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Thursday 07/18/2019
We Are Coronado

The Port’s master plan for Coronado proposes to cash in on and profit from the national, state and local treasure that our Coronado community calls home.

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Unsafe And Inadequate

You may remember the 2015 headline: “Coronado resident claims ‘You are covering Coronado with paint stripe pollution,’ during a City Council meeting.” Bike lanes have caused controversy recently. Some residents believe bike lanes lower property values and others insist they are “graffiti on the streets” or “a visual cacophony that will induce vertigo.”

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Where Does It End?

While we are watching in our country and in the world, an increasing rise in divisiveness and bigotry, how sad it was to see a banner discriminating against the LGBT community being displayed on July 11th on the median as one entered Coronado.

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Ross Perot – A Tireless Supporter Of The Navy POW Wives

Ross Perot died last week, and the nation remembered him in many ways. He represented the epitome of the American dream as the self-made billionaire who founded Electronic Data Systems after serving in the Navy and later as a salesperson for IBM.

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Port Commissioner Declined To Attend

Coronado’s Port Commission representative, Garry Bonelli, was a no-show Monday evening when island citizens packed the Nautilus Room to protest elements of the Port Master Plan update that would put a 300 room hotel plus parking garage on our Ferry Landing property. Elements supported by Bonelli as, yech, “understated elegance.”

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Counting Citizens In The Census

The Constitution directs Congress to conduct a census every 10 years to count the number of people living in the country. There weren’t very many when the Constitution was written, hence little need to distinguish then between citizens and just plain people so it was a distinction without much of a difference. As our country expanded and attracted more settlers to populate it and build its infrastructure, new states were added and Congress needed census data to determine, among other things, fair representation in the House of Representatives.

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Landing Upgrade - Legacy Team Proposal July 2019

July 11, 2019

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Women’s Soccer Revisited

A few weeks ago I had the temerity to criticize the highly regarded U.S. Women’s Soccer Team for rolling up the score (13-0) on a weak opponent. Thanks to a few letters, and a lot of Coronado soccer moms I have been educated in the game of soccer and its nuances. What follows is the sharing of what I have learned from the moms.

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Friday 07/12/2019
I Oppose The Proposed Utility Undergrounding

My experience is based on a utility undergrounding proposal in a small town, population about 10,000. In this town, each block was given the option to vote on undergrounding utilities. At this time, the homes in the town were built between the 1890s and late 1960s. The town provided an estimated average cost for home owners and also told home owners home value throughout the town would increase.

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San Diego Port Authority Meeting Time Change

5:00pm Monday 15 July

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Port Proposes Pool For Toxic Dump Site

The Port’s proposed master plan allows for a major hotel at the location of Il Fornio and the adjacent large paved parking lot. A hotel proposal shows a large swimming pool and an underground parking garage on the site of the paved parking lot.

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It Sure Is Tricky Getting Answers

It seems to me that AT&T and everything involved with “small cell” towers (the current 4G already installed and the 5G upcoming rollout) is secretive . . . at best, the answers to questions asked are vague or pure avoidance. Here are a few examples to support my statement.

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Reflections On Passing The Torch

One of the lesser candidates for the Democrat presidential nomination advised Joe Biden that it was time to pass the torch of leadership to younger leaders, presumably a category that would include himself, implying that Mr. Biden was too old for a leadership role. Mr. Biden is the most qualified, by experience at least, among the gabble of Democrat candidates contending for the nomination to run for the most powerful office in the world by virtue of his eight years as Vice-president, a heartbeat away from the presidency, and his lengthy service in the Senate. Herewith are some thoughts on that topic.

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Safety Tips For The Beach

I have been fascinated by the ocean since 1954, when me and my family moved to Coronado from Michigan.

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Don’t Despair For Soccer

John Lepore, letter writer of June 19, shouldn’t despair of soccer just because of the gaffe of the women’s team in their first match. They tried to make amends by using the “B” team in their second game.

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Better Ways To Celebrate The Fourth

A friend was visiting us the week of the 4th. Remembering how much we had enjoyed it several years ago, we decided to take her to the Coronado 4th of July parade. We found places to watch near First Street.

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Friday 07/05/2019
State Budget Invests Heavily In Future Of Tijuana River Valley

California shares more than 140 miles of our southern border with Mexico, and the flow of goods and people across the border have been critical to California’s success as the fifth largest economy. Our close proximity and shared values have resulted in one of the strongest economic, cultural, and social regions in the world. Trade between California and Mexico yields $70 billion per year.

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Make Your Voices Heard

It is time to pay attention to what is happening in Coronado regarding the Port Authority’s Master Plan, Nautilus Room, Coronado Community Center 5:30 p.m. Monday July 15. Be there!

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Letter To City Council Re: Ferry Landing

Gentlemen:

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To All Coronado Residents

The “in process” Port District draft Master Plan suggests allowing for a new 350 room hotel and building heights not in conformance to Coronado’s 40’ building height standard. It calls for major redevelopment of the Landing on First Street and more that would change the balance between that residential part of Coronado and existing commercial space.

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Response To Letter To City Council Re: Ferry Landing From Julia Viera

Hi Julia,

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Democrat Debates Deepen Divisions

Twenty of the two dozen declared democrat presidential hopefuls in quest of their party’s nomination finished the first round of debates in general agreement that Donald Trump was the worst president ever and that the best thing that any of them could do for the country was to deny him a second term. Beyond that, they mostly agreed on the need for more government spending and regulations, open borders, some version of socialized medicine, unrestricted right to abortions and ending the use of fossil fuels. Listening to them describing our nation’s shortcomings, one might think that we were in the throes of a depression rather than enjoying unprecedented prosperity, economic growth and record employment, including among minorities.

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Friday 06/28/2019
Hate Plus Misconceptions

The recent political letters in your paper identify our country’s principal political problem: The Right is stubborn and blinded by hate. The Right hates the Left so much that it puts beating them ahead of everything else. Ahead of beating the Russians, ahead of beating the Chinese, ahead of science, and ahead of people’s democratic right to vote. It wins at all costs, with no compromising. The Right has become addicted to having an enemy, mostly because of Fox News, which daily tells it to be afraid and who to blame. It’s made the word liberal into a dirty word, even though I think it only means to be open-minded, tolerant, and wanting to learn more and improve. What a shame that our kids in America are denied that.

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Who Is Representing Coronado’s Interests?

A 200 room hotel and parking garage on the Coronado Bay Front, next to Il Fornaio! Do you know anyone in Coronado who wants that to happen? Do you know anyone in Coronado who is not irate that such a thing has even been suggested?

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Captives Of Political Correctness Clutter College Campuses

American universities are still the finest in the world, attracting students and scholars from around the globe. I value the opportunities that my undergraduate and graduate degrees have helped made possible. I recall most of my professors fondly and am grateful for the influence they have had upon me. All the more reason I deplore what is happening on campuses all over America today. College campuses were once places where ideas could be explored and debated. We learned to express our opinions and listen politely to others, some critical of ours. We learned to deal with the criticism and sometimes even benefit from it, not hide from it or fly into a rage over it. We learned to persuade, not demand and we were too busy studying and working part-time to demonstrate or protest over anything.

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Radiation Expert Gives Coronado Residents An Eye Opening Presentation

We were privileged to have an electromagnetic radiation expert in town on Tuesday, June 18. Dafna Tachover is an attorney in New York and Israel. She has a technology background from her service in the Israeli Defense Forces as a Telecommunication and Computers Officer. She is the founder of “We Are the Evidence”, an advocacy organization for the protection of the rights of people who have been injured by wireless technology radiation. She led a Supreme Court case in Israel to ban the use of Wi-Fi in schools which led to the strictest limitations in the world. And to put it in a nutshell, she knows her stuff.

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In Response To John Lepore’s “A Black Eye For U.S. Soccer”

Yes, the U.S. “shellacked” Thailand in their opening game 13-0. But it was far from unsportsmanlike. Being a sportsman is about respecting the rules of the game and your opponent.

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Declare Our Independence

What ever happened to the good old days when the worst things we had to fear on the 4th of July were traffic jams and wayward fireworks?

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Friday 06/21/2019
The Heroism Of The Democratic Party

I would like to thank the Coronado Eagle & Journal for its unbiased coverage of political issues, Jerry Greenspan who is so educated on political issues and the Starbuck employees, Anthony, friends, patrons and Coronado students who have so generously given of their wisdom to help me with my writing skills. Having lived here for 50 years, I never cease to be taken with the leadership skills of the Coronado military community and also their wives.

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Is China Charting A Collision Course?

Will The United States and China co-exist peacefully forever, given the issues that divide us? The world’s two largest economies are linked in matters of trade and commerce but little else of significance and even that is now threatened by Trump’s tariff wars. Will our many differences eventually lead to armed conflict?

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A Black Eye For U.S. Soccer

The U.S. Womens Soccer Team, presently vying for another World Cup, has suddenly lost some fans over their 13-0 shellacking of Thailand. I was turned off by the wild juvenile celebration of the Americans at each goal registered over the overmatched Thai team. Was this the first rodeo for our U.S. team?

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1800 Housing Units

Simple solution: More housing on North Island.

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Thank You For Your Support

Once again thank you Coronado for your support. The Coronado Police Department recently hosted a dinner to honor the Police Department’s SVP Unit (Senior Volunteer Patrol). The event was held at the Coronado Golf Course banquet room. Along with the Police Department’s command staff in attendance, the mayor, city councilpersons and the city manager were there participating in the awards and recognition ceremony. Each year SVP members are recognized for their five, 10 and 15 years of service. Special awards are also given for outstanding service in various areas. Those members who retired during the year are also recognized.

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The Left’s “Inconvenient Truth”

I feel compelled to address Ms. Prewitt’s recent letter of June 12, 2019. It appears from that letter and from her previous letters, that she, like many other well-meaning Liberal voters, actually believe that the Democrat Party truly cares about the “poor, powerless and oppressed in American society” other than as a voting bloc that they can keep dependent and buy with handouts. For those who believe otherwise, I recommend that they consider the following, and to plagiarize a title from Al (The Sky Is Falling) Gore, realize the “Inconvenient Truth!”

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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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