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Climate Change

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An Air Freshener for the Outhouse

Johnny Townsend: Trying to recover from all the damage caused by water pollution and carbon emissions and other toxins will cost the country a great deal more than the short-term profits waiting to be made now.

Rockaway Forgotten After Storm Sandy

Rockaway Forgotten After Sandy

Mark Naison: The people of Rockaway are again reminded that they are living in the land that God, and the City of New York has forgotten.

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Education Reform

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Arne Gets An Earful!

Mark Naison: I asked for a two-year moratorium on all these policies — no more school closings, no more VAM, no more charter school creation — and a new effort by the US Department Education to have teachers voices have a primary role in shaping Department policy rather than business leaders.

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Immigration Reform

Children Seeking Asylum

Children Seeking Asylum and Finding Antipathy

Tina Dupuy: I might be the only syndicated columnist in the country who was raised by the state. So when lawmakers and public pontificators discuss the welfare of unaccompanied minors who’ve been dropped on our proverbial doorstep, I should probably speak up.

Obama Undocumented Immigrants

Obama’s Defining Moment

Randy Shaw: President Barack Obama has a chance to define his presidency and vindicate the ideals of his 2008 campaign by one decisive act: issuing an Executive Order granting legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants.

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Ecomomic Justice

Amazon Books Pricing

Amazon Pricing Drives Me Bot-ty

Randy Shaw: My battle is with the bots and algorithms Amazon uses to price its books. I can’t reason with them, because they are not human. Yes, it’s true. We have a book industry whose dominant market decides prices based entirely on a computer formula.

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Elections and Campaigns

Grimes Beating McConnell

McConnell’s Knotty Problem

Berry Craig: In any event, few tea partiers will likely go for Grimes. But more some might hop on the David Patterson bandwagon. Patterson is the almost unknown Libertarian third-party candidate.

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Marianne Williamson’s Open Letter to Hillary Clinton

Marianne Williamson: I want to hear what’s true from you. I want you to rail against the chemical companies and their GMO’s — not support them. I want you to decry the military industrial complex — not assure them you’re their girl.

Sarah Palin Running For President

Egads! Sarah Palin in 2016

Tom Degan: For those of us who thrive on the gales of laughter provided to us by Sarah Palin and unintentional comedians like her, these are indeed sweet times to be alive.

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Los Angeles

Villaraigosa Community Bank

Can Los Angeles Communities Bank on Antonio Villaraigosa?

Peter Dreier: Los Angeles is littered with the debris of banks’ risky and sometimes illegal practices — subprime loans, predatory lending and foreclosed homes that destroyed the lives of families and stripped entire communities of their major source of wealth.

Eagle Rock Dump Expansion

Where Is Councilmember Huizar on Dump Expansion?

Lazaro Cuevas: Deliveries of trash to the dump, now at about 800 tons per day, could double or triple under the proposed expansion. A larger dump and more trash will worsen air quality, noise levels, and traffic congestion in Eagle Rock.

Los Angeles Skid Row

The General and the War to Save LA’s Soul (Part III)

Dan Bluemel: Sometimes the cops get a kink in their colon and enforce the code en masse, other times they lay low, but to focus on one homeless woman as though she were a “problem child,” as they so named her, is difficult to understand.

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