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Today marks the end of the turbulent Trump presidency. Let us rejoice and be glad. As President Joe Biden starts his term, let all of us, regardless of political persuasion, rally around our new leader and wish him good health and success in guiding the ship of state. Having been privileged …

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Here is a European perspective from an Italian friend, Francesca Pontiggia:

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Five dead, one missing, and prominent among the wounded, our democracy.

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Thanks to your help, this is turning into more of a feel good story every day. We now have directed more than $10,000 in “Hero certificates” to five Coronado restaurants, (we recently added Tartines). We have hosted 40 wounded warriors and first responder/healthcare providers and each dinner…

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Right off the bat please allow me to thank Eagle & Journal readers and editors for the kind words about my oddball letters. If one wonders why I write of things from decades past, it’s because memory lane persists and insists I do so. Until memory dims completely, why not share?

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On Sept. 11, 2001, (9/11), passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 stormed the terrorists planning to blow up our Capitol in Washington, D.C. These heroes succeeded where our Capitol police failed. They gave their lives to save this symbol of American Democracy, our Capitol Building. The pol…

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The incident on the Crown City was clear in my mind, but not the date. So I jumped on Mr. Pietrzak’s date as a probability. Obviously it could not relate to my Crown City experience, because the ferries had long since ceased running in 1980.

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In his recent column J. F. Kelly, Jr. wrote, in reference to the claims of election fraud, that “last minute changes to rules and deadlines not authorized by state legislatures as the Constitution requires, resulted in a contested election (emphasis added)”. This is simply not true and leave…

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Did you see the first City Council meeting of the new year, Tuesday, Jan. 5, on Channel 19? Maybe not because at that exact same hour national TV was reporting out the Georgia state votes for Senator. It takes an ancient Coronado type like me to be more interested in how the Council would mo…

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Donald Trump was a ticking time bomb from the start. On Jan. 6, 2021, just two weeks before the end of his rapidly deteriorating presidency, it finally detonated when he incited thousands of his frenzied followers at a Washington rally to march on the Capitol building where Congress was in s…

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Eddie, Eddie, Eddie, you are my CHS 75 classmate and a friend! Which is why I wanted to let you know that I remember—in response to your recent letter herein—that you were never a brat! You were one of the good ones!

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So glad to learn our returning veteran elected official has immediately moved to place reconsideration of the ill-advised Ocean Boulevard redevelopment plan on the next Council agenda. We can count on Tanaka for careful consideration of every issue. Dailey and Donovan need his support to fix…

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I must begin by saying that no one is sicker of this than I am. I did not wish to spend even one precious moment of 2021 writing about the election just past. We have serious work to do, beginning with getting everyone vaccinated as soon as possible, so we can get on with a post-pandemic nat…

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Isn’t it funny how the opening notes of a song can send your back to a certain point in time? Instantly? Vividly? With memories of senses returning? Obviously it’s an odd feeling to describe, so just for today let’s not play “find the verb.”

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Eddie Pietrzak’s letter of Dec. 30 about the big earthquake near Eureka brought back memories of that date. I’m glad he knew the date.(Nov. 8, 1980).

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Let’s start the year off on the right foot by wishing the new president and his administration success in dealing with the many challenges we face as a nation. It behooves us all that he succeeds because his success is our nation’s success. No one who really cares for the future of our count…

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During any normal given year I would be a volunteer at the Coronado Police Department, the Historical Association and Navy Relief. But this has not been a normal year. So with much time on my hands I contacted Sister Mary Kiely at Father Joe’s Villages and told her I would help. Thus started…

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In the event of President Biden securing a nuclear agreement with Iran or North Korea, there must be allowance for immediate inspection of any site suspected of violating said agreement. A waiting period will give them the chance to move the contraband to another location, whose waiting peri…

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I’m anxious for January 2021 to arrive, when I know I will see a dramatic and wonderful transformation at the White House.

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It hit at 2:27 a.m., the morning on Nov. 8, 1980 and lasted a full thirty seconds.

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In response to the letter in the Dec. 16-22 issue “Enough With The Hate Words,” we’d like to first say thanks to the Eagle & Journal for running Jon Sinton’s commentaries. Many of us enjoy the new balance on your Editorial Page.

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“So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye.

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It started on a high note, but then became discordant and ended on a somber one. 2020 began with the economy in high gear and unemployment at an all-time low, including for minorities. There was wage growth and, in fact, more jobs than qualified American applicants, and almost anyone who rea…

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City staff seem obsessed with doing something to the Ocean Boulevard sidewalk. But the purpose of the project has become blurred, if not entirely lost.

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The kitchen may smell like Christmas; the air may ring with carols and “Jingle Bells”; nativities may greet me each morning; presents may rest under the tree. For many this year, the similarity to other Christmases ends there.

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As we wind down on 2020 and the strange year that was, I want to take a moment to briefly review some of the news that may have been missed this year in the wake of the two P’s: pandemic & politics. Any other year, these stories would have had their shining moment in our social media fee…

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Let’s go back in time. The day following Thanksgiving 1967, leading up to our first Coronado Christmas, our whole fam-damily of four piled into our trusty, merry old Oldsmobile to ferry our way across the bay on a foray to find a fresh Christmas tree. My brother and I were in the back seat, …

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I know what’s wrong with folks in other towns

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In this, our traditional season of love and gratitude, we have a lot to be thankful for. The pandemic is killing 3,000 people a day, but we have an effective vaccine, developed in record time. Many of us won’t see family for Christmas, but if we’re careful, we’ll live to see them in the near…

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When I greet a friend who celebrates Christmas, I wish them a Merry Christmas. When I greet a friend who celebrates Hanukkah, I wish them a Happy Hanukkah. When I don’t know, I wish them Happy Holidays. It’s quite easy to forget that there are those who don’t celebrate Christmas. When I’m wi…

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Someday soon we all will be together, if the fates allow.

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Do you ever feel like you want to be someone else when the Christmas season is approaching? Time to change characters from what you are expected to be versus what you are really feeling? I take comfort in the fact that I am able to do exactly that every Christmas season…

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A letter in last week’s Eagle & Journal blamed the separation of parents and children of illegal immigrants on the American Government. It further stated that policy was contrary to American values.

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Governor Gavin Newsome has mandated a conversion to electric vehicles (and other non-fossil-fuel technologies like hydrogen fuel cells) in California by 2035. There are already plenty of naysayers. I am not among them.

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Once again a supporter of Democrat and liberal politicians has condescended to informed readers, that those who do not agree with his point of view are poorly educated, etc.

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On Nov. 9, 2016, after Donald Trump was elected president, I hopefully posted on Facebook that “We still have a free press and an independent judiciary.” Several times during Trump’s reign, I reiterated my faith that “an independent judiciary will save this democracy.” And so it came to pass…

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At the Dec. 1 City Council meeting, Council members Sandke, Benzian and Heinze voted to approve the long delayed Ocean Boulevard street improvement project. This improvement will vastly improve the safety for the many Coronado residents that walk, ride bikes or jog along Ocean Boulevard. Wid…

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Here we go again. Yet another season of “holiday” cheer is here, only from a distance this year, alas. Yours truly is probably the last person anyone would call a Scrooge, but for the record, I do not exchange “holiday” gifts, I do not decorate a “holiday” tree, nor do I prepare a “holiday” …

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If the Democrats manage to capture both of Georgia’s Senate seats in its Jan. 5 runoff election, they will flip control of the Senate and Sen. Chuck Schumer will replace Sen. Mitch McConnell as majority leader. That means, of course, that they will control both houses of Congress and will be…

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Let’s face it, it’s been quite a year.

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A huge thank you to the Coronado community and others around the country for your great initial response to our Old Goats Kids Who Care “Host a hero - Help a Coronado Restaurant” campaign. The program will continue for as long as the restaurants and employees are under duress which will prob…

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President-elect Joe Biden will make a great President. Joe’s beautiful wife Jill will make a great First Lady. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is a dynamic leader. Together, they make a great patriotic team.

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In a letter to the Eagle last week Bear and Ginny Thorkelson suggested all Biden signs be removed and replaced with American flags as a step to restore unity in America and I think that is an excellent idea. However, I suggest they first get all the Trump flags and signs removed since there …

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In recent years our system of public education, once lauded as the world’s greatest, has been under attack. The “government schools“ as they are derisively referred to, are an extension of the meme popularized by Ronald Reagan’s joke that the government can do nothing right and is only out t…

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Sometimes, even when they try to seem fair, folks with extreme bias just can’t help revealing it; flaunting it. Recently, a reader referred to a piece I wrote, in which I reported on the tragic death of Mary Jo Kopeckne. Nice to realize someone took time to read it. Unfortunately, when relay…

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As we transition into 2021, it’s my opinion that we, as a country, focus on four things: recognize Biden as our legally elected President; comply with COVID restriction (i.e. wearing masks in public); pass some sort of comprehensive relief bell (which should include stimulus checks); and enh…