The time for resolutions is over. The time for action is past due if we are to change the direction the nation is heading. The elections are over and the priorities for Congress and the Executive Branch are clear. They are (1) ending the chaos at our southern border by whatever it takes, (2)…

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Late Saturday night… Christmas Eve 2022, dozens of migrants arrived by bus to Washington DC. Families and children were greeted by freezing temperatures and few had any warm clothing. Church groups quickly arrived and passed out blankets to help keep them warm. Images of migrants, wrapped in…

Sandy Brillhart’s Eagle & Times letter expressed concern that Mayor Aguirre’s effort to be Imperial Beach’s representative on the San Diego Association of Government’s (SANDAG) Board was thwarted by two new council members, McKay and Seabury, and Councilmember Fisher.

The December 19 special Imperial Beach City Council meeting, the first official meeting of the new City Council, was an eye opener. I have never seen such an appalling display of arrogance, self servitude, apathy, disrespect, and lack of understanding of the basic tenets of governance. 

Just wanted to send a shout out to your public works staff for some very nice improvements recently made on seacoast drive. In a very short period of time and with no impact to traffic or residents, they added artistic, high end xeriscape work to the public planters along the entire street. …

I’ve always been struck by Pete Townsend’s line about authority and change in “Teenage Wasteland” on “Who’s Next.” He says: “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.” Meaning, I suppose, that the more things change, the more they stay the same. (Yes, Donald Trump is the once in 246 year exce…

There are great moments in presidential speeches and presidential history. Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural speech comes to mind, as does his Gettysburg Address. So does FDR’s summation of December 7, 1941 as “a day that will live in infamy.”

Newly elected mayor, Paloma Aguirre, convened a Special Meeting of the Imperial Beach City Council Monday, 19 December to fill committee positions. All was well until the positions of primary and alternate members to the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) came up.

As I walk the sidewalks in town, I find a common theme. People are smiling, shopping, and enjoying a Christmas latte taking in the holiday spirit. Little do they know I am tiptoeing behind them wearing a green suit and a dastardly grin rolling my eyes at the horror that is Christmas.

Following my first day in January, I focused on listening - Listening to our families, students, and staff to learn about South Bay, where we have been, where we are going, what is going well, and what needs improvement. I have had many conversations, answered numerous questions, and read ma…

Stolen “LV MOLLY” personalized license plate! In memory of my dear golden retriever. You had no right to come into my garage and take it off the trunk of my car (which by the way was totaled). Please, those plates mean so much to me. Just leave it on my porch.

2 Timothy 4:2 I have fought the good fight, I finished the race and I have kept the faith.

On a pleasant and clear autumn afternoon on San Diego Bay recently, two U.S. Navy warships approached each other in the channel. An Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer (DDG), was standing into port and an amphibious ship, a Harper’s Ferry class landing ship dock (LSD), was outbound.…

Sales on Twitter have plummeted as advertisers have abandoned ship, so new owner and media newbie, Elon Musk, has offered a matching program—you buy $500,000 in ads, and I’ll match you, effectively halving the cost to appear there.

I read in the last Armed Forces Dispatch that the U.S. is “committed to Taiwan’s defense.” Remember the three year Korean War ending in an armistice dividing that country and its people because we didn’t finish the job and chase three million Chinese back across the the Yalu River? 36,516 Am…

We are excited to announce that South Bay will be celebrating our 100-Year Anniversary in the spring. While 2020 was the actual date of the anniversary; COVID and school closures delayed our recognition of this event. A Planning Committee has been formed to organize events at sites, as well …

For an entire week following mid-term election day, control of the House of Representatives had not been officially determined. Votes were still being counted in several states. Patience was being asked of the public. These things take time, they said, and every vote deserves to be counted. …

Many veterans who return home from the horrors of war do not experience honor, gratitude, nor community support. The country they served does not always reciprocate and this can leave many veterans with deep bitterness and a frustrating lack of closure.

Many pre-election polls predicted a red wave of GOP victories in the mid-term elections. They were wrong again. The red ripple was barely enough to rock a canoe. I had referred to the elections as “pivotal.” I was also wrong. Americans may feel like the country is headed in the wrong directi…

The holiday season comes with family gatherings, social time with friends, and office parties. These joyful events can lead to life-altering consequences, like drunken driving.

Back in the 1970s when I was advocating for women to serve in warships and other non-traditional and combat roles and we were more focused on equal opportunity and merit rather than inclusiveness, equity and diversity, one of the common arguments against the Women in Ships program was concer…

Two of the current members of the IB City Council are employed by environmental “non-profits,” with the salaries from their day jobs dwarfing several times over the pay they draw as “public servants.” One of them is the current mayor (Sergio Dedina), and one of them seeks to be the next mayo…

Friends often encourage me to write about a variety of subjects. Occasionally, one of my more sane and realistic friends will make a reasonable request, and writing about money in politics is one of the good suggestions. (I qualify that because not all of my friends are sane or realistic. Al…

The failures and general incompetence of Vladimir Putin’s armies as they invaded Ukraine came as a surprise to much of the world including, apparently, Mr. Putin himself. Poor morale, lack of effective leadership at the field level, poor planning and insufficient training was not what most o…

Pundits will invariably describe mid-term elections as pivotal but this time they really are. About three-fourths of Americans believe that the country is headed in the wrong direction according to an NBC News poll in August. That would call for an immediate course correction before things g…

Have you heard of C4CC, Citizens for Coastal Conservancy? Their Stop the Sewage Dumpsite signs are scattered through town, but do you know who they are? Probably not, but you should. They have been working since 2018 to elect candidates who do not believe that sea level rise is a real threat…

As an amputee, I know that access to the right treatments and therapies is essential to maintaining a normal quality of life. Patients must be put first, and that not only means ensuring medications can be developed and brought to market but making sure that insurance plans actually cover th…

Inflation is hurting Americans badly enough now but there undoubtedly will be more pain to come if the economy slips into recession and unemployment adds to our economic woes. The war in Ukraine and the resultant shortages and supply disruptions get much of the blame in the media for inflati…

Mitch McKay announces recent important Regional Endorsements in his District 3 City Council seat bid

How long will Americans and Europeans continue to support a war that does not directly threaten their own nations and does not have an end in sight? After the initial enthusiasm over Ukrainian military successes wears off, how long will the money and military equipment flow? How long will Am…

This winter promises to be a long cold one for America, Europe and much of the rest of the free world because of, among other things, the high cost of electricity and the fossil fuels that produce most of it. Natural gas prices, for example, have more than doubled in a year because of heavy …

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the ways in which medical care is accessed and delivered in many ways. Hospitals, clinics and other care facilities are sometimes overwhelmed. There is a growing shortage of physicians, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, technicians and pharm…

The inimitable Tom Waits once observed that a gentleman is someone who knows how to play the accordion, but doesn’t. The I-wish-they-were-a-Vaudeville-team-but-aren’t pair of Southern governors, Abbott and DeSantis, are, by any definition, not gentlemen.

During the 1930’s, while the winds of war were stirring in Europe and the Japanese Empire’s sun was rising in the west, the United States was mired in the Great Depression. Almost everyone in our neighborhood knew a breadwinner who was out of work and families that were struggling to put foo…

“Every lie told incurs a debt to the truth and sooner or later that debt is paid” – Valery Legasov. Sobering words from the Chernobyl scientist best known for investigating that disaster and mitigating further catastrophe. I agree. The number one rule in my former profession was tell the tru…

On Saturday September 3, 2022 I was just leaving Southland Plaza and driving toward Palm on Saturn Blvd. Suddenly I noticed a tiny kitten in front of my car. I had to look twice, it was grey, the same color as the concrete. I stopped my car… held out a hand to traffic and a lady in another c…

I loved growing up in Imperial Beach. The unique mix of characters combined with a small beach town atmosphere made for a terrific experience growing up in the 90s and early 2000s. Our city wasn’t without a few problems. The IB I grew up in was known by some as the methamphetamine capitol of…

Long ago, while in high school, I thought I might want to go to medical school and, growing up in New Haven, even entertained thoughts of attending Yale. But that was back in the 1940s and the cost to attend Yale or any other of the Ivy League schools was out of reach for a working-class fam…

A few weeks ago, Republican leaders and conservative pundits were confidently predicting a red wave of victories in the coming midterm elections, with the party gaining control of the House and perhaps the Senate. Today, that confidence has become somewhat subdued. The reasons are several bu…

Once again, the Imperial Beach City Council’s Design Review Board held an important meeting regarding major changes to 9th Street with limited public notice on a workday during normal work or commuting times. The proposed “improvements” to 9th Street will impede commuters, waste tax dollars,…

I’d like to share a little about me. As a resident of Imperial Beach since 1976, I grew up like most kids in IB, playing little league, attending the Boys and Girls Club, and riding BMX bikes throughout the city. From a young age I gained a fond love for the ocean and I remember swimming, bo…

I’m a bit uncomfortable even asking this question and too far removed from my over 30 years of active duty to pretend to know the answer, but lately it seems many are asking whether or not their military is ready for war should deterrence fail. They deserve honest answers and transparency fr…

All, as Republicans we are for low taxes and government accountability. Thursday night at 6:00 p.m. the Board of Trustees of the South Bay Union School District (elementary - 8th grade) will hold a meeting to discuss calling an election to LEVY A PARCEL TAX ON PROPERTY in the district.

The City Council’s Design and Review Board met on Thursday, 21 July to consider a major project for 9th Street from Calla Avenue south to the end of 9th at the Reem Field fence line. The project (MF 1437 (USE-22-0063) is called a Street Improvement Project with the stated goal of improving “…

If you pay any attention to movies, movie trailers and the up-and-coming features at the theater, there is a common theme related to Marvel (and other comics) and superheroes. Even Comic-Con which just graced our San Diego skyline, is inundated with those that are coming to save the earth fr…

With barely a week’s notice a meeting held at 4 p.m. on a work day, the Design Review Board accepted public comments regarding a multi-million dollar major change to 9th Street from Ream Field to Calla. This “Improvement Project” on the last four-lane major thoroughfare in Imperial Beach is …

Thanks to everyone who made the Mayor’s Breakfast a great success! Last Friday, July 15, we celebrated a wonderful start to the annual Sun & Sea Festival by gathering together at Veteran’s Park. Imperial Beach Job Corps provided a tasty breakfast, the Imperial Beach Woman’s Club provided…

When Democrats lost the House of Representatives in the 2010 midterm elections, President Barack Obama famously reminded Americans that he still had his pen and phone. He proceeded to use both to rule by executive order and by empowering federal agencies to carry out his agenda. The problem …

Carol Moss Seabury declared her candidacy for Imperial Beach City Council, District One in the coming November election. Seabury was raised in Imperial Beach, graduated from Mar Vista High School and is a long-time resident.

As a college undergraduate, I majored in education and earned a B.S. degree. Upon graduation in 1952, I accepted a position as a fifth-grade teacher in an inner-city school in New Haven, Connecticut, signing a contract for the less-than-princely sum of $2,700 a year, or about $28,000 in toda…