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Martin Goldstein, associate professor of communications at Santa Monica College, defends Santa Monica College’s decision to offer two-tier course pricing. His argument: students need to be able to take classes so they can transfer and move on with their lives, no matter the price. Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2012 at Opinion L.A.
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We’re on a losing streak in Southern California, if not statewide, that just got worse with the recent cancellation of the HBO television series, “Luck,” which had none. As a result, more than a new TV series with poor viewer ratings but critical acclaim has been euthanized unnecessarily. Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2012 at Opinion L.A.
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There are even more crappier jobs than last year for recent college graduates in California and around the United States. This is what passes for a recovery? ALSO: Excuse me, my tattoo is ringing Photo gallery: Ted Rall cartoons The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2012 at Opinion L.A.
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The Republican presidential primaries continue Tuesday in Illinois, the land of Lincoln and of President Obama -- although, it should be noted, neither was born there. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney hopes that Illinois will give him the kind of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2012 at Opinion L.A.
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Ted Rall cartoon: After years of waiting, Angelenos finally get approval to extend the Metro system to the airport. Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2012 at Opinion L.A.
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A few days ago the 29-minute video “Kony 2012” went viral with more than 80 million views. Since then members of the free press and bloggers have done their best to blacken the name of three filmmakers and I want to brood about the affair. Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2012 at Opinion L.A.
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Last week was Super Tuesday. This week: Deep South Tuesday. Tuesday’s Republican primaries in Alabama and Mississippi could be a turning point in the GOP’s long battle to anoint a presidential nominee – or, depending on the results, no turning... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2012 at Opinion L.A.
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California Fish and Game Commission President Daniel W. Richards shot and ate a mountain lion in Idaho, where it's legal. Cartoonist Ted Rall wonders: Where will he go next? ALSO: Fish and Game's lion hunter Photo gallery: Ted Rall cartoons... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2012 at Opinion L.A.
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No matter which GOP presidential candidates win Tuesday night’s seven primaries and three caucuses, the race will look much the same on the day after as it did the day before. Mitt Romney will still lead in the race for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2012 at Opinion L.A.
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Research shows that transitional kindergarten results in greater academic achievement, higher graduation rates and better jobs, and saves schools money by reducing the number of students entering special education or having to be held back a grade. Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2012 at Opinion L.A.
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Almost once a month, for something like 10 years, I got to have dinner with Jim Wilson. That's James Q. Wilson, the influential scholar and the "broken windows" theorist who died Friday in Massachusetts. Jim and Roberta Wilson, married nearly... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2012 at Opinion L.A.
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Chris Dodd, the head of the Motion Picture Assn. of America, recently traveled to Haiti with Sean Penn. Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2012 at Opinion L.A.
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Kobe and Vanessa Bryant seem to be heading toward a bizarre combination: marital bliss coupled with legal (financial) divorce. In his weekly cartoon, Ted Rall imagines where else such odd -- yet beneficial -- arrangements are taking place, from the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2012 at Opinion L.A.
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On Sunday, Charlotte Allen, who describes herself as a conservative somewhere to the right of Pedro the Cruel, and Diana Wagman, a pacifist, vegetarian, Prius-driving, NPR-listening liberal, explained in separate Opinion articles why they have trouble talking to people with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2012 at Opinion L.A.
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On Sunday, Charlotte Allen, who describes herself as a conservative somewhere to the right of Pedro the Cruel, and Diana Wagman, a pacifist, vegetarian, Prius-driving, NPR-listening liberal, explained in separate Opinion articles why they have trouble talking to people with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2012 at Opinion L.A.
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OK, the train has now wrecked. Where will people be going next for their vicarious celeb thrills? The death of Whitney Houston raises once more the paradoxes of celebrity: We lap it up, admire and scorn the objects of our... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2012 at Opinion L.A.
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This Valentine's Day, a look at the "love" relationships between various creatures. ALSO: My Furry Valentine Grammy Awards shouldn't have celebrated Chris Brown Westminster: Malibu's wire fox terrier Eira goes for the double-crown --Olivia Russin / For The Times Olivia... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2012 at Opinion L.A.
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What are we to do about overcrowding in our jails? State Sen. Tony Strickland (R-Moorpark) has an idea. He recently drafted SB 983, which would allow counties to export prisoners to other states. Strickland's heart may be in the right... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2012 at Opinion L.A.
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When Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney talks about "self-deportation" as part of immigration reform, he's channeling Daniel D. Portado, a character political cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz crafted back in the 1990s. Alcaraz, the creator of "La Cucaracha," is also a pal... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2012 at Opinion L.A.
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(Click on the cartoon to see it at full size.) ALSO: Hollywood forever [Mimi Pond cartoon] The Richard Simmons vortex [Mimi Pond cartoon] Acts of random transit in L.A. [Mimi Pond cartoon] Cartoon by Mimi Pond / For The Times Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2012 at Opinion L.A.
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Does Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye oppose the death penalty? That's the way some observers on both sides of the debate took her statement in a Dec. 24 Los Angeles Times story by staff writer Maura Dolan. But no, the chief... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2012 at Opinion L.A.
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Is our California democracy more democratic than Iraq's? Than Tunisia's? If you answered "yes, of course," does that mean that a proposed ballot measure I'll describe in a moment will fly with Californians? I doubt it, but here's the back... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2012 at Opinion L.A.
Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy I will say this for Rick Santorum: He's one of the more well-spoken bigots I've heard in a while. His defense of his absolutist position on gay marriage,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2012 at Opinion L.A.
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Death sentences declined in California in 2011. But whether it's because it'll save money or it's just the right thing to do, it's time to do away with capital punishment. Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2011 at Opinion L.A.
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The Times' editorial board has been pondering the availability of pornography in the library, an issue that catches the public's eye every few months when one of the porn viewers misbehaves, or parents find it's hard for their children to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2011 at Opinion L.A.