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Advocates Feel New Urgency to Defend Medicare

By   /  February 14, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

“Older Californians depend on Medicare for affordable health care,” says AARP California state director Nancy McPherson. (Alyssa L. Miller) PASADENA, Calif. — Rep. Tom Price begins his first full week as secretary of Health and Human Services today, and Medicare advocates say they will continue to push Congress and the new administration to protect the […]

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Candy and a Flower – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  February 11, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  10 Comments

(Who Saved Who?) Thomas Calabrese…Mike Hemmer was a homeless veteran, just one of thousands around the country and after his discharge from the Marine Corps, he returned to his hometown of Longmont, Colorado. He was in the fourth year of a six year enlistment and serving with a Force Reconnaissance unit when the helicopter he […]

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State Drought Regulations

By   /  February 10, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Water Savings The State Water Resources Control Board announced on January 4 that urban Californians’ monthly water conservation was 18.8% in November, a decrease from 19% in October and below the 20.2% savings in November 2015, when state-mandated conservation targets were in place. The State Water Board stressed the need for continued conservation given that […]

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Five O’clock Follies – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  February 4, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  14 Comments

(Die Laughing or Just Die) Thomas Calabrese …… Third Battalion, Lima Company, Second Platoon was the bottom rung of the ladder for speed freaks, potheads, juicers and hellraising Marines with too much time in country and not enough functioning brain cells to quietly complete their combat tours or die patriotically in the line of duty. They […]

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WHEN DID THE WOMAN’S CLUB OF VISTA BEGIN?

By   /  January 30, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Fran Jensen, Publicity Chairperson…I recently was asked, “When did The Woman’s Club of Vista begin?”.  The answer is that it was founded in 1916 by a group of women as a current events club.  The motto was “Along the friendly way we journey together to achieve the best things for country life”.  Remember this was […]

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High Heat – The Path Burned Brightly – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  January 28, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  15 Comments

The Path Burned Brightly Thomas Calabrese…..Bob Colton grew up near Guajome Park in Oceanside, the youngest of three children. His mother Martha was a 911 dispatcher with the Escondido fire and police district and his father Robert Colton served in the Marine Corps and after his discharge, he applied for the Fire Department in Oceanside […]

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Helpful Hints and Life Hacks

By   /  January 26, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

    TheVistaPress.com is adding a new feature writer, Dani Witkowski.  On the last Friday of each month she will provide you with tips on how to organize your life and give you more free time.  She is the founder and Owner of Life Inspired-Lifestyle Services.  Welcome Dani! We’re at the end of the first month of the year and […]

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A Breed Apart – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  January 21, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  7 Comments

The True Predators Thomas Calabrese…Sergeant Johnny Tersus served six years in the Marine Corps and had four deployments to the Middle East and wanted to surprise his parents Robert and Frances Tersus so he didn’t tell them that he was being discharged and coming home. It was mid-morning as he walked up the steps to […]

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“Happy Hour” – Glen Foss

By   /  January 18, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

There were two doors down the hallway in the rear of Fitzwilly’s Bar & Grille. Each door was adorned with an artistic rendition of a hunting dog, one bearing a sign “Pointers” and the other “Setters.” Fitzwilly’s was a purveyor of spirits but dealt mostly in cold beer, nachos, and country music. In this university […]

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Heaven Sent and Hell Bent – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  January 14, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  8 Comments

  Justice Comes Calling It was five am on June 15, 1930 and Frank McCall was driving from San Diego to his ranch in Valley Center. The Depression had been hard on him and his family, but it was hard on the entire country so Frank did not have any other choice except to roll […]

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Blue Monday In January?

By   /  January 10, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

There are two ways looking at January. For the ‘glass half-full’ people out there, it’s a time of fresh resolve, embarking on new endeavors and optimistic re-evaluation. For the rest of us, it’s just layer upon layer of misery. Our bodies feel the strain of December’s booze and chocolate diet , tumbleweeds blow through our bank accounts […]

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Mariah – Part Two Thomas Calabrese

By   /  January 7, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  7 Comments

  Thomas Calabrese…. When Mariah got the news from the Carlsbad Police about Ron’s death, she was devastated. This was a woman that had always been in control of her emotions, never took her eyes off the big picture and could always turn any negative event into a positive one, but not this time and when […]

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Mariah – Part One Thomas Calabrese

By   /  December 31, 2016  /  The Back Page  /  6 Comments

  She was a force of nature … Thomas Calabrese … The Honor Initiative was a 501c3 charitable foundation based in Rancho Santa Fe, California and its Chief Executive Officer was Mariah Martine. The entire west wing of the palatial estate served as the headquarters for the charity and the twenty five acre property was immaculately […]

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California’s Minimum Wage Increases On January 1, 2017

By   /  December 26, 2016  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

On January 1, 2017, California’s minimum wage increases to $10.50 per hour for businesses with 26 or more employees. Small businesses with 25 or fewer employees will continue to pay the current minimum wage of $10 per hour. The increase for larger businesses is a result of SB 3, a bill that will increase the […]

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California’s New Laws For 2017

By   /  December 26, 2016  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO — On New Year’s Day, Californians will wake up to hundreds of new laws, governing everything from the size of our paychecks to the rights of beauty salons to serve booze as they cultivate our coiffure. But some of the higher-profile laws among the 898 bills that Gov. Jerry Brown signed this year will symbolize what’s […]

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Smiling Christmas Viper – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  December 24, 2016  /  The Back Page  /  12 Comments

Best Gift Ever Thomas Calabrese …. As I lie on my deathbed within days or hours of my final demise, I can’t help but look back and wonder how much of this tale is actual fact and how much has been distorted by the gradual destruction of my brain cells from too many years of bad […]

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A Compost Bin For Every Challenge

By   /  December 19, 2016  /  The Back Page  /  1 Comment

This makes composting kitchen scraps not impossible, but a little tricky. An open bin will not work  as rat families are not welcome. We have a plastic tumbling compost bin, which gets the job done and keeps the critters out, but it’s hard to open, and I have to remember to crank it every day […]

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J.E.F. Part II Thomas Calabrese

By   /  December 17, 2016  /  The Back Page  /  5 Comments

Thomas Calabrese …The Joint Expeditionary Force had been in existence for over three years and had completed twenty four minor missions and seven major ones since its inception. A minor mission was designated as a rescue or assassination and a major mission was an attack on a large hostile force. Ben the Mossad Agent was […]

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What Does It Mean To Live A “Green” Lifestyle In California?

By   /  December 15, 2016  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

CalRecycle promotes a California society that wastes less, recycles more, and emphasizes responsible and sustainable resource management. This ambitious objective aims to protect California’s environment and strengthen its economy by turning the waste stream into a supply stream. This vision can be in direct competition with mainstream “environmentally friendly” or “green” lifestyles that emphasize consumerist […]

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“Twelve Days of Christmas” in Today’s World

By   /  December 12, 2016  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

    TR Robertson …. The “Twelve Days of Christmas” is an English carol that was published in 1780, but thought to be French in origin. It is an example of a cumulative song. A song where each verse is built on top of the previous verse. In reality, the Twelve Days of Christmas actually starts […]

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