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A Day In The Imperial Valley Helping Migrants Unseen

Hunter says: "I'm also for waterboarding," "But I just don't think you should be really cruel to innocent people, letting men and women die in the desert.

Who's innocent here?? The people who cross the border are known to be committing at least one crime -- entering the country illegally. Many are also participating in human trafficking, smuggling drugs, or other illegal activities. So let's not be "cruel" to these people, but, for Hunter, it's OK to water-board someone who is SUSPECTED of having information, whether or not they actually have that information!

October 12, 2013 at 2:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Roundtable: Wuterich Resolution, Manchester's Grand Vision, Retiree Health Agreement

One of your editors indicated that San Diego isn't the only city where a major developer owns the [only] newspaper, and this change may "liven up" the newspaper. My reading of this development is quite different. I think it is a further symptom of the transfer of power in this country to the very wealthy minority. I interpret the change in ownership as a huge conflict of interest and great increase in control of the power structure in our "finest city." I think this gives Manchester a tremendous advantage in promoting his development projects and monetary gains over the competition and non-development ideas.
Traditionally, newspapers have provided a great benefit to the citizens of their cities and regions by acting as generally independent reporters and investigators of conflicting ideas, combatants over issues, and other vexing problems. Newspaper reporters have often been the single most important source of factual information that leads to uncovering criminal, corrupt, and other unethical behaviors among city leaders and other prominent individuals.
Sadly, San Diego's newspaper has now lost that capacity, and I think our City and our citizens are much worse off for it. (And I can't imagine that our new "UT" would publish a letter such as this!)
P Kemp

January 27, 2012 at 1:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )