Also serving the communities of De Luz, Rainbow, Camp Pendleton, Pala and Pauma

Opinion


Sorted by date  Results 26 - 50 of 6669

Page Up

  • We stopped the fixed-rate electricity proposal

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Apr 17, 2024

    I wanted to share some good news regarding our ongoing battle for fair electricity rates. You may recall the recent uproar surrounding the proposed changes to the fixed rate portion of our SDG&E electric bills. Many of you joined me in expressing concern about the unfairness of tying this fee to household income rather than actual electricity usage. Your voices were heard loud and clear, and I am thrilled to report that our pressure has made a difference. Thanks to the...

  • Kids and social media

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated Apr 17, 2024

    Millions of children and young adults throughout the nation are active social media users. Last week two bills dealing with social media’s impact on child and adolescent mental health passed the Assembly Health Committee. Worldwide, there are 34 social media platforms, with at least 100 million users. According to a U.S. Surgeon General’s report last year, 95% of teens aged 13 to 17 use social media, and more than one in three report they use it “almost constantly.” Most so...

  • Re: 'Scouts BSA is starting a new female Troop in Fallbrook' [Village News, 4/4/24]

    Updated Apr 12, 2024

    I saw an article in the paper for an all girls Boy Scout Troop run by a woman. Why would a girl join such a group when she could join the Girl Scouts? Can boys join this Boy Scout Troop? How about Transgirls? It couldn’t be illegal. Is there some agenda her, hmmm? J. Schembri...

  • CORRECTION

    Updated Apr 12, 2024

    In a press release from the Fallbrook Fire Safe Council, “Chipping Day helps make Fallbrook fire safe,” published in the April 4 issue of the Village News, it misquoted John Duling as saying he lost his home in the 2002 Gavilan fire. His home did not burn but many of his neighbors lost their homes then....

  • Tribal health

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated Apr 12, 2024

    Last week, Assembly Bill 1965 (AB 1965), introduced by Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio (D – Baldwin Park), passed the Assembly Health Committee, where I serve as Vice Chair. Once implemented, AB 1965 will take aim at the public healthcare crisis impacting tribal communities throughout California. Health disparities impacting American Indian and Alaska Native communities include opioid overdose death rates, which are higher among the AIAN population than any other group. Diabetes p...

  • Higher wages bring layoffs

    Julie Reeder, Publisher|Updated Apr 12, 2024

    Pizza Hut announced it would lay off over 1000 workers after the $20 an hour minimum wage increase. Foster’s Freeze shut down several stores. Other chains are either raising prices or cutting staff. Those consequences couldn’t have been unintended, right? More layoffs are likely imminent. It seems like a nice thing to do for the fast food workers, but the outcome may actually be that they may lose their jobs altogether. It just seems that the more the government int...

  • Re: 'The climes they are a-changin'' [Village News, Letter, 4/4/24]

    Updated Apr 12, 2024

    John Terrell's letters typically involve pushing the Left's talking points. His latest one is about man-made global warming, an emergency according to much of the mainstream media. This was promoted 20 years ago by Al Gore (a major fossil-fuel hypocrite who famously claimed to have created the internet) who told everyone to quit debating a problem that is "settled science." The unfortunate reality for Democrats is that the man-made global warming hysteria has been fizzling out. It may still upset teenagers or college...

  • Implementing a pilot program to enhance support for people with serious mental illness at affordable housing developments

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Apr 12, 2024

    The issue of homelessness is not just about lacking shelter; it's about individuals grappling with mental illness. In our pursuit of solutions, it is crucial to recognize that a significant portion of the homeless population is affected by Serious Mental Illness (SMI), with estimates suggesting that 21% fall into this category. Placing individuals with SMI in environments ill-equipped to meet their needs not only undermines their potential for success but also poses risks to...

  • Kicking It – In the teeth

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal, Special to The Village News|Updated Apr 12, 2024

    First of all, I am a lazy person. And let me assure you, retirement hasn’t made me any less lazy. As it turns out, I have actually developed it into a skill set. And it seems, I am very good at it! This doing nothing. Which has given me way too much time to watch TV. Which leads me to the second most glaring truth. Why does every person from news anchors to game show contestants sport Dudley-Do-Right-Dazzling-Hollywood-White smiles? It seems sparkly-white choppers are the n...

  • Term limits

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated Apr 11, 2024

    There are 99 legislative chambers throughout the 50 states. Of these, 16 states have enacted term limits, including California. Other term limited states include Ohio, Florida, Missouri, Michigan, Arizona, Kansas and Nevada. Proposition 28, which was approved by 61% of California’s voters in 2012, established our current term limit system. California legislators may serve a total of 12 years – Senate terms are four years and Assembly terms are two. I’m now serving my sixth...

  • A plethora of mistruths and lawsuits

    Updated Apr 4, 2024

    We are witnessing a demonic force meddling in our body politics – one intent on extinguishing our Judeo-Christian foundations and our nation's constitutional underpinnings. Light years from its centrist beginnings, the Democrat Party has forsaken its guiding principles once grounded in liberalism – principles now buried in Montesquieu's hallowed grave alongside the scattered remains of his visionary insights. It's hard to imagine how the fabled Party of Camelot has become so tarnished and far removed from reality that it ope...

  • More trees in San Diego

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Apr 4, 2024

    A few weeks ago, we made a significant stride by expanding our proactive tree planting program in the unincorporated area. The Board of Supervisors allocated $2 million towards procuring around 4,000 trees from various vendors. Alongside tree acquisition, these funds will be utilized for essential tasks such as removing dead or diseased trees and installing watering systems and necessary equipment. These trees are scheduled to be planted between spring and winter 2024. In the...

  • The climes they are a-changin'

    Updated Apr 4, 2024

    We need to seriously address the very real problem of global warming and the resultant climate change. Of the 195 nations in the world, 175 are of one accord regarding the Paris Climate Accords (4/11/2015) whose “central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius [3.6 degrees F] above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius [2.7 degrees F].” The...

  • RFK, Jr. reports Ukraine war is a U.S. money laundering scheme

    Julie Reeder, Publisher|Updated Mar 28, 2024

    The following is not in my words, but is a word-for-word transcript of a speech by environmental attorney and Presidential Candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. gave at a fundraiser for his 2024 presidential campaign. “It's a war that should have never happened. It's a war the Russians tried repeatedly to settle on terms that were very, very beneficial to Ukraine and us. The major thing they wanted was for us to keep NATO out of the Ukraine. The big military contractors want to a...

  • Community Choice Aggregation: Facts and choices

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Mar 27, 2024

    I recently held a meeting to discuss the transition from SDG&E to Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) in our region. This initiative, led by the Clean Energy Alliance, aims to provide cleaner and potentially more affordable energy options for our communities. San Marcos and Escondido have adopted CCA and Vista and Oceanside are set to join on April 1. Residents need to know that they have the option to opt out if they prefer to stay with SDG&E. This opt-out provision ensures...

  • Kicking It

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal, Special to The Village News|Updated Mar 27, 2024

    Retirement has caused me to lose focus. Now it seems my thoughts ramble throughout the day. Here is what usually happens. I’ll head out to add nectar to the hummingbird feeder and the next thing ya know, before I even get to the task at hand, I’m reminding myself when I come back in the house to send a birthday card to my girlfriend. But. Quite often by the time I walk back into my office after retracing my steps to find my cup of coffee, I have forgotten what I was sup...

  • Celebrating California agriculture

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated Mar 27, 2024

    California is the country’s leading agricultural state. In recognition of the importance of agriculture to our economy, ceremonies recognizing Ag Day were held at the State Capitol March 19. California has over 83,000 farms and ranches, 4% of the nation’s total. But we produce over one third of the country’s vegetables and almost three-quarters of the country’s fruits and nuts. San Diego County plays a big part. From cattle grazing on East County hillsides, to avocado and cit...

  • Legal immigration

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Mar 21, 2024

    As a supervisor for San Diego County, I've had the opportunity to witness firsthand the alarming situation at the Iris Avenue transit station, where Border Patrol agents are dropping off thousands of migrants. In just the past 16 days, over 11,000 migrants have been released at this site, adding to the staggering total of over 108,000 migrants dropped off in San Diego County since last September. The scene at the transit station is one of controlled chaos. As the Border...

  • Speaking up for special ed teachers

    Updated Mar 21, 2024

    I volunteered at my local middle school, Sullivan Middle School, in their moderate-severe classroom and I have been able to gain a lot of information and issues within the special education department. I believe that SPED teachers should receive better pay for all the hard work, effort, and patience they put not only into the students but the classroom as well. The yearly salary pay for the average special education teacher in California is between $60,000 - $80,000 but can vary to the certain area and circumstance the...

  • Re: 'Making California great again', [Village News, Maynard letter, 3/ 07/24]

    Updated Mar 21, 2024

    I will refer to Mr. Maynard as “He” in the following text. His latest diatribe is unbelievable: literally. He asks you to disbelieve your own eyes when he says: "California has been hollowed out, ravaged beyond recognition, by a rabid pack of Democrat Party demagogues who have orchestrated a seismic shift in our culture." What I see is a state with a dynamic economy recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic is technically over, but Covid-19 is still with us: many of us are still picking up the pieces, grieving los...

  • Teenagers can apply for a conference at the Reagan Center

    Updated Mar 21, 2024

    I’m a junior in high school. I would like to recommend to high school students the opportunity to attend the High School Conference at the Reagan Center this June in Santa Barbara hosted by the Young America’s Foundation. During this four day and three night conference, you will meet high school students from across the country and learn about the conservative movement and the free enterprise system from amazing speakers. You will gain leadership skills that will prepare you for college. Amazingly – you will stay at the S...

  • Aftermath of the Pandemic and the need for transparency

    Julie Reeder, Publisher|Updated Mar 21, 2024

    As the world slowly recovers from the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic, the conversation has not ceased but rather shifted towards evaluating the measures taken during the crisis, particularly the deployment of mRNA vaccines and the burgeoning culture of mass vaccination. The dialogue surrounding these topic is not just a scientific or medical debate but it is also a societal and ethical discourse, reflecting deep-seated and understandable concerns about public health, corporate...

  • California's recreational boating

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated Mar 21, 2024

    Summer is fast approaching, for many a time to take out the boat and head for the ocean, the nearest lake, or over to the river. But there’s more to boating than just recreation. The industry supports thousands of jobs, and has a major impact on our state’s overall economy. California is one of the top 10 boating states in the nation. Recreational boating has a $13 billion annual economic impact on California’s economy, supports over 41,000 jobs and over 2,800 busin...

  • Working for You

    Senate Minority Leader Brian W. Jones, 40th Senate District|Updated Mar 21, 2024

    As Senate Minority Leader, I have the privilege of not only leading the Republican Caucus, but also helping shape policy by serving on three very important committees: 1. Appropriations Committee as the Vice Chair. a. This committee helps control state spending by stopping certain bills that spend too much money. 2. Rules Committee a. This committee sets the ground rules for the legislature. We also interview the governor’s appointees and make recommendations on whether or not the Senate should confirm them. 3. G...

  • Kicking It - What to wear?

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal, Special to The Village News|Updated Mar 14, 2024

    Much to my delight, the March edition of a famous lady’s fashion magazine arrived recently. Although, just like in times past, the anticipation proved greater than the issue to my disappointment. My question is who wears this pricey stuff? For instance, this particular issue discusses the increased cost of luxury goods like the iconic Chanel quilted-flap- bag with shoulder chain. It has doubled in price since this presidency selling now for $10,000 per. Not that it was in m...

Page Down