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Just a thought by Judith Martin-Straw

Just a Thought – What News? What, NewsFeed?!?

Just a Thought – What News? What, NewsFeed?!?

Where do you get news? What's the daily go-to for the information you feel you need? I was listening to Madeline Brand's "Press Play" program on KCRW and heard a conversation that a majority of people now get their news from Facebook. We get our news curated by our friends. We rely on the other people in our lives to decide what we need to know. While social media makes this seem very new, [...]

Just a Thought – Disconnected

Just a Thought – Disconnected

It looked like an obvious news story to me; dozens of people complaining about spending hours in line to register for 'Just 4 Kids' camp through the Culver City Parks and Recreation Department. I went to the meeting of the Parks and Recreation Commission, expecting a crowd of speakers waiting to address the issue. But there was no one there. Just the commissioners, available to discuss the [...]

Just a Thought – Dear Göran

Just a Thought – Dear Göran

It's about those crime stats. While I understand that the Financial Benchmark Study was undertaken to provide information to help the City Council make decisions, the timing was a little too good. As the Chair of the Financial Advisory Committee, your decision to present data that makes it look as if our crime problems are much worse than they are makes me deeply uncomfortable. As a candidate [...]

Just a Thought – Public, Private, Secret

Just a Thought – Public, Private, Secret

The huge response to one of our recent 'Letter to the Editor' posts had several people asking "Why was this even published?" we thought it time to remind our readers what our standards are, and why. Letters to the Editor need to meet three requirements. They must be written by a real person, signed with a real name, sent from a real email address so we can contact you. While pseudonymous [...]

Just a Thought – Now Begins Our Tale

Just a Thought – Now Begins Our Tale

I was settling into my seat on the flight back from Sacramento, and noticed that the man sitting next to me was reading Shakespeare's As You Like It. "There's a great production of 'The Tempest' at the Odyssey if you have time while you are in town," I offered, thinking I'd discovered a kindred Bard-lover.  His response was more than amusing. "I'm not a huge Shakespeare fan. I'm just trying to [...]

Just a Thought – Six Months Post Cancer

Just a Thought – Six Months Post Cancer

When I wrote about 'Going Dark' last year, I did not have any way to measure how dark it was going to get. Reeling it all into perspective - as soon as I sit down to write an essay about my great fortune and good health, I get a text telling me that another friend has cancer. Terminal cancer. I know how very lucky I am. It's an epidemic. I'm hard pressed to say how many survivors I know, [...]

Just A Thought – A Building Full of Books

Just A Thought – A Building Full of Books

I was astonished to discover myself crying as I pulled into the parking lot. I had been looking forward to the re-opening of the Culver City Julian Dixon Library; I was happy, excited, filled with the pleasures of anticipation. But tears? I had not expected tears. I parked on the back row, facing the school yard through the chain link fence. I sat for a moment and wiped my eyes, truly [...]

Just a Thought – Lousy Teenagers

Just a Thought – Lousy Teenagers

No, I'm not being metaphorical - there may be a lice outbreak at the high school that seems to be flying under the radar because - well, because lice. No one is particularly proud to announce they have bugs, but there's no reason to keep it a secret. The good news is that our kids are not having a secret outbreak of herpes or heroin addiction. It's a not-fatal, pretty painless, fault free [...]

Just a Thought – Love and Loss

Just a Thought – Love and Loss

There are few things that can crack a heart open like seeing someone's heart breaking. When the heart breaking belongs to your own child, the sound of that crack can be loud. Only the soft echo that follows is a reminder that this is the persistent melody of life; love and loss. Our little cat was very sick, and when that vet began using phrases like "very poor prognosis" and "immunologically [...]

Just a Thought – Politics in the Season of Peace

Just a Thought – Politics in the Season of Peace

It was May - very early in the month of May - when Goran Eriksson announced he would be running for City Council in an election scheduled for next April. In recent years, the idea that one had to 'come out early' for local elections has gone from being an aberration to being the routine. Sadly but not surprisingly, the local folks who are involved in our political process have taken this very [...]

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