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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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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell justified his decision to ignore President Obama’s March 2016 nomination of Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court by saying that it was an election year and that “the voters should decide,” not a lame-duck president. Garland’s nomination languished …

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Just when you thought this topsy-turvy world where black is white and white is black could not possibly get any more bizarre, of course, it has. Always looking for an opportunity to congratulate himself, Trump took his narcissism to a new depth when he recently told his doting friends on “Fo…

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I fear that Joe Biden would be a figurehead president, incapable of focus or leadership, who would run a teleprompter presidency with the words drafted by his party’s hard-left ideologues. I fear that Congress would begin an assault on the institutions of government that preserve the nation’…

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These days, you can watch a pro-Trump newscast on radio or TV and also an anti-Trump broadcast. I am sadly coming to the conclusion that whatever the truth is, in 2020 it can no longer be found unbiased. Today, all is politics, even sports.

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Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, testified before Congress last week that, absent an effective vaccine, the single best way to prevent transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus was to wear a facemask. President Trump immediately declared Redfield’s statement …

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I found it rather humorous that the report on the first Malibu Candidates Forum said that the forum was well attended with 109 people on Zoom. Well attended would have been 1,000 or more of our residents which Google pegs at 12,777. How do people decide how to vote without information? I am …

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In December 1941, Japan’s military attacked our naval base in Hawaii killing 2,403 Americans and sinking four of our battleships. Imagine for a moment, if you possibly can, how the current occupant of the White House might have responded if he were president at that time:

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An American icon passed on this week. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who tried her best to hang on through the election despite being in the final stages of cancer, lost the battle and, barring anything unpredicted, the Republicans will fill her seat. There are two terribly sadde…

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This is my 50th year living in Topanga. Before this year, the local fire  department checked on our brush clearance compliance no later than July 1. Now, property owners are given extension after extension to be in compliance. My understanding is that owners have until 8/31/2020 to comply. A…

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President Trump used an impromptu Labor Day press conference at the White House to castigate the Pentagon leadership (appointed by him) saying, “...they want to do nothing but fight wars so that all of those wonderful companies that make the bombs and make the planes ... stay happy.” He took…

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I found the article about COVID on track to claim more law enforcement lives than 9/11 very sad, disturbing and, yes, preventable. 

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President Donald Trump and Governor Gavin Newsom sat at the same table here in California, six-plus feet apart and, as I see it, basically tried to stare each other down over climate change and forest management. In the politest terms, each accused the other of not doing his job properly. Ne…

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In the old days, political operatives would have to have physical access to a ballot box in order to stuff it with fraudulent ballots. Today, political operatives can simply use the U.S. Postal Service to do the stuffing for them.

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I have several good friends who support Trump. They are caring, decent human beings, and I consider it one of the great failures of my life that I have been completely unable to convince them of the error of their ways.

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