Columns 2012

Sgt. Peralta Deserves Medal of Honor for his Heroism

Dec 2, 2012 Issues: Veterans

As U.S. Marines entered the city of Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004 to reclaim the insurgent stronghold, Sgt. Rafael Peralta wrote to his brother, telling him, “I’m proud to be a Marine, a U.S. Marine, and to defend and protect the freedom and Constitution...

Secure the U.S.-Mexico Border First

Dec 1, 2012 Issues: Immigration

With the national election now in the rearview, talk of immigration reform is back. America’s immigration system is outdated and extraordinarily inefficient, but before Congress even considers debating a reform proposal of any kind, full attention...

Asking More of a Shrinking Navy

Nov 1, 2012 Issues: National Security

During the third and final presidential debate, President Barack Obama’s remark that the size of the U.S. naval fleet is “not a game of Battleship, where we’re counting ships,” revealed an uncomfortable truth.  When it comes to the U.S. Navy, the...

Game of Battleship Could Prove Deadly

Oct 26, 2012 Issues: National Security

In American politics, each election always seems to be of greater importance than the last. There’s a lot riding on what happens on Nov. 6, but for the future of America's military and U.S. national security, the stakes are as high as they have ever...

Sequestration Sends Wrong Message to U.S. Friends and Foes Alike

Oct 1, 2012 Issues: National Security

To most Americans, the term “sequestration” does not mean a whole lot, at least right now, but it should, given the uncertain future facing U.S. national security. Over the next 10 years, because of sequestration, the Pentagon will be forced to...

In the Face of Tragedy, the Brave Rise Up

Sep 11, 2012 Issues: Veterans

It’s been 11 years since Sept. 11, 2001, and America has faced down enemies in Iraq and Afghanistan and stayed on offense in other pockets of the globe where terrorist organizations have attempted to regenerate. The post-Sept. 11 world is still a...

Army’s Wrong for Disregarding Tool that Helps Troops in Battle

Aug 5, 2012 Issues: National Security

In November 2011, with the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division in the thick of the fight in Afghanistan, an urgent request was transmitted from the war zone to Army officials in the Pentagon for a more effective, off-the-shelf software program to counter...

Let's Put California Back on Track

Jun 5, 2012 Issues: Budget, Economy, Tax Reform

With every election comes a choice. Now that the June 5 California state-wide Primary is here, San Diegans have a decision to make and the contrast in choices could not be clearer.  One option is stamping the codependent relationship between the...

The Real Unemployment Rate

May 9, 2012 Issues: Economy

At first glance, the latest jobs report for the month of April shows some promising signs: 115,000 jobs created and a lower official unemployment rate, albeit only by one-tenth of a percent. Unfortunately, things are not always what they seem and,...

Time for the Real Unemployment Calculation Act

Apr 18, 2012 Issues: Economy

Any time the federal government presents a new statistic or report, the American people are right to assume they are receiving the most accurate and reliable information. More importantly, they expect the truth. In the case of the American economy,...

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