This was going to be another column on the abortion issue, but there’s been enough of these already and none of them is likely to change many minds. Besides, I’m really not qualified to pontificate on the subject since I’m not a female, er, berthing person, and I’ve never been pregnant, alth…

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My name is David Alvarez and I am running to represent Imperial Beach in our State Assembly because I am worried about what kind of California we are leaving for our kids. Our State is becoming too expensive, crime is on the rise, homelessness is out of control and services are always just o…

Abortion, even more than immigration, is the most polarizing issue in America today because of the stark conflict it presents between two basic rights: the right of an unborn child to life and the right of a woman to control what is happening within her own body. Women have a perfect right t…

President Joe Biden famously branded Russian President Vladimir Putin as a war criminal and said he shouldn’t be allowed to remain in power. His handlers were quick to say that it was not the policy of the United States to seek regime change in Moscow and what the president really meant was …

On Wednesday, April 20, I joined a group of about 20 Imperial Beach surfers, lifeguards,

The second phase of Vladimir Putin’s savage war on Ukraine has begun. Having suffered heavy casualties and equipment losses in a failed and inept attempt to secure a quick victory by seizing Kyiv and other major cities, he has shifted focus to securing the Donbas region in the east. He claim…

In 2016, the U.S. Navy released a force structure goal calling for a fleet of 355 ships. This number became official policy as part of the FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act which specified the annual budget and expenditures of the Department of Defense. Congress oversees the process…

I have been watching Leah Remini’s documentary “Scientology and the Aftermath,” a very disturbing documentary about the damage done to so many innocent people who were involved with this dangerous cult. The victims who have gotten out safely shared heart breaking stories of being bullied, ab…

While the war clouds were gathering again in eastern Europe and Vladimir Putin was planning how to return Ukraine to Moscow’s orbit of control and prevent its alliance with the west, I was inclined to feel that this was Europe’s problem, not ours. I wrote that Russia’s growing revanchism was…

Words matter, it’s often said, but especially so when they come from the mouth of the man who, by most measures, is the most powerful head of state on earth and the nominal leader of the free world. So when it’s deemed necessary by his handlers, none of whom were elected by the voters, to de…

April Fools Day is one of the most widely recognized non-religious holidays in the western world. Although its true origin is a mystery, it seems adults and children alike enjoy being creative with jokes and pranks. Why?

The threat of sanctions didn’t work to stop Vladimir Putin from invading Ukraine. He apparently weighed the consequences and decided that returning Ukraine to Moscow’s orbit was worth the risks. President Joe Biden, after all, had assured him that the United States and NATO would not engage …

For over a month the world has watched in horror as the tiny country of Ukraine has been destroyed by Russian bombs. We watched as over 3 million Ukranians have fled their homeland.

South Bay mothers concerned with the overreach of school administrators forcing medical procedures on their children should thank North County mother and founder of Let them Choose-Let them Breath Sharon McKeeman, who has been relentless in standing against school administrators and the Stat…

On Friday, March 18, The Colgate Chamber Players of Colgate University in New York, performed a delightful assortment of classical music for an appreciative audience at Veteran’s Park. The concert was held, thanks to a partnership between the Imperial Beach Public LIbrary and our new City of…

On Feb. 28, Governor Newsom made an announcement related to the timeline and details for ending the indoor mask requirement for school settings on March 11, 2022.

Much of the world watches in outrage the horrific TV images that daily portray the brutality of Vladimir Putin’s war on Ukraine. Helpless civilians are being slaughtered and cities devastated. Targets include homes, apartment complexes and even hospitals including a maternity hospital. Even …

The western world is inspired by Ukraine’s brave and fierce resistance to the Russian invasion. China’s leaders are watching carefully, hopefully learning, as they consider how they will proceed to gain control of Taiwan, that countries which have gained freedom and independence, are unlikel…

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is continuing to advance implementation of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Tijuana River Watershed Project. As you may recall, EPA announced in November that a suite of projects, referred to as the Comprehensive Infrastructure Solut…

Congress finally managed to pass a much-needed, bipartisan infrastructure bill which, while far from perfect, was a step in the right direction. It’s doubtful, however, that all the projects it calls for will ever get finished or perhaps even started. That’s because of the maze of regulatory…

There is nothing quite like a major land war in Eastern Europe to refocus citizens on what is truly important and what is not.

The whole world seems turned to the Ukrain as we watch Russia advance on a small country fighting valiantly to protect its freedom and independence. We can certainly be inspired by Ukrainians bravery in the face of a relentless and powerful aggressor.

South Bay mothers concerned with the overreach of school administrators forcing medical procedures on their children should thank North County mother and founder of Let them Choose-Let them Breath Sharon McKeeman who has been relentless in standing against school administrators and the State…

A lot happened at the Beijing Winter Olympics and it wasn’t all taking place on the ice and slopes. While western leaders largely boycotted the big Beijing bash, Russia’s Vladimir Putin did not and won an agreement with his Chinese host, Xi Jinping, that America’s two most powerful adversari…

Defending the Ukrain from Russian aggression is a topic on all our news media lately. We are seeing pictures of Russian tanks lining up at the Ukrainian border, ready to invade and take over this small European country. Americans-are encouraged to-support efforts to block Russia. Our news me…

“War is hell” is a much-used expression generally attributed to Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman whose Union forces burned Atlanta in order to deprive the Confederacy of much of its industrial capacity and thus end the bloody Civil War sooner. More specifically, Sherman said, in addressing the …

As I was reviewing some scribbled notes for a possible future column that never got written. I ran across a clipping I saved for future reference. It was an editorial appearing in the Jan. 6, 2022 edition of San Diego’s largest daily newspaper entitled “January 6 Was a Rehearsal for What’s t…

As if he didn’t have enough to worry about on the home front with his domestic agenda fighting for life and confidence in his leadership at record lows and declining, President Joe Biden’s beleaguered administration faces serious, simultaneous threats on multiple fronts abroad. It’s probably…

The Biden/Harris ticket won election by a relatively-slim margin. Had outgoing president Donald Trump not clumsily interfered in the Georgia senate runoff election, Republicans would probably have a majority in the U.S. Senate today, forcing President Joe Biden to govern more from the center…

Here are the two fundamental questions facing the United States Senate right now: do all Americans have the right to equal access to the ballot box, and should states be allowed to ignore the will of their voters by giving their legislatures the power to overturn election results.

The Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln recently departed its San Diego homeport for another lengthy distant duty deployment. This one, however, was unique for at least two reasons. It’s the first carrier deployment for a Marine Corps F-35C fighter squadron and in c…

Pop star Nicki Minaj told her 22.6 million Twitter followers and the 157 million on Instagram that a friend of a cousin in Trinidad got the COVID shot and then his testes swelled to enormous proportions leaving him impotent. The major news networks and public health officials quickly mounted…

By most definitions, 2021 was not a great year for the world or its inhabitants. But the start of each new year is as good a time as any for trying a different approach to some of the problems that carry over from the old year. It’s also a time for assessing the performance of those we elect…

I first joined the Boys Club in 1971 at the age of 7 right after my family moved to Imperial Beach. My parents had befriended Ernie Murphy, a Program Director at the Club and his then wife Vy. Ernie convinced my parents (it wasn’t a hard sell) to have me join. Mom brought me down to the Club…

As Mayor Pro Tem and the Dean of the Imperial Beach City Council (longest serving member), I can say without doubt that 2021 was historically one of the most significant years of Council decision making for the benefit of the community. Some results have already occurred, but most will see i…

Those who think that this is a treasonous sentiment need only read such gems as Dred Scott v. Sanford, 60 U.S. 393 (1856) (deciding that blacks were not legal U.S. citizens under Article III of the Constitution), Plessy v. Ferguson, 163 U.S. 537 (1896) (deciding that racial segregation was l…

The angels’ message to the shepherds announcing the good news of the birth of a Savior spoke of peace on earth toward men of good will. We could use a little more of each. Two thousand and twenty-one years later, peace is still elusive and good will even more so. Still every year at Christma…

It’s that time of year again where we draw a line in the sand. One side embodies the spirit of Christmas and the other side – my side – is home to The Grinch!

Last week the Eagle&Times published a commentary on Roe vs Wade. The commentary was titled “Divisions Defy Compromise” and written by a regular contributor, J.F. Kelly, Jr.

Pundits and politicians write and speak regularly about the polarization of Americans and their inability to compromise. There are indeed many issues that are amenable to compromise. Policies pertaining to immigration, asylum, border control, environment, climate control, entitlements, taxes…

By way of introduction, my name is Mitchell D. McKay and I am running to represent the residents of Imperial Beach as their District 3 City Councilperson in the Nov 8, 2022 citywide elections. I recognize this is a diverse district comprising of not only the residential areas, but also the S…

There is little doubt that we have the most powerful navy in the world. China may boast a higher ship count, but in terms of ability to project power, ours is clearly superior, at least up to now now. But there is also little doubt that China aims to catch and surpass us as the world’s predo…

On Monday, Nov. 8, the EPA announced its support for a comprehensive and “holistic” plan to address the San Diego-Tijuana border sewage crisis. “In order to protect public health and vital ecosystems in this vibrant area, we need a bold solution to the transboundary water pollution challenge…

President John F. Kennedy made a great impression on me and hundreds of others when he made a surprise visit to a youth convention in New York City on Nov. 15, 1963.