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Just a Thought – Civic Duty

Just a Thought – Civic Duty

I spent a few days last week in downtown LA at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Courthouse doing my civic duty - jury duty. Just speak the words "jury duty" to anyone and people tend to react as if you've said "DMV" or "outpatient surgery." I found it to be an eye opening experience that made me grateful for citizenship and impressed anew with the people who have made it what it is. While I [...]

Just a Thought – Skating Away

Just a Thought – Skating Away

"Did you ever get the feeling that the story's too damn real and in the present tense? Or that everyone is on the stage and it seems like you're the only person sitting in the audience?" Jethro Tull "Skating Away on the Thin Ice of a New Day" Another turn-around on the ice; what was once a local news story has become a classic Greek drama. Heroes, villains, a huge chorus, and a plot that is [...]

Just a Thought – Dr. King, Of Course

Just a Thought – Dr. King, Of Course

The danger if having a national holiday in one’s honor is that there is the risk of being turned into a greeting card; simple, palatable and undemanding. Of all the radical philosophies to come out of the sixties, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s embrace of non-violence is one that continues to offer political inspiration in an age of suicide bombers and extremist philosophies. While most of [...]

Just a Thought – New Year’s Revolutions

Just a Thought – New Year’s Revolutions

The common wisdom is that we make ourselves promises on Jan 1st and by the 15th, they are only memories and regrets. It's not enough, this year, to just make a list of self-improvements. It's time to change the world. Governor Brown today declared an 'drought emergency,' taking a formal position on the fact that we are in the driest season California has seen in a century. It's easy to feel [...]

Just a Thought – I Saw Three ‘Ships Go Sailing by on Christmas Day in Morning

Just a Thought – I Saw Three ‘Ships Go Sailing by on Christmas Day in Morning

How do you define a friend? Why do you keep one or lose one? While these questions may come up at any time of the year, they can get pretty crunchy over the holidays - Sending cards, party invites, who to gift; all that can get weighty if you feel the need to be Santa. Have they been naughty or nice? I'm charmed by the slang I got from my older daughter, who calls relationships and friendships [...]

Just A Thought – About Last Night …

Just A Thought – About Last Night …

I was not surprised by the election results. As I roll back through all the letters to the editor and all the comments over the last few months, there is a pretty clear pattern to see.The louder the protest, the weaker the results. It isn't as if virtue has triumphed and evil has been vanquished - or vice versa. Local elections bring out local passions, and it's great that people were so [...]

Just a Thought – Who to Vote For

Just a Thought – Who to Vote For

While it's been a big part of our election process for the candidates to gather endorsements, I hold off until the end of the race. At this point, there are two types of voters in Culver City; those who know exactly who they are voting for and wouldn't change their minds for the world, and those who have some idea that there is an election about something. The second group is large, and lots [...]

Just a Thought – Yellow Pages

Just a Thought – Yellow Pages

It seems we are more important, more interesting and more powerful than we know. When something as trivial as a school board race in a small city is bringing in outside influences, it's a sign that there is more here than meets the eye. For months, there has been a flurry of yellow pages - not the absurdly outdated telephone information manual, but a one-sheet of propaganda directed against a [...]

Just a Thought – Down on the Pharma

Just a Thought – Down on the Pharma

As I left the Emergency Room, I was almost laughing - I had a prescription for my hypertension, another prescription to medicate the side effects of the first prescription, and a third prescription for everyone's favorite painkillers. Big Pharma overdoes it again. It wasn't that I suddenly got sick; it was that I realized I'd been sick for a long time, and I was now at the crisis point. I've [...]

Just a Thought – Going Into Labor

Just a Thought – Going Into Labor

Organized Labor is a good thing. Abuse of power is a bad thing. So, what should the response be when the good thing does the bad thing? It's Labor Day, for heaven's sake, and we should all be having a picnic and giving thanks for the wonderful life that was created by the people who worked so hard to get unions for workers. The eight hour day, the 40 hour week - they weren't gifts from [...]

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