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Encountering Ayn Rand at Fourteen?

| March 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

I was 14 when I saw “The Fountainhead” with Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal. I saw the film on a Saturday afternoon at the North Park Theater (a 10 cents trolley ride from our home on Redwood Street on the border with South Park). The “gang” I hung out were all from the neighborhood and […]

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Donald Trump & Amazing Grace

| February 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

“Amazing grace how sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now I’m found. Was blind but now I see.” On the night he won the Florida Republican Primary, Donald Trump faced a crowded ballroom of supporters and several hundred media people. He began his remarks by saying, “I […]

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Practicing Civility in an Uncivil Age

| January 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Therefore, putting away falsehood, let everyone speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. — Ephesians 4:25, RSV In 1949 I was in the eighth grade at Roosevelt Junior High School in San Diego, watching with my classmates, for teaching purposes, a black and white film depicting an automobile crash. […]

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Mea Culpa

| December 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

By George Mitrovich   First, I predicted Mrs. Clinton would win. I was wrong. Seriously, wrong. That many others were also wrong, is of no comfort. Donald Trump is president-elect. In the aftermath of the election, I have read hundreds of articles, editorials, opinion pieces, essays, all finding common ground in their collective disbelief – […]

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Can America Recover?

| October 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

On taking office following the resignation of Richard Nixon, President Gerald Ford said, “Our long national nightmare is over.” Different time, different circumstances, but I here invoke the president’s words slightly paraphrased, “Our long national nightmare is almost over.” The first nightmare was Nixon; the second, Donald Trump. The first, a Quaker from Yorba Linda, […]

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Is Donald Trump Evil?

| October 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

By George Mitrovich San Diego Rotary recently featured a program on human trafficking, which The City Club of San Diego joined in sponsoring (but it was a Rotary driven event). The City Club did so for two reasons: First, because human trafficking is a great evil and it is thought that as many as eight […]

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Masscult, Midcult & Media

| September 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

By George Mitrovich Mass culture masquerading as high art, promoted by money- hungry businessmen and consumed by the public unawares… the commodification of culture. Ermanno Rivetti on Dwight Macdonald The calling of the press is very high; it is almost holy. Louis Brandeis Dwight Macdonald was a writer and critic of great standing among the […]

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An Open Letter to Hillary Clinton

| August 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

By George Mitrovich My dear Mrs. Clinton: You were an intern with Senator Charles Goodell, Republican of New York, when I was his press secretary, but that was 1970 and we had more than 50 interns – the largest intern class ever on Capitol Hill – and I had not remembered you, until, as First […]

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Between Christ & Machiavelli

| July 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

By George Mitrovich No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money. – Samuel Johnson One hundred and twenty-seven months ago I wrote my first column for the Sentinel. Not a single farthing has passed from publisher’s coffers to mine. So, “blockhead” fits. The exact number of words I’ve written is somewhere over 190,000; […]

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Heroin and Prescription Drugs

| May 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

By George Mitrovich When the governor of Vermont devoted his entire State of the State address to the heroin epidemic that had cursed his lovely state, that occasion became the first time any governor had focused on a single issue in such a speech. Governor Peter Shumlin of Vermont gave that historic address 7 January […]

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