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George Mitrovich is president of two leading American public forums, The City Club of San Diego and The Denver Forum. In addition, he chairs for the Boston Red Sox The Great Fenway Park Writers Series, as well as chairing the team’s annual birthday tribute to Jackie Robinson.

A writer and contributor to leading North American newspapers, he is also a public speaker of note, with four speeches published in Vital Speeches of the Day -- a distinction held by few Americans.

Long active in San Diego civic affairs as well as the faith community, he served as president of the San Diego County Ecumenical Council, an organization of 125 Christian churches.

Mr. Mitrovich was a press aide to Senator Robert F. Kennedy in the presidential campaign of 1968. He has an extensive history in local, state and national politics.

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Immigration: 32 Years Later

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 12:59 AM

In 1982 The City Club of San Diego held a national conference on immigration. As conferences go this became hugely significant.

The genesis of the conference began at the Democratic National Convention in New York in 1980, where I had gone as a delegate for Ted Kennedy.

With the...

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If You Break It, You Own It

(1) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 2:52 PM

On the invasion of Iraq, Colin Powell famously told President George W. Bush, "If you break it you own it."

In an interview with the Atlantic, General Powell said of his warning that it,

"was a simple statement of the fact that when you take out a...
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America's Greatest Threat

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 3:28 PM

Philip Seymour Hoffman was a very great actor. He was also a heroin addict.

February 2 of this year Mr. Hoffman was found dead on the bathroom floor of his New York apartment.

Phillip Seymour Hoffman, winner of the Academy Award for Best Actor in 2005, died with...

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Gloria Steinem Turns 80

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 2:56 PM

Gail Collins paid tribute to Gloria Steinem, who turns 80 today, in this past Sunday's New York Times. Reading her celebration of Ms. Steinem's life brought on a flood of memories. What follows is my own tribute to this very great person.

Gloria Steinem and I have...

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America's Shame and Our Blame

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 10:43 AM

Last week in San Diego, I spoke to Congregation Beth Israel on the title of this blog.

It was a major speech -- at least that was my intent. Whether that was the audience's reaction, I have no certainty of knowing, but at the end, during Q...

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She's Stupid, and She's a Liar

(4) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 4:48 PM

That is what Chris Christie called Bridget Anne Kelly, his former deputy chief of staff; that is what he called Ms. Kelly in a nationally televised press conference, when the governor sought to prove he had no knowledge that over four days there had been lane closures on...

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In the Matter of A-Rod

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 3:56 PM

When Alex Rodriquez was playing for the Seattle Mariners, I was the guest preacher one summer at the First Presbyterian Church of Spokane, Washington.

The title of my sermon that Sunday, "The Most Difficult Thing You Will Ever Do."

And the most difficult thing...

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Vice President to President in 2016?

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 6:53 AM

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., while United States Senator from Delaware, was a guest of The City Club of San Diego 15 times. Few public speakers are better. None more personable.

The Vice President is Catholic, but on one of his visits he asked if he could join our...

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'Fumble?' Did You Say 'Fumble,' Mr. President?

(5) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 3:38 PM

The roll out of President Obama's health care act was a major screw-up and when the president described it at a press conference as a "fumble", he insulted our intelligence.

There are people who hate Barack Obama; who hate his black skin; who hate that he is president -- and...

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November 22 -- That Terrible Day

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 4:13 PM

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was killed 50 years ago today, dead of an assassin's bullet while riding in the streets of Dallas, Texas. Like so many others of a certain generation, I remember where I was and what I was doing when I heard the shocking news.

I was standing...

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Notes on the World Series

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 4:59 PM

For the past couple of years I have written Baseball Notes during the major league season. For a while I did them every day, but even for me that was too much, so this season, 2013, I did Notes five days a week, Monday-Friday.

But even with a less...

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Of Baseball, Life and Poetry

(2) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 4:29 PM

Twelve years ago or so, McFarland Publishers in Jefferson, North Carolina, sent me Waiting for Godot's First Pitch: More Poems from Baseball.

The poet was someone named Tim Peeler, of whose story and life I knew nothing.

For a very long time I paid little attention to Waiting for Godot's...

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Is That All There Is?

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 3:05 PM

Jim Wallis, America's leading prophetic voice, came to The City Club of San Diego recently to speak about his new book, "On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned about Serving the Common Good."

Dr. Wallis said:

"At the height of America's near economic collapse during George W....

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The Devil and Alan Greenspan

(2) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 2:52 PM

While browsing recently in the fiction section of a San Diego bookstore I came across a book about Ayn Rand, although the book I pulled from the shelf was not fiction, but was leaning against Atlas Shrugged.

I wasn't looking for a book by or about Ayn Rand, I...

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Benghazi, Susan Rice and Shameless Republicans

(20) Comments | Posted November 28, 2012 | 5:16 PM

Some Republicans have no shame, especially Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham. The senators' attacks on Ambassador Susan Rice over Benghazi are relentless. Why? Because of something she said on Meet the Press? Really?

They are attacking Ambassador Rice because they're integrity-challenged and are fearful of attacking Secretary of...

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Obama for America?

(3) Comments | Posted January 3, 2012 | 2:13 PM

Barack Obama took the presidential oath of office January 20, 2009. The challenges he inherited on that historic occasion were as great as any president has faced -- including Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt; any assessment of Mr. Obama's presidency not accounting for those challenges would be incomplete --...

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The Grace of Saying Thank You

(1) Comments | Posted December 23, 2011 | 11:06 AM

"If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough." ~ Meister Eckhardt
 
The coming of Christmas, whether accepted in either a spiritual or secular context, is a time when many Americans pause to reflect on the paradigm of...

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The New Yorker, Pine Nuts & China

(2) Comments | Posted November 27, 2011 | 10:57 AM

On Thanksgiving I arose before six, pushed a button on our automatic coffee maker, put a slice of Dudley's Julian Nut Bread in the toaster, and went out to our driveway to collect The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and San Diego's local daily, the U-T.

Alas, there were...

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Mitt Romney: Christian?

(223) Comments | Posted October 14, 2011 | 3:32 PM

A few years back the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints sought membership in the San Diego County Ecumenical Council, an organization of more than 100 Christian churches. The petition for membership was received while I was Council president.

While I favored the Mormons' membership the Catholic...

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Do You Know Simone Weil?

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2011 | 8:04 AM

For my part, I would be satisfied if one could say that in my place, with the humble means at my disposal, I served to make known and disseminate her work whose full impact we have yet to measure. ~ Albert Camus


In the early spring of 1982...

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