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Today's Opinions

  • The Nine Circles of Stupidity

    I’ve always admired Albert Einstein, but not just for his development of special and general relativity.  
    Sure, those are pretty nifty theories and make for fun reading when nothing is on TV, but what I really like about Albie was how easily he was able to summarize important social issues.
    His assessment of intelligence said it all: “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.”

  • Council vilifies and undervalues local firefighters

    I would like to address the recent article in which the Monitor gave the county council’s views on the Fact Finders Report in regards to fire fighters raises.
    I am a retired captain from LAFD, charter member of IAFF Local 3279, served on five out of the six negotiations between the county and Local 3279, held every elected position within the Local and am currently on the negotiations team.

  • Two sides to global warming position

     In reference to, “EPA CO2 declaration hot air” published Sept. 28 in the Monitor, guest columnist Don Petersen has a point: a warming trend might indeed be welcomed by anyone paying a heating bill.
    But people living in New  York’s Lower Manhattan, or other places close to the rising ocean, might not be able to enjoy their savings for long.
    Also, it remains to be seen whether anyone paying an air conditioning bill will welcome  the warming trend.
    I want to make this short.

  • Knowing your customer is critical with big ticket products

    A business trying to market an industrial product has a smaller customer base than one selling mass-market products, which means the entrepreneur must capitalize on each sales opportunity by investing in market research.
    Industrial customers do not buy on whim and generally have a structured buying process. An entrepreneur with a product he believes customers will want needs to know what problems potential customers must solve and how they’re currently solving them.

  • Budget crimps visionary purchases

    In 1920, two ranchers completed a dam on the Cimarron River and created Eagle Nest Lake, jewel of the Moreno Valley. By 1990, the Lake’s private owners, the Davis family, wanted to sell. They had generously allowed public use of the lake, but they were ready to shed the responsibility.
    Of course, they had no shortage of offers – every resort and condo developer in the region beat a path to their door – but they preferred to sell it to the state to ensure the public’s continued access.

  • Navigating the financial minefields in your marriage

    As with all challenges in a marriage, often what starts as a small issue can fester and grow into a large problem, given enough time.
    It’s not surprising that after being together a few years, some couples realize that the financial quirks they initially found amusing or simply ignored in their spouse now dominate their marital disagreements.
    In fact, money issues tend to top the reasons for divorce.

  • Whatever happened to radio?

    When was the last time you tried to get a weather report in a storm while driving?
    The medium that used to be universal and accessible to everybody doesn’t work any more.
    That is, the radio in your car: the moving vehicle where your safety is most directly affected by weather.
    Nowadays, most radio is a local medium only during weekday morning and evening commuter hours. The rest of the day it’s nationally syndicated. You could be driving straight toward a blizzard, and nobody would interrupt the programming to warn you.

  • EPA CO2 declaration hot air

    The spirited defense of Climate Science publication credibility (Chick Keller,  Monitor Guest Column, July 13) requires reading the PNAS paper by Andregg et. al., creating a Black List of investigators not to be consulted on Anthropogenic Climate Change issues in order to ensure credible expert opinion.  Bias?  For purposes of the following,  I’m not qualified in Climate Science but I do have a Toxicology ticket and I have stayed at a Holiday Inn Express.