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Black Pastors Group President, Erin Brockovich, Others Call for Fluoridegate Hearings

| June 3, 2015 | 1 Comment
Black Pastors Group President, Erin Brockovich, Others Call for Fluoridegate Hearings

Federal health officials, in close communication with dental industry representatives, worked feverishly to blunt spread of news that African Americans are disproportionately harmed by drinking fluoridated water, according to recently obtained Freedom of Information Act documents. The documents show clearly-worried high level Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) employees working […]

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Civic Idiots

| March 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

This is the 40th year of The City Club of San Diego, but despite the fact we’ve presented 1,193 programs in the public interest, and despite The City Club’s standing as one of the America’s top public forums (number three by one rating organization, and the only one west of the Mississippi), The City Club […]

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I’m Not An Expert, But…

| February 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

How many times have you heard a speaker say, “I’m not an expert, but…” The speaker then proceeds to discuss the subject they have already admitted they’re unqualified to talk about. It’s a dumb thing to say. Just say what you are going to say. It will stand on its merits – or not. That […]

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The Pope of Hope & Our Democracy

| January 6, 2015 | 0 Comments
The Pope of Hope & Our Democracy

In my first column of the New Year, I address two themes – the Pope and the state of our democracy. They are not inherently related, beyond the fact that some of what His Holiness has said applies to issues in America. I don’t think it’s a small thing when a Methodist, as I am, […]

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Strangers in Dallas, Embroiled in the Death of a President

| December 8, 2014 | 0 Comments
Strangers in Dallas, Embroiled in the Death of a President

Veteran San Diego publicist Laura Walcher and her husband, Bob, were living in Dallas at the time of the Kennedy assassination and had their own encounter with the celebrated Zapruder film. The following is an essay Laura Walcher wrote about her experience. Here’s how it went: WFAA-TV broadcast engineer Bob Walcher took a roll of […]

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Frank Mankiewicz – Mentor & Friend

| December 8, 2014 | 0 Comments
Frank Mankiewicz – Mentor & Friend

Frank Mankiewicz was Latin American director of the Peace Corps, president of National Public Radio (NPR), nationally syndicated columnist (he made Richard Nixon’s infamous “enemies list”; described by the president’s chief of staff as a “known revolutionary”), author of “Perfectly Clear: Nixon From Whittier to Watergate,” an executive of Hill & Knowlton, one of the […]

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Money, Politics & Democracy’s Depravity

| November 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

I believe in government, which is established through the means of politics. The government we get and the political means by which it is derived is imperfect, and to expect perfection from either is overly idealistic or dangerously ignorant. As Mr. Churchill said, “Democracy is the worst form of government, save for all the rest.” […]

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America’s Drug Epidemic: Our Greatest Threat

| October 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

By George Mitrovich The drug epidemic sweeping our country is someone else’s problem until it becomes your problem, as it has become our family’s problem. But most families so affected are silent because they’re ashamed and they wish to keep their family’s “shame” private; but silence is not an option, because until we have a […]

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Hostage to Water

| September 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

When I was doing some work for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD), I put together a private dinner at Rainwater’s (remember Rainwater’s? what a loss). Among San Diego’s civic leaders invited that night was Malin Burnham, as great as any civic leader we have. At the dinner Malin made a comment that […]

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America’s Greatest Danger

| May 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Philip Seymour Hoffman was a very great actor. He was also a heroin addict. February 2 of this year Mr. Hoffman was found dead on the bathroom floor of his New York apartment. Phillip Seymour Hoffman, winner of the Academy Award for Best Actor in 2005, died with a heroin syringe in his left arm. […]

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