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The troops are gone from Afghanistan and the evacuation operation is officially over. The Biden Administration is seeking credit for finally ending the longest war in our history and trying to shift public attention to fighting the Covid pandemic and to his domestic agenda including winning …

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To all those that volunteered, participated or donated to this past Sunday’s 23rd annual Low Tide Ride & Stride, put on by the Coronado Rotary Club, I would like to extend my deep appreciation for your involvement and generosity.

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The numerous well reasoned parent letters to the Eagle & Journal on September 1st should be an alert to the entire Coronado community that something is wrong at CUSD. Admittedly, making public policy for schools in 2020 under COVID was difficult, but among its many unintended consequence…

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Knowing there are close to 40 million people in Afghanistan,  you all gave nearly 40 million people the opportunity for freedom.  All the people who served,  (families too), sacrificed in some way to give an enormous amount of people the opportunity for freedom. Who can say that? ...Only You…

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On Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, five families made the ultimate sacrifice when they lost their loved ones on an MH-60S helicopter crash off the coast of San Diego. Please help us support the families of:

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In a letter recently published in the Eagle & Journal, Kenan Gultekin, School Board Trustee Whitney Antrim’s husband, characterized the room full of concerned parents at the August 19 School Board Meeting as merely a group of thirty people, stating that he cannot believe that more people…

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Like stepping through a curtain, the Sept. 11 attacks 20 years ago this week changed our world in an instant. It left us vulnerable in ways we had not previously imagined. Protected by oceans shore-to-shore, and friendly neighbors border-to-border, we basked for centuries in the secure knowl…

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Twenty years ago, I wrote my first commentary to appear in the Coronado Eagle & Journal. It was an essay entitled “Understanding the Enemy” and it began 20 years of writing commentaries for my hometown newspaper, a privilege for which I am truly grateful. That essay was written in a Vanc…

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As the summer of ‘75 slowly drew to a close, four friends and I piled into my parents’ powerful ‘67 Oldsmobile Delmont 88 Fastback for a leisurely Saturday-morning cruise around town, wasting a little cheap gas in one last hurrah before we’d all matriculate to our respective colleges as lowl…

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I just got back from the school board meeting on August 19 and my eyes are now open! 

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There is a revealing and deeply disturbing article in the current Mother Jones, the venerable investigative magazine that is famous for muckraking. Before you ask, know that MJ is a nonprofit; the rich and powerful don’t influence or scare it. The author, Kevin Drum, decided that it would be…

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I have heard the Anti-Defamation League’s No Place for Hate (NPFH) program is political, partisan, based on Critical Theory, inspires social activism, segregates kids by identity groups, confuses kids over their gender, and takes up valuable class time. But on Aug. 19, 2021, I heard somethin…

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A number of Coronado homeowners are celebrating with the gifted all trades handy man who keeps our old houses in top shape. This month his beautiful 27 year old daughter is doing her PhD dissertation in Mechanical Engineering. She also is one of the Dreamers from Mexico. Exactly the kind of …

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Regarding Mr. Gultekin’s, the husband of trustee Whitney Antrim, Aug. 23, “Stand Up, Reasonable People” letter; I attended the trustee meeting beginning to end, his account is untrue. President Pontes did a great job moderating and keeping to the agenda. Trustees patiently allowed all to spe…

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I am a military kid and I moved to Coronado last summer. In other cities that I have lived, not very many students biked to school and people weren’t able to bike to work due to the lack of bike lanes on major streets. I am impressed that Coronado does have bike lanes and it definitely helps…

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In an interview on Aug. 14, 2021 in the Eagle & Journal, Superintendent Mueller stated, “We are not teaching CRT at CUSD.... educators have always had a responsibility to teach diverse perspectives....have a set of standards for teachers to ensure there is a level of objectivity....not t…

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“Defeat is not an option” used to be a meaningful slogan regarding our choices in fighting America’s wars. But that was back when we actually meant it and winning was not just a goal but the only outcome we would ever accept. We haven’t actually won a war since World War II and we did that p…

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If you have an illness and a physician tells you that an intervention (drug or other treatment) has on average an 80% chance of curing or improving that illness, that math is easy to understand.

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Wow, what a School Board meeting we had this past week! It lasted for over 8 hours, and there was hardly a dull moment.
To start, I’d like to address the School Board’s decision to partially retract their apology letter from June 20. In a vote of three to two led by Trustee Pontes, Keszei an…

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The California Senate Education Committee will vote shortly on AB-101, a bill that will make Ethnic Studies a high school graduation requirement. The bill, as written, would allow courses based on the harmful first draft of the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC) to be required for gradua…

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Let us all be clear and make it simple. At last Thursday’s School Board Meeting, former Coronado High School (CHS) Principal who is now Director of Special Programs did a seven-minute presentation attempting to respond to the 20 to 30 questions raised by parents about No Place for Hate (NPFH…

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I like technology. Always have. As a junior photographer, I worked in a camera shop to save enough to buy a color enlarger for my darkroom. Thus it has always been. As radio station operators, we were first in on the newfangled CDs and then streaming digital audio. Early adoption is my thing…

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The heartbreaking news images of the recent, deadly chaos at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, where desperate Afghans were trying in vain to get out of Dodge aboard already overcrowded U.S. military transport planes, all in the wake of the Taliban takeover of any rem…

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As the grandparent of recent graduates of Coronado school system, I am appalled at the direction the CUSD has taken under the guise of protecting the students by refusing to take local control. After the abusive treatment by the school of water polo coach and teacher, Randy Burgess, the scho…

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In last week’s Eagle, Linda Smith’s letter to the Coronado Unified School District (CUSD) Board said, “Let respect be your guiding principle. Period. No labels, No bias. No political agendas.”  

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Unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly apparent that Karl Mueller and the majority of CUSD board members no-longer reflect the values of this community. Not only are they bound and determined to implement CRT and No Place for Hate against our will, but it appears they are incapable of up…

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It is with great sadness that my freshman daughter will not be attending Coronado High School (CHS) and here are the reasons. First, the accelerated pace of the new 4x4 schedule is not a good fit for her. The fact that she was encouraged to take three classes instead of four also meant she w…

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As we watch our 20 year investment in Afghanistan explode like a supernova and note that our two wars and continuing entanglement in Iraq, which began in 1993, have produced nothing worthy of the sacrifices of our service men and women, one must ask: When will we learn?

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The new City Manager presented her first weekly report written, online instead of via Channel 19 video.

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Launched with the purest of intentions, the student loan program has produced a human and financial catastrophe. So says Josh Mitchell, author of “The Debt Trap,” referring to the staggeringly high volume of student loans outstanding, said to total about $1.6 trillion, amassed by students wi…

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NEWS FLASH (hello, Flash): Coronado may forever suffer its modest modicum of traffic woes, but one woe we won’t have to abide (knock on wood) is that modern phenomenon known as the televised high-speed car chase, most common to Lost [sic] Angeles, where miscreant L.A. losers lead cops into h…

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A slight digression from the most serious news of the day.

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People once aspired to live in Coronado because of our quality schools. The schools behind that aspiration are now slipping away. Wonder where California public education is headed? Look north for a preview of coming attractions. On July 14, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 744 …

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I have been observing two things of great concern to me.

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In response to the Beatles’ Sgt. Peppers’ cover, Frank Zappa dressed his Mothers of Invention in Lonely Hearts Club Band costumes and released the album, “We’re Only In It For The Money.” It wasn’t aimed at the Beatles per se, but was biting social commentary about how money had corrupted ar…

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I enjoy going out to eat and feel good supporting local businesses. With many dine-in restaurants struggling per-COVID, others going out of business during COVID, and many just trying to make ends meet, I have empathy for restaurant owners. Cities have been sympathetic and are allowing resta…

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The following is gross, but given the success of certain reality-based television fare, a gross-out may be a plus.

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I’m not sure if hypersonic missiles or Iran’s drones have a chance of first strike capability. If so, or if some countries will think so, and/or don’t fear a second strike, then we need to take preventative steps. The same applies to nuclear weapons (with or without these), and perhaps likew…

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The Superintendent decided to double down, as the Poker expression goes, on San Diego County of Education’s Equity Committee and the Anti-Defamation League’s No Place for Hate (NPFH) program (see June 10 Coronado Eagle editorial by Karl Mueller, CUSD Equity Committee And NPFH | Opinion | cor…

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Claim by Superintendent Mueller: “Everyone” is conflating any focus on equity or inclusivity as it relates to race under CRT. We will introduce diverse perspectives into our lessons. We are teaching our students to embrace all human experiences with sensitivity.

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A decommissioning ceremony took place at Naval Station San Diego late last month that was different in that it was not attended by the usual assemblage of guests. The reason cited had to do with public health and safety concerns but it was just as well that the event was kept low key because…

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The Star Spangled Banner, our national anthem, was certainly front and center in our lives during the recent Olympics. Each day of the Olympiad in Japan, one or more Americans won gold, and our Star Spangled Banner was proudly played. Even our summer Sunday concerts at Spreckels Park begin w…

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As a Jew who grew up in a Chicago suburb not unlike Coronado, I never thought I would pose this question: is the Anti-Defamation League’s No Place for Hate program a positive influence on our community?