2nd Amendment Rally: A Message of Unity in Support of a Common Cause

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Guest Post by Sam Lichtman More than a thousand firearm owners and Second Amendment activists converged on the West Lawn of the United States Capitol on November 2nd in support of their constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms. The Capitol dome served as a dramatic backdrop for the roster of more than two dozen speakers who took the …

Two years after a 9/11 remembrance, my heart breaks for our lack of unity

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Guest Commentary by Amanda Young Rigby, Vista City Councilmember At the San Diego Memorial Stair Climb, first responders from not only around our county but from across the globe gather to remember the first responders who were murdered in New York on September 11th, 2001, when our nation was attacked by Islamic terrorists.  I have attended this event multiple times …

AMERICA, the most beautiful sound this 4th of July

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AMERICA, the most beautiful sound this 4th of July (What unites us is far greater than what divides us) Guest Commentary by Hon. Fred Schnaubelt AMERICA. The most beautiful sound I ever heard. America, America, all the beautiful sounds of the world in a single word. On this July 4th AMERICA of mass immigration is fulfilling the dreams of those …

LAFCO’s Wilfull Disregard

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Guest Commentary: by Lou Russo The right of petition is expressly set out in the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law … abridging … the right of the people … to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”— from the First Amendment The petition clause concludes the First Amendment’s ringing enumeration of expressive rights and, in many ways, …

Juvenile Rapists Cheer Governor Brown

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Warning: Story contains graphic content that may disturb readers By Michele Hanisee   We are compelled to write a follow-up to our blog “Legislature and Governor to Victims: Drop Dead” to specifically address how SB 1391 is a brutal slap in the face to victims of rape committed by 14- and 15-year-old juveniles. The number of juveniles who are tried as adults …

On 9/11, Still the Shining Beacon on the Hill

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The following was written by Vista City Councilmember Amanda Young Rigby a year ago. This year she shares it with SD Rostra. Guest Commentary by Amanda Young Rigby Yesterday, I joined first responders from around our county as well as from across the western region and even some international crews, to remember the first responders – firefighters and police officers …

A Way Forward for Social and Fiscal Conservatives

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Guest Commentary by John Horst One of the best things about running for office is making a whole raft of new friends… and having those friendships expand your horizons — confirming some things you believe and challenging others. Here are some thoughts about growing up with an Evangelical Christian outlook on politics — and then getting to see politics from …

State Assembly candidate Graham cleared of allegations – Fighting back against political hit job

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by Doug Sain Yesterday the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department issued a news release stating, “After conducting a thorough investigation, interviewing several witnesses and reviewing video surveillance from both inside and outside of the business, (San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Sexual Assault) detectives disproved the allegations made against (California Assembly candidate) Phil Graham. As a result, this case is being …

Why I defend the 2nd Amendment

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Guest Commentary by David Chong I have had several earnest inquiries in the past couple weeks from open-minded people who don’t own guns, asking me why a person like me (whom many perceive as gentle, kind and jovial) is so strongly committed to the right to keep and bear effective, powerful firearms. This article summarizing two scholarly and peer-reviewed studies …

Cheryl James-Ward for San Diego County Board of Education District 5

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Cheryl James-Ward, a candidate for County Office of Education, sent over the media release further down in this post. We were intrigued, as she is opposing labor-backed incumbent Rick Shea, who was appointed to the District 5 seat in 2015, then beat out former State Senator Mark Wyland in a close 2016 contest. SD Rostra asked James-Ward to provide some …

Republican Party endorses Phil Graham for State Assembly

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Party taps businessman from six GOP candidates in open Rocky Chavez seat by Doug Sain On Monday night the San Diego County Republican Central Committee voted to endorse Phil Graham (pictured right) for State Assembly District 76, which includes 246,653 registered voters in Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista and Camp Pendleton. The Central Committee is the governing body of the Republican …

What’s wrong with politics in East County: The political parties ignore bad behavior

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Guest Commentary by Hon. Kristine Alessio “The only infallible criterion of wisdom to vulgar minds – success.”   — Edmund Burke When after a lifetime of membership I left the Republican party, I was accused of doing it for political gain on this site and in other media. But that was nothing more than ad hominem, which did not address the …

Affordable Housing – Facts & Fiction

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Guest Commentary by Poway Mayor Steve Vaus At our last City Council meeting the topic of affordable housing came up. The conversation was specifically related to the possibility of a veterans project being considered at the Big Stone Lodge site on Old Pomerado Road near the VFW Hall. And, as is often the case when affordable housing is discussed, concerns …

Supervisor Jacob needs to stay in her swim lane or ante up some funds

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Guest Commentary by Lou Russo At a recent “coffee” at the Alpine Library, County Supervisor Dianne Jacob took it upon herself to comment on the ongoing lawsuit between Alpine Union School District (AUSD) and Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD). Jacob made the comment that while she wasn’t enthused about paying legal fees, in this instance her opinion was that …

Las Vegas: An Asteroid Did Not Fall From The Sky

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Guest Commentary by Casey Gwinn, Esq. Professional gambler Stephen Paddock committed the worst mass shooting in the history of the United States. He killed 58 people (so far) and injured more than 500. Right after the carnage, his brother Eric said “an asteroid fell out of the sky” because his brother gave no indications “at all” that he was on …