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Next week, President Trump will take a break from brooding over his election loss to pardon two turkeys. Every one of us has that same awesome power to pardon an innocent, sentient bird by choosing a plant-based roast for our Thanksgiving dinner.

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Seventy-three million Americans voted to give President Trump a second term, despite his 22,247 documented falsehoods, his deadly mismanagement of the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic, his blatant disrespect for women and people of color, and his serial firing of dozens of high-leve…

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Just when I thought I could finally exhale, that our country would return to normalcy and decency, Trump has made it clear that he will not go silently, and might not go at all. This nightmare never ends.

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Malibu’s just getting a new council, with three new members—Bruce Silverstein, Steve Uhring and Paul Grisanti—added to the two hold-overs, current mayor Mikke Pierson and former mayor Karen Farrer, with the new members being sworn in next month on Dec. 14, 2020. Typically, the period between…

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We are very sad to announce the passing of Marca Kaufer, one of our treasured board members of Friends of Malibu Urgent Care Center. Marca was always the one you could count on to champion a task and take it to its completion. When we decided it was time to refurbish the Malibu Urgent Care C…

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Most U.S. voters, including most California and Georgia voters, supported the Biden/Harris ticket. Biden/Harris supporters now need to support Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock in the upcoming Georgia runoff election for the U.S. Senate because their election would make it possible fo…

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After the Associated Press announced that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris would be the 46th president and vice president, respectively, of this already great United States, I experienced a range of emotions. The first was relief. Second, gratitude. Third, hope.

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Some people seem to think that President Trump’s public refusal to accept the verdict of the voters is the next-to-last act of the 2020 presidential campaign. The last act, of course, is when they have to carry him out of the White House bodily, still sitting in his chair and watching Fox Ne…

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Voting for any individual in an election is a very important duty for all of us, and one that is not that easy, especially when all (as in my case) or at least most of the names are new to you, whereas the positions they desire to acquire are so very important.

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As several states continue to count ballots, we Americans do what we do every four years and ask, “What in hell is the electoral college?” The fact is that virtually nobody knows what the college is all about, other than it is not a college your kids can get into.

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The 2016 election of Donald Trump was a product of a winner-take-all system that can be gamed by moneyed interests and has resulted in other presidential failures, notably Presidents Clinton (impeached) and G.W. Bush (trillion-dollar Iraq war). All three candidates benefited from minority th…

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It’s the end of the game, the ninth inning of the World Series, the last two minutes of the Super Bowl. The efforts of thousands and thousands of Americans and millions and millions—if not even several billion—dollars have been spent to pick our leader for the next four years. It is now all …

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I voted yesterday, in person, at Webster Elementary. Happy to report that it was quick and easy. No line. Lots of machines. Masks, hand sanitizer and gloves available if you forgot your own. Plenty of distancing. You can also drop off your mail-in ballot there if you chose not to vote in per…

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Biden spent the second presidential debate handing out a bag full of whoppers. Here are Biden’s 10 biggest:

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The betting markets have Biden beating Trump by two-to-one odds in the final week before the election. There are various signs that President Trump has lost his ability to drive the political narrative anywhere except at Rupert Murdoch’s fact-free “news” outlets and, even at these outlets, p…

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Many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses. There are several safer, alternative ways to participate in Halloween,” according to the CDC’s website. “If you may have COVID-19 or you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should not participate in…

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Your last issue included a letter from Lawrence Weisdorn (“Fear Instilled”), which sought to perpetuate a thoroughly false claim. Contrary to Mr. Weisdorn’s letter, the CDC study he quotes did not find face masks to be ineffective against COVID-19.  

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Written in response to “Pepperdine School of Public Policy dean shares petition against ‘far left indoctrinating’ curriculum,” published Oct. 22

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Written in response to “Pepperdine School of Public Policy dean shares petition against ‘far left indoctrinating’ curriculum,” published Oct. 22

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With COVID-19 dominating the news, the past four years of a failed foreign policy is getting little to no attention. The America First movement, promoted by Donald Trump, is nothing new. Back in the 1930s, a jingoistic, isolationist movement by the same name and supported by such luminaries …

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At a recent Zoom debate focused on the environment, the eight candidates were asked if they supported Donald Trump’s environmental policies, including his belief that climate change is “fake news,” his blaming of California for our wildfires and his desire to put oil platforms offshore Malib…

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An overlooked July study published in September by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that cloth face coverings or masks are mostly ineffective in preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus as promoted by public health officials.

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Allowing legislators to choose their voters rather than the other way around has real world consequences for their constituents. Thanks to successful gerrymandering, the legislatures in Wisconsin and Michigan are dominated by Republicans even though their governors are Democrats. 

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If you happen to listen to Trump or Fox News (essentially the same thing), for months you have been hearing how ruffians are taking over our cities and how it won’t be long before they bring their lawlessness to the suburbs. 

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Despite the president’s magical thinking that if we ignore it, somehow it will go away, that nasty virus seems to be winning in most every state in the USA. For now, the Midwest and Great Plains states are hurting the most, but, clearly, we are in for a tough winter and probably equally toug…

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October is National Emotional Wellness Month. It is the time to focus on emotional wellbeing. It is a good time to start taking stock of our stress levels and an excellent time to make some changes, too. 

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I don’t know about anyone else, but I can’t believe that I’m still reading about freeway-related mountain lion deaths. I’m sick of it and I’m just plain sick over it. 

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“Make America Great Again” conjures up for many Trump supporters a sense of nostalgia for far simpler times—the Norman Rockwell illustrations of the 1940s and the “Ozzie and Harriet” show of the 1950s. We had just won World War II back then, and we were the undisputed super power.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s select subcommittee to investigate and oversee the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic published its findings on Friday, Oct. 2. Among the findings are that Democratic governors ignored guidance from the Trump administration and issued executive orders r…

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Hi, my name is Amanda Moss. I grew up near and have lived here for 36 years. I have seen your newspaper for many years. Read many of your ecological articles, kind to environmental situations articles, etc. I have always lauded you as a newspaper that shows kindness and environmental care fo…

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I endorse Keith Coleman, Jon Kean and Jennifer Smith for the Santa Monica-Malibu School Board. 

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Academic scientists push the boundaries of knowledge by learning thousands of rules and then testing potential new rules. With a collaborator in Germany, Professor Jennifer Doudna of UC Berkeley won the Nobel prize for chemistry last week for the discovery of CRISPR gene editing, now widely …

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What were you thinking when you put a 367-pound dead tuna, caught by someone who doesn’t even live here, on your front page? This creature could possibly be older than all of us. He was majestic. If you can’t find happy photos to share during these really sad and trying times, I have 4,000 r…

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Petulant, arrogant, rude, imperial, angry, humorless, Trump showed the world in the first presidential debate why he consistently has the lowest approval rating of any modern president.

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From Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution of the United States of America: “[The President] shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint...Judges of the Supreme Court.”

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Last week’s presidential debate featured the quintessential Donald Trump, breaker of norms and denigrator of “suckers” and “losers” who follow all the rules. In negotiating with the Commission on Presidential Debates, President Trump’s campaign staff had agreed to a debate protocol stipulati…

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There was another PCH highway fatality this past weekend. A 58-year-old Malibu man, walking west alongside PCH—we’re told somewhere off the highway, on or close to the shoulder—was killed in a hit-and-run accident. The driver fled and is yet to be found (See story page A1). Of all the inters…

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I am writing to respond to the letter of my friend Sam Hall Kaplan in the Sept. 10 issue of  The Malibu Times who characterizes the candidacy of Lance Simmens for the Malibu City Council as “questionable.” 

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Tonight is the first debate of the presidential showdown. Typically, debates don’t mean much and infrequently move the needle—with some exceptions. In the 1960 presidential race of Vice President Richard Nixon vs. Senator John Kennedy, the Republicans had pounded away on Kennedy’s youth, his…

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