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Publisher and Editor - Judith Martin-Straw

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Just a thought by Judith Martin-Straw

Just A Thought – Rethink, Reboot, Relaunch (Back Soon…)

Just A Thought – Rethink, Reboot, Relaunch (Back Soon…)

Launching Culver City Crossroads more than seven years ago was a brave and crazy thing to do.  Setting out was a running jump into the unknown. It's been an amazing stretch of time; these years have also been a national revolution in the creation and the consumption of news on all levels. Seven years ago Facebook had far fewer users, Twitter had just launched, and daily newspapers made of actual [...]

Just a Thought – The Farmer’s Market Fandango

Just a Thought – The Farmer’s Market Fandango

It was a classic government dilemma on Monday evening at the City Council chambers. The staff was putting forth an answer to a problem, but the council and community declared they had not been sufficiently notified or educated about the resolution. And there were comment cards - people speaking at the podium who were concerned about the issue. An item on the Consent Calendar - usually translated [...]

Just a Thought – Basket Case

Just a Thought – Basket Case

When I heard that crackling sound, I did not have to wonder what it was; my picnic basket had broken. Considering that it's older than my children, and has had a life far more adventuresome and active than most picnic baskets, it was time. Of course, there's been all these deaths, and the past seems to be ending in some definitive ways. It attended more than fifteen years of summer concerts [...]

Just a Thought – Dear Madeline, Thank You

Just a Thought – Dear Madeline, Thank You

I don't know if you were surprised by the crowd; your son Steve said that he was. But really, your long term impact on so many parts of our community has left a legacy so deep and so wide, I'm surprised the crowd didn't spill out to the sidewalk. Or Culver Boulevard. It was quite the council meeting, and of course, I wish you could have been there, but of course, you sort of were. I'm glad you [...]

Just a Thought – Private or Secret

Just a Thought – Private or Secret

It's human nature to want answers. In the current social media climate, it's about wanting answers right now. But then we have to consider that speed and accuracy are not the same thing.  While the sudden end of Dr. Josh Arnold's position as district superintendent was a surprise to many, it's important to recognize that are some things we don't know and some things we simply will not know, [...]

Just a Thought – Alternative

Just a Thought – Alternative

Sometimes there's a local news story that slides away before it can be caught; people don't want to be quoted, evidence is elusive. If I can't do it justice, it's best not to do it. Committing journalism requires that I have something to commit to. It happened this past week over the abrupt and unexpected departure, followed by unprecedented return of Dr. Kim Indelicato, the principal of Lin [...]

Just a Thought – Scott Wyant

Just a Thought – Scott Wyant

Scott Wyant loved to talk. He was a man who rarely paused in the constant flow of ideas, concerns, quotations, references and plans. When he did, it was a moment to paddle out again, find the next wave of thought, and ride it. When I heard that Scott Wyant passed away yesterday, it was not unexpected. It was still completely unwelcome news, and I've spent hours sitting in darkness waiting for [...]

Just a Thought – A Synonym for “Look Out”

Just a Thought – A Synonym for “Look Out”

As the vote was called at the City Council meeting on Monday, a sickening realization came over me; this was the beginning of an abusive relationship. As a woman who has survived a number of abusive relationships, I have been on this Ferris Wheel, and it's ugly. You can go up, and you can come down, but there are very limited opportunities to get off. The vote was three to two, and the [...]

Just a Thought – That’s Why We Call Them Rules

Just a Thought – That’s Why We Call Them Rules

In their continuing disregard for civilization, the Republicans in the United States Senate voted to change the rules. Just so they could get this one particular person that stamp of approval to give them a position. It makes me so angry, I'm just about physically ill. It's not ok to change the rules in the middle of the game. I'm not just calling out the Republicans for their use of this [...]

Just a Thought – Movements That Move

Just a Thought – Movements That Move

There is something happening that I really thought I would never see - effective activism. When I was doing the political thing as my 9 to 5, way back in the 20th Century, I tried activism from every possible angle. My assumption was that, since I had to earn a living, it was just as easy to work for a good cause as it was to work for a good company.  I pushed legislation, I organized [...]

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