Category archives for: Columnists

Elias: Last year of public school business as usual?

Thomas Elias

Changes are coming s in curriculum, testing and the rules affecting teachers.

Cronin: Welcome (back) to the MCAS Miramar Air Show

Barry Cronin

This month’s column is a shameless pitch for the 2014 Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Air Show.

Roost: Three things should be done to control police militarization

Amy Roost

How did America’s police culture become so grossly reactive and militarized?

Lyles: Not every department needs armored personnel carriers

Dick Lyles

Does every police department, sheriff’s department, state agency, federal agency, school district and transportation agency need an air force, mine-resistant personnel carriers, a SWAT team and an armored cavalry? Certainly not.

Hemphill: Loosening the grip of the labor unions

Allen Hemphill

It is a great day in America, or at least in Wisconsin. Freedom!

Wooton: Helping teens with eating disorders

Will Wooton

In my opinion, the hardest and most high-risk clients are those suffering with eating disorders. I’ll choose facilitating a group full of pill-popping, weed-loving tweekers and junkies over eating disorder clients any day.

Lyles: The dumbing down of America

Dick Lyles

The sad truth about too many Americans today is that they couldn’t care less about what’s going in our country and the world. And we’re all paying the price.

Roost: Everyone fights their own private battles

Amy Roost

Rarely, if ever, do we know what others are going through — so convincing are the masks we wear.

There’s plenty we don’t know about the drought

Thomas Elias

We know a fair amount about the drought that has now afflicted California for about three years: It has been the driest period since record-keeping began in the 19th Century. If their wells are deep enough, farmers can still pretty much pump all the ground water they like, while homeowners can be fined up to $500 for watering down a walkway. Water use actually rose after Gov. Jerry Brown asked for a voluntary 20 percent cutback.

What keeps me awake at night

Barry Cronin

The year 2014 is a centennial, but not one for celebration.