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Rep. Susan Davis On Syria, Sequestration And The Resignation Of Mayor Bob Filner

John McCain must be basking in the sun. He's been wanting us to go to war---again---in the Middle East where we're still embroiled in two wars. The only people making good on this are US arms makers.

August 27, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Calif. Shark Fin Ban Upheld In Federal Court

Cultural delicacy is no excuse. The Chinese also used to bind the feet of their female children. When change was enforced the argument was the cultural right of a man and father to keep his women in their place.

There are plenty of other soups people can eat. Leave the sharks alone.

August 27, 2013 at 5:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Filner Mediation Results In Deal; Council Votes Friday

I've heard a lot from people believing Filner was a 'peoples' mayor, and that he would keep big business from getting a free hand and cough up their share for jobs. They say Filner's plan for San Diego was a pretty good one. That things would've happened to benefit all of us. Maybe that's true. We'll never know now, and it's not because Filner didn't, or isn't, getting a fair shake in the press.

Filner did this to himself. His closest supporters, former chief of staff, ex-fiancee, best friends have all admitted knowledge of his poor behavior. If San Diego doesn't move forward resulting from this fiasco, Filner has no one to blame but himself. All he had to do was the right thing, to act like rules apply to him, too, and treat people with respect. To lay claim he comes from a generation where inappropriate behavior was tolerated in the workplace is ludicrous. We've been talking about harassment at work for more than three decades, and he was around then, too.

Whatever deal they come up with I don't want the city to be in hock for his pension, lawyer fees, or any settlement for the alleged victims. He wasn't acting as a mayor during this time. Filner was being Filner, and he should thus cover his own damages. We have enough financial troubles as it is with pensions we can't afford, property taxes, higher gas prices, etc.

August 22, 2013 at 9:37 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Filner Returns To City Hall After Three-Week Absence

Don't cut deals at taxpayer expense. Speculation is Filner wants to wait until Dec 2013 to leave office in order for him to receive all or a sizable amount of his pension. He also may be willing to leave if he is guaranteed from having to go to court and face civil and federal charges for harassment accusations. And he wants the city to pay for damages and his legal bills.

I say, "No!" Let's ride it out and go to court. Yes, it will hurt San Diego. But we're stronger than Filner is and can ride it out and still come out on top. We shouldn't have to pay any damages to the victims because Filner was not acting on behalf of the mayor's office. Filner was being Filner, and thus should be fully accountable for paying his own legal fees and damages awarded to the alleged victims.

August 21, 2013 at 4:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Camp Pendleton Marines Train To Prevent Sexual Assault

Zero tolerance? The military has a history of covering up this issue to protect their image. On the one hand we can be thankful they are at least talking and doing something (however small) about it. But we need to keep the pressure on them lest they continue to hide their skeletons.

August 6, 2013 at 2:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Soldier Mom Of Two Young Children Killed In Afghanistan

God bless her and her family.

August 6, 2013 at 2:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Pvt. Bradley Manning Acquitted Of 'Aiding The Enemy' In WikiLeaks Case (Video)

I don't see this guy as an impressionable hero. I can understand why he disagrees with our government policy, but he's not a whistleblower. He's a thief who disgraced the uniform. If he wanted to make a difference he should have left the military when his stint was over, hire lawyers and make a case the legal way. This would have kept him out of jail and the persons responsible for making policy would answer the legal way before an oversight committee. If they don't prosecute this guy there will be others looking to emulate him for sake of stardom and notoriety. Yes, this guy is looking for attention, too. No one wears the uniform solely for duty, honor, and country.

August 6, 2013 at 2:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Sex Assault Review Prompts Pentagon To Suspend 60 Troops

Does anyone really believe the military will not continue to bury this issue for sake of their reputation? These small steps toward doing the right thing is a facade. Their image is more important than justice and fair and equal treatment to women in uniform.

August 6, 2013 at 2:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Republicans Face Competing Pressures On Immigration

This brings up the 1986 amnesty Reagan pushed for. Didn't work then, why should we believe amnesty would work now. Does anyone think millions more would be encouraged to come here illegally too? Or would amnesty fix the problem?

I believe we need change in our immigration system. I've had family go through the process for legal citizenship, which they got, but I found the system overwhelming and difficult. So yes, we need reform. We need change. Many of the workers at the immigration office behave as though they are working there because they have been punished. They don't smile, look you in the eye, don't answer questions, appear as though you are bothering them.

But then, reform would be much easier if Third World nations did their part versus standing by and allowing their citizens to enter our country illegally when they should be working to improve their economy, workplace environment, pay, benefits. Their people will not be happy with their country until they can earn a living that makes them feel proud of their government and what they have. All I hear is how America needs reform. It's a two-way street. Only when we work together will this problem be solved.

August 6, 2013 at 2:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego Pension System Reports Investment Gain

I know plenty of family members who draw a pension, but can see the light at the end of the tunnel. In a day and age where workers earn less and less, to expect the taxpayer to foot the pensions when they suffer a 'bad performance' has become untenable. We did not make it this way, the changing of the times did. Although this is a good news report, remember, there will be ups and downs. I believe we are now in a time where people need to be responsible for their own retirement. It's not as safe as a pension, I know, and yes, I wish I had the security of a pension. However, it is a powerful statement to realize no private companies offer protected retirement pensions. Only the government. There must be a reason for that.

August 2, 2013 at 7:40 a.m. ( | suggest removal )