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Supreme Court Rules DOMA Unconstitutional, Prop 8 Petitioners Have No Legal Standing

I find the recent Supreme Court decision on DOMA and on Prop 8 fascinating. It was about time we, as a country, stopped discriminating towards a segment of the population. Is not about whether you believe in marrying someone of the same sex or family values, etc. It's about treating everyone equally under our "secular" Constitution.

I have an opinion for those that do not agreed with these recent rulings. If you do not believe on marrying someone of your same sex, then don't marry them! But please, let those who love each other marry if they wish. It won't affect you at all. If you do not agree with the US allowing same sex couples the same rights as heterosexual couples then do not worry about it, it won't affect you either.

And also, don't worry about the religious arguments about this either. I warranty you, same sex couples won't be seeking to be wed at a religious institution that do not welcome them in the first place. They'll be going to the secular Justice of the Peace for their marriages.

June 27, 2013 at 10:33 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Mexican Union Boss Accused of Embezzlement Has San Diego Ties

This type of corruption is not foreign, we also have it right here in our country. See what happened to Jesse Jackson, Jr.

February 28, 2013 at 8:29 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego Media Powerhouse Flexes Political Muscles

What are they thinking about? They are willing to axed good middle income wages at the port for a stadium that will only bring part time, minimum wage jobs. These guys, including Doug Manchester, John Lynch, Carl and their rich buddies only care about making the big bucks by given our lands to outside money interest- like the NFL.

We are all sick of you guys. This will never come to pass.

September 26, 2012 at 9:43 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Report Finds San Diego Ill Prepared For Large Influx Of Military Vets

This story is really sad, sad to know our veterans are ending up in the streets and we can't really do anything about it.

I'm a veteran myself, served 9 years with the Marine Corps, and went to Iraq twice, including my first time when we initially invaded. I left the service back in 2005 but a year before leaving the service I headed back to school and obtained my associates degree in health care management. This kind of degree is really close to nothing nowadays, but I figure it was better than anything.

Right out of school I went to a job fair being hosted by my school in which I met a representative from Scripps Health. She recruited me and she ended up being my supervisor for the next three years. Then I transfer to another department with Scripps and now I'm a Research Assistant working to find the best and latest treatment in cancer. I've been with Scripps for six years and I couldn't be any happier.

Yes, I do consider myself lucky. However, I think luck has very little to do with how my life has turn out to be. I believe my decision to go back to school while still in the military was instrumental in my successes after military life.

I'm a strong believer in that the intervention must happen prior to individuals leaving the military so they are prepared once they go out into the civilian life. The military is an institution that helps their service members every step of the way, they make every decision in the individual’s life, and they provide food and shelter through their career. By going to school/college/university prior to leaving the service, the individual will be able to begin acclimating to civilian life. Service members’ biggest problem is the fact that they are so accustom to being provided with everything they need in life. No wonder some of them find themselves in the street once the "umbilicus cord" has been cut off.

Is not easy going to school while still in the service; they might find that they’ll need to drop out of some classes because they have to deploy somewhere in the world. But all it takes is a little planning and communication with their supervisors and it can be done. I had to take classes here and there in between deployments, and even had to extend my military contract by one year in order to have enough time to finish school. It is very difficult but with determination and a good attitude it can be achieve.

February 16, 2012 at 10:26 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego Looks For A Place To Park All The Cars

I would love to ride public transportation but unfortunately it really doesn't make any sense for me.

I live in La Mesa and work in La Jolla. If I was to take public trans I would spend about 4 hours a day in my round trip. Right now, I spend anywhere from 1 hour on non-traffic hours/days to 1.5 hrs at the most. Do I really want to spend 3 hrs longer inside a bus and trolley. I don't think so.

I'm really sorry, I do care about our planet, and about the air we breath but who has three extra hours per day to spend. Not me!! The best I can do is to drive a very fuel economy car getting me 40+ miles per gallon.

February 6, 2012 at 2:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Rants and Raves: 'Star Wars'

My opinion is simply why the big fuzz? (please don't hate me) I have to admit, I saw these films when I was very young. I was no more than nine years old...and I absolutely love them!! The newer films (episodes one, two and three) were pretty good too. Maybe they weren't as great as the originals but then again we were all about 15 to 20 years older. Ofcourse we won't see them in the same way.

Think of the original films as a work of art, luckly for Mr. Lucas and his already fat wallet, is an art he can go back and edit his prior work. Remember, it is his master piece, and he should be allow to go back and paint it all over again if he wants to. I'm pretty sure all the great artist have wish they could go back and edit their work at some point.

September 20, 2011 at 1:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Review: 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'

I watched this movie last Friday and today I read your review. I couldn't agreed with you more. I was really surprised to find out that this movie was actually really good. Originally, I went to watch this movie just because I had nothing better to do, plus is summer. I was like, "a big summer movie, sure why not". However, I thought they really engaged the audience with the story. Sure, to some might be too much of a stretch, not real enough etc...but what can you expect from an ape movie. You think apes will really rule earth some day? C'mon, of course is a fake story that will never come to pass.

I loved the little t-bits about NASA traveling out in space and the horse riding over the bridge, these scenes really connected this movie to the original. Once you watch it you'll know what I'm talking about.

Great review Beth.

August 9, 2011 at 12:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Movie Palaces Up The Ante In Carmel Valley

I'm not sure if Slim is the owner of the Cinepolis franchise, I was just pointing out that he was considered to be the world's richest man back in 2010.

Yes, he owns Volaris, which is the Mexican version of Southwest, and yes, Volaris has flights out of San Diego, also out LA, Houston and Phoenix if I'm not mistaken. You can also buy airline tickets in the Southwest Airlines website to Mexico, and once you show up at the airport you'll be surprise it is a Volaris flight...I guess they have some sort of partnership deal.

I just checked and you are correct Missionaccomplished, Cinepolis is owned by the Ramirez family. Slim probably has some deal with them though, as he likes to have his hands in every successful business. No stocks though, as Cinepolis is a private company.

August 2, 2011 at noon ( | suggest removal )

Movie Palaces Up The Ante In Carmel Valley

Actually, he is the world's richest man, number one according to The Telegraph..."according to Forbes, he overtook Bill Gates (with a fortune of $53 billion) to become the world’s richest man..." (

Also, if you still want to check Cinepolis luxury cinemas but don't want to shell out your weekly gas money then head to Tijuana's Plaza del Rio, where you will find Cinepolis VIP, Mexico's version of the same. You can still have your drinks, sushi, large leather two seater couches and your personal waiter all without the large price tag. I've been there a couple of times and is just as good as this one....and cheaper than the regular AMC tickets here in SD. However, for those who live up north county I'm not sure it will be worth the drive.

August 1, 2011 at 12:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Review: 'Super 8'

Hello Beth,

I went into this film wanting to love it so much. I've always been a big fan of Spielberg's work. But for some reason this movie didn't quite make it for me. While I agree that most of the film in which involved the kids was really good, I was very disappointed with how the military was showed and how the "it" was not brought up to light even more. It seems very unlikely how a group of kids was able to outsmart the military for most of the movie. It also seems a little "stupid" how it showed the military running around the town at the end of the story just shooting in all directions. It was a little amusing almost...

I was expecting more E.T. from this movie; in which less military/government was showed and more about the kids and their personal life. But I guess that would have made this movie somewhat of a copycat and not so original. I guess I'll be looking forward to another release for my summer blockbuster.

June 15, 2011 at 9:13 a.m. ( | suggest removal )