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Today's Opinions

  • Ninety days and counting

    Another school semester came to a close. Students scurried about searching for ways to improve their grades at the last minute.  

    Teachers found themselves staring at piles of papers to review, a mountain of tests to grade, endless emails from concerned parents, and a finals schedule conveniently permuted by inclement weather.  

  • Sometimes hot tea and honey are fine

    The colder weather this time of year heralds the anticipation of things such as winter sports, planning for family get-togethers, kids counting the days to winter break and maybe stocking up on hot tea and honey for that inevitable, annoying sore throat. 

    As we enter this season it might be a good idea to have a clearer understanding of what a sore throat, or pharyngitis, actually is and when to be concerned enough to call for an appointment or just treat the symptoms at home.

  • Jay Miller: Film industry revisited

    Republicans and the Hollywood crowd seldom seem to be a very good match. 

    Good reasons exist for this standoff. With a few notable exceptions, Hollywood types are more liberal in their thinking than most Republicans, especially on social issues. 

  • All open spaces in LA County important

    I do not golf, yet many years ago when there was a proposal to use our current course for houses and to move the course to Bayo Canyon, I supported the golfing community in its opposition to such a move, as I believe having a functional golf course enhances the quality of life in our community and the “visually open space” created by the course is an additional attractive feature for the community.

  • A fitting tribute

    American troops will have all withdrawn from Iraq by the end of the month, ending the Iraqi Campaign, code-named Operation Iraqi Freedom, that began in March 2003.
    Lasting more than eight years and costing the nation approximately 4,404 Americans killed, 32,000 wounded and billions of dollars, it was conducted for a noble cause even if its execution at certain times, like all armed conflicts, was problematic.
    While there are clearly several places in the world today where we have American forces based, and which the reason and cost of keeping them there can no longer be justified, Iraq is not one of them.

  • Better cookies through science

    One of the best parts of baking for me as a kid was the process of “helping” my mama roll out and cut cookie shapes for the oven.
    At this age I know that I actually hindered her work and she was just being kind in letting me participate, but at the time I thought I was an aide in the process of transforming a lump of material into a thin sheet of ginger-rich dough that we could cut up into the barnyard animals of which I was so fond – and for which we had many different cutter shapes.

  • Have a feel good day

    Each weekend, I sit down and pour out my frustrations on the insanity of the world around me.  
    My friends keep telling me that they’re amazed at how many things I can write about and they ask me how I do it.  
    The secret rests on two simple truths.
     First, I’m willing to write about anything and everything regardless of the fact that I know absolutely nothing about the subject.  
    I’m an incarnation of the old adage that advice is cheap because supply exceeds demand.  
    Would you like for me to tell you my “expert” opinion on the economic plight of rutabaga farmers in Uruguay?  
    Or have me write on the ridiculous claims by some people that Uruguay even grows rutabagas?

  • President Roosevelts in the news

    Teddy Roosevelt has long been a popular president.
    Recently he has become even more so as President Barack Obama and presidential hopeful Gary Johnson have compared themselves to him.
    In his effort to prod more tax money out of the rich, President Obama has likened himself to Teddy the trust buster, going after greedy Wall Street robber barons.
    For his part, our former governor, Gary Johnson has taken a very different tack. He compares his adventuresome lifestyle to what Roosevelt termed his strenuous life of hunting, boxing, rowing and exploring. So far the comparison hasn’t done Johnson much good.