Flyovers: Common sense flies out the window

On May 15, the Navy’s Blue Angels and the Air Force’s Thunderbirds honored health care workers, first responders and essential employees by conducting flyovers over Los Angeles and San Diego. The flyovers were part of Operation America Strong, a collaborative effort announced by President Donald Trump to display solidarity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Though they should be appreciated as a positive effort to raise the country’s morale amidst such a challenging time, they unknowingly encouraged irresponsible behavior that threatened public safety. Concerns were raised about …

Navy captain shouldn’t walk the plank for COVID call

The captain of one of the largest warships ever created was relieved of command as COVID-19 spread throughout the walkways and bulkheads of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). As over 600 of the 5,000 sailors aboard have tested positive for the virus, Captain Brett Crozier faced a difficult choice: sit by and do nothing, or plead for help. He chose the latter. The situation started when a sailor came into contact with the virus while on shore leave in Vietnam, after which the virus quickly …

Veterans honored at wall ceremony

A large crowd of veterans, family, friends, and students gathered around PCC’s memorial wall for a ceremony commemorating past and present veterans for their service on the Tuesday before Veterans Day. The ceremony began with a salute from the members of PCC Fencing Club. Then it was followed by a few introductions recognizing key VIPs who were present during the ceremony. Among those recognized were Board of Trustees members Ross Selvidge and Linda Wah, new executive director of the Office of Strategic Communications and Marketing …

Veteran, student, biologist, and geneticist: in that order

Comus Hardman is an approachable and friendly person. He met his girlfriend while attending a PCC ballroom dance class. He studied biology with fervor. He has served in the U.S. Navy. His sights are set high with wanting to become a geneticist, but that bright future doesn’t seem like such a far off dream. Hardman, a 25-year-old Navy veteran, is one of the few individuals to be awarded the Veteran’s Posse Scholarship. The scholarship offers a full ride to a top-level university to high school …