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Black Friday Is Becoming ‘Black Thursday’

UNITED STATES—It’s that time of year again, the holidays are in full-force and spending time with family is on high alert.  Personally, I’m a huge fan of fall, the months of October, November and December are my favorites because there is nothing like spending quality time with your family. Unfortunately, a thing called corporate America may be infringing on those rights. ...

Protecting Our Children

UNITED STATES—Anyone who is a parent or has taken care of a child understands how important it is to protect that child at all costs.  Unless you’re a parent, it could be a concept that is quite difficult to grasp, but a child bonds with an adult in a way nothing else will.  It is your job to provide for...

Government Shutdown, A True Stalemate

UNITED STATES—For those of you living under a rock, the federal government has been ‘temporarily’ shutdown, because members of Congress cannot get their act together to come up with a compromise to please both parties. America, I want all of you to know, members of Congress ARE STILL GETTING A PAYCHECK! While some federal workers have received furloughs and are...

Obamacare Is It Right For All Americans?

UNITED STATES—For months, Americans have been well aware that President Obama’s health care plan would soon come to fruition. On October 1, the plan took its first steps to ensuring that every human being would be offered health coverage.  I do however have a bone to pick with the plan. In my personal opinion, I believe every single citizen in...

Is Another Economic Disaster Looming?

UNITED STATES—It appears three to four times a year, there is a discussion about a government shut down.  And to be honest I’m sick and tired of hearing about it.  Do politicians have any idea what type of detrimental impact a government shutdown could have on the economy? Are they aware of the repercussions beyond the fact that they...

Same Old Same

  UNITED STATES—I like weird little stores and shops that have eclectic collections of oddball stuff. I also like the convenience of going into a single huge store and finding most of the stuff I want with more efficiency, if less romance. I know the impact of the huge chains of enormous enterprises, epitomized by Wal-Mart, on what used to...

The Great Debate About Marijuana

UNITED STATES—Marijuana is a subject that has people arguing against or for the drug to be legalized.  A lot of people consider the drug something that does not hurt others, but that depends on what is considered a victimless crime. The problem with marijuana is that it has the potential to impair a person’s judgment. People who smoke marijuana...

Addressing The Crisis In Syria

UNITED STATES—It’s an issue that has literally swept the nation in the past week or so.  The threat of chemical warfare at the hands of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has many Americans and members of Congress worried that another war could be at stake.  This crisis could be more serious than what Americans were forced to speculate withIraqa few...

The Importance Of Being Punctual

UNITED STATES—I always ask myself time and time again, why is there only 24 hours in a day. It’s not enough time to get all the things done that need to be completed.  For most of us, we spend between 8 to 12 hours at work, for some, its between 12 to 16 hours, factor in the drive to...

Homeowners Are Nibbling Away At Our Trails

  LAUREL CANYON—Over the last few years I and neighbors have complained that homeowners are moving into the neighborhood and putting up fences, gates and barriers to trailheads all over the Santa Monica Mountains.  Recently there was a hearing where the MRCA testified that their preliminary review disclosed property on Mulholland Terrace encroached on park property. In anticipation of the hearing...
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