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Just a thought by Judith Martin-Straw

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 [...]

Just a Thought – Elected? Appointed?

Just a Thought – Elected? Appointed?

Let's say you have an elected official leaving, and replacing them is essential. Know that Lincoln was right; you can please some of the people some of the time. In this political era, that's about it. The School Board meeting on Tuesday that focused on filling Sue Robins' seat heard a lot of applause, and a few critiques of the process. While Summer McBride's appointment was about as close to [...]

Just a Thought – Dear Senator Feinstein

Just a Thought – Dear Senator Feinstein

Dear Senator Feinstein, I am replying to your request to describe "Why I Marched." I know it's important to you to understand why your constituents felt the need to organize a mass demonstration, as a part of many mass demonstrations around the world, in response to the installation of the new federal administration. I want to be very clear. I marched because watching the least qualified [...]

Just a Thought – First We March, Then We Run

Just a Thought – First We March, Then We Run

I went to Washington D.C. and we marched. It was amazing. There have been very few times in my life I have felt myself a part of something this big, this world changing. When we organized to get the County of Los Angeles to divest their holdings in South Africa during apartheid, it was powerful, but it was not one event. This was all over the world, in one day. We can lay to rest forever [...]

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