Category Archives: Viewpoint

Viewpoint: Myths Presented in Economic Research

(Editor’s note: A reader sent the following article that was printed on December 30 in the Economic Institute for Economic Research “The Year in Which Comforting Myths Were Ravaged,” and asked for my comments. I’m sharing the piece, because I … Continue reading

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Thoughts from C.S. Lewis About the Bomb

(Editor’s note: A reader tipped me off about this C.S. Lewis essay. I found it interesting.) “On Living in an Atomic Age” by C.S. Lewis in a 1948 Essay “In one way we think a great deal too much of … Continue reading

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Opinion: Venting about the Lack of Common Sense

The County has closed outdoor dining at restaurants and Mayor Eric Garcetti said he would give restaurant workers a one-time payment of $800. Of course, this means that workers have to go on the SERVE website (starting December 7), fill … Continue reading

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Daily News Humor Columnist Speculates: Garcetti to Biden’s Cabinet? Who Will Newsom Nominate? 

One of the funniest pieces I’ve read on an editorial page lately is a November 15 piece by Doug McIntyre (“Garcetti, Newsom Look for a Lifeboat”) in the L.A. Daily News. McIntyre writes: “In the ‘Battle of the Century,’ Stan … Continue reading

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VIEWPOINT: Photo of a Dead Deer on Temescal Canyon Road Provokes Reader Response

Like all of us, I hate to see our wildlife killed. People who speed down local roads, such as Temescal Canyon and Palisades Drive, especially during twilight and nighttime, run the risk of hitting something, such as a deer. I … Continue reading

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A Revered Literary Lion Still Roars in Texas

By BOB VICKREY The list of Texans that have spent their writing lives chronicling their roots is rather long and impressive, and includes names like Dobie, Webb and Graves. For many years, J. Frank Dobie was considered the preeminent voice … Continue reading

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VIEWPOINT: Parents and Politicians Need to Take Care of Teens

Medical students must take the Hippocratic Oath and one of the promises is “First, do no harm.” On Saturday, Circling the News received an email from a reader: “Aid car called to picnic area below parking lot in rec area … Continue reading

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Early Morning Earthquake; Musings Questioned

4.2 Earthquake Hits Southland, Wakes Some The LAFD posted the following alert from spokesperson Nicholas Prange: “#EarthquakeMode; INC#0192; 4:45AM; Following the M4.5 #earthquake activity in the greater Los Angeles area (#SanFernando) at 4:29 AM, LAFD is, according to protocol, in … Continue reading

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A Life Shaped by the Great Suburban Experiment

By BOB VICKREY I remember back in the 1970s how much I enjoyed humming along with Paul Simon’s captivating ballad “My Little Town,” until it dawned on me that his song was a rather scathing indictment of America’s small towns, … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Our Schools Need to Reopen

When I lived in New York City in my 20s, a good friend who had just moved back from California referred to the people here as “provincial,” meaning that they were unsophisticated and narrow minded. She was referring to the … Continue reading

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