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  • Wins by Trump and Sanders portend another American revolution

    To the editor: The New Hampshire election results demonstrate a sad and scary truth: Our citizens are ready to revolt. ("As a long race beckons, Tuesday winners Trump and Sanders face challenges," Feb. 10) There's no question that government serves special interests, not the people. Citizens are...

  • Lean, mean -- and obese, according to BMI charts

    To the editor: According to my body mass index, not only have I been overweight for years, I've even been obese. ("BMI mislabels 54 million Americans as 'overweight' or 'obese,' study says," Feb. 4) Really? I am 65 and have worked out all of my adult life. I'm 5 feet 8 and 176 pounds. My blood...

  • Capitalism doesn't justify ripping off the sick with high drug prices

    To the editor: In response to David Lazarus' Feb. 5 column on price gouging by Big Pharma, one reader wrote, “As much as I appreciate Lazarus' reporting, this is a lost cause.” It is, but only as long as we the people continue to allow our representatives to be bought off by the lobbyists. ("With...

  • The Rams' new football stadium and the decline of American civilization

    The Rams' new football stadium and the decline of American civilization

    To the editor: Renderings of the proposed football stadium in Inglewood for the Los Angeles Rams and a picture of Super Bowl 50's quarterbacks side by side on the front page caught my eye as Monday's paper rested on my coffee table next to a photo book of ancient Roman ruins. ("The real challenge...

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    On Tuesday, both the county and the city of Los Angeles approved far-reaching and ambitious plans to help homeless people off the streets through a combination of housing, rental subsidies, case management and expanded counseling, therapy and other services. This is not the first time the county...

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  • Trump wins N.H. while the GOP establishment churns

    Trump wins N.H. while the GOP establishment churns

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    From a street corner to a room of his own -- starting the journey out of homelessness

    As volunteers fanned out across Los Angeles County last week to count homeless people, I knew of one homeless person in particular who had just days before escaped being counted on the streets. I met James Lonon as he sat on a concrete bench on the corner of 22nd Street and Wilshire Boulevard in...

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    Don't let the Syrian talks collapse

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  • Will you have the right to vote in 2016?

    Will you have the right to vote in 2016?

    As Iowa voters headed to their caucus sites Monday, 94-year-old Rosanell Eaton sat in the first row of a federal courtroom in Winston-Salem, N.C., to witness the closing arguments of a trial challenging North Carolina's new voter identification law. Eaton, who is African American and grew up in...

  • L.A. needs fewer platitudes and more action on port air pollution

    L.A. needs fewer platitudes and more action on port air pollution

    When Port of Los Angeles leaders approved the environmental impact report for the China Shipping company's terminal in 2008, the Harbor Commission chairman at the time boasted that the project would be among the cleanest and greenest terminals in the world. Months later, however, port officials...

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    "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story," FX's new miniseries about one of L.A.'s most spectacular celebrity trials, isn't perfect. It gets some details a little wrong — it conflated Nicole Brown Simpson's funeral with the viewing of her body in the first episode, for instance, and exaggerated...

  • The trouble with 'racial awareness' on campus

    The trouble with 'racial awareness' on campus

    When I was at university in London in the early 1990s, Michael Jackson's mega-hit “Black or White” was forever blaring in the student bar. As we drank our flat beers, we'd sing along: “It don't matter if you're black or white.” On American campuses, that statement might now be perceived as a so-called...

  • From jail to skid row, where 'all healing needs are met'

    From jail to skid row, where 'all healing needs are met'

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  • LAPD's wall of secrecy has to go

    LAPD's wall of secrecy has to go

    According to the news release it issued Tuesday, the Los Angeles Police Commission examined the details of two deadly officer-involved shootings last year exceedingly carefully before determining that one was within department policy and the other was not. To reach their conclusions, the five civilian...

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