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Voters, do not be fooled! The ballot question about whether Governor Newsom should be recalled is not a referendum on his performance. It is a cynical Republican effort to win statewide power in a special election when Democratic voters typically participate in lower numbers than during regu…

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The mayor and council are correct in trying to prohibit certain types of overnight camping during these unprecedented drought conditions. The foremost responsibility of government is to protect its citizens, and the risk of fire from overnight camping, whether from homeless people or from re…

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I never met my father. When Sirhan Sirhan murdered him in the kitchen hallway of the Ambassador Hotel in front of scores of witnesses, my mother was three months pregnant with me. Of my 10 older brothers and sisters, Kathleen, the eldest, was 16, and Douglas, the youngest, was little more th…

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The political landscape has recently featured a raft of policy decisions by conservative politicians and jurists that unerringly support the pro-death side of the decision. 

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I’m not someone who automatically votes either D or R for an office. I choose based on results. So, looking at my recall ballot, I considered accomplishments and failures. I made a list.

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I am saddened and outraged about the political propaganda video that SM-MUSD sent to parents, teachers, staff and community members attacking Malibu’s effort to form its own school district.

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The November 2018 Woolsey Fire is a “wake up call” for those of us who live in the Santa Monica Mountains. 

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We’re just back from vacation from Aspen to New York to Vermont, then back to New York, and finally Los Angeles. Traveling is a bear. Flights are canceled, airports are crowded, airplanes are full and you’re constantly worried if you’ve exposed yourself to this mass of humanity that could ki…

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Even though they work for the county, city praise should be given to the Zuma Beach maintenance crew who do a wonderful job of keeping the sand groomed and clean.

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Labor Day offers a powerful reminder of the crucial gains experienced by American workers in the past century. 

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The philosopher George Santayana wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Yet, as we look at the footage coming out of Kabul, Afghanistan, it looks eerily similar to the climatic scene in Rory Kennedy’s brilliant documentary, “Last Days in Vietnam.” We do not s…

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I’m not sure if hypersonic missiles or Iran’s drones have a chance of first strike capability. If so, or if some countries will think so, and/or don’t fear a second strike, then we need to take preventative steps. The same applies to nuclear weapons (with or without these) and perhaps likewi…

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In response to the guest column “The polio vaccine” published Aug. 5

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“America’s credibility as an ally is diminished because of the way the Afghan government was abandoned beginning with the Doha talks,” said Husain Haqqani, Pakistan’s former ambassador to the United States. These words referred to the Trump administration-negotiated deal last year with the T…

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All of us count on our government officials to look to the future, to protect and serve us. We’ve experienced a previous water shortage years past that produced extreme measures. I saw this new one coming, so why didn’t Sacramento? They’ve raised our taxes for dubious reasons, but spent noth…

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Your editorials occasionally refer to the conundrum of increased housing and traffic congestion [on] PCH. 

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The July 22, 2021, issue of The Malibu Times seems to have re-published articles which were written in the 1970s about fires at homeless encampments. Again, the articles about fires being “sparked” at Topanga are incendiary in nature, since the exact same fires were “discovered” in the exact…

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This week my wife’s computer and email directory got hacked. The hacking, of course, was followed with a plea for some money to help us out of some fictitious temporary crises, money to be sent to some untraceable locale. Invariably, these scams are done late Friday, and you spend the entire…

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It was a Friday night in September 1950. I was seven years old and my dad had been teaching me the racing start for a county race I was expected to run in that Sunday. Overnight, I started to feel some aches and pains, tried to get up from bed and collapsed. I couldn’t walk for months and ne…

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I would like to correct a few statements made in The Malibu Times article published July 29, 2021, “In the wake of numerous fires, city strengthens legal muscle to fight homeless encampments,” written by Jimy Tallal.

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It’s no surprise to anyone that California has some of the most expensive real estate in the country, and probably also the most prohibitive building standards. It takes longer and costs more to build anything in California than it does in many, but not all, other places. In this situation a…

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In response to “Street Talk: “Street Talk: “What is your opinion of the new indoor mask mandate for LA County and Malibu?” published July 22

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Having ventured out to visit the Hammer Museum to see its LA2020 exhibit before it closes, being vaccinated and with the pandemic—I thought—easing, I had looked forward to once again enjoying the Southern California cultural scene.

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It is clear that all of our city council and staff is seeking the best solution to the homeless camps and the increasing threat these encampments pose. Had the recent Tuna Fire occurred during a high wind event, the results would have been a fire that in minutes reached the ocean, consuming …

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Recently I was on a podcast when one of the co-hosts, a retired New York City police officer, expressed his opinion that people should be free to get or not get the COVID-19 vaccine.

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The recall of Governor Gavin Newsom seems to have picked up some momentum and in the latest poll, published Tuesday in the LA Times, 50 percent of the likely voters polled said they were going to vote “No” on the recall, which means they want to keep the governor, while 47 percent of likely …

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We’re back to wearing masks indoors again and it’s hard to keep track of what’s allowed and what’s not. One thing is for certain. Even if you’ve been vaccinated, you can still get COVID-19 and the new Delta variant appears to be more easily passed to others. If you’re vaccinated and get the …

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Arnold York points out how unusual it is for a terrific hitter like Shonei Ohtani to also be an outstanding pitcher (From the Publisher, July 8). It is interesting that baseball neither demands nor expects this kind of diverse ability. In fact, baseball encourages early specialization.

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In his July 8 editorial, “Coming together,” Publisher Arnold York describes the batting and pitching exploits of the most amazing baseball player since Babe Ruth. (Unmentioned is his amazing base stealing, a talent that was not part of the Babe’s skill set.) 

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We had a false alarm today. It actually began to rain. A few drops of water actually fell on the ground. People appeared shocked at the sudden appearance of rain, but sadly it didn’t last and we were soon back to normal. Dry ground, dry bushes, dry everything. We all know it. The State of Ca…

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We in Malibu have our share of luminaries, but nobody shines any brighter than Dick Van Dyke. He is that rare combination of talent and heart. At the age of 95, Dick has been around a long time, and yet you can’t find anybody who has a bad word to say about him. Humble, generous and consider…

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I was pleased to see your June 11 article about invasive shothole borers (ISHB) in the Santa Monica Mountains, which may help to bring attention to this little known pest affecting local trees. However, I did think the article was a bit alarmist and also misleading in its implication that no…

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Eating lunch down at Duke’s today, I was watching the European soccer matches, this time Spain versus Italy, and I realized we Americans don’t have anything like these national rivalries with long histories to bind us together against “them,” whomever that may be. The closest we come is perh…

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As the executive officer of the Local Agency Formation Commission (LA LAFCO or LAFCO), I feel obligated to reply to certain claims in Pamela Conley Ulich’s recent letter (“Our Beloved District”) to The Malibu Times. I would also like to express my gratitude to The Malibu Times for considerin…

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Summer has arrived. Weekend traffic is horrendous. Guys (some occasional gals) with their very expensive autos, which were all gassed up with no place to go, are back on the road. My Sunday late afternoons are often lived to the tune of incredibly expense auto toys strutting their stuff alon…

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I have been trying to hire workers for all different positions to work at my catering company. I have advertised on Craigslist, zip recruiter and in local newspapers. I have also asked so many people if they know anybody who’s looking for work to please contact me. As of writing this letter,…

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While catching up yesterday on my reading of The Malibu Times (June 10), in the graduation pages (although both my daughter and I have graduated from graduating a bit ago) I found a gem you wrote entitled Lessons Of Life.

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