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Escondido Planning Commission Rejects Shelter For Immigrant Children

Please read the inscription on the Statue of Liberty. After you do that, please consider that the inscription used to be the standard for this country. Next, consider how our country's attitude towards immigrants (a group to which we all belong on some level, except native Americans) has changed since France gifted us with the Statue of Liberty.

June 25, 2014 at 11:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Texas Secession Petition A Hit On White House Website

I wonder if the people who signed this understand that once they secede, they will no longer receive any federal aid - no education money; no money to maintain the interstate system; no money from Homeland Security; no money for social security, medicare, or medicaid; no unemployment money; etc. Oh, and you know that border security wall they want built to separate Mexico from the US? Well, once they secede, they will be a foreign country, so the wall can be built around them so they can't come into our country for vacations, jobs, visits to grandma, shopping, or anything else without a Visa and a current passport. They will also have to pay for their own border security along the Texas/Mexico border.

Of course, they will need to manage their own port system. And, since that port will no longer be in the US, chances are good that a lot of the port activity will move to US ports, leaving them with fewer jobs and higher unemployement.

In addition, all federal jobs will move to other states, including the military, and they will have to pay for their own military in order to defend themselves against invaders.

Somehow, I don't think they've given this enough thought.

November 14, 2012 at 2:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Pension Costs Decreasing For Some Cities In San Diego County

[Lutar] said public sector employees now receive more in base pay, salary and benefits than private sector employees.

My guess is that the reason for this is that private sector employees have been losing ground over the last couple of years. Its not that public sector employees' pay has increased, its that private sector employees pay has decreased.

As a teacher, I pay 8% of my salary to the California Teachers Retirement Fund instead of paying into Social Security.

Many people's retirement funds were wiped out during the last stock market crash. Do we really think its better, as a society, to have a large group of senior citizens who can't retire (thereby not freeing up jobs for the next generation), or who will have to retire with little to no money and will have to depend on the public dole to keep them alive? Why does anyone think this is a good idea?

February 28, 2012 at 5:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )