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The East County Herald strongly believes in the freedom of speech and the rights of all sides of an issue to be heard. The letters and guest opinions/commentaries published herein present differing points of view, not necessarily reflecting those of the publisher, The Herald or it’s advertisers. Note: Letters and opinion/commentary pieces may be edited due to space restrictions. Send all letters, opinions/commentaries to: editor@echerald.com

So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias Will Selfish Propositions Crowd This Year’s Ballot?

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f supporters of several proposed initiatives now in the process of gathering signatures get their way, California voters may soon see an unprecedented opportunity to cast extremely selfish ballots. The most purely selfish of these were put forward by Lee Olson, a previously unpublicized figure in the Orange County city of Huntington Beach. Three proposals from Olson are now authorized to circulate, although it’s unclear whether they will get much financial support. If all should reach the November ballot, they will provide a litmus test of whether Californians really mean it when they proclaim to pollsters that they support more education funding, good roads and better academic quality in public schools. One planned Olson initiative exempts Californians with no children enrolled in public schools from paying any taxes, fees and other charges for public education. If it makes the ballot, this would give millions of the state’s senior citizens and parents of private or parochial school students a chance to vote themselves thousands of dollars in personal savings – at the expense of the millions of students enrolled in public schools, colleges and universities. This could cost the state many billions of dollars, and no one has any idea how that funding might be replaced. It would likely be the most selfish proposition ever placed on a California ballot. Not far behind is another Olson proposal to exempt anyone over 55 years old from paying state or local income and property taxes and property fees. It doesn’t quite go so far as to let seniors off the hook for homeowner association fees in condominiums and other developments that require them. But this one would decimate spending for schools (again) and fire and police departments, plus road and sewage repairs, courts, parks and virtually everything else government does. It would cost governments $60 billion a year – unless they raise sales and vehicle taxes through the roof. Olson has another notion, too, this one to prohibit school boards from enforcing any kind of educational standards, while giving parents the “right to determine the venue…” where their children are schooled. It’s not clear whether that would force the University of California to take every student who wants to attend, regardless of qualifications, but that would likely be a subject of lawsuits. These are probably the most radically destructive ideas ever proposed for the California ballot, and they could provide myriad opportunities for casting ultra-selfish ballots – votes that might backfire on those who cast them they next time they need police or fire department help, or want to flush their toilets. Of course, more standard measures now circulating also could offer plenty of chances to cast selfish votes, while standing a far better chance of actually qualifying for the ballot. One is the proposal to repeal the state’s new 12-cents per gallon gasoline tax, reviled by Republicans and some Democrats. Every poll shows Californians want the road repairs for which the billions of dollars this tax is raising are earmarked. But those same polls show a majority of voters dislikes the new levy. That’s pure selfishness, voters essentially saying they want smooth pavement, but don’t want to pay for it. Like much that’s self-serving, this set of sentiments has plenty of potential to backfire on supporters when they have to buy new tires, springs, shock absorbers and struts after driving through enough potholes. Another more standard proposal already enjoying significant support would allow property owners under 55 years old to transfer their Proposition 13 property tax benefits when they sell one home and buy another, just as folks over 55 now can do. That one would also cost governments billions, with no one having the slightest idea how to replace the funds. And there’s a proposal setting salaries for schoolteachers with at least five years service at the same level paid to state legislators. This would allow for ultra-selfish votes from myriad schoolteachers and their families, without concern for public school budgets. None of these possibilities has yet reached the ballot, but if any or all make it, they will provide voters with opportunities to be as selfish as they like, no matter what they tell pollsters in advance. Elias has covered esoteric votes in eight national political conventions. His book, “The Burzynski Breakthrough, The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” is now available in a soft cover fourth edition. His opinions are his own. Email Elias at tdelias@aol.com


HEALTH

The Healthy Geezer with Fred Cietti

To Your

Lost Identity? Not Likely; Different types of Memory Loss

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

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In soap operas, the writers love to include characters with amnesia who don’t remember their identities. Is it common for someone to actually forget who they are?

. It’s extremely rare. People with amne-

sia usually are aware of their identities. A person’s identity is among the most durable long-term memories. Amnesia, which means loss of memory, comes in several forms. The most common type is anterograde amnesia. People with this form have trouble learning and making new memories. Those who suffer from retrograde amnesia have an impaired ability to recall past events and information that were once familiar. Transient global amnesia is a temporary loss of all memory, but you remember who you are, and you recognize people you know well. It is a rare form of the disorder. Psychogenic amnesia is caused by trauma such as surviving an explosion. A victim of this form of amnesia can lose personal memories and autobiographical information briefly. This form of amnesia is probably the inspiration for all those soap scribes. There are different types of memory affected by amnesia.

Memory can be divided into: • Immediate: Recalling information a few seconds after learning it • Short-term: Recalling recently learned information minutes or more after presentation • Long-term: Memory of remote events occurring months or years ago

There are other memory definitions, too: • Procedural memory about how to perform a task such as knitting • Declarative memory about past information or experiences • Semantic memory that is independent of time, such as vocabulary • Episodic memory linked to a time such as birthday • Prospective memory about a future occurrence such as a planned meeting There are other symptoms of amnesia. These may include confusion, disorientation, seizures, tremors, lack of coordination and false memories. Any trauma or disease that impacts the brain can affect memory. The following are some causes: Brain tumors, heart attack, head injury, encephalitis (brain inflammation), stroke, carbon monoxide poisoning, dementia, seizures, electroconvulsive therapy, drugs such as benzodiazepines that treat anxiety. There are no drugs to treat most types of amnesia. Scientists are looking into brain neurotransmitters hoping to find ways to treat memory disorders. For now, there are techniques being used to help people with amnesia. These include occupational therapy to develop memory, and the use of electronic organizers, notebooks and photographs as reminders.

Ask The Healthy Geezer a question at: fred@healthygeezer.com

Commonly Used MRI Contrast Agent

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he U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated a Safety Communication, Tuesday, Jan. 2, about gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) which are frequently used to identify new disease activity in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, including those of people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Research suggests that small amounts of GBCAs may be deposited in certain areas of the brain in some people who have received multiple doses of GBCAs. These deposits were identified years after the administration of the contrast agent, indicating that the contrast agent was not completely eliminated from the body. While there is currently no indication that these deposits are harmful, the FDA has advised healthcare providers and patients against unnecessary use of gadolinium for routine MRI scans. In 2016, the MS Society convened a group of researchers, MS healthcare providers, radiologists, people with MS and other stakeholders to discuss the research needs regarding the initial GBCA safety communication and to develop recommendations so that people with MS and healthcare providers will have better information and guidance. In 2017, The Consortium of MS Centers convened a group of experts, and included representatives from the National MS Society, to review and revise their MRI Guidelines. The recommendation from the Consortium is for judicious use of gadolinium with the understanding that it remains important for diagnosis and ongoing monitoring of MS in certain situations, however, for routine ongoing monitoring gadolinium may not be needed.

The National MS Society recommends that people with MS and care partners should talk to their healthcare provider if they have questions about the use of gadolinium with MRIs. MRI scans are commonly used in MS both to aid diagnosis and also to monitor disease activity and the effectiveness of therapies. Gadolinium is a metal ion (electrically charged molecule) that is infused in the vein during certain MRI procedures. There are numerous gadolinium contrast agents and collectively they are known as GBCAs. GBCAs enable better imaging of active inflammation in brain scans of people with MS. More research is needed to establish if some GBCAs are more prone to cause deposits than others. The new safety communication about GBCAs was made to alert the community about the research findings and steps being taken by the FDA to better understand any possible health risks associated with the gadolinium deposits. Until more is known about the GBCA deposits, the FDA makes the following recommendations:

For People with MS

• People with MS and care partners should talk to their healthcare provider if they have questions about the use of GBCAs with MRIs. • People with MS and care partners are urged to report any perceived side effects related to GBCAs to the FDA MedWatch program. MedWatch: The FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program.

For Healthcare Professionals

• To reduce GBCA deposits and accumulation, health care professionals should consider limiting GBCA use to situations where the additional information from the contrast agent is considered

ddean@echerald.com medically necessary. • Healthcare professionals are urged to reassess the need for repeated use of GBCAs in current treatment protocols. • Healthcare providers are urged to report any possible side effects discovered related to GBCAs to the FDA MedWatch program. Multiple Sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling inflammatory disease of the central nervous system (CNS) that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body, with no known cause nor cure. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis, among a plethera of other symptoms. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.5 million people worldwide.

Source: FDA, National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Dean has been fighting Multiple Sclerosis for 31 years. She continually studies and researches the disease to educate herself. She writes this column as a community service to share her findings and to raise public awareness about MS. The opinions and experiences shared are her own. Dean is NOT a medical doctor. ALWAYS check with your doctor first before trying a new therapy. This column is intended for informational purposes only. Dean can be reached at ddean@echerald.com. Dean is the recipient of the 2004 STAR Community Outreach Award by the MS Society Dec. 2, 2004, the American Red Cross Real Hero Wendell Cutting Humanitarian Award, Oct. 13, 2006 , the Stoney Community Service Award, February 29, 2008, Women in Leadership Award for Art/Media/ Culture Oct. 29, 2010, El Cajon Citizen of The Year Nominee Feb. 2013 and 2017 and Recipient of the National MS Society’s 2014 Media Partner of The Year, Feb. 10, 2015.


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reetings precious people, this week we continue our series entitled “The Promises of God”. As mentioned in part one of this series, there are but a few promises to all of mankind, the vast majority are to those who have become His children by adoption through faith in Jesus Christ and repentance from sin. Some may think this is not “fair”, that all of God’s promises should be to everyone. Well they are to everyone that will repent of sin and turn to Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sin. Think of this way, you are a parent, your children have your protection; love; provision; sacrifice; and will inherit what you have at your departure. Should others who are not your children or even those who hate you and your children be beneficiaries of what you have for your own children? Of course not, that would be absurd! Another of God’s wonderful promises is that of “Sorrow being done away with.” Isaiah 25:8 “He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord Jehovah will wipe away tears from all faces. And He shall take away from all the earth the rebuke of His people. For Jehovah has spoken.” A similar promise is given in the Book of Revelation Revelation 21:1-8 “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth. For the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. And the sea no longer is. And I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of Heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her Husband. And I heard a great voice out of Heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away all tears from their eyes. And there will be no more death, nor mourning, nor crying out, nor will there be any more pain; for the first things passed away. And He sitting on the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And He said to me, Write, for these words are true and faithful. And He said to me, It is done. I am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who thirsts I will give of the fountain of the Water of Life freely. He who overcomes will inherit all things, and I will be his God, and he will be My son. But the fearful, and the unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, will have their part in the Lake burning with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Revelation 7:16-17 “They will not hunger any more, nor thirst any more, nor will the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will feed them and will lead them to the fountains of living waters. And God will wipe away all tears from their eyes.” Sorrow can and does come as a result of any number of circumstances that we may experience in life. Without question the greatest of these is the death of a loved one: spouse, parent, grandparent, child, or friend. One of the ironic things about life is death, we will all experience it indirectly and eventually directly as we too pass on from this life. With 3 of my many careers in life (working in a hospital while going through college; a police officer; pastor) I have been exposed to the death of hundreds of people as well as having to deal with the surviving grieving family members. For the person who knows not Christ, the death of a loved one has an added degree of difficulty and sorrow in that they have not Christ to turn to for comfort and consolation in their grief. To the follower of Christ, He bids us come and find grace in time of need, Hebrews 4:14-16 “Since then we have a great High Priest who has passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot be touched with the feelings of our infirmities, but was in all points tempted just as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

Drew Macintyre is associate pastor of Calvary Chapel of Alpine and can be reached at 619-445-2589, or ccalpinemac@gmail.com


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SPORTS BEAT with Steve Dolan Padres Host Annual FanFest

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SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres will host 2018 Padres FanFest presented by T-Mobile on Saturday, Jan. 13, at Petco Park from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission to Padres FanFest is complimentary, with fans required to redeem entry tickets at www.padres.com/ fanfest. Fans may claim up to eight complimentary tickets for the event and all tickets are delivered digitally through the MLB.com Ballpark app. Padres FanFest will feature various interactive experiences, including Padres photo booths, KidsFest activations with bounce houses, games and face painting, the Military and First Responder Zone and the recently added Breitbard Hall of Fame located on the Main Concourse in the Western Metal Building. Select concessions will be open on the Main Concourse and in Park at the Park during the event. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Padres 1998 National League Championship Team, the visiting clubhouse will feature locker exhibits and surprise visits by ’98 team alumni.

New to Padres FanFest in 2018, fans will have the unique opportunity to participate in various activities on the field at Petco Park. In addition to Kids Run the Bases, guests will be able to play catch in right field, catch fly balls in center field, throw three pitches in the visitor’s bullpen and have their photo taken at the left field wall and view the Grounds Crew field maintenance equipment.

Other elements of the day will include the Home Run Derby VR Experience and the Sony Experience gaming area located in the Padres Majestic Team Store. Padres players, alumni and broadcasters will be available to sign autographs from 10a.m.-2 p.m. at three designated locations around Petco Park. Autographs are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are not guaranteed. Fans will also have the opportunity to take part in three Q&A sessions at the Park at the Park stage with Padres players, coaches, alumni, broadcasters and front office personnel. The Q&A sessions are scheduled to begin between 11 a.m. and noon. Please visit www.padres.com/fanfest for additional details and the most up-to-date information. Dolan hosts a one-hour sports talk radio show Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. on East County’s “The Mountain – 107.9 FM.” The show may also be heard on the Internet at www.themountainfm.com

EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin Grossmont Healthcare District offers scholarships for nursing, health tech students

support suitable services in East Region communities.” Deadline to receive applications for both scholarship programs is 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. Applicants for both scholarship programs must reside within the boundaries of The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is seeking GHD for a minimum of one year, or have graduated from a applicants for two scholarship programs, one for nursing high school located within the district’s boundaries. Previous students and another for students pursuing careers as health recipients of either of these GHD scholarships are not technicians. The nursing scholarship, called the Richard J. eligible to reapply. For more information and to obtain the Bea Nursing Scholarship, is named after former GHD board criteria and applications for both scholarships, visit www. member Richard Bea, a registered nurse who worked at grossmonthealthcare.org/operations/scholarship-programs. Grossmont Hospital for 18 years and served on the GHD La Mesa resident now serving as 2018 board from 1996 until his death in 1999. There are two president of realtors trade group nursing scholarships available to local students studying to La Mesa resident Jan Farley has begun her year of serving be a registered nurse; winners are eligible to receive up to $3,000. Students pursuing careers as health technicians are as 2018 president of the Pacific Southwest Association of also invited to apply for one of five Health Tech Scholarships Realtors (PSAR), a 2,500-member trade group for San Diegoarea realtors. Farley, managing broker of San Terra Properties, in the amount of $2,000. Eligible occupations include a San Diego-based real estate sales and property management anesthesiology technician, cardiovascular technician, company, was elected last year by PSAR members as 2018 disability services management, laboratory technician, president. “It’s an honor to serve and lead the charge as an licensed vocational nurse, occupational therapy assistant, association even though it’s a very challenging time in our orthopedic technician, pharmacy technician, respiratory industry,” said Farley. “My goals will be to boost the realtors brand, provide value to our members and continuously look therapy technician, speech therapy or speech pathology for new ways to help our members succeed in a real estate technician and telemetry/EKG technician. Health tech scholarships are awarded based on merit of responses rather market that is not just countywide anymore, but statewide and beyond.” than a certain number of awards per occupation. Farley, who also served as 2016 president of the Women’s “It’s important to invest in access to education and training Council of Realtors, San Diego chapter, has worked in the programs for District residents focusing their studies in real estate industry since 1974. Farley co-founded San Terra the healthcare field, with the goal of serving in tomorrow’s Properties in March 2014 with business partner Kim Klecan. workforce,” said Michael Emerson, GHD board president. About 25 real estate agents are affiliated with the company, “We look forward to their future success through college which also has more than 250 single-family residences under management. In her spare time, Farley Jan also is a and beyond. Our board of directors have made a long-term commitment to provide scholarship opportunities to students member of a band called Old Skool San Diego. The band performs classic rock-and-roll songs from the ’50s, pursuing careers in healthcare as part of our mission to

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‘60s and ‘70s, with a little Blues mixed in. The sevenmember group is known for legendary performances of Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode,” Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Proud Mary” and The Beatles’ “Roll Over Beethoven. Faley has played keyboard with the band since 2011. Jan and husband Bruce have lived in La Mesa since 2012. They will celebrate their 41st anniversary this year. They have 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Entry-level townhomes planned for Spring Valley

Douglas Wilson Cos. (DWC) has announced plans to build 218 entry-level, multi-family townhomes and stacked flats in the unincorporated area of Spring Valley on a 52-acre site once intended for a golf course. The Sweetwater Vistas community with 28 acres of open space near Hansen’s Creek will feature three floor plans from 1,100 to 1,800 square feet and priced from the $375,000s to $500,000s. Sales are expected to begin in 2018. The County Board of Supervisors recently approved DWC’s project at Jamacha and Sweetwater Springs boulevards near the Sweetwater Reservoir. The company acquired the property in 2014, when it was approved for a 710-room destination golf resort, an equestrian center, 900 single-family homes, 234 luxury apartments and commercial office use. “Over 54 percent of the property will be maintained by a nature conservancy in perpetuity as a result of our agreements with the community planning group, County planners and State and Federal Wildlife Agencies,” said Douglas Wilson, DWC chairman and CEO. “This has been a comprehensive effort to create a win-win for all stakeholders, including San Diegans looking for a reasonably priced new home.”


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California Republican Congressman to Retire Washington, D.C. — California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa will retire at the end of his term, he announced Wednesday, Jan. 10. Issa, one of the wealthiest members of Congress and among the best-known due to his reputation as a conservative attack dog, is bowing out of what would have been one of the nation’s most hotly contested congressional races. He told reporters Wednesday as he left the House floor that “it was time,” but that he plans to stay involved in politics and spend his own money helping Republicans. “I’m going to be 65 and happily looking forward to doing other things,” Issa said. “I intend on staying very involved in both contributing my time and money because I believe in the issues I came here 18 years ago so there’s nothing changing.” He nearly lost his seat in 2016, besting Democrat Douglas Applegate – among the four Democrats running this year – by less than a percentage point. It’s among seven Republican-held districts in California that Hillary Clinton won that year, carrying Issa’s by 8 percentage points. Those results made Issa perhaps the most endangered Republican member of Congress heading into the 2018 election cycle. Wednesday, Issa downplayed President Donald Trump’s unpopularity as a factor in the upcoming midterms. “The reality is that America is better for the last year of this administration and this Congress,” Issa said. First elected in 2000, Issa’s retirement ends the career of a figure who rose to prominence during former President Barack Obama’s tenure, after he took the helm of the House oversight committee following the GOP wave of 2010. He presided over contentious hearings into the attack on the US embassy in Benghazi, Libya, and on the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups.

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