Letters to the editor – Oct. 28, 2016

Posted: October 28th, 2016 | Featured, Letters to the editor, Opinions | No Comments

One of a kind employer [Ref: “Team mom,” Vol. 7, Issue 12, or online at] Awesome story about an extremely generous, good-looking young man. John is the best employer I’ve ever had, and so was John Ealy Sr. — one of a kind. It’s rare to find people who not only care for the community, but go above and beyond for their family and employees. If you work for the Ealys long enough, you’re […]

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Guest Editorial: Proposition 61 is a bad prescription for Californians

Posted: October 14th, 2016 | Editorial, Opinion & News, Opinions | 1 Comment

By Diane Abbitt You would think that patients, HIV/AIDS and LBGTQ activists would support a proposition that claims to lower prescription drug prices. Yet Proposition 61 on the November ballot is opposed by groups representing physicians, patient advocates and many others because the measure would actually increase state prescription drug costs and make it harder for millions of patients to get the medicines they need.

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Guest editorial: No blame, no shame

Posted: September 30th, 2016 | Editorial, Opinion & News, Opinions | No Comments

Raising HIV awareness among Latinos By Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr. | Positive Thoughts I graduated college in 1992, the same year I tested HIV-positive. Sometime in the late ’90s, I reconnected with a college friend. He was actually a friend with benefits, so I was quite happy when he tracked me down, which wasn’t that easy back then, at least compared with today. He invited me to a nice dinner in Chelsea, which was becoming […]

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Editorial: Being there

Posted: September 16th, 2016 | Editorial, Opinion & News, Opinions | No Comments

By Morgan M. Hurley September is Suicide Prevention Month. While I was acutely aware of this when I first began putting this issue together, I didn’t realize how much it would play a part in the overall theme of the paper until it all started coming together. Beginning with our cover story, which is about an upcoming fundraiser put on by the local chapter of The Trevor Project, a very important resource for LGBTQ youth […]

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Guest editorial: East County church opens hearts, minds and doors

Posted: September 2nd, 2016 | Editorial, Opinion & News, Opinions | 1 Comment

By Hillary Whittington Last Sunday, the pastor at Foothills United Methodist Church in East County took a leap of faith when they decided to present my family’s story to the congregation. I nervously wondered how the conservative and very traditional members of this church would react to our YouTube video being played during the service — which chronicles our young son Ryland’s journey from female to male

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Guest editorial: Millennials can save this nation

Posted: August 19th, 2016 | Editorial, Opinion & News, Opinions | No Comments

By Will Rodriguez-Kennedy In “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” Albus Dumbledore gives an ominous speech about Lord Voldemort and his allies. “As I stand looking out upon you all tonight, I’m reminded of a sobering fact: Every day, every hour, this very minute, perhaps, dark forces attempt to penetrate this castle’s walls,” Dumbledore said. “But in the end, their greatest weapon … is you.” That’s a bit dramatic and I wish it wasn’t applicable […]

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Guest editorial: Game of Throne

Posted: August 19th, 2016 | Editorial, Featured, Opinions | No Comments

By Lee Lynch Game of Throne is what my sweetheart calls the nightly battle between our cat and me over Big Blue. Bolo is our gray, 14-year old, lesbian-required cat. Sadly, we’re down to just one kitty and no dogs. We can’t add either to our household because Bolo has diabetes. Her symptoms are triggered by, among other factors, stress. An addition to the family could kill her.

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Guest editorial: The Truax House conundrum

Posted: August 5th, 2016 | Editorial, Opinion & News, Opinions | No Comments

By Charles Kaminski What do you do with a piece of property that you no longer want and you consider surplus? It has two houses on it: one occupied and one that hasn’t been used in years. The land connects to a nearby canyon and the site has some great views of the bay and could be considered prime real estate. You could probably get quite a good price on it if you sold it. […]

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Guest editorial: A year later, LGBTQ couples still face financial questions

Posted: August 5th, 2016 | Editorial, Featured, Opinions | No Comments

By Ann Dyste My partner, Angela, and I, will marry this summer. Like most LGBTQ couples, we have become accustomed to calling one another “partner,” never thinking we’d be able to use the word “wife.” We also believed we would continue living separate financial lives, never able to take full advantage of the rights conferred on legally married couples.

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Guest editorial: LGBT community has the power

Posted: July 22nd, 2016 | Editorial, Opinion & News, Opinions | No Comments

By Shawn VanDiver As we all wind down from another safe and successful Pride weekend in San Diego, I can’t help but think about how the LGBT community has the power to save the world. I am not gay. I don’t identify as LGBT. I do identify as a staunch ally to the LGBT community and have since I was a child; having been raised by a single mother in Bakersfield, California — hardly a […]

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