Despite the missile rattling and bellicose rhetoric from Kim Jong-un and our Fireman in Chief, most North Korea experts downplay the odds of war breaking out.
Brave talk is cheap, holocaust expensive. North Korea’s crouch appears to be defensive, not offensive.
Still, the nuclear dukes are up and the apprehension is running wild.
We’re hearing panicked calls for mobilization of our Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, the U.S. anti-ballistic defense system designed to shoot down missiles like the ones North Koreans is threatening to direct toward Guam.
On the home front, where we pray the furious fires will not be burning “like the world has never seen,” Del Mar-based Vivos, a company that builds private fallout shelters and sells parking space in a deep-underground mega-shelter in South Dakota, is reporting a boomlet of inquiries.
It’s an ill nuclear wind that blows no one any good, it seems. There’s a silver lining to the darkest of mushroom clouds.
At the risk of coming off like the little girl picking daisies in the infamous 1964 anti-Goldwater TV ad, I’m obliviously rounding up the week’s roses and raspberries, hoping for cooler heads to prevail in the overheated Pacific.
A rose — the Library Watchdog award — to Escondido Councilwoman Olga Diaz for leading a citizens uprising against the proposed outsourcing of Escondido library services.
The rose, please understand, does not mean Diaz is necessarily right that the saving of $400,000 a year is by definition a misplaced priority. That’s the domain of the bean counters, not the rose and razz growers.
Clearly, the council, in concert with the city manager, has a right, if not a duty, to reduce pension and other costs so long as vital services are not diminished. You can’t criticize considering outsourcing and its potential merits.