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Advisory boards, commissions and various other volunteer groups of public-minded citizens often launch careers in politics. It’s been said that even leadership roles in homeowners’ associations do as well. But school board membership is the preferred entry level position for many who aspire …

With China determined to surpass us as the world’s preeminent economy and military superpower, it’s increasingly important that Americans and, for that matter, the rest of the western world accustomed to our leadership, understand what that would mean for us and for our children and grandchi…

Both the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Republic of China (ROC), the latter being the formal name of what is more commonly known as Taiwan, recently celebrated the 110th anniversary of the Chinese revolution that resulted in the overthrow of the Qing Empire and created a Republic o…

In an unprecedented move last week, the California Coastal Commission (CCC) named local Imperial Beach Councilwoman Paloma Aguirre as an alternate to the South County’s current CCC Regional representative Steve Padilla – further ensuring influence and ultimately control of Imperial Beach’s L…

IB Chamber of Commerce would like to thank everyone who participated in the Taste of IB in September.

American journalist and publisher John Ward Fenno groused, “The American newspapers are the most base, false, servile, and venal publications that ever polluted the fountains of society; their editors the most ignorant, mercenary and vulgar automatons that ever were moved by the continually …

This is not your father’s granny-flat.

For society to function, we rely on an agreed upon set of facts. That’s how we make sense of the news of the day. Recently, two same-day headlines, one in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), one in the New York Times (NYTimes), took the same information and generated very different stories:

On the evening of Saturday, Oct. 2, close to a thousand residents and visitors were treated to a truly wonderful and beautiful Symphony by the Sea. Under the direction of Shannon Kitelinger and Michael Gerdes, the San Diego State University Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra delighted the …

I grew up the product of a mixed marriage: My mother was a Democrat, and my father was a Republican. They had a loving marriage in which politics wasn’t a factor. He liked Ike, she liked Stevenson; he liked Nixon, she liked Kennedy. Politics was a quadrennial event. Dad used to say that Mom …

In a recent issue of the Eagle & Times, Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina mentioned Friendship Park and how he remembered the day 50 years ago, in 1971, when First Lady Pat Nixon dedicated the park as a symbol of Binational Friendship.

Much as we would like to think of our country as united in a sort of national consensus, we are, remember, a union of states, not of people. The Constitution, which the states agreed to in order to form a more perfect union, states quite specifically that that all powers not assigned to the …

The California Senate Education Committee will vote shortly on AB-101, a bill that will make Ethnic Studies a high school graduation requirement. The bill, as written, would allow courses based on the harmful first draft of the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC) to be required for gradua…

The troops are gone from Afghanistan and the evacuation operation is officially over. The Biden Administration is seeking credit for finally ending the longest war in our history and trying to shift public attention to fighting the Covid pandemic and to his domestic agenda including winning …

As I write this letter today. Californian will be voting to decide to recall or not recall our current California Governor Gavin Newsom.

Over the weekend I attended the wedding of a local couple (congratulations!) on our beautiful bayfront at the Salt Drift Pointe event space at the north end of 13th Street at Bikeway Village. I’ve always felt like our bayfront is the most under-appreciated asset of Imperial Beach. The trail …

Twenty years ago, I wrote my first commentary to appear in the local paper. It was an essay entitled “Understanding the Enemy” and it began 20 years of writing commentaries for my hometown newspaper, a privilege for which I am truly grateful. That essay was written in a Vancouver, British Co…

“Defeat is not an option” used to be a meaningful slogan regarding our choices in fighting America’s wars. But that was back when we actually meant it and winning was not just a goal but the only outcome we would ever accept. We haven’t actually won a war since World War II and we did that p…

I like technology. Always have. As a junior photographer, I worked in a camera shop to save enough to buy a color enlarger for my darkroom. Thus it has always been. As radio station operators, we were first in on the newfangled CDs and then streaming digital audio. Early adoption is my thing…

It was great to see all the activity at Pier Plaza and Dunes Park for the Sandcastle City event. Thanks to the members of IB Posse for once again demonstrating their sandcastle artistry as well as the Sun & Sea Festival Committee for making it all happen in partnership with the City. Onc…

A decommissioning ceremony took place at Naval Station San Diego late last month that was different in that it was not attended by the usual assemblage of guests. The reason cited had to do with public health and safety concerns but it was just as well that the event was kept low key because…

On the afternoon of Tuesday, Aug. 3, I enjoyed the National Night Out gathering at Veteran’s Park. It was so nice to see everyone and recognize our Public Safety personnel, including our Firefighters, Sheriffs and Lifeguards. It has been a tough time to be a public safety professional and I …

But not for the reasons suggested in an op-ed piece last week in this newspaper. It is not the existence of supposedly primitive American religious conservatives like me that are the cause of Putin’s and Xi’s glee. Rather it is because the current zeitgeist mandates that we attempt to find r…

Is the U.S. Navy ready to fight? The short answer is that we won’t really know until we’re in a fight and that uncertainty alone should be a major cause for concern. We do know that a conflict with China, perhaps over an attempt to occupy Taiwan by force or attempting to enforce sovereignty …

These dangerous thugs and murderers are gleeful. Why? Because they are winning as they watch our self-destruction. While their strategic disinformation operations are accelerating our decline, they are simply building upon the internal crises and pathologies that we have created ourselves. T…

Yesterday, as a member of the South Bay community whose home is on the Tijuana River, I attended the online forum One River, Two Countries: Solving the Tijuana River Pollution Problem which was moderated by the Voice of San Diego and its environmental reporter, Mackenzie Elmer and Vicente Ca…

Thanks to the organizers of the Sun & Sea Festival for putting together events for this summer. A generous grant from the County of San Diego will permit a modified version of this longtime event to occur from August 13-22. According to the Sun & Sea Festival Committee, “San Diego Co…

The Imperial Beach 4th of July 2021 IB Bike Parade is “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness…” of the locals, by the locals and for the locals.

All Californians are, again, caught in the grip of drought. Whether you live in the heart of a city, a quiet neighborhood, run a farm or other business, live in the north or the south, we’re all feeling the pain.

In “The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers: Economic Change and Military Conflict from 1500 to 2000,” first published in 1987, Yale Professor Paul Kennedy traces the interrelationships of politics, economies and military power within the world’s dominant powers from the Ming Dynasty to the em…

At a recent House Armed Services Committee Hearing, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark Milley reacted rather testily to criticism of efforts within the military to encourage its members to learn more about critical race theory. His reaction came in response to a question on…

Many people are asking about plans for Independence Day fireworks in Imperial Beach. I will explain why IB is not holding fireworks this July 4th in the spirit of transparency for our residents.

On June 27, 1996, my younger brother, Edward, drowned in the ocean in Imperial Beach. At 24 he gave his life to save his ten year old niece who was caught in a rip current. Though not a strong swimmer he did not hesitate to put himself in danger to pull his niece out of the current that inst…

Tuesday. June 22, 2021 : our community has reacted in shock and outrage over the recent Coronado Saturday night tortilla toss. How could this happen?

Congratulations to longtime Imperial Beach resident Friel Allen who celebrated his 100th birthday on June 22 at the Fleet Reserve! Mr. Allen was born in a, “..hollow in Tennessee, near the Great Smoky Mountains,” he told me on Tuesday morning at the Fleet Reserve. “We didn’t have running wat…

America’s illegal immigration problems were worsening steadily until former president Donald Trump instituted tougher measures including revised asylum procedures requiring, among other things, asylum seekers to remain in Mexico while their cases were being considered and additional border w…

A true patriot will exercise constitutional rights for themselves, and will die defending them for others. Patriots express first amendment peacefully and still hold the line against tyranny. A patriot knows how and when to speak out against injustices, wherever they occur, whoever the culprit.

Two of practically the only decent Republicans left in the Grand Ole Party, Liz Cheney and Mitt Romney, are being ostracized by Trump’s cronies because they dared to speak out against his mob-like, tribal mentality, the results of which were clearly evident as radical extremists, the base of…

Jan.6, 2021. This was no doubt one of Americans darkest days. So many Americans would like to forget about it … move on … or look the other way. Many have been quick to point out that our nation has also endured riots, mass shootings

Nora Vargas made a surprise appearance at Veteran’s Park in Imperial Beach, June 3, 2021, to discuss the $7.12 billion upcoming county’s budget. However, I am being told it was councilmember Paloma Aguirre that called this meeting together.

Congratulations to the Mar Vista High Class of 2021! Graduation took place on June 2, and after all our graduating seniors have been through over the past 15 months, I wish our recent graduates lots of success and happiness in the years ahead. Congratulations to Mar Vista High School Class o…

… and only Liz Cheney could challenge the portion of the Republican Party that remains loyal to Donald Trump. Democrats have no standing in the argument that begins and ends with, why, oh why, do forty-percent of Republicans now wish to rebalance American democracy in favor of despotism?

There isn’t much to laugh about in the news these days but I did find a recent op-ed by James Carville in the Wall Street Journal rather hilarious. The heading proclaimed that “Democrats Are the Anticrime Party.” You could have fooled me. Mr. Carville, a long-time Democrat strategist, was Bi…

On Memorial Day many years ago, it was my honor and privilege to tune in to radio station KFI AM-640 Los Angeles for a special broadcast hosted by Capt. Dale Dye, United States Marine Corps, retired. Capt. Dye is a decorated combat veteran of the Vietnam War, and distinguished Hollywood acto…

I know you don’t have too much time to learn the whole history of Disabled American Veterans (DAV), but here’s a quick synopsis.