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 By Carole Bell    Opinion    April 20, 2017

India - With 1.3 Billion People, What's It Like?

t's gorgeous. Yet midst this exquisite beauty, current Indian movies dip into a dark side. The LA Indian Film Festival is intimate, in its 15th year. What a chance to learn. Perfumed with delicious...

 
 By Carole Bell    Opinion    April 6, 2017

I Met The New Meryl Streep

The new Meryl Streep? At 10 years old? That's right. Her name's Mckenna Grace She's delicious: beautiful, intelligent, funny, and already with a conscience. She's been an actress, or an actor, as she...

 
 By Carole Bell    Opinion    March 30, 2017

Are We Terrified Yet? Carole Bell

Feeling the fear? Scratch the surface of most Americans today. We're afraid. You're spooked whether you know it, or whether you'll admit it (which is something entirely different), whether you've...

 
 By Carole Bel    Opinion    March 23, 2017

Jazz in Culver City - Spontaneous & Joyful

Does it matter that it was for kids and families? Not at all. You could have come; there was no family magnetometer. T'was like a hot summer day in a British beach resort, You see a group of kids sitting right on the sand, quietly, waiting expectantl...

 

Beware Of Baby's Ear Infections

As reported by Reuters on February 7, Bank of America opens branches without employees. That’s right, the bank opened three completely automated branches during the month of January where customers...

 
 By Carole Bell    Opinion    March 16, 2017

Theatre: What Not To Say To A Woman

"Your breasts look incredible in that outfit." Inadvisable pickup line, for sure, Dude. That no man should ever say that to a woman he wants to impress is a given. Yet for Paul Linke, somehow that...

 

It Could Only Happen in Kansas

Would you believe? Would anyone believe? Awhile back a Georgia lawmaker, Gerald Greene (R-Cuthbert), was shot in the leg behind an adult entertainment store. Furthermore, Greene had several thousand...

 
 By George Laase    Opinion    March 9, 2017

Take A Look At School District' s Five-Year Fiscal Goal

How do we stand in regards to our school district's five-year goal of bringing district employees’ salaries up to “within” the median salary for L.A. County? Our district has been playing the salary game of keeping up with the Joneses for the...

 
 By Carole Bell    Opinion    March 2, 2017

Smart And Spicy

Smart And Spicy I Could Host The OscarsBy Carole Bell It wouldn't be dumb, for one thing. Can you imagine? Picture an intelligent evening. Have you seen the BAFTAs? Impossible to duplicate Stephen...

 

Smart And Spicy

Quick, when is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday? When is George Washington's birthday? Every schoolchild in America used to know these dates. Now we celebrate "President's Day". I wonder if anyone knows...

 

Columnist Wants Stronger Punishment Than A Fine

Am I gullible? Am I naïve? But why, I ask, do people believe they can mess up the system and not get caught? VW, Takata air-bags and Wells Fargo Bank are just a few examples of the leaders who went...

 

Unprecedented (UnPresident's) Day

Quick, when is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday? When is George Washington's birthday? Every schoolchild in America used to know these dates. Now we celebrate "President's Day". I wonder if anyone knows...

 

For The First Time A Black Woman On A U.S. Currency

The United States Mint will release a commemorative gold coin in April that will feature Lady Liberty as a black woman. marking the first time the U.S. symbol has been depicted as anything other than...

 

SMART & SPICY-Listen Up! What To Do About Valentine's Day

I stepped onto the bus, mesmerized. A forest of fine ribbons hung in front of me, each tipped by a tiny origami crane, uniquely patterned, of singular colors. I wished I could have one. It was Valenti...

 

Take A Break: Entertaining Santa Monica Symphony Celebration

Smart And Spicy "I try to have fun," he told me, when I asked about the cowboy hat and the train whistles. I'd watched Guido Lamell, Music Director/ Conductor of the Santa Monica Symphony, wearing a S...

 

There's An Experimental Method To Create Pregnancy

By Neil Rubenstein Observer Columnist On the page labeled “whatever happened to” I see the name Kim Davis. Yes, I know you remember Kim, a Kentucky county clerk and a longtime Democrat who...

 

Sales Tax Increase: Where Did the Money Go?

The power grabbers at Culver City city hall are laughing so hard their stomachs are hurting. I guess for years they thought we were so naive that we just got off the turnip truck. Well, our day is...

 

False Mammogram Test Result May Bring on Cancer

Women who have had false-positive results on mammograms may face a greater risk of future breast cancer according to a new study. The findings were published recently in Cancer Epidemiology,...

 

Christmas Wish - Peace for Christmas

Enough about politics – I'm thinking about war. My Christmas wish for you is at the end of this column. In this season of goodwill on earth, peace to men and women, do you feel peace? Can you be at...

 

Could Some Inmates Be Innocent?

Recently I had some spare time so I looked through my filing cabinet containing some issues of the Culver City News as well as the Culver City Observer from 2006. From March 2, 2006, Scott Malsin was...

 

Cheating On America's Soul

Should cheating be a menu option? "Burgers, fries - and our special today is cheating". Can you imagine? No? Then what's happening in this country? It's shocking that what is shocking is no longer...

 

Asia May Be Funding Huge Growth In Inglewood

As reported in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Cobb County Board of Commissioners (Board of Supervisors as it’s called in California) voted 5-0 to spend $13.4 million for the new countywide...

 

The New Political Lexicon Explained

Words are just words. You think? While we may think we know what words mean, the stamina is in their associative power. (Think you know what stamina means? Please see below). Fuzzy, friendly words...

 
 By Letters    Opinion    December 1, 2016

Barrage of Plastic Pollutants Enter SM Bay from Rains: Call to Action

I bumped into local photographer, Fabian Lewkowicz, on the bike path next to the Pico-Kenter Storm Drain this past Monday morning at 7:30am. I was in a hurry to get to work, but took my ninth annual ...

 

Columnist Suggests Year-Round Culver Classes

The County of Los Angeles is planning a tax to fund drought planning, which will be introduced in an election after November 2016. When we get to Baltimore, Maryland we plan to see the National Great...

 

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