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Guest Commentary
by Joel Marchese, CA-53 Congressional Candidate

The history of the United States is unique and exceptional among nations, to say the least. It began with open rebellion against a tyrannical king, and by embracing constructs of Natural Law (God’s Law) over man’s law: “We the People, hold these truths to be self-evident…that all men are created equal.” Living up to that statement became a cornerstone of idealism which would shape both people and events during the first 75 years after the American Revolution.

Ernie Ewin announces retirement from La Mesa Council

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Councilman Ernest Ewin

Good Morning La Mesa!

After being away from the La Mesa City Council for 12 years, in 2002 the voters returned me to the Council.

Now after another 12 years, I will have served you for a total 18 years on the Council come this November. Thank you!

For the last year and a half, I have been contemplating those closing words of a favorite childhood song and “dance”…the “Hokey Pokey”. Do you remember? “And you turn yourself around. That’s what it’s all about…”

Can One Judge Stop California From Being Railroaded?

Thursday, March 13, 2014
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Guest Commentary
by Thomas Del Beccaro

Does the Rule of Law matter or is it an antiquated concept in this day and age? After all, our President regularly violates the separation of powers by unilaterally rewriting laws. So it comes with some surprise when a judge stands up to California’s executive branch and puts the brakes on California’s High Speed Rail project by, of all things, requiring government to follow the Rule of Law. Surprise or not, it could be an important test case for years to come.

Today may be the qualification deadline for the June primary this year, but Mike Harrison is getting the jump on a deadline still two years away. The longtime staffer to both Congressmen Duncan Hunters (father and son) tells me he is running in 2016 to succeed Brian Jones in the State Assembly. I requested Harrison provide a comment, but he did one better, sending me the following:

Achieving a Better California
by Mike Harrison

A better California is something we not only deserve, it’s a goal I want to help us achieve in our great state. After much prayer and discussion with my family, I have made the decision to run for California State Legislature’s 71st Assembly District in 2016.

An Open Letter to Alpine Teachers

Monday, March 3, 2014
posted by Guest Column

With a strike by teachers recently ended in the Alpine Union School District, a member of the community provides a call for action…

by Steve Hunyar

Dear Alpine Teachers,

I am glad you are back to work — to the business of educating once again.

This is a clarion call for positive action. After 10 years of seeing the writing on the wall, inaction is no longer an option for the Alpine Union School District, and for our children.

Wyland drops bid for Board of Equalization

Friday, February 28, 2014
posted by Guest Column

by Senator Mark Wyland

This past weekend my family held a celebration of life for my mother,who passed away late last year. I thought about her advice to me, shortly before she passed away: “Life is short; you have some goals in education that are very important to you — you better get at it.”

I had been in business for more than twenty years, and had extensive dealings with the Board of Equalization; it seemed natural to continue public service with the same Board because I knew how to improve it.

Whack the camel’s nose

Monday, February 24, 2014
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Guest Commentary
by Steve Vaus - Councilman, City of Poway

I remember a proverb from grade school:

One cold night, as a Bedouin sat in his tent, a camel gently thrust his nose under the flap and looked in. “Master,” he said, “let me put my nose in your tent. It’s cold out here.” “By all means,” said the Bedouin, as he turned over and went to sleep. A little later the Bedouin awoke to find that the camel had not only put his nose in the tent but his head and neck also.

The Power of One

Friday, February 21, 2014
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Guest Commentary
by Amanda Young RigbyCouncilwoman, City of Vista
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Does the complaint of one person warrant the change or implementation of a city ordinance? Some have said, “No!” but I think it does not matter how many people complain. If something wrong is to be righted, I believe in the power of one.

But what if that one voice is a business owner upset that there is competition coming into town and asks the city to restrict and/or outright ban that competition?

The options for Sheriff Gore in the wake of the Peruta decision

Monday, February 17, 2014
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Guest Commentary
by Michael A. Schwartz

As I wrote last Thursday, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore lost in a big decision regarding your right to bear arms. So what now? Sheriff Gore has 14 days to make a decision on what to do..These are the options to Gore and their financial impact on San Diego County:

1. The plaintiff’s attorney is coming after the County of San Diego for around $300k for legal fees owed if Gore accepts this current decision. Gore has already implied to the public and the local Republican Central Committee that he would accept the decision once issued.

Ninth Circuit’s CCW ruling: A country of laws, not men

Thursday, February 13, 2014
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Guest Commentary
by Michael A. Schwartz

As Richard Rider posted earlier, today the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued the decision linked here against San Diego County Sheriff Gore.  In summary…Gore’s internal policies regarding issuing concealed carry permits are unconstitutional. 

The case was brought by a part-time San Diego resident Ed Peruta.  Ed decided he wanted to spend his golden years traveling across the country in his RV with his wife.  In order to protect himself and comply with various state laws, Ed applied for concealed weapon permits in the various states he planned on spending time.  All went well until he applied in San Diego, California, the city where he would spend the most amount of time.  The San Diego County Sheriff’s office clerk wouldn’t even take his application.

The Next 96 Hours

Saturday, February 8, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

The next 96 hours will determine if we take back the office of San Diego Mayor so here is what you need to know…

There is NO central committee meeting/event on Monday as it’s the day before Election Day and we are putting all our energy into Get-Out-The-Vote efforts.

The ONLY THING TO FOCUS ON RIGHT NOW is getting out the Republican vote for Kevin Faulconer. That’s it. Will you walk a precinct or help make phone calls?


10 AM at Kevin Faulconer HQ at 5215 Lovelock Street to deploy for precinct walking. Phone banking available all day. Just show up and be part of the team!

Conviction, Compromise, and Collapse of the GOP

Friday, January 31, 2014
posted by Guest Column

A Response by Founding Father

In a recent SD Rostra blog comment, I asked Rostra regular, Brian Brady, to explain his apparent dichotomy as to how he could profess a Sanctity of Life moral position and yet support an Abortion candidate for the GOP nomination, in the 52nd Congressional District race in particular. His response to that inquiry is linked here.

Remembering Roe 2014

Friday, January 24, 2014
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Guest Commentary
by Sylvia Sullivan

55 million babies have died in the U.S. since the infamous Supreme Court Roe v Wade ruling 41 years ago this month. It is beyond a national tragedy. It is a choice of descent into barbarism.

Because of the ghastly numbers of dead babies, it may be difficult to see that the pro-choice side is on a downward spiral. Clinics continue to close as state after state pass pro-life bills. Young people faced with the scientific reality of the humanity of pre-born babies, are decidedly a more pro-life generation.

Obamacare, “The Affordable Care Act”, is the issue for 2014

Monday, January 20, 2014
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Guest Commentary
by Joel Marchese

Happy New Year San Diego! I hope you are recovered from 2013 and ready for 2014. This will be a busy year to be sure. We have so much to prepare for to make sure that our families and friends are well provided for, especially with the skyrocketing costs of healthcare associated with the implementation of the “ACA” or “Obamacare.” The rising costs of our healthcare will no doubt have a serious ripple effect throughout our economy – triggering additional job cuts, decreased spending on consumer goods, and even some inflation in the retail sector. Isn’t it ironic that a law that was originally meant to help 16 million people by providing access to healthcare, will end up hurting ten times that number, or over 160 million hard working taxpayers!

Never give up fighting for Freedom: In defense of Duncan Hunter

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Response to the article, Hunter has no clothes…ahem…conservatism, published by Eric Andersen last month (Dec. 19).

Guest Commentary
by Melory Tsipouria

I am not going to hide the fact that I am disappointed with the positions and statements/comments from some of my friends recently about Congressmen Duncan Hunter and Darrell Issa in connection with their votes on the recently passed budget.

Those statements were in and in response to the article, Hunter has no clothes…ahem…conservatism, in this same venue by my friend Eric Andersen.

What is especially disappointing is that Eric and those who share his views unfairly accuse the above mentioned Congressmen for lacking devotion to the constitution.

The Changing Face of the GOP

Tuesday, December 31, 2013
posted by Guest Column

Mark Powell, a 2012 candidate for the San Diego Unified School Board, recently had the article linked below published in the UT San Diego.

“To gain the trust of voters and decisively win more elections, the Republican Party must become more attractive to the electorate,” Mark tells SD Rostra. “Republicans must explore and identify all available venues and show their true face — the face of the Party of Lincoln.”

Read the UT piece here:

Community essay: Changing the face of the GOP

Hunter Has No Clothes . . . ahem . . . Conservatism

Thursday, December 19, 2013
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Eric Andersen

On February 12th, 2012, I signed an oath in which I solemnly swore to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

I happen to believe that document still provides a valid road map to prosperity and happiness.

I also believe Congressman Duncan Hunter has been negligent in his duty to uphold it and it is my responsibility to stand up and say so.

I believe his votes have done more harm to our unalienable rights and limited form of government than any foreign invader.

A personal thought on Economic Liberty

Monday, December 16, 2013
posted by Guest Column

by Aaron Byzak

Here’s a basic rundown of my fiscal politics:

I came from nothing. Broke as hell. I’ve worked my tail off to realize some professional, educational and personal success. I am reimbursed for my professional endeavors with something called money. This is my property and the foundation of my economic liberty.

Yet roughly 50 percent of my economic liberty is confiscated annually by a profoundly inefficient entity that takes my money through the threat of force, including imprisonment. It is no different than if I was allowed to keep everything I earn, and then that same inefficient entity came to my house once a year and took half of everything I owned.

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Why the Election of 2014 Matters

Thursday, November 28, 2013
posted by Guest Column

Guest Column
by Joel Marchese

Contrary to popular belief, we still have lots to be thankful for this Thanksgiving Holiday. We still live in a free society. We still maintain the right to vote, the right to free speech and freedom of religion. And, we still have countless other rights and privileges not enjoyed in other countries and by many cultures around the world. We are truly and literally blessed.

This is why the elections of 2014 matter!

Poway Secret Service is open for business!

Thursday, October 24, 2013
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Steve Vaus

Living in Poway for 21 years I’ve witnessed first-hand the power of volunteerism to fill a need — the amazing things possible when a helping hand is extended. But serving on City Council I’ve found there are often needs that go unmet because they are unknown. There’s been a missing link when it came to connecting the ‘needs’ with the ‘help.’ So, I created POWAY SECRET SERVICE.

Ending Class Warfare with a Flat Tax

Sunday, October 20, 2013
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Guest Commentary
by Joel Marchese

Conservatives always lash out at liberals for using class warfare as a tool to win elections. Liberals respond by saying that if only tax rates were higher for the rich than they are now, we wouldn’t need this debate.

Historically, the conservative argument for keeping taxes lower always wins when the empirical data is analyzed fully. Lower taxes result in greater tax revenues because it unleashes the private sector to create more jobs, and thus more payroll taxes are collected. This philosophy of lowering taxes to stimulate the economy and raise more tax revenue works ever time it is tried — as it did with Ronald Reagan’s presidency in the 1980s, and even during the Clinton and Bush presidencies.

Interview with GOP Up-and-Comer Sage Naumann

Monday, September 16, 2013
posted by Guest Column

Tonight the Carlsbad School Board will decide who gets to fill the vacancy left by Kelli Moors’ departure. Republican Sage Naumann has applied for the position. Here is a recent interview with Naumann.

Guest Column
by Michael Schwartz

Recently Sage Naumann, a Republican candidate for Carlsbad Unified School Board, made the news for pointing out that a current member of the Board (Kelli Moors) voted to extend a 6 figure contract to a law firm she took a job with just days after the vote. The story received enough coverage thanks to Sage that the Board decided to re-vote on the contract. It was no surprise to me that Sage was the only one to catch this or how much doing the right thing mattered to Sage.

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Principles Matter

Tuesday, September 3, 2013
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Guest Commentary
by Sage Naumann

If the Bob Filner saga taught us anything, it’s that principles matter. Those who are elected to public office are there to exercise a set of principles, and among these are selflessness and honesty. Unfortunately, the Bob Filner saga overshadowed another disappointing episode in Carlsbad Unified, where one of our trustees broke the trust of her constituents, and possibly the law.

Below is a brief rundown of what has occurred in Carlsbad over the last few weeks. I have bolded the most pertinent pieces of information:

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Did You Hear What Filner Did This Time????

Friday, August 16, 2013
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Michael Schwartz

Did You Hear What Filner Did This Time?

I didn’t either. But here’s something that’s politically important too, believe it or not.

We are looking at a fairly dire future in California in many ways. One important reason is the future of gun ownership. Approximately one in five Californians (counting the entire population of men, women, and children) are gun owners. Because you have to be 18 to purchase a gun (21 to purchase a pistol), that means there is an even higher concentration of registered California voters who own firearms. And if you’ve ever stood outside a gun show or gun shop asking people if they are registered to vote like I have, you’d see first-hand there is a high concentration of registered voters in the gun community.

The perfect resignation speech for San Diego Mayor Bob Filner

Thursday, August 8, 2013
posted by Guest Column

by John Dadian

Here is the perfect speech that San Diego Mayor Bob Filner should give. I would love to charge him a speech writing fee but I can’t. This speech is an edited version of President Nixon’s resignation speech given almost forty years ago on August 8, 1974. To commemorate this anniversary, Filner should use this version so all San Diegans, including him, can move on.

In all the decisions I have made in my public life, I have always tried to do what was best. Throughout the long and difficult period…I have felt it was my duty to persevere, to make every possible effort to complete the term of office to which you elected me.

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