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Publisher and Editor - Judith Martin-Straw

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Looking Up - Bob Eklund

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Special Features - T. S. Owen

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Just a thought by Judith Martin-Straw

Just a Thought – Road Rage

Just  a Thought – Road Rage

It happened again today. As I pulled into the left turn lane, with my turn signal on, someone behind me opted to accelerate and lean on the horn. This is the third time in about six weeks. You know the style, not a 'beep' on the horn, but that long, loud 'WAAAAAAAA' that sounds like someone has their elbow planted in the center of their steering wheel. Because, it seems, I slowed down in [...]

Just a Thought – Moment by Moment

Just  a Thought – Moment by Moment

The past week has sent many of us reeling – Police committing murders, mass shooter, the now-usual media turmoil over framing the coverage. The bad news has been heartbreakingly bad. But the good news is that we now have a moment to really shift our culture, and we can do that by taking individual actions. The problems are not new - what's new are the cameras and the social media platforms, [...]

Just a Thought – Dear Ari Noonan

Just a Thought – Dear Ari Noonan

So, now you're sorry? Now you're sorry? I can't help but notice there's a lovely slice of Culver City history that fits perfectly. A short bit of dialogue from Gone With the Wind -"You’re like the thief who isn’t the least bit sorry he stole, but is terribly, terribly sorry he’s going to jail." For those who missed the last few episodes of this particular soap opera, Ari Noonan's blog, [...]

Just a Thought – Only the Brave

Just a Thought – Only the Brave

Last night as the numbers were being tallied, I had a memory of sitting with my parents on a hot summer evening in 1972 watching the Democratic Convention. There were a lot of candidates on stage; my folks patiently explained the nominating process, spoke of the need to end the war, and offered their reasons for being Democrats. My father pointed out Shirley Chisholm. "She's not going to win [...]

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, [...]

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