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“Boots on the Ground”

| December 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

By George Mitrovich Come you masters of war. You that build all the guns. You that build the death planes. You that hide behind walls. You that hide behind desks. I just want you to know I can see through your masks.   Bob Dylan A couple of years back I spoke at a dinner of […]

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The Promise and Pitfalls of Genetic Testing

| October 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

There seems to be an ever-expanding number of companies looking to help you understand your genes. Some of my family have had their genes tested to try to find out “where they come from” and learned they’re part Sicilian, part Arab and part Viking. You could learn what health risks might lie waiting for you […]

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Swimming Upstream Takes Courage

| October 31, 2015 | 0 Comments
Swimming Upstream Takes Courage

A good friend of mine recently reminded me that as Americans we have been given privileges and rights, and therefore, we also have a responsibility to protect them. He also reminded me that “swimming upstream takes courage.” He is so right. Five years ago, I was one of hundreds of San Diegans fighting to prevent […]

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Called to Serve

| October 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

“We should take very seriously what the dreadful past can tell us about our blindness and predilections. The haunting fact is we are morally free. If everyone around us is calling for Barabbas, it is only probable, never necessary, that some of us join in. Since we have not yet burned the taper of earthly […]

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Best Selling Author Shares Her Passion for Vegetarian Meals

| October 31, 2015 | 0 Comments
Best Selling Author Shares Her Passion for Vegetarian Meals

Erin Gleeson, New York Times best-selling author, will make her “last public appearance in the USA” at The Front Porch, from 10 a.m. to noon, Sunday, November 15, at the Coronado location, 918 Orange Avenue; and 2 to 4 p.m. at the Mission Hills location, 928 Fort Stockton Drive, Suite 103. Erin Gleeson is the […]

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Francis, Yogi & Joe

| October 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

The pope came to America, Yogi Berra died, and the vice president went on “Late Night with Stephen Colbert.” Three different persons. Three different professions. One common characteristic. One common faith. Pope Francis’ state visit became the greatest week in the history of the Catholic Church in America. Catholicism has had a really bad run, […]

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Is That All There Is?

| September 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

The words of Peggy Lee’s song are haunting, but they come to mind, not in a philosophical/mystical sense, though they are that, but politically. I’ve been in politics, around politics for 49 years. Beginning with the lieutenant governor’s office in Sacramento in 1966, through Bobby Kennedy’s presidential campaign to five years on Capitol Hill in […]

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Musings at Eighty

| August 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

The larger the island of knowledge, the greater the shoreline of wonder. Dr. Ralph Washington Sockman Christ Church, Methodist, New York City (1916-61) As I approached my eighty birthday (July 29), friends said, “This is the big one, the Big Eight O.” But I didn’t see it that way. My family often complains; I am […]

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Religion, Politics & Media

| July 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

Sometime back I wrote about this here in the Sentinel, but it is for me an important issue, so I am revisiting it. A religion reporter for a major American newspaper wrote a story about an openly gay United Methodist minister who lost her church over her sexual orientation. The reporter wrote the minister was […]

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Is This Any Way to Run a Country?

| June 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

On March 30 the House of Commons dissolved and Great Britain entered five weeks of campaigning to determine a new government. David Cameron’s five years as prime minister in the coalition government was over; it was time for voters to decide who governs next. With the dissolution, May 7 was set as the day the […]

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