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Friday 03/27/2020
In It Together But At A Safe Distance

Suddenly the election campaigns seem far less important. Suddenly the sports pages are nearly devoid of news, March Madness better describes the run on toilet paper and groceries rather than basketball’s major tournament and the national pastime, baseball, is on hold. Suddenly our 401k accounts have been decimated and record low unemployment has become record high unemployment. Suddenly vacation plans and graduation celebrations have changed and Friday night celebrations with friends have ceased. And suddenly our lives have changed and the main thing that matters now is the health and safety of our families, friends and neighbors. Is this the new normal?

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Close The Beaches Now

The beaches are not safe from coronavirus, people are not practicing social distancing there and with beach closures across the bridge, the word is already out that Coronado beaches are open. Unless you’re conducting a science project to see how many people get infected from contact on our the beaches, you’d better shut them down now.

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Army, Navy & The Horserace

The Democratic Debate have been at times more vitriolic than enlightening as the candidates tried to best their fellow candidates for the presidential nomination of their party. Republicans seem to rejoice at the testy infighting of these candidates and saw this as a weakness of the Democratic Party.

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Thursday 03/26/2020
Just Pick Up The Phone

With the new California lock down I was feeling a bit helpless- - not for myself, but for my inability to tangibly assist others. We probably all know someone (friend, relative, or neighbor) who is living alone during this mandatory isolation. Social distancing for them is just short of complete isolation.

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Neighbors Helping Neighbors

The Coronado Democratic Club has a group of volunteers willing to help our neighbors with shopping for groceries or supplies, picking up prescriptions, dog walking, transportation, and wellness calls. If you or anyone you know is in need of a helping hand from a neighbor, send an email explaining what is needed to yale77@aol.com.

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COVID-19 In The Rear View Mirror

A year from now, as we look in the rear view mirror, what will we see?

I would hope that we would be able to say that “we were proud of ourselves, and that we did a good job protecting our health, but perhaps at a cost of the future economy.” There is an undeniable relationship between the two.

It will be deemed a success, no matter economic repercussions, if the number who become sick or who unfortunately die, is declared a reasonable number.

The logic, which is hard to argue, is that this is necessary to preserve lives. Like an out-of-control express train, it appears impossible to stop. The situation has made an indefensible question to ask, “Is this the best response?”

At a point, informed choice may assume the mantle. Businesses could reopen under reasonable rules to protect the pubic as we learn to be more careful of health and respectful of each other.

Life will return.

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Wednesday 03/25/2020
Thank You For Your Partnership ...

On behalf of our Foundations’ Boards of Directors and the Sharp HealthCare Leadership Team; I want to thank you for your partnership with Sharp through philanthropy. Your generosity enables Sharp to continue to serve the community, most notably in times of crisis.

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Friday 03/20/2020
(Facts x Reason) – Emotions = Conclusions

Every Wednesday, I eagerly anticipate the arrival of the Coronado Eagle & Journal so that I can read the political commentary in the Letters & Commentary section. I am a Conservative and Trump supporter and always look forward to hearing and considering any opposing arguments.

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May The United States Have A Better Leader After November’s Election

President Trump seems to be bent on ignoring the terrible problems the United States is now experiencing.

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Historic Designation

I am writing this in solidarity with Susan Keith. Coronado boasts a large and diverse number of historic properties. To ignore this and move forward with inappropriate development would be not only sad but disrespectful. To see such a unique community go the way of Orange County homogenization is unthinkable to me. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has a campaign called “This Place Matters.” It honors and celebrates America’s places that matter for future generations. I say, “Coronado, this place matters!” #thisplacematters

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A Few Suggestions

If I were “at the helm,” so to speak, I would propose a 25 percent flat tax on our citizens and spend the following: $3 trillion on Social Security benefits, giving everyone a $500 monthly check as a bare minimum. That’s $1.8 trillion with the elderly and people with disabilities splitting the other $1.2 trillion/ $3 trillion on medicare averaging about $10,000 a year per person; $2 trillion on infrastructure to fix the roads and bridges in our major cities.

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How To Survive A Covid-19 Pandemic

On Jan. 28, I received an email that Peace Corps staff had decided to activate our Emergency Action Plan and evacuate all volunteers from their posts throughout China to Bangkok, Thailand. The community I had been living in for the past year and a half, a city named, Tongren, was gripped with fear. The streets were empty, despite being in the middle of lunar new year festivities. Those you did encounter, usually while purchasing food from the nearby markets, most certainly had a medical mask covering their face. Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei, is not far from Guizhou province, my home at the time. Would Covid-19 sweep through our town next?

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Dear Coronado Island Film Festival Friends

As we are quickly adjusting to the ever changing landscape that seems to be shifting by the hour with the global pandemic of COVID-19, the safety and health of our donors, supporters, volunteers and staff remain our highest priority.

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The Great 2020 Toilet Paper Panic

A large herd of Americans have stripped bare store shelves of toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and disinfectants in the group fear of a mysterious Chinese microbe stalking the globe. Panic is evident in the stock market, major league sports, the educational establishment, all whipped into a frenzy by the news media.

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Dear Friends Of The Coronado Historical Association

The safety and well-being of our community are always our highest priorities.

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Surviving The Coronavirus

School closings, sports event cancellations, food hoarding... We live in a new Coronavirus-induced world. Yet some personal health facts remain unchanged.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer good advice for preventing community spread and personal infection: apply social distancing, sanitize surfaces, wash your hands, don’t touch your face. But, there’s more...

Does anyone wonder why uncounted numbers of infected people develop no symptoms and only 20 percent of symptomatic people require hospitalization? It’s because they have an effective immune system able to fight off the virus. But the CDC does not talk about that, perhaps for fear of offending powerful animal food industries.

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Saving Local Businesses

I think it would be very easy to help out and save a lot of our local businesses by buying gift cards immediately.

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The Pall

A pall has been cast over the world. The COVID-19 novel coronavirus, colloquially called “coronavirus,” is grinding society to a halt.

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Old Guys Rule

Not long ago, there were a dozen and a half candidates and then there were two. No, I don’t mean Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. I’m referring to Joe Biden and Donald Trump. Sanders is finished, thanks to Super Tuesday. Southern Democrats and black voters were never going to vote for a Socialist to become the most powerful person on earth. The last two men standing will be President Trump and former Vice-president Joe Biden, two old white guys set to duke it out for the presidency, provided their health and energy holds out. In fact, the last three viable Democrat candidates, Biden, Sanders and Bloomberg, were all old white guys in spite of all the emphasis on diversity. Now isn’t that ironic? I guess old guys really do still rule.

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Thursday 03/19/2020
Some Thoughts On COVID-19

As an internal medicine physician, I have gotten so many questions about COVID-19 that I would like to share the data I have about it, as of this moment (and we all know that information is changing rapidly).

An article published this past week by MMWR/CDC shows the transmission rates to 445 individuals who were either household contacts (sharing a home) or close contacts (healthcare workers, those within 6 feet) of some of the first patients diagnosed with COVID-19 in the U.S.

You may find it reassuring that the transmission rates were found to be 10.5% for household contacts (but with a confidence interval ranging up to 31%) and up to 1.6% for those with close contact (within 6 feet, household contacts are closer than “close” contacts)). So, even those who lived with someone with COVID-19 did not usually contract the virus.

The graph shows the mortality rates by age of COVID-19 compared to seasonal influenza. Although the absolute numbers are smaller than the flu, this data shows part of the reason for concern about this virus is that a higher percentage of those infected with COVID-19 are dying of the disease, especially the elderly.

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Monday 03/16/2020
American Foreign Policy

This letter is written in response to Mr. Kelly’s many articles in the Coronado Eagle & Journal. Mr. Kelly argues for a radical right conservative Republican position. This letter will address the issue of American foreign policy. I came to Coronado in 1959, from where I grew up in suburban New Jersey.

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Trump’s Pardons Are On-Brand

Donald Trump has used his powers to pardon and commute criminal sentences liberally, and the pattern of how he dispenses presidential mercy reveals much about his mindset. Put simply, Trump doesn’t believe in fraud. Or, more accurately, he doesn’t believe that fraud is really a crime worth punishing. Perjury either. Or corruption in government office. Or war crimes. In Trump’s mind, none of those things is a real crime. And everyone on Fox News deserves a second chance.

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Holland’s Bicycle Gets 5 Stars For Customer Service

One local establishment never seems to falter from allowing its community a valued resource. Our bicycle friendly village has the unwavering support of Holland’s Bicycle. In service for close to 100 years, their team knows the value of new and repeat customers, always going the longest yard to service its clientele.

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An Evening With Holocaust Survivor Eva Schloss

The first (and only) time I read “The Diary of Anne Frank” was when I was in junior high school, nearly 40 years ago. Somehow, I still remember parts of the story. However, I didn’t know the story of Anne Frank’s father, and how he remarried after his family died in the Holocaust.

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Choosing Our Next President

With six Democrats hoping to be the chosen candidate and next president of these United States, it is not clear who will be the likely candidate. Tuesday will give a little more insight.

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Dear Coronado Community

On April 24, 2020, Silver Strand Elementary School will be holding its 25th Annual Luau Dinner & Silent Auction. The Luau is a much-anticipated family fun night and community-building event. In addition, it is the largest fundraiser of the year for our Parent Teacher Organization. Last year, the PTO brought in just over $20,000. With the generous help of businesses and donors, we hope to have another successful year.

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Friday 03/13/2020
Historic Designation

As much as I honor and admire Susan Keith’s work preserving Coronado’s historic homes, I have come to believe it is impossible and impractical to try to save them all. (Forgive me, Susan.)

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A Farewell To Fritz

It wasn’t a particularly tearful event. Our son, a daughter, daughter-in-law, her son and his fiancée were there and we laughed and joked about it as we backed Fritz down the driveway and unto a trailer for the ride to his new home in Arizona. Fritz is a 1968 Volkswagon bug, or beetle, as it’s sometimes called, which I’ve owned for half a century. My eldest daughter named it Fritz back in the 1980’s when it was her daily driver.

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Monday 03/09/2020
On Donald Trump

Republicans bristle when people said, “Trump is not their president.” Of course he is America’s president – for good or ill. What is meant is that he is not our type of president. We’d like our president to be more presidential, along the lines of Reagan, Carter, G.W. Bush, Obama; inspirational as Lincoln, both Roosevelts, Kennedy. What we have is a mean, vindictive sociopath who’s only proven skill lies in Reality TV.

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Facilitating Mass Murder To Own The Libs

What is it about the gun? Why do so many Americans worship this mechanical device? Why does anyone value a piece of hardware more highly than human life?

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Take Mexico To The Hague For Violation Of International Treaty

A Letter To President Donald Trump

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Why Would They Be Swayed?

The Catholic Church has always opposed birth control. Yet, as J.F. Kelly, Jr. points out “about 98 percent of sexually active Catholics have used contraceptives.” Kelly goes on to say that “89 percent of Catholics said that contraception was morally acceptable or not a moral issue at all.” Kelly says further that the Pope should clarify the church’s position on various matters including contraception. In view of those statistics, in spite of what the church has always said, what makes Kelly believe that Catholics will be swayed by what Pope Francis has to say?

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Thursday 03/05/2020
Killing The Golden Goose

For 30-plus years every candidate that has run for city council or mayor has promised to protect the character/ambiance of the community of Coronado. I could call that “character/ambiance” our community’s “golden goose.” The character of our neighborhoods attracts visitors and new residents alike. There is, most assuredly, a special feeling about this community we call home. But how much longer is it going to last? We are indeed “killing the golden goose” and before long we will look like any other California beach community and no one will want to stroll through our neighborhoods.

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Dealing With The Corona Virus Threat

When you have lived as long as I have, you have seen many crises come and go, including the Great Depression, World War II, the threat of nuclear war, urban riots, polio, flu and other epidemics, 9/11 and many more. The good news is that they do eventually pass. During President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s first inaugural address, with the nation wrapped in the gloom and despair of the Great Depression and millions out of work, he famously said that the only thing we had to fear was fear itself.

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Friday 02/28/2020
His Own Worst Enemy

It’s an overused expression, but it fits President Donald Trump. He just can’t stand prosperity. He is indeed his own worst enemy. He survived the partisan attempt to remove him from office during an election year. He emerged from a Senate impeachment trial which Democrat leaders hoped would at least diminish his chances for re-election and saw his approval rating grow higher while Democrats remain deeply divided over who, if anyone, can defeat him in November.

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Society Of Smiles

The Society of Smiles was founded in Coronado during the summer of 2019, with the aim of celebrating the act of smiling, the things that make us smile, and, most importantly, making others smile. Through our research we have found that the simple action of turning up the corners of one’s mouth, even when our circumstances may move our lips in the opposite direction, can have a profound effect on our mental outlook, physical capabilities, and presence in any given moment. The best part - it is completely natural, free and requires essentially no expenditure of additional energy.

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Phishing For Your Cell Phone Number

Recently, I saw a politician ask for your cell phone number on his donation page. Watch out! This is an update to the annoying robocall. Did you know that it is now possible to send mass texts to your cell phone?

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Choosing Our Next President

With six Democrats hoping to be the chosen candidate and next president of these United States, it is not clear who will be the likely candidate. Tuesday will give a little more insight.

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Fourth Annual Coronado’s Talent

Last Saturday, the annual Coronado’s Talent contest was held in the auditorium at Coronado High School. The event, now in its fourth year, is a labor of love of Alan Kinzel, local realtor and all-around good guy. Generously underwritten by local philanthropist Donna Salof, all proceeds raised at the event go to the Coronado Schools Foundation.

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Nominating A Better Belligerent?

Acerbic philanthropist billionaire Mike Bloomberg was surging in the polls and enjoying positive attention going into the Nevada caucuses, largely because of his clever insults against Donald Trump. His campaign put out lots of sharp tweets and snarky ads trolling Trump on social media, and issued statements taunting Trump over his spray tan, his fake hair, his obesity, and how his New York friends called him “a carnival barking clown” behind his back. The media paid lots of attention to these digs, and Bloomberg came into the Las Vegas debate riding high. But then he ran into the verbal buzz saw that is Elizabeth Warren.

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No Conundrum Here

I wish to respond to Mr. Kelly’s opinion piece last week entitled “Conundrums For Catholic Voters.” He asks a question, (directed to our Bishop McElroy), why we as Catholic voters should not focus on a single issue such as abortion when choosing a candidate. And, in reply to a statement by the bishop that we Catholics must vote our consciences, which bishop describes as “the voice of God which lies deep within each of us,” Mr Kelly wonders “if God has the same recommendations for each of us regarding how to vote.”

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Thursday 02/27/2020
Receiving Responses

Two issues ago I asked for, and got, responses to my assessment that Trump’s tactics are reminiscent of the Third Reich--the way Hitler and his gang were able to sneak up on the German people, the German money class, as long as they believed he was supporting the economy they had rescued from the devastation of World War l. Part of that tactic was developing hatred for and fear of minorities.

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Regional Ballot Measures And Coronado

This past year demonstrated that regional issues do not end where the Coronado Bridge begins. On Tuesday, March 3, voters from San Diego County will be casting ballots on two regional measures, Measure A and Measure B, that will help shape the future of housing development in our region for decades to come.

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The Current State Of Professional Sports

American society has been fixated on sports for the entirety of my short time on this planet, as well as the lifetimes of my parents. In the U.S.A., 19 of the 20 most watched television broadcasts are sporting events, and 10 of the last 11 Super Bowls reached over 100 million average viewers (The anticlimactic Super Bowl LIII is the only one that failed to). Even the planet as a whole is enamored of displays of athletic prowess, as the 27 most watched television broadcasts were all related to sports. No matter where you are, nothing captivates the minds of humans like a good competition.

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Monday 02/24/2020
To Support And Defend

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic . . .”

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Conundrums For Catholic Voters

Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) will be forever remembered for casting the lone Republican vote to convict President Donald Trump on the charge of abuse of power. Romney said that he wrestled with his conscience before coming to his painful decision. While I applaud those who follow their conscience, Mr. Romney may need to work on his wrestling skills. Mr. Trump may have significant character flaws but abuse of power was never proved at his impeachment trial.

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Show Us The Business Case

I appreciated David Axelson’s article entitled “Golf Course Modernization Project…The Discussion is in the Details.”

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Friday 02/21/2020
Thank You For Your Support

The Friends of the Coronado Public Library (FOL) celebrated their 50th anniversary by hosting a Night at the Library on Feb. 7. The event included dinner, refreshments, a silent auction and music performed by two COSA students. Guests enjoyed the unique opportunity to enjoy our great library after it closed. It was a wonderful evening celebrating the Friends Golden Jubilee, and was more special as several founding members and family members of former board members and officers were in attendance.

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Thursday 02/20/2020
Keep Your Responses Coming

I thought I would draw the Coronado conservative thinkers out into the open with my sharp opinion piece last week comparing what is happening in this country to the way the Third Reich got control of Germany--anything accepted by the money class until it was too late.

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Monday 02/17/2020
Just When We Needed A Good Laugh

The circus came to Iowa last week and the clowns were simply hilarious, especially if you were of the Republican persuasion. The much-awaited Iowa Caucuses involve a bizarre method of choosing state delegate “equivalents” by having voters express their choice of candidates by standing in a particular area of the room. If enough standees don’t support a particular candidate, they have to express their second choice by moving to another space in the room or else leave. It sort of resembles a beginner’s class in square dancing. You can’t make this stuff up. It was always difficult enough to tabulate the results the old-fashioned way, but the young technical wizards in charge of the process this year this year relied on a hastily-developed, insufficiently-tested app to report results. It failed, of course, leaving the results incomplete for days, perhaps forever, and the Democrat candidates, who spent tons of money and time campaigning in America’s first state contest to determine voter support, frustrated and angry. Several of them then dismissed the importance of the Iowa caucuses anyway because Iowa is “just too white.” I guess it’s politically incorrect now to be too white which I always thought was an accident of birth.

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