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December 24, 2013
Re "Take down that cross," Editorial, Dec. 19 The solution to the controversy over the removal or retention of Christian symbols on government land is very simple: Change the Constitution. The main argument of those who support the retention of those symbols is that the preponderance of people in the United States are either Christian believers, descendants of those who were once practicing Christian believers or others who have been raised in and are comfortable with a culture replete with Christian symbols and other Christian cultural reminders.
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April 27, 2014 | By Homero Aridjis
The first time I met Gabriel García Márquez, then an unknown writer in Mexico, was on July 6, 1962, in the office of the producer of Luis Buñuel's movie "Viridiana. " I remember the date well because after noticing the headline, Gabo asked to borrow the evening paper I had just bought, exclaiming "Dammit, today my master died," referring to William Faulkner. Faulkner famously detested intrusions in his private life, and the funeral in his native Oxford, Miss., was sparsely attended by several dozen family members, his publishers and a few writers.
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NEWS
April 1, 2014 | By Ken Schwencke
A shallow magnitude 3.2 earthquake was reported Monday evening 13 miles from Soledad, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 11:41 p.m. PDT at a depth of 3.7 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was 18 miles from Greenfield, 21 miles from Hollister, 26 miles from Salinas and 137 miles from Sacramento. In the past 10 days, there have been no earthquakes magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service, and this post was created by an algorithm written by the author.
OPINION
April 15, 2014
Re "Obama lawyers to defend cross on Mt. Soledad," April 11 As an Army veteran and a non-Christian, a cross cannot represent me any more than an Islamic crescent could represent a Christian veteran. The 1st Amendment requires our government to be neutral regarding religion. In that spirit, why can't we have a memorial on Mt. Soledad that honors all veterans? Charles Wilson Oxnard ALSO: Letters: Nevada range war Letters: Why Dodger fans are blue Letters: Raising teens in a cyber world
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2013 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
SOLEDAD, Calif. - For decades the slogans have sought to entice motorists who pull off Highway 101 in this Salinas Valley farm town - usually for gas or a cup of coffee - to stay and visit a while. "It's Happening in Soledad," declares a billboard that looms over the asphalt artery. "Soledad: Feel the Momentum" urge the stone markers planted at the town's highway exits. PHOTOS: Soledad's success rests on Pinnacles Now city officials think they have seized on an idea to provide the economic boost the community desperately needs: "Gateway to the Pinnacles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 1989 | ARMANDO ACUNA, Times Staff Writer
The San Diego chapter of American Atheists says it will sue the city over a recent city attorney's opinion that crosses on Mt. Soledad, in La Jolla, and in Presidio Park, near Old Town, do not violate the Constitution's separation of church and state. "A legal opinion is just that . . . the city attorney's legal opinion," said Stephen Thorne, director of the local chapter of American Atheists. "The key thing is the city of San Diego doesn't have an exemption from the Constitution."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1989
Atheists who want the cross on Mt. Soledad removed sued the city of San Diego in federal court Wednesday, claiming the city violates the U. S. Constitution by promoting religion. The plaintiffs in the suit are the Society of Separationists and two San Diego atheists, Howard T. Kreisner and Philip K. Paulson. The suit claims the city is violating the Constitution's separation of church and state, as well as the equal-protection clause of the 14th Amendment. Local atheists said last month that they intended to sue the city over a city attorney's opinion that the cross is secular and has long been a memorial to American soldiers killed in World Wars I and II, and the Korean War. The cross sits atop 822-foot Mt. Soledad in La Jolla, from which there are spectacular views of the city and beyond.
TRAVEL
January 3, 2014 | By Tom Bentley
Designated a national park just a year ago, Pinnacles can overwhelm with the sheer number of adjectives that leap to mind. "Mind-bending," "extraordinary," "wondrous" - all fall flat when you try to describe this surreal landscape of cloven cliffs, jagged spires and imposing boulders southeast of Salinas off the 101 Freeway. My sweetheart and I took a 10-mile trek through creek bed and cliff top there, earning our sighs of relief in the whirlpool tub that soon followed. The charge for our sweat equity?
OPINION
April 27, 2014 | By Homero Aridjis
The first time I met Gabriel García Márquez, then an unknown writer in Mexico, was on July 6, 1962, in the office of the producer of Luis Buñuel's movie "Viridiana. " I remember the date well because after noticing the headline, Gabo asked to borrow the evening paper I had just bought, exclaiming "Dammit, today my master died," referring to William Faulkner. Faulkner famously detested intrusions in his private life, and the funeral in his native Oxford, Miss., was sparsely attended by several dozen family members, his publishers and a few writers.
NEWS
April 15, 2014 | By Ken Schwencke
A shallow magnitude 3.0 earthquake was reported Tuesday morning 17 miles from Soledad, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 6:43 a.m. PDT at a depth of 3.1 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was 20 miles from Greenfield, Calif.; 24 miles from King City, Calif.; 26 miles from Hollister, Calif.; and 139 miles from Sacramento. In the last 10 days, there have been no earthquakes magnitude 3.0 and greater centered nearby. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service and this post was created by an algorithm written by the author.
TRAVEL
January 3, 2014 | By Tom Bentley
Designated a national park just a year ago, Pinnacles can overwhelm with the sheer number of adjectives that leap to mind. "Mind-bending," "extraordinary," "wondrous" - all fall flat when you try to describe this surreal landscape of cloven cliffs, jagged spires and imposing boulders southeast of Salinas off the 101 Freeway. My sweetheart and I took a 10-mile trek through creek bed and cliff top there, earning our sighs of relief in the whirlpool tub that soon followed. The charge for our sweat equity?
OPINION
December 24, 2013
Re "Take down that cross," Editorial, Dec. 19 The solution to the controversy over the removal or retention of Christian symbols on government land is very simple: Change the Constitution. The main argument of those who support the retention of those symbols is that the preponderance of people in the United States are either Christian believers, descendants of those who were once practicing Christian believers or others who have been raised in and are comfortable with a culture replete with Christian symbols and other Christian cultural reminders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- Supporters of a giant cross atop Mt. Soledad are holding out hope for an appeal to a federal judge's order Thursday that the display be removed within 90 days as a violation of the separation of church and state.  After two decades of legal and political wrangling, U.S. District Judge Larry Burns on Thursday issued the order, although he also issued a stay so that those defending the cross have time to appeal. One of the strongest supporters of keeping the cross has been Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- After two decades of legal and political wrangling, a federal judge Thursday ordered the cross atop Mt. Soledad removed within 90 days as a violation of the separation of church and state. But U.S. District Judge Larry Burns stayed the removal order so that those defending the cross have time to appeal. Built in 1954, the 43-foot cross is one of the most visible landmarks in San Diego. Starting in the early 1990s, plaques honoring military veterans have been placed on walls surrounding the base of the cross.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 13, 2013 | By Irene Lacher
Former CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien turns teacher in Monday's installment of "Dream School," the Sundance Channel's series about a class of high school dropouts inspired by a celebrity faculty. It's part of her new matrix of journalistic gigs under her Starfish Media Group production company. Let's start with "Dream School. " Why did you participate in the show, and what did you hope to accomplish? I love the idea of being able to make [school] seem relevant to a bunch of 16-year-olds who have lost faith in the education system.
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