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Teen Review: 'Hall Pass'

Thanks, Mireya! That was a very well-written movie review! I love your perspective on the message of the movie; you were very clear about not approving of the nudity, but still gave the movie props for the overall message. Keep writing! You're doing great!

March 1, 2011 at 4:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Future Uncertain For Death Penalty In California

Here's a fact for you: There isn't a single shred of evidence that has ever been produced that supports the idea the the death penalty has ANY impact on rates of crime. Simply put, the death penalty has zero-statistical impact on someone's choice to commit a crime, and, has zero impact on crime rates. If someone drags out the old idea that it's a "deterrent" then please understand that's there personal opinion and it has NO basis in fact. It doesn't work. Period. Innumerable scientific studies have been completed and not a single one of them ever concludes that the death penalty serves any worthwhile purpose. Meanwhile, it remains the law and hundreds of people are put to death (in places like Texas) who aren't guilty. Now speaking personally, I think the death penalty is beyond barbaric, completely disgusting, and abysmally shameful. If you believe that it's a just punishment for any crime then I feel sorry for you.

January 27, 2011 at 4:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tijuana Sewage Spill Leaves Lesson For Both Sides Of The Border

This will sound incredibly cynical but this story was relevant 30 years ago, 20 years ago, 10 years ago, today, and will still be relevant 20 years from now. My point being this issue has existed forever and will never be resolved. Why? Two reasons: Neither side truly cares about the estuary, and, clean up/prevention costs money. Money neither side has. Why should they care and why should they spend money when mother nature will take care of the spill for them for free within a couple of months or years? For year upon year there has been lip service from both sides but NO action. None. I would love KPBS to do a story with a more realistic title like, "US/Mexico Environmental Organizations Give Up on Ages-Old Cross-Border Pollution Problem Forever Because They Honestly Don't Give a Damn." At least that would be honest and close the topic forever. I know that's ridiculous and incredibly cynical but I'm just completely bereft of all hope that anything will ever be done about this.

January 21, 2011 at 9:45 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Could Gun Control Have Controlled This?

When you start looking at the hard numbers it's clear the USA ranks high on every list of firearm-related injury/death statistics. We have a problem. Personally, I disagree with the Supreme Court desginating the 2nd Amendment as an individual right. Not that my interpretation counts for much, but I believe the Founding Fathers were speaking of our country's right to defend itself from foreign invaders - to form a military. But, that's a moot argument if the Supreme Court has already ruled on it. But when, as a rational society, do we allow logic and reason to be the tool we use to decide what's right and what's wrong? I think the argument that "People kill people; guns don't kill people" is completely irrelevant and misses the point (as well as being a really desperate way to defend the right to own a killing machine). I would counter, "People who don't own guns can't attend political rally's and kill people randomly in the crowd." In 2011 I think it's pretty clear no one needs to own a gun. No one. They serve no real, valid purpose other than to kill (which is neither a real purpose nor a valid reason for owning a gun). But... they exist. They'll always exist. Make them illegal and they'll just go underground. So what's the answer? I honestly have no idea. Education can usually solve any problem. Maybe there's a solution there...

January 12, 2011 at 12:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Governor Brown Cracks Down on State Cell Phones

AAA - have you been following the cuts he's been proposing? This is just one of many already in the proposed budget. His cuts are across the board. He's cutting in every area you mention - pensions, social programs, etc. You're going to see every cut you say he's not going to do. There are hundreds of articles about this on the internet. Google "Jerry Brown budget plan". Here's a good one to start with:

He's doing the job we elected him to do, and quickly. He's doing exactly what he said he was going to do. He's not dancing around anything at all. He's slashing, and cutting, and still people who WANT that will still criticize. I don't get that...

January 12, 2011 at 11:12 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Urban Park Coming To San Diego

The "what it might look like" design is awful. More green, please! How can something be called a "Park" when there are only 4 tiny strips of green lawn? Unless the "Park" has some use (even if that's just benches or open, green space to sit on) then it simply becomes an obstacle and something people have to "pass through" to get from one place to another. Isn't there enough tile and concrete downtown? And what's a large, square building doing in the middle of a so-called "Park."

January 12, 2011 at 11:04 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Legal Update: Mount Soledad And New Laws

Gosh... symbols are so important to people. Maybe I'm different because they're not really important to me at all. I personally don't care if the cross is there or not. I'm not religious at all but it doesn't offend me. What IS offensive is the way the people who are trying to keep it there have behaved; the lengths to which they have gone to try and usurp the Bill of Rights is mind-boggling. We live in a secular state. A country that was founded on NOT being focused on religion. We are NOT a Christian nor Muslim nor Buddhist country. The very foundation of our freedom relies heavily on this core, American principle. When the Founding Fathers gave us "freedom of religion" they also gave us freedom to NOT have religion. It was so important they made it the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights! It's very clearly written. Knowing this, anyone who would fight to keep a HUGE religious symbol on public land to support their religious beliefs and agenda is truly un-American. Shame on them.

January 11, 2011 at 4:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Shooting Fallout: Political Rhetoric Takes The Heat

I couldn't disagree more. This has nothing to do with discourse and rhetoric, which is a very healthy part of our culture. This is about the random acts of a severely mentally ill man. Unfortunately, denial is a very powerful tool. It's much easier to believe he did this because he was influenced by our current political climate. Ocham's Razor states the simplest answer is most often the right one. And the simple answer is this has happened countless times before and will happen again unless we, as a society, are able to take mental illness seriously and do something to change the way it's looked upon by our culture. Remove the stigma. Allow those who are suffering to seek help without shame or fear. He was suffering and chose a public figure as a target. That's not unusual with schizophrenics who have had a psychotic break. We don't need to change the way we conduct political discussions. We need to change our mental health system to allow easy access for the people who really need it - those who are so ill they can't help themselves. We do it for all other types of illnesses. Mental illness is no different. I hope this brings about the right kind of change. It's such a horrible thing to have happened. If any good whatsoever can come out of it I certainly hope we don't continue to deflect attention away from the real issue here.

January 10, 2011 at 4:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Getting Around San Diego: Changes Ahead

Unfortunately, I have to drive for my commute to work. And there's only one way to go - the163 and the 805 North in the morning, from Hillcrest to Mira Mesa. Some days are better than others. I wish, WISH I could ride my bike but it's too far. I did my part for 4 years and worked from home, but I realize that's completely impossible for the majority of people. There is no public transporation to my job and I tried working out a bike route that I could ride one or two days a week (I am a cyclist, obviously), but that would take roughly 2 hours each way. That's not out of the question, but maybe just one day a week. I've heard countless people suggest the city install trains on the 805 or 15 (or both) but no one in the County ever seems to take this suggestion seriously. I think it's a genius idea. I would absolutely get up a little earlier each day to ride a train to work. I could even ride my bike to the train, ride the train with my bike, then ride my bike to work. I'm not a city planner but widening freeways as a solution to our problem? Really? We're really just in a boat with a hole and the boat is sinking, the hole's getting bigger, so the solution is to get a bigger bucket? I just don't get it. We need massive amounts of mass transit.

January 7, 2011 at 3:43 p.m. ( | suggest removal )