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shop attorney; and the other is a doctor specializing in pot recommendations. Both individuals benefit directly from the illegal and abusive pot shop industry, hardly unbiased individuals. In order to get this pot shop permitting initiative on the ballot, a group of prospective and current pot shop oper-

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THE COAST NEWS ators paid an attorney to draft the ballot measure and paid signature gathers to canvas cities around our county. It’s telling when it’s coming from profiteering pot shop owners, and not the people they claim to be helping. Melvin Chang, Carmel Valley

sons, supported by facts, why I support Prop 34 to replace the death penalty in California with life without parole: California’s death penalty is broken; many attempts to “fix” the system have failed. Bonnie Dumanis herself has called the death penalty a “hollow promise.” We know that innocent people have been convicted of murder in California. In 2011 Yes on Prop. 34 alone, three men were exonerHere are the many rea- ated after serving a total of 57

years in California prisons. Murderers sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole will be required to work to contribute to a victim compensation fund. We can’t take the risk of executing innocent people, as Texas almost certainly did with Carlos de Luna and Cameron Todd Willingham, and Georgia with Troy Davis. The nonpartisan California Legislative Analyst’s office says Prop. 34 will save California $130 million per year. Portion of the money saved will be used to investigate and solve old cases of murder and rape and bring those criminals to justice. In addition, it’s been proven that killing a murderer doesn’t bring closure or any


consolation to the family of a murder victim. Killing is always wrong. Alessandra Colfi, Oceanside

Obsolescence at Tri-City Hospital Why do Tri-City Healthcare District’s incumbents vehemently oppose cooperation with Palomar Hospital- North County’s beacon of quality healthcare? Such animosity reminds me of the situation between two Imperial Valley hospitals. In the early 1980s, it was common knowledge that longstanding Brawley Hospital board members would have to pass away before cooperation with El Centro Hospital could do. Not what they say. That’s why financial information is so important. Public information connected to GE’s stock is the only reliable source about what is really happening with our federal experiment making electric cars — and it is a different picture than most stories in the mainstream media. Let’s look at guns. After a recent spate of violent crime in downtown Baltimore, much of it caught on video, a crime reporter lamented at the over reaction, saying “crime statistics are down” but people just don’t know it. To quote the poet: Something is happening here and you don’t know what it is, do you, Mr. Jones. The “something” here is crime. There’s a lot more of it happening than reporters know or write about. Occasionally this information escapes through the politically correct veil: The New York Times is just one of sever-

begin. Fast forward to 2012: Brawley and El Centro hospitals start collaborating! Both hospitals can now cease duplicating costs for cutting-edge equipment, such as robotic spine surgery. Instead, they can use the freed-up capital to begin investing in quality patient care, including replacement of technologically obsolete facilities. North County residents needn’t endure Tri-City’s obsolete incumbents until their obituaries. In November, vote them OUT! Sincerely, Randy Horton, Board Member, Tri-City Healthcare District

al large papers in the country to write a story about how police are refusing to take reports on some violent crimes. A recent federal report says more than half of violent crimes are not reported — 20 percent of which are because people do not believe the police will do anything about it. In Oakland, using a technology for pinpointing urban gunfire — the ShotSpotter — only about ten percent of gunshots are reported to the police. Even so, governors like Martin O’Malley of Maryland slough off complaints of rising crime: “Baltimore had cut its crime rate more than any American city of comparable size.” But gun owners have their own sources: Their own eyes. They see lots of violent crime and lots of people ignoring, excusing and condoning it. Gun permits and sales are exploding to record levels. So much so, I wrote an article about it last year in the Aug. 21 issue of the stock market news site, Seeking Alpha: Guns are Better Than Gold. Six months later the company I wrote about, Sturm Ruger,had to stop taking orders for new guns because they could not make them fast enough. Some of the political people say it was because they felt threatened by potential pending gun and ammo control out of Washington. Maybe that was part of it. But looking at the quarterly reports of Smith and Wesson and Sturm Ruger paints a more complete picture: Most of the increase in sales for Sturm Ruger are guns for self defense, says Investor Daily. The politicos and papers may say crime is down. But gun owners are seeing a big increase in mob violence in cities throughout the country, and also wondering why the newspapers are so eager to ignore it and the police to willing to explain it away. Some are using that information to buy a promising stock. Others are it using to protect themselves from what many papers and politicians say does not exist. But what quarterly stock reports tell us is real. Bill Gunderson is President of Gunderson Capital Management in San Diego. He is an award winning author and frequent guest on local and national financial news shows for Bloomberg, Fox Business, CNN. His columns are featured at MarketWatch and and other news sites.

The Coast News, Sept. 21, 2012  

The edition of The Coast News for the week of Sept. 21, 2012.

The Coast News, Sept. 21, 2012  

The edition of The Coast News for the week of Sept. 21, 2012.