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  • The 'bad hair' blues know no racial barriers

    The 'bad hair' blues know no racial barriers

    To the editor: Unfortunately, the “bad hair” blues are sung by members of all ethnic groups.   (“The ‘bad hair’ barrier for blacks,” Opinion,  Aug. 24) I am a Jewish American woman with Eastern European roots, and my sisters had curly hair, so they had it straightened while I, with straight hair,...

  • California Department of Insurance reaches out after mistaken arrest

    California Department of Insurance reaches out after mistaken arrest

    To the editor: California Department of Insurance officials attempted to reach Maria Hernandez directly, and then through her attorney, to apologize immediately after learning on July 27 of the mistaken identity and arrest. The department filed a declaration of factual innocence on Aug. 11 to clear...

  • Time to fund 'permanent housing' for homeless

    Time to fund 'permanent housing' for homeless

    To the editor: Permanent housing with services is a proven, cost-effective approach to moving people from homelessness to stability, and opposing Proposition H will only let this crisis continue to worsen. (“The wrong way to fix homelessness in L.A.,” Opinion, Aug. 24) The nonprofit affordable...

  • More turbulence over Santa Monica airport closure vote

    More turbulence over Santa Monica airport closure vote

    To the editor: I am not a big fan of flying, but I believe the city of Santa Monica’s effort to close its airport is very shortsighted and wrong. (“Santa Monica again seeks to close airport,” Aug. 25) Residents living around the airport have complained about its existence for decades; however,...

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