laws to western European nations, most of which allow abortion only in the first trimester with specific requirements and restrictions. Some also include waiting periods and counseling sessions to improve informed consent. Very few countries in the entire world have abortion laws as liberal as the U.S. With all the scientific evidence available today regarding development of the fetus in the first 12 weeks, second and third trimester abortions are particularly inhumane and opposed by most Americans of all political persuasions (see latest Marist poll).

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A Sorry State Of Affairs

Mr. Stillwell must have burned the midnight oil while researching Sharia Law and abortion. I must admit that his is the most original pro-abortion plug I have come across.

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Liberal Pretzel Logic

Mr. Stillwell’s letter of May 22, 2019 defies reason, logic, and humanity. He opines that the recent laws passed in Ohio, Georgia, Missouri, and Alabama that place certain limits on abortion are precursors of Sharia Law being implemented in America. A cursory study of the abortion issue with respect to most Western and Eastern religions will show that most if not all these religions forbid abortion unless the pregnancy endangers the life of the mother! The major difference is, countries governed by Sharia Law are typically theocracies, theocratic oligarchies, etc., and enforce the religious laws. Since America has freedom of religion and separation of church and state, Christian and other religious denominations cannot politically enforce their religious laws (nor should they), but they can excommunicate/admonish/censure their laity (politicians, voters, etc.) who support and enable abortion, but to date, have refused to do so. As a former Catholic, I explored this issue with some of the major Archdioceses in the U.S. and it is clear that beyond lip service, they are terrified to challenge their laity, especially, the lay politicians notwithstanding that 60 million babies have been aborted in the U.S. since Roe v. Wade! For these religious denominations, taking such actions would not violate the separation of church and state, but would rather reinforce religious beliefs. In other words, if one does not adhere to the beliefs of a religion, they simply don’t belong to that religion.

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Let’s Give Trump Time?

No doubt our President has had at least one plan that could have been helpful. I can’t claim any insight, and unless you were or still are a supporter of Trump, we should recall the distribution of income tax benefits, 80 percent to the wealthy, 20 percent to the working class, is consistent with Donald’s idea of equitable.

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Coronado’s Affordable Housing Dilemma

There is an easy and reasonable solution to the regional housing assessment mandate.  The City of Coronado should initiate condemnation proceedings for as many Coronado Shores towers as necessary to accommodate 1,800 affordable housing units. Then, the City of Coronado could restructure the towers and build out 1,800 affordable housing apartments to fulfill the mandate. It would put to good use what is now an architectural blight on the City of Coronado.

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Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong

I am writing a letter to the editor concerning the 5G towers discussed by Susan Heavilin in your editorial page in the May 15-21, 2019 edition.

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Thursday 05/30/2019
Citizen Alert!

The City Council just voted 4 - 1 (Mike Donovan being the sensible dissenter) to spend $1.65 million to move the light standards and trash cans and widen the west side (along the rock wall) of the Ocean Boulevard walkway two feet into the street! Two feet. Reason: To make it more comfortable for the escalating numbers of beach visitors. Like 24 inches will make a $1.65 million difference!

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The Impeachment Impasse

“Send in the Clowns.

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Monday 05/27/2019
Tax And Spend

With wealth accumulating at the top, I think it’s time to redistribute and adjust our priorities as a country. Sure, it’s great to have a strong military and police the world and a massive influx of immigrants poses a serious threat with respect to the issue of keeping our citizens safe and our ability to provide for the basics of living to an increasing population. I think it’s right to address these situations first and foremost, but then what? There’s a no-conservative movement in this country under the leadership of Donald Trump, similar to what happened in the era of Ronald Reagan, with opulence and wealth being glorified.

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Friday 05/24/2019
Do We Need Them?

In Dave Axelson’s “The Future of Technology” article was a quote from the Wall Street Journal: “…the advent of 5G will allow entrepreneurs to create new technologies and products that we don’t even know we need yet…”

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Sharia Law Coming To America

Some in America (read: mostly conservatives) believe they have the right to determine for a woman if she must carry a pregnancy to full term. They even want to control the use of birth control pills and the morning after pill. They champion laws that criminalize abortions and abortion providers.

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Where Will Coronado Build 1,800 Additional Homes?

Last week in the Coronado Eagle and Journal, David Axelson’s summary of the May 7 city council meeting contained a sentence in the last paragraph which said “Just before the meeting concluded, Mayor Richard Bailey, who represents the city on the SANDAG Board, said that Coronado’s portion of new state-mandated housing may reach level of 1,800 new units, which he characterized as ‘catastrophic.’ In contrast, the last state-mandated target for additional housing units was 50. Bailey said the City Staff was preparing a document to help educate the SANDAG Board on the limits facing Coronado in this area.” This sentence deserved front page, full article coverage because it is something that is so serious and has the potential to destroy life in Coronado, as we know it. Our region’s largest newspaper did a long story about this topic last weekend, but this issue deserves a lot of local attention.

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Thank You

Thank you to everyone who made our Old Goats Kids Who Care Loews Good Neighbor Wounded Warrior Wolfpack wheelchair basketball game and BBQ such a success. This was our third year and it is really rewarding to watch the Old Goats Kids Who Care interact with the same wounded warriors every year - they both benefit from the relationship as they move forward in school and life.

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Thursday 05/23/2019
Is 5G Proposed for Coronado The Last Nail In The Coffin?

I was curious about the EMR (electromagnetic radiation) output of canisters already installed in Coronado and at what range they would register. I purchased a meter that reads EMR and tells you if a range is safe or not. It shows you that something is in the green (safe), yellow (beware) or red (danger!) zone and also gives you the number of where it falls in that zone. If you went for a walk in the mountains or back country, you would get an EMR reading of zero. As many scientists have stated in their analysis of EMR, it does not occur in nature and is totally man-made. Their articles also mention that we, as human beings, have not evolved to handle it.

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A Month Of Progress For Coronado

The month of May was a busy one at City Hall.

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Trump’s Trade And Tariff Tactics

China and Russia are often referred to as our principal rivals and potential adversaries. That may be true for China, but Russia today isn’t even in the same league. China, the world’s most populous nation and second largest economy, is still a growing economy and military power. Russia, by comparison, is no longer a great power. Its economy is moribund and its population is aging. We are rivals only in terms of the size of our nuclear arsenals.

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Friday 05/17/2019
“I Could Shoot Someone On Fifth Avenue And Get Away With It”

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald J. Trump said, “I could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and get away with it.” Along with millions of Americans, I thought this was braggadocio that had no basis in reality. It seemed absurd that a modern-day politician was recalling and glorifying the days fo the wild west, when in like the 1860s a Wyatt Earp could shoot someone and have no consequences. Could it be that that was what he was suggesting?

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Mother’s Day Historic Home Tour

The Mothers’ Day Historic Homes Tour is always a treat, but this year it was even a touch more special. The seven houses, the newest 1920 and the rest all 1910 - 1913, were some that Coronado folks like me have known all our lives but never been inside. Each one is so interesting and so lovingly cared for.

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Home Front Gardens

Does anyone else wonder if Home Front judging has ceased to have its intended effect, which I always thought was to encourage the cultivation of natural beauty?

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Will Allowing 5G Towers In Coronado Open Pandora’s Box?

A month ago, I had no knowledge, opinion, or concern about Wireless Communication Facilities (WCFs). I didn’t know that they were being installed in Coronado until I received a 300’ proximity letter. Once I started educating myself, I found out this it is being opposed around the world. I started asking why. In general, it’s considered a bad experiment, with human beings as the guinea pigs. Noted scientists and physicians have voiced their concerns about the health risks to pregnant women, unborn babies, young children, teenagers, men of reproductive age, the elderly, the disabled and the chronically ill. It contributes to an abundance of health risks including cancers, lower sperm counts, miscarriages, brain tumors, and more and is expected to cause a drastic decline in birds and bees. (Think canary in the mine shaft ... if the bird dies, you’re next.)

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A Half-Baked Idea

Mr. Fridgen would toss me right into the wacko liberal basket (May 8) because I was so nonplussed by President Trump’s idea about relocating illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities.

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Mr. Kelly And His Comments On William Barr

J.F. Kelly, Jr is probably correct when he finds that liberals held the electoral college system responsible for Trump’s election in 2016. Of course the Russian effort to move our election to the right did happen, and Clinton did receive 3 million more votes.

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Thursday 05/16/2019
The Meaning Of Mother’s Day

To me, the meaning of Mother’s Day is often misconstrued. Mother’s Day is so much more than telling your mom you love her for all she does for you– it’s about appreciating their strengths, who they are as people, realizing all they’ve sacrificed and recognizing all they’ve put up with.

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Thank You

Today was a beautiful day, thanks to two kind, alert women. I had fallen in the garden and while this senior pondered how to get up, a woman appeared from nowhere. Driving by, she saw my dilemma. Then a second one appeared. All I could think of was “This is what Coronado is all about!”

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Port Plans For Coronado

Last week the Port of San Diego released its draft master plan which will guide development of all Port Properties for the next 50 years. What does this have to do with Coronado? Plenty!

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Counting Cats In The Capitol

It was a rainy Saturday morning so instead of sitting out on the patio with our two cats reading the newspapers as usual, we sat inside at the kitchen table. To be more precise, my wife and I sat at the table while the cats sat on the table because we have utterly failed in all attempts to train them to stay off the tables and counters. We even tried using a water pistol on them. They just shut their eyes tightly and said, “Come on, tough guy, give it your best shot. We’re not moving. We know where the food is.”

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Friday 05/10/2019
Basic Math Tells Us Something Is Wrong

Basic algebra tells us that an equation has to balance on each side of the equals sign. So, when the President said, “I will fully cooperate” because there was no conspiracy (collusion) and no obstruction, the American people were relieved. The equation looked like this:

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What Is The Role Of Youth In Politics?

Learning about politics and life as a citizen is part of the transition to adulthood. During this stage young people in most Western democracies are introduced to political processes and issues, as well as a range of political activities including voting and participation in social movements.

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A Healing For Mr. Kelly

“The pen is mightier than the sword.” Thomas Paine, 1776 Common Sense

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Build It And They Will Come!

Logos Youth Center Building will be irresistible.

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Mr. Kelly Sees No Reason To Have Had The Mueller Investigation

Mr. Kelly concludes his May 1 comments that do not bother with even the slightest reference to all those folks working for President Trump, both before and after his election. Mr. Kelly in effect offers the idea that there was nothing in the 400 pages of the Mueller report that even remotely questions Trump. At this point it has been made clear that the two-year investigation by Mr. Mueller and his associates most certainly found more than a few questions that would not be resolved by Attorney General Barr’s four pages that never touched on our current administration or Mr. Kelly’s opening paragraph that decides that there never should have been an investigation.

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Same-Sex Marriage

The concepts of freedom and equality won out when gay marriage was made legal in the state of California. To me, marriage is simply a legally binding commitment between two individuals. The sex of these individuals is irrelevant. Monogamy should be supported whether it involves a man and a woman, a woman and a woman or two men. A life-long bond of involvement between two persons benefits society in two ways; one, of course is social stability. The other is less health risks. I’m not necessarily a big fan of the gay community, but I say “yes” to same sex marriage as a way of combating promiscuity and decreasing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases such as AIDS and others. Besides, it’s the legal right of two people to engage in a contract, in this case, the contract of marriage. It’s not a religious matter, but a practical and constitutional one.

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Another Triple Play

I feel compelled to answer the recent letters of Messrs. Nies, Greenspan, and Stillwell. Mr. Nies labels the “policy” of transporting illegal aliens to sanctuary states/cities as unacceptable. So, as our country is deluged by foreigners violating our immigration laws, and Congress, especially the Democrats in Congress, refuse to effectively stem this tide, is it fair to default the costs and downsides of this invasion to the border states/cities? Should it not be a shared burden by all the states? Isn’t it intuitive to have states/cities that encourage/welcome, and by their policies, are magnets for this illegal activity, “put their money where their mouths are”? In classic Liberal political responses to the suggestion that these invaders be transported to sanctuary states/cities, we see the “NIMBY” and “do as I say, not as I do” Liberal hypocrisy!

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Area Cannot Handle The Traffic

Having been a resident in the vicinity of the Logos “Youth Center” proposal, I can assure you the area is not capable of handling the amount of traffic or people for such a large building. Most importantly, our youth do not need to be in doors, reading the bible. They need to be doing their homework, reading about science, math, and history in the library, coffee shop, or friend’s house. Otherwise they should be at the beach, or the pool, in a sports league, riding their bikes around town, playing music etc.

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To The Members Of The Coronado City Council

I was absolutely dumbfounded that the city council did not approve the Youth Center sponsored by, paid for and maintained by the Presbyterian Church.

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City Council Should Revisit Decision

I am very disappointed by the City Council’s decision concerning the Logos Youth Center. This decision should be revisited and amended, for the sake of all Coronado students.

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Justice As A Political Weapon

Many people of my generation long for a return to the days of cordial relations between political leaders. I have in mind the sort of relationship that existed between President Ronald Reagan and House Speaker Thomas “Tip” O’Neil, two leaders with strong political differences but who treated each other with respect, cordiality and good humor. Given the bitterness and anger that pervades political discourse today, however, I doubt that such a return to friendlier times is imminent.

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Thursday 05/09/2019
Logos Youth Center Proposal: New Ideas To Consider

I am writing to the Coronado community on the recent outcome from the City Council meeting that was held on April 16, 2019. It was disappointing to read that the proposal could not be put to a “yes” vote. I must admit, before this City Council meeting took place, I knew very little about the upcoming plans for the youth center. I had heard a swirl of misinformation (primarily gossip) from various residents on Coronado and I was still unsure of what the specifics were for the property that resided on the corner of Tenth and C.

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