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Friday 11/22/2019
PAWS Celebrates Five Years Of Partnership

On Tuesday, Nov. 11, the City celebrated five years of its unique public-private partnership with PAWS of Coronado, by throwing a party at the Coronado Animal Care Facility. All of us at PAWS of Coronado are grateful to our City leaders for supporting the vision of our founder, Louise Shirey, whose nearly 20-year dedication to our community’s animals led to our partnership beginning in November 2014. Today, Coronado’s Mayor, City Manager and Councilmembers, the Coronado Police Department and the City’s Public Service Department work tirelessly with PAWS of Coronado to return lost animals to their human companions and to find forever homes for Coronado’s strays.

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Coronado Island Film Festival Was A Success

I have attended a handful of film festivals over the years, including several visits to Sundance, but none has the heart that our film festival has shown, year after year.

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Thursday 11/21/2019
Coronado GCMP 101

Coronado is taking steps to help ensure the long-term viability of one of our most treasured assets - the municipal golf course. Opened in 1957, it is considered as one of the best public golf courses in the nation. Golfers queue up daily at 5 a.m. at the starter’s window for an opportunity to book a tee time. Golfers of all skills and ages appreciate the course’s challenges, walk-ability, excellent condition and unrivaled scenery. There are 85,000-90,000 rounds are played annually, a utilization that is the envy of many other golf course owner/operators. Despite this heavy play, the City maintains the course is in top condition year-round by a team of talented and dedicated workers who have the support of the City’s management and elected officials. The City operates the golf course as an enterprise operation, meaning that its sustaining financial support comes from the golfers and other patrons who utilize the course, the pro shop and driving range operated by head pro Brian Smock, and the Feast & Fareways restaurant.

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Sewage Capacity And Overdevelopment

How much more overdevelopment can Coronado really handle? SANDAG takes sewer capacity into consideration for their Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) methodology when they allocate the 1,001 new homes for Coronado. Why would we proceed with a new sewer system on the golf course that only allows for increased development and density? Why are we already re-zoning Coronado to fit another 1,001 homes before formally challenging SANDAG’s irrational demands? What will ever stop SANDAG from allocating Coronado another 1,000+ homes again in year 2029 and beyond?

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Monday 11/18/2019
The Impeachment Inquiry

If the Eagle & Journal continues to publish “A commentary” by J.F. Kelly, Jr. each week, it should at least occasionally publish an opposing view. Mr. Kelly takes up two columns criticizing the House of Representative’s Intelligence Committee’s process for gathering evidence of President Trump’s abuse of power without ever mentioning the actual substantive charges, which by now are established facts. This so-called argument echoes those of Trump’s Republican supporters in Congress who also fail to acknowledge that the same procedure of holding closed-door hearings followed by public ones was established by the Republicans in the Clinton impeachment process. Those supporters likewise never address the actual facts surrounding the President’s attempt to withhold vital aid to Ukraine unless its leader announced investigations into a political opponent and into a bogus conspiracy theory that Ukraine, not Russia, hacked the Democratic party’s emails in 2016. The House procedure is fully in accord with the Constitution, as will be a Senate trial in which the President will be accorded full due process of law.

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Sunday 11/17/2019
Rick Rescorla Receives Presidential Citizen’s Medal

On Sept. 11, 2001, Rick Rescorla was on duty on the 44th floor of the World Trade Center, Tower Two. He was vice president for corporate security at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co. and a jumbo jet had just plowed into the other tower.

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Friday 11/15/2019
Murder And Mayhem In Mexico

Continuing another year of violence in Mexico, three SUVs carrying U.S. citizens were ambushed and attacked in northern Mexico, not far from our border, resulting in the savage murder of three women and six children. There were 36,000 murders in Mexico last year and this year is on track to come close. Since the so-called war on Mexican drug gangs began in 2006, more than 250,000 lives, about the population of Richmond, Virginia, have been lost to violence and more mass graves containing mutilated human remains are found regularly.

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Buy Locally People

Today when I was walking down Orange Avenue, I noticed an adorable basket on a lady’s bike. I asked her where she got it, and she said, “from that bike shop on Orange.” Then she whispered, “But you could get it cheaper from Amazon.” I grinned and said thank you.

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Thursday 11/14/2019
Coronado Island Film Festival Volunteers!

We are so grateful to the 2019 CIFF board and the wonderful volunteers, who helped make the Coronado Island Film Festival, such a huge success. Working alongside this very dedicated and extremely helpful group of caring, enjoyable and reliable people, made our jobs so easy. Our “super crew” worked long hours, with smiles on their faces who came daily, with “a willingness to help in all ways!” We can’t name all of them, since there were 85+ who signed up for the Village Theatre Venue.

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Is It Time To Put The Golf Course Project Before The Voters?

Is it reasonable to borrow from the future to solve a problem that doesn’t currently exist?

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Tuesday 11/12/2019
There Is A Petition To Recall Governor Gavin Newsom

Coronadans: Because of top down zoning mandates from the State government we are in danger of incurring great harm to or even destruction of our way of life with the precipitous addition of the 1100+ living units thrust upon us on this small, crowded island. Recalling the entire legislature is impossible so please call for the removal of a smug, callow, vainglorious Governor with slicked back hair. Recall is the quickest way to get the attention of our representatives.

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Monday 11/11/2019
“Goodbye Columbus”

It may have escaped the notice of some that the famous Christopher Columbus is being downgraded from his exalted position to a lesser place in history due to the cruelty he visited upon natives he found in the New World. Today it is no longer politically correct to honor the 15th Century explorer. Christopher Columbus is now suffering the similar ignominy as his namesake, Saint Christopher who once, but no longer, adorns thousands of automotive dashboards. If Columbus is guilty of half of what he is accused, perhaps his fall from grace is deserved.

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Sunday 11/10/2019
Restrict Solar Panel Ugliness

Coronado is working on undergrounding the hundreds of century-old utility poles, and more and more residents are opting for equally ugly solar installations.

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Friday 11/08/2019
The Schiff Sham

Now obviously aware that her failure to require a full House vote before authorizing Chairman Adam Schiff’s Intelligence Committee to investigate possible grounds for impeachment and conduct secret interviews was a mistake, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi belatedly called for a vote. Her decision followed closely a ruling by a federal judge that Schiff’s committee was indeed engaged in an impeachment inquiry and was therefore entitled to access secret grand jury information from the Mueller investigation.

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Thursday 11/07/2019
Five Ways You Can Support Veterans, Military Members And Their Families On Veterans Day

Most Americans feel genuine gratitude for veterans and military members who have served or are currently serving our country. But we can do more to actively support them aside from saying; “Thank you for your service.” From financial assistance to volunteering with veterans’ service organizations (VSOs), there are many ways across the spectrum of support through which we can show gratitude to our nation’s veterans, military members, and military families.

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Wednesday 11/06/2019
Anti-Semitism

In 1949 I was interviewed by corporate representative for a possible position in his company. It seemed to me that he was going to offer me a job when he suddenly asked, “You’re not Jewish by any chance, are you Mr. Schubert?”

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Tuesday 11/05/2019
America’s Unjust Prison System

Jesus is an example of an innocent person who was unjustly hung on a cross. Jesus’ example shows us that capital punishment is wrong. My recent research found that 160 innocent people who were convicted of murder were later found innocent. Many of them were poor, black or Hispanic. The United States Constitution states that no punishment should be “cruel or unusual. The purpose of this letter is to beg for mercy for those in the prison system, especially those facing the death penalty for murder. Karl Menninger, a prominent psychiatrist, argued that punishment was a crime. My former psychiatrist, Dr. Mark Shipmen stated that anyone who commits a violent crime is criminally insane. These people should be in hospitals for the criminally insane for the rest of their lives and not let out on parole, and they should be given humane treatment.

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Monday 11/04/2019
A New GOP Candidate

I agree with J.F. Kelly Jr. that Donald Trump should not run for re-election in 2020, but should allow the GOP to select a better qualified candidate. That candidate could then take his or her chances against the Democrat candidate, whoever he or she may be.

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Sunday 11/03/2019
Taste Of Coronado 2019

The Coronado Junior Woman’s Club would like to extend a heartfelt thank you the fantastic restaurants and shops that made the tenth annual Taste of Coronado a huge success.

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Saturday 11/02/2019
Missing The Point Of America

To those criticizing the baseball fans at Game 5 of the World Series for booing the president: if you think it’s untoward to boo a president who accepted the help of a foreign adversary to help get elected, who expressly repudiates the Constitution, who attacks Gold Star families and distinguished veterans, who defends convicted felons who worked on his campaign, who attacks the free press, who flouts the rule of law, who uses the office to enrich himself and his family, and who withholds U.S. aid from a foreign country to pressure that country into attacking his political rival, then you kind of missed the whole point of America.

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Friday 11/01/2019
Thank You For Your Support

A big thank you to all who came out to this year’s Fall Festival in support of Village Elementary School! It was so much fun to see everyone dancing and enjoying all of the activities! 

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Broadway Has Come To Coronado!

After attending all three weekend performances of “Urinetown: The Musical” play presented by the Coronado School of the Arts, Coronado High School, I want to encourage your support and attendance at the last two presentations this weekend.

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Thursday 10/31/2019
“Urinetown: The Musical”

What kind of musical is this? If I may take the words right off the page of the brochure handed out at the door, I couldn’t describe it any better than that: “It’s the winner of three Tony Awards, the puns flow freely in this musical comedy that skewers politics, capitalism and musical theater all in one delightfully demented package.” You’ve simply gotta go!

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The Perils Of Impeachment

In America, the citizens get to choose their president by participating in free elections every four years. The Constitution gives this power to the people. It also seeks to protect them from a president who commits impeachable offenses, defined as high crimes and misdemeanors such as treason and bribery, by giving Congress the power to impeach him. The authors considered but rejected including mal-administration as a cause for impeachment, fearing that it could too easily be used by Congress to remove a president over political or ideological differences, thereby giving one equal branch of government an ultimate advantage over another.

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Monday 10/28/2019
Halloween Treat Sweep

Did you know that Coronado was named one of the best places in the country for Halloween trick or treating in 2017?

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Trouble With The Debates

The debates need to be reformed. There are some good democratic candidates. but unfortunately, Sanders, Biden, and Warren get all the air time. This isn’t their first rodeo, everyone knows their stand on all the issues by now. Give them less air time, it’s time to hear more from the others. Sanders, Biden, and Warren should be given five minutes each at the next debate.

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Requiescat In Pace

I was so saddened to learn that Coronado High classmate, baseball teammate, and longtime friend John McClimon has entered into rest. He was 61.

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Inspiring Letters

I always read Julia Viera’s letters first in the Coronado Eagle & Journal. They are well thought out, full of integrity and intelligence, extensively researched, unbiased and right to the point on major issues. She’s one gal I’d want on my side anytime.

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Thursday 10/24/2019
You Can Help Support Sixth Grade Campers

Coronado Middle School (CMS) sixth graders will be attending the annual San Diego County Outdoor Education Camp at Camp Cuyamaca from Dec. 2 to Dec. 6. This exciting and educational week-long program provides our students with a variety of hands-on, real life activities and experiences in the Cuyamaca Mountains under the supervision of CMS teachers and the San Diego Outdoor School Camp staff.

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Endless Wars And Endless Election Campaigns

Watching the latest Democrat debate, I thought for a moment that I was watching one of the opening political skits on Saturday Night Live. There was Joe Biden having multiple senior moments when he couldn’t seem to remember what he was trying to say or had just said. Elizabeth Warren did a hilarious impersonation of Claude Raines’ character in “Casablanca” when she feigned shock at the notion that “anyone thinks she’s punitive.” And there was Bernie Sanders, more animated than ever, to demonstrate that he was still alive and ready to fight for socialism. The campaign has over a year to go and already it seems like it’s been going on forever.

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Wednesday 10/23/2019
Fixing Something That Ain’t Broke: The City Council ‘Fixes’ The City Pool

Most of you are probably not aware that the city pool that many of us have enjoyed for years is about to be transformed for the worse. As a Coronado resident and former journalist and investigator, I feel duty bound to inform you of what is taking place.

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Friday 10/18/2019
The Old Grandparents Telephone Scam

My wife Bonnie and I received a phone call mid-morning on Monday, Oct. 7. Bonnie answered the phone. It was from a woman purporting to be our granddaughter, saying she had been arrested last night and could we post her bail of $9,000.

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Thank You For Your Support

A very successful Oktoberfest, the first Coronado School of the Arts (CoSA) fundraiser of the year, was held on Oct. 3 at the Coronado Recreation Center. The CoSA Foundation Board of Directors expresses its deepest appreciation to the following local and San Diego merchants for their tremendous support, the results of which will benefit Coronado High School ‘s CoSA artists. We could not have realized the financial benefit without the generosity of: Art & Frames Gallery; Art for Wildlife Galleries; Back to Life Massage; Be Polished; Bike and Kayak Tours-Coronado; Bistro D’Asia; Blue Bridge Hospitality (Leroys, Little Frenchie, MooTime, Stake); Bow Ties & Haircuts; Burger Lounge; Cafe 1134; Celtic Corner; Coronado Beachware; Coronado Bliss Salon & Spa; Coronado Historical Association; Coronado Playhouse; Coronado Vintage; Crazy Cow Photo; Denise Nail Salon; Eagle Newspapers; El Cordova Hotel; Fair Trade Decor; Hotel Del Coronado; La Mer; Lamb’s Players Theatre; Little Sam’s Island and Beach Fun; Miguels; Nado Gelato; Nado Girl Designs; Nado Republic; Nicky Rotten’s; Nilfix; Orfila Vinyards & Winery; Pacific Coast Grill; Postal Annex; Roses; San Diego Yacht Club; Shell Station; Soup Plantation; Starbuck’s Coffee Company; Taste of Oils; The Henry; Tartine: A European Style Café; Treasures from the Heart; Villa Nueva; Vons; Which Wich; Wine a Bit; Young Actors Theatre; and Village Theatre

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Coronado Wins Latest Case Over Its Short-Term Rental Ban

Let us take a moment to appreciate the outstanding way our small town is managed by elected officials and professional staff. This is an important win.

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Timing Is Everything

The timing of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to turn House Democrats loose on an impeachment inquiry was no accident. President Donald Trump’s phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urging an investigation of one of Trump’s own political rivals may have provided a convenient excuse but coming, as it did, soon after the start of the 2020 election campaign, it was more about influencing the election outcome by adding to Mr. Trump’s re-election challenges. She knows that a GOP-controlled Senate would never convict Trump, even if the House managed to come up with valid articles of impeachment. She didn’t even require a vote of the full House, leaving it up to committee chairs like Adam Schiff to pursue their anti-Trump agenda.

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Honor Flight

For those of you who witnessed the return of the Honor Flight from Washington. D.C. and Baltimore last Sunday afternoon, Oct. 6, you witnessed an event that has changed the lives of 60 surviving San Diego World War II and Korean veterans. I mean that quite literally; it was life changing. I know because I was one of them.

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#92118Together

I don’t follow social media, but a friend recently told me that a new business in Coronado is already receiving negative reviews from some residents. This got me thinking about our town and how we might better support one another.

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Monday 10/14/2019
Not Much To Choose From

I think or wonder if Republicans have a plan B, in case Donald Trump doesn’t run in 2020. Mike Pence sure isn’t the answer. Donald Trump is on the news 24/7. It is fatigue. They better have a nominee warming up, maybe Mitt Romney, John Kasich, or even Jeb Bush.

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Sunday 10/13/2019
Peace, Unity And Brotherhood

Recently I came across a message of a Hopi leader, Thomas Banays, written some time ago. “We the religious leaders of the Hopi Nation have been instructed by the ‘Great Spirit’ to express the invitation to the President of the United States of American and all spiritual leaders everywhere to meet and discuss the welfare of mankind so that peace, unity and brotherhood will become part of all men (people) everywhere.”

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Saturday 10/12/2019
Re: Impeachment Circus

Mr. Kelly’s description of President Trump’s personality is fair. Trump’s “bombastic, uninhibited” style and lack of government experience are what attracted many of his now loyal supporters to his populist cause. He speaks the vernacular of what Hillary Clinton labeled the “deplorables.”

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Fore The New Restaurant At The Golf Course

Having enjoyed the Coronado Golf Course for over 40 years, I find the renovated Feast and Fareway restaurant unrivaled by past clubhouse eateries. The service is excellent, the food decent, and the environment outstanding. A panoramic view from the outside patio, as well as the indoor bar, make the experience of a visit to the golf course top-notch. I’d recommend it to tourists and locals alike.

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Friday 10/11/2019
Discrimination At Harvard

“A good way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.”

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An Open Letter To The Citizens Of Coronado

Dear Coronado,

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Thursday 10/10/2019
Thank You From The Coronado Music Festival

What a successful, first annual Coronado Music Festival! The event was well attended and enjoyed by all!

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Republicans Are Strangely Silent

How strange that J.F. Kelly Jr. holds two disparate positions. In his Eagle & Journal commentary of Oct. 2, 2019, he says that Donald Trump was legitimately elected President in 2016. That’s a fact. There is nothing we can do about it because that’s the way our democracy works. It’s in the Constitution. So says J.F. Kelly, Jr. He also says Donald Trump is not fit to be President.

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Wednesday 10/09/2019
Coronado Mayor, City Manager, City Council And Library Director

Good Day,

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Friday 10/04/2019
Solar Is Good For San Diego

This is in reference to SDG&E’s proposal to charge everyone a $39 monthly electric fee. I purchased solar panels for $18,000 and have reduced my electric bill to zero. SDG&E buys the power my panels generate for pennies, which helps their bottom line and helps the environment reduce use of fossil fuels. This charge will reduce incentives for people to install solar and contradicts the governor’s goal to promote installation of solar in homes. I feel this charge is penalizing me for investing in solar and trying to make the planet greener. SDG&E has not made a persuasive case for this extra charge given the benefits solar provides to it and the planet at little charge to them. Let’s fight it.

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SDG&E Wants To Add $10 Fixed Charge

I had solar panels installed on our house as an electrical back up system for life support devices for my late wife. My intent was to install batteries for night-time use eventually.

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The Impeachment Circus

Perhaps we can all agree on one thing at least. Donald Trump is a very high-maintenance president. He keeps his aides and supporters busy constantly explaining what the president said, or did, or meant. This is a direct consequence of voters, acting with emotion and frustration with politicians and business as usual, nominating and electing a colorful, bombastic, uninhibited TV personality and real estate dealmaker with no experience whatsoever in government or foreign affairs to the highest office in the land and the world. Somehow, wonder of wonders, he managed to win against all odds, largely because of the meddling, not by any foreign government, but by our own FBI Director and a weak campaign by a scandal-tainted opponent.

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Coronado Music Fesival, Gerald Robbins

Too few Coronadans attended the special performance of Gerald Robbins at the Winn Room , Saturday, Sept.. 21. It was a performance worthy of the finest music venues of the world, right here in Coronado, all for free. Celebrating Beehoven’s birth, Mr. Robbins chose to perform three of Beethoven’s more familiar sonatas.

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