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 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...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    April 4, 2016

Culver's Meghan: The LA Woman

As we approach Election Day, April 12th, we have reviewed our choices for the three city council positions up for grabs. Theodorsia and I, like many of our friends and neighbors, plan to vote for...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    March 24, 2016

A New Weapon In The Fight Against Cancer

A 2014 study in the Journal of Rheumatology found that among more than 14,500 adults those whose ring fingers were longer than their index fingers were at increased risk for severe knee osteoarthritis...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    March 17, 2016

West Basin Water District Expands Helpful Program

When you have some time, pick up a turmeric supplement in the 250 mg or 500 mg size at your favorite health store and take one or two a day. More than 7,000 studies have examined its effects in...

 
 By Carole Bell    Opinion    March 10, 2016

Statue of Liberty in Tears

The Statue of Liberty must be wincing. I suspect she'd cover her ears if she could, to stop hearing Boombox Trump's loud calls to block Mexicans and Muslims from the U.S. Do you think she's crying bec...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    March 10, 2016

College Board Launches A Revised SAT

The last time I looked, seven people have taken papers to run for Culver City Council and why not, since there are three seats to be filled. Like many whom I have spoken to, I plan to vote for Marcus...

 
 By Neill Rubenstein    Opinion    March 3, 2016

Columnist, Wife Like Small, Lee For Last Council Position

As you all know by reading this commentary every week Theodorsia and I have endorsed Marcus Tiggs and Meghan Sahli-Wells for Culver City’s City Council. We appreciate those two for their strong commitment to the betterment of our town. The facts...

 
 By Carole Bell    Opinion    February 25, 2016

How. To. Lose. Weight.

Out by sweat, bathroom, metabolism, anxiety. In, you all know about. To my surprise, a speaker at a conference once started by totally changing his topic. Instead of addressing a legal subject, he...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    February 25, 2016

Columnist Wants More Transparency In Local Governmernt

There shouldn’t be a question in anyone’s mind that for all the right reasons I feel Marcus Tiggs can bring a new common sense approach to our City Council. Transparency in local government needs...

 
 By Carole Bell    Opinion    February 18, 2016

American Spiral of Shame?

I'm sitting in a classroom in Vienna, Austria, in a German class I took years ago. Teacher asks: What does your country do for poor people? Everyone's from different countries; I'm last. All the...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    February 18, 2016

Columnist Says Goodbye To A Dear Friend

He was your friend, he was my friend, and he was our friend. He was Lester “Les” Silverstein, the man with a crazy sense of humor and a twinkle in his eye. We kept each other laughing; sometimes...

 

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