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When Gore, Bahnee and Bulldozer Bill Horn all line up to oppose anything, I'm sorely tempted to vote the other way. These elected officials all have their agendas, and too often those agendas have to do with staying in office as long as permitted, filling their pockets (although at their ages, you might hope that avarice and greed have faded), and making themselves remembered well by friends (if they have any.)

Make up your own mind based on your own experience and common sense. The county board of supervisors, the sheriff, and the DA all have their own biases, and frequently display them.

Oct. 4, 2016

That's why Measure B, the supervisor term limits, was called the "Bill Horn Initiative." The voters that were so tired of Horn's flock re-electing him they found a way to get him out by limiting terms.

Oct. 4, 2016

I hope the idiot Board votes against getting in bed with the Chargers nonsense. If the stupid Charger fans and idiot San Diego voters want a stadium fine but keep the County out of it.

Oct. 5, 2016

If someone is "free", that must include the freedom to ingest substances that aren't good for them. There is no moral support for the "War on Drugs"... the intention was to go after the effects of drug use, and has failed badly.

Legalize it. Tax it. Bring it out into the light. If someone wants to blaze away 24/7, that's their business. If they then want to do something stupid or criminal, there are laws for that. get stoned and drive? Already illegal. Commit burglaries to buy dope? Already illegal. Want to give pot to a kid? Illegal.

Stop the hand-wringing. Time for the nattering ninnies to shut up. Don't want to use pot? Don't. But you don't have a right for nobody else to use it because you disapprove.

Oct. 5, 2016

Does anyone care that the County Supes voted against 64 at a meeting? What counts are votes on election day. They are idiots, and should all resign.

Oct. 5, 2016

Mike Murphy: I don't think Americans realize the horrific danger before us with Trump and his buddies in the government. Best, Don Bauder

Feb. 8, 2017

bcoldpro: He understands very little about government. It appears he doesn't understand the terrifying danger of nuclear proliferation. When asked about a nuclear deterrent, he said he didn't want to take any possible threat off the table. He doesn't want to tip our hand to our enemies.

The possible use of nuclear weapons should be taken off every nation's table immediately. Best, Don Bauder

Feb. 8, 2017

Slapped? Hardly. The door needs to be slammed shut, preferably on the Mayor's sticky fingers, until a full evaluation of the site and its potential can be properly evaluated. Then open the bidding process and fully vett the participant.

So far this so called soccer city proposal reminds me of the NTC redevolpment and the sweetheart deal given to Corky McMillan crew. It's years later and many of the public components of that project are still unfinished.

March 10, 2017

San Diego's shame is that Jack McGrory, whose corruption is legendary and well known, has never been indicted, much less prosecuted for his betrayal of the city.

As much as he bent over backward to help the Chargers pick the public's pocket, he really hit his stride when he went to work for the Padres and used his insider knowledge to rig the contract for the ballpark in the favor of world class grifter John Moores.

All this is public record. Anyone paying attention knows McGrory is a crook.

Yet he's not just roaming free, presenting a continuing danger to the public. Some sniveling stenographers pretending to be journalists now call him a "leader" or even a "philanthropist".

Until the likes of Jack McGrory and John Moores face justice, San Diego remains a pathetic delusional abused spouse, professing love for the ones who tortured the city.

Jan. 13, 2017

San Diego politicians have always been slimy and shady. We have had a few, but not enough of, honest hard working politicos but for the most part they are as crooked as a dogs hind leg (apologies to the dogs). San Diego has always thought small and pretended to be a "small town" but San Diego is a big city with all the big city problems. San Diego is a politically corrupt town.

Jan. 13, 2017

Anyone at the city who was involved in this fiasco should be fired. Jack in the Box should be required to tear down the structure and, if they want to rebuild, file for a permit.

Feb. 16, 2017

AlexClarke: What really bothers me is this: why do people attend a university? To get a wide range of opinions on a wide range of topics. The Chinese students and their parents should hear the Dalai Lama.

Similarly, a far right person was hooted off the U/Cal Berkeley campus, so he couldn't give his speech. That is bad. Whatever happened to free speech -- particularly on university campuses? Best, Don Bauder

Feb. 18, 2017

Reece C. Jensen: In my opinion, when Trump told Hillary she should be in jail, she should have suggested that he belongs in a mental institution. But I guess that wouldn't be presidential. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 20, 2016

Coarseness of language, divisive political discourse, our inability to have civil discussions on anything are all problems the younger generations must tackle.

In this example the Chinese students, guests in our country, fail to consider the student body as a whole, deciding their beliefs take precedence. I'm just wondering if their parents really would be this disrespectful as guests in another's home.

Even before hearing the message of the Commencement Speaker, these young Chinese students show they are the ones intolerant, and biased. Not a good sign for their future. Let's hope they don't overstay their educational visas. So they may support human rights in their homeland with equal fervor.

Feb. 18, 2017

Visduh: UCSD should not cave in to foreign students -- definitely. But it should not cave in to American students, either, on controversial issues. Best, Don Bauder

Feb. 18, 2017

You'll get no argument from me. And as I said in an earlier post, I'm also getting déjà vu of Liberty Station from the same rogues gallery and flim-flam promises here.

March 10, 2017

Suppressing the right to assemble or to speak freely isn't fodder, it's un-American. And you are correct it is scandalous that tax supported University Administrators shrink from vigorous debate especially when the opinions expressed are counter to their world views.

Feb. 18, 2017

Is there any doubt San Diego is on the path to yet another expensive lesson on the economics of sports shows?

By manipulating information and access, and with the eager assistance of TV news, the UT, and boosters, the oligarchs with suck money from the city coffers directly into their own pockets. Anyone opposing the theft is labeled "obstructionist".

...and in twenty years, another massive hole in the accounts of the city must be backfilled with tax payer money, further reducing services and safety for the public.

That's exactly what happened with the stadium and ballpark in the late nineties. You can draw a direct line to today's infrastructure and retirement deficits to John Moores, Jack McGrory, Susan Golding and subsequent mayors putting sports before the public good, and turning a blind eye to blatant corruption.

Literally, Jack and Susan stopped paying into the pension fund to give the money to John Moores, issued flawed ballpark bonds, and vilified anyone who called their scam into question. (Jack McGrory, former City Manager who prostituted himself to John Moores was quoted in the UT calling me an "urban terrorist" for saying, in council chambers during public comment, that he was corrupt...I wish he had sued me for libel so I could have shown the evidence to a judge, the coward!)

The bright smile with a hand up his throat who passes for mayor today is following this shameful tradition. Now it's soccer that's going to lift the city to the stars, while tunneling away the subterranean foundations of future prosperity and eroding democracy.

So predictable, so sad, and so on, and on, ad nauseum.

March 10, 2017

Good story. I've read about the forecasts of robotic and AI taking more human jobs. It's happening around us all the time. The only reason America has an auto industry is due to robots where making cars takes far less human labor than in the good old days.

Manufacturing may be coming back to the U.S. but the job creation will be in operating and servicing automated assembly. Trump would need to create a major job retraining program if his base of coal miners and old-school factory workers are to join the workforce again.

There is another thing to think about. America doesn't have a lock on automation. China and other manufacturing economies are also deploying millions of robots in their factories to continue to drive prices down. Hon Hai Precision Industry (Foxconn, the maker of Apple iPhones) has plans for millions of robots to replace a good part of its workforce. In May 2016 Foxconn announced it had reduced its workforce from 110,000 to 60,000 using "Foxbots," their own robots.

China is investing heavily in a robot workforce. It may be hard to imagine, but once the robots are widespread in China, their people will experience rising unemployment. Where are low skilled workers going to find jobs when robots are taking more of them?

The Trump administration is wasting precious time on fool's errands rather than laying out a plan to invest in modernization of our manufacturing infrastructure. Those $25 and $40 an hour manual labor jobs are not coming back. Even the $15 minimum wage jobs are targets for automation. Wealth will continue to concentrate to companies and individuals who own the machines.

March 16, 2017

According to the original article, the 'Chinese students' consist of only one person named Wang. The Chinese Students and Scholars Association has 5 other members, none of whom would respond to questions. The International Campaign for Tibet and Robert Barnett, the director of the modern Tibetan studies program at Columbia support the Dalai Lama presentation and refer to interference from the Chinese government.

This is not a student protest, it is a proxy for the Chinese government.

Feb. 18, 2017
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