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 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...

 
 By Carole Bell    Opinion    February 11, 2016

Smart And Spicy

I could write a book about looking for a roommate; better yet, a movie. You won't believe all the funny things that happen. I was afraid to start. Who was I expecting - Jacquie the Ripper? I feared...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    February 4, 2016

Saban Theatre Celebrates Chinese New Year

The United States will soon turn over three Navy warships to the Philippine government to help it patrol disputed islands in the South China Sea. The Chinese are building islands on low-lying reefs...

 
 By Carole Bell    Opinion    January 28, 2016

Is The U.S. Still Great?

Donald Trump says he will make America great again. In this year's State of the Union address, President Obama said the U.S. is great. Which is it? Do you think the U.S. is past its sell-by date? 41%...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    January 28, 2016

FBI Is Investigating St. Louis Cardinals Suspects

The F.B.I. is hot on the trail of the person or persons with the St. Louis Cardinals’ baseball front office that, during the 2014 spring training camp held in Jupiter, Florida, broke into the...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    January 21, 2016

Columnist Will Vote For Meghan, Marcus

A big 21-gun salute to Herb and Diane Rosenberg, who reaffirmed their 50th anniversary vows on Saturday, January 9 at Temple Akiba. I first met Herb the night City Council appointed him to the Los...

 
 By Carole Bell    Opinion    January 21, 2016

Sweet and Spicy

Most people like to be liked. No one wants to be thought of as rude. Whether you’re being rude, it’s like beauty; it must be in the eye of the beholder, don’t you think? Wait till you hear my...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    January 14, 2016

Criminal Record Cleaning Workshop Is Held; More To Come

By Neil Rubenstein Observer Columnist The City of Compton did not have votes from its council to place the following measures on the November 3, 2015 ballot when the council voted in June, 2 - 2 with...

 
 By Carole Bell    Opinion    January 14, 2016

Smart And Spicy

I have a friend who had to have a bone marrow transplant over the past year. That was brave. Now her Facebook photo is a picture of Wonder Woman. She's brave. A writer I know has a 5-year-old...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    January 7, 2016

Gas Prices Should Stay Lower (Maybe)

By Neil Rubenstein Observer Columnist Every time we drive the four miles to Costco for gasoline I wear an ear-to ear-smile because these low prices screw Russia, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. Also, the...

 
 By Carole Bell    Opinion    January 7, 2016

Smart and Spicy

"Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be." I didn't get it the first time I saw this quotation by Abraham Lincoln. I thought it made no sense. It makes sense to me now. I've...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    December 31, 2015

Military Academies May Surprise You

By Neil Rubenstein Observer Columnist I just bet students who read the rankings of colleges and universities would be pleasantly surprised how well the military academies stack up – and for graduate...

 
 By Carole Bell    Opinion    December 31, 2015

Smart And Spicy

By Carole Bell Observer Columnist My friend Ben Abramovice, a beloved California character, knew how to keep New Year's Resolutions. He always made them and always kept them. His secret? It's...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    December 24, 2015

China Makes Some Interesting News

By Neil Rubenstein Observer Columnist Chinese President Xi Jin Ping said on September 26 Beijing would forgive debts owed to China by the world’s least developed nations and will give billions of...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    December 17, 2015

December Is The Best Time To Buy A Car

By Neil Rubenstein Observer Columnist Many of the members of the Brandeis Men’s Group are proud to be associated with such a fantastic bunch of guys whose main focus is raising money for Brandeis...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    December 10, 2015

A Vacation In Northern California

By Neil Rubenstein Observer Columnist Theodorsia and I recently came home from a two-week vacation in Northern California. As we all know there is plenty to see up state and since we had the...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    November 26, 2015

Look What's Happening In New York

By Neil Rubenstein Observer Columnist Let’s say you are in River Edge, New Jersey and let’s say it’s between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Well, let’s say you’d better drive to another town because by...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    November 19, 2015

California's Poverty, Jobless Rates Are High

By Neil Rubenstein Observer Columnist Whenever you see an article by Dan Walters, be sure to read it. Recently Dan wrote that the poverty rate in the Golden State for 2014 as reported by the Census...

 

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