Category Archives: Viewpoint

Immigrant Mothers and the Legacy They Leave

Immigrant women come to this country for a better life and maybe even for the chance to dream. My great grandmother and grandfather moved to America from Bohemia, a country that no longer exists. They spoke no English, they had … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Censorship Is a Dangerous Road to Follow

Who exactly should decide what can or cannot be posted on internet sites such as Facebook and YouTube? Do you go to college to become a censor? Do you take courses in how to determine what people should or should not see? … Continue reading

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Novelist Larry McMurtry Dies at Age 84

(Editor’s note: Larry Jeff McMurtry (June 3, 1936 – March 25, 2021) was an American novelist, essayist, bookseller and screenwriter whose work was predominantly set in either the Old West or Texas. Movies adapted from McMurtry’s works earned 34 Oscar … Continue reading

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VIEWPOINT: Living Life to the Fullest

Emily Dickenson wrote in a poem: “Because I Could Not Stop for Death, “He kindly stopped for me— “The Carriage held but just Ourselves and Immortality.” Somehow, we have forgotten that the end game of life is always death. Or … Continue reading

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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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