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 By Carole Bell    Opinion    July 14, 2016 

Want To Be Understood? Make a Movie

A friend once stood with me inside a closet. I forget right now why we were in the closet. Oh! She was showing me her breasts, and didn't want to do it out in the open convention room. She wanted me...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    July 7, 2016

Unfortunately, Hackers Are Keeping Busy

As noted by Time Magazine, New York City police must now give a “receipt” to people they stop and frisk. The change, put forth by a federal monitor, is meant to prevent abuse of power; however,...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    June 30, 2016

Onward And Upward For Holly Mitchell

Nobody has more respect and admiration for our State Senator Holly Mitchell than Theodorsia and I. She has had numerous bills signed by Governor Brown, and she has taken the progressive position in...

 
 By Carole Bell    Opinion    June 30, 2016

America! How Ya' Looking, Baby?

I'm talking with M., a friend in England, about the hideous violence in Orlando. "Well, you know, it's America." he said. That bothered me. I launched into various rational reactions, but inside, I...

 
 By Carole Bell    Opinion    June 30, 2016

Smart And Spicy

I'm talking with M., a friend in England, about the hideous violence in Orlando. "Well, you know, it's America." he said. That bothered me. I launched into various rational reactions, but inside, I fe...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    June 23, 2016

Hearing Loss Could Become Diabetes

You are going to England stop in Kent at the Leeds Castle and see the museum with over 100 dog collars. Hearing loss may be an early warning of diabetes. Multiple researc h studies have indicated...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    June 16, 2016

Some IRS Workers Are In Trouble

Mayor de Blasio of the big apple (New York City) told the public of a new crime-fighting device the police recently started using. It’s a shots-fired system that detects gunfire. When the alert went...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    June 9, 2016

A New Big Building Is Coming To Culver City

Did I hear someone say they were going to be in Atlanta, Georgia on October 8th? If so, I just bet they will take part in the 5K Bacon Run. All runners, when they cross the finish line, will be able...

 
 By Carole Bell    Opinion    June 2, 2016

My Surprising Decision to Vote for Bernie Sanders

I'm writing this from my heart. I believe California may get to choose who'll be our next President. It's the first time in 30 years when the California primary will actually count; usually it's just...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    June 2, 2016

Why Did City Clerk Martin Cole Leave His Job?

Is it possible? Is it possible? Can the moaning and knee-shaking noises coming from city hall be coming from the very nervous and worried pencil sharpeners’ group members? It’s pure speculation...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    May 26, 2016

Mistakes Are Being Made On VA Claims

Are you a veteran? Have you been denied benefits or is your disability rating too low for your actual symptoms? The Inspector General for the Department of Veteran Affairs issued a report last spring...

 
 By Carole Bell    Opinion    May 26, 2016

A Pickle Walks Into A Bar...

Except it wasn't a pickle, it was a writer. And it wasn't a bar, it was a movie theater...but -- there was a pickle. Well, it wasn't a real pickle: it was a pickle pen: A phallic look-alike with a...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    May 19, 2016

Emergency Service May Be Moved From Here

I have mentioned this several times before, so to many it will be no surprise. In the room I use as my office I have five-drawer filing cabinets. a two-drawer filing cabinet, plus numerous boxes so...

 
 By Carole Bell    Opinion    May 19, 2016

Smart And Spicy

This is the United States, after all, not a banana republic. Yet there've been so many "unusual" things happening in primaries around the country that some think Time Magazine should name "irregularit...

 
 By Carole Bell    Opinion    May 12, 2016

Smart And Spicy

Not kidding. I rode it. It's great. 9am on a 61 degree morning Metro Expo Culver City Station The train to Santa Monica felt like it had always been there. You know when a piece of furniture looks...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    May 12, 2016

Ending Homelessness Act Is In Progress

Why am I not surprised that the Massachusetts Senate wants to increase the tax on flavored cigars and flavored smoking tobacco? What’s next? If you are planning a surprise party for the leader of th...

 
 By Carole Bell    Opinion    May 5, 2016

Culver City Teacher of the Year Honored at Culver Studios Gala

Win-Win was the music of the night for honored teachers and supporters of Culver City schools at the Culver City Education Foundation's (CCEF) splendid 18th Annual Tribute to the Stars gala...

 
 By Carole Bell    Opinion    May 5, 2016

Theatre: Endgame Endears with Exceptional Ensemble and Bizarre Humor

Endgame, the new Samuel Beckett play at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, is absurdly witty. Bizarre is a good description for both the humor and the situation the audience gets to see. The acting's exception...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    May 5, 2016

New Veterans Cemeteries Are Being Planned

The State of California will open the third veterans’ cemetery on 78 acres at Seaside in Monterey Country. Planned for 5,000 burial sites on the old Ford Ord reservation, it’s free for the...

 
 By Carole Bell    Opinion    April 28, 2016

Perfect Love - Just One Small Thing

Men - Listen up! Women do not expect perfection. Just give women a chance... Every woman can relate to this: You meet a man and you just try to get past the things that bother you because he has all t...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    April 28, 2016

Columnist Makes His Election Choices

I can hardly wait the two years until our Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas is term-limited out of office. Perhaps before 2018 comes Mark will try to have the voters pass legislation...

 
 By Carole Bell    Opinion    April 21, 2016

Poll Dancing in Culver City

When I was a little girl, my mother would take me into the voting booth with her. There'd be three or four people sitting at a table with voter lists. We called them "Cake Ladies". Every election,...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    April 21, 2016

Bakersfield Business Conference Is Coming Up

Can you believe somebody in an Orange County courthouse tampered with office records? With a little whiteout and an eraser, cases were bargained down by lawyers who never represented the “guilty.”...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    April 14, 2016

How About Judge Harold Cherness Square In Culver City?

Where are you going to be on Friday, April 29 at 7 p.m.? If you love jazz like Theodorsia and I do and enjoy listening to international saxophonist Ner De Leon and special guest artist Donna Cunningha...

 
 By Carole Bell    Opinion    April 4, 2016

What Would You Ask Mozart's Mother?

If you could talk to Mozart's mother, what would you ask? I found myself sitting next to the mother of a young soloist at a concert Saturday night by the Culver City Symphony Orchestra. I hadn't...

 

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