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Editorial: DMV cavalier about tax overcharges

Mon Sep 29, 2014

The Department of Motor Vehicles is right up there among the most hated of government agencies. Now, there is yet another reason to dislike the agency. It seems the DMV has been overcharging the sales and use taxes to people who purchase a vehicle from a private party. When one buys a car or truck from some place other than a dealership,

Joel Kotkin: Choosing fortune over freedom

Sun Sep 28, 2014

“If the 19th [century] was the century of the individual (liberalism means individualism), you may consider that this is the ‘collective’ century, and, therefore, the century of the state.” Benito Mussolini, “The Doctrine of Fascism” (1932), translated by Barbara Moroncini.

Stephen Downing: Pools, pot and the City Hall bubble

Wed Sep 24, 2014

On Sept. 17 members of the Long Beach community gathered to see a concept shaped by a 13-member Stakeholder Advisory Committee that envisioned a plan for a $99 million pool facility. The community meeting presented what the deputy city manager called the latest design suggestion for the pool. He also announced “This is not a done deal, it

Editorial: A better path for low-level offenders

Tue Sep 23, 2014

Last week, Los Angeles officials announced the launch of a pilot program diverting low-level offenders with mental health problems to a program of transitional housing and treatment. The $756,000-a-year program will begin in Van Nuys, with approximately 50 qualifying individuals participating. Individuals who have committed misdemeanors

Gwynne Dyer: Scotland will stay in the U.K.

Tue Sep 23, 2014

Just over a week ago, the Kurdistan Times warned that “the British are exercising the old colonialist tongue to control the minds and dampen the aspirations of Scottish people who want to vote Yes (to independence).” And lo! It came to pass just as the Kurdistan Times predicted. The silver-tongued colonialists lured the Scots

Letters: Understanding freedom and our Constitution

Tue Sep 23, 2014

EAGLE ROCK, Stephen Smith, Candidate, Assembly District 51: The anniversary of the establishment of our Constitution passed with little notice. Our Founding Fathers almost universally viewed it as a gift from God. George Washington said its adoption “will demonstrate as visibly the finger of Providence, as any possi

William Lambers: Cries for help from Ukraine and beyond

Tue Sep 23, 2014

It was 1922 when a plea for help from the town of Berdiansk in the Ukraine reached America. One of the worst famines in history had struck Ukraine and Russia. Millions were facing starvation. Their only hope was America. Part of a letter from a Ukrainian farmer was published in a Cincinnati newspaper. It read, “We were not always p

Editorial: Jack Orswell for 27th Congressional District

Mon Sep 22, 2014

Voters in the 27th Congressional District will see a rematch at the ballot box between incumbent Rep. Judy Chu and Republican challenger Jack Orswell. The last time the two faced each other, Ms. Chu trounced Mr. Orswell 64 percent to 36 percent. Mr. Orswell is aware of the uphill challenge, but attributes the lopsided defeat to b

Editorial: There is a reason for voter apathy

Mon Sep 22, 2014

Last week, top city officials submitted a report to the city’s Rules, Elections, and Intergovernmental Relations Committee with dozens of recommendations on how to increase voter turnout. Los Angeles elections have been notable for their poor turnouts – in terms of results and number of voters. Fewer than one in four register

Tom Campbell: Much at stake in battle for control of U.S. Senate

Mon Sep 22, 2014

In 2000, the U.S. Senate elections resulted in a 50-50 party split. With Vice President Dick Cheney casting the tie-breaking vote, Republicans would have controlled. However, Sen. Jim Jeffords switched from being a Republican to an Independent, supporting the Democratic leadership. That created a 51-49 Senate, in favor of the Democrats.

Arthur I. Cyr: Scotland vote and global challenges

Sat Sep 20, 2014

“Identity politics" is how former president Bill Clinton sums up the continuing powerful drive for independence in Scotland. He describes the growing worldwide phenomenon of identification with an ethnic or other group as a major challenge to international cooperation. As often, Clinton’s turn of phrase is apt. The influentia

Editorial: Ben Allen for state Senate District 26

Sat Sep 20, 2014

The race to represent the 26th state Senate District pits two Democrats with similar ideas but distinct priorities. Ben Allen, a member of the Santa Monica-Malibu Board of Education, understands first-hand the many complexities faced by government entities. Mr. Allen, an attorney and lecturer at UCLA Law School, cited educatio

Ian Lamont: Everybody wins, but taxpayers

Sat Sep 20, 2014

Imagine going to graduate school, taking out all the student loans you need to cover tuition, books, even your living expenses, and never having to pay any of it back. Too good to be true? Not if upon getting your graduate degree, you take a job with the government or a nonprofit for 10 years – because then all your student loans would be

John Mirisch: Why Kuehl surpasses Shriver

Sat Sep 20, 2014

If this week’s debate between Los Angeles County Supervisor candidates shows anything, it’s that moderates, conservatives and independent voters should support Sheila Kuehl to represent the Third District. I’ve had the opportunity to sit down with both candidates. And while I don’t agree with Kuehl on every issue,

Letters: A cultural icon: Queen Mary turns 80

Sat Sep 20, 2014

SEAL BEACH/LEISURE WORLD, Les H. Cohen, Legislative Advocate Emeritus: As a former professional legislative advocate, who had a limited involvement in Long Beach acquiring the Queen Mary, I wanted to congratulate Greg Mellen for his excellent article “Queen Mary turning 80” [News, Sept. 9]. The article brought

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