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DEEGAN ON LA-“We are never going to get our planet back to the way it was,” exclaimed 16-year-old Claremont high school student Sofia Cervantes, whose role model is 16-year-old Swedish schoolgirl climate activist and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Greta Thunberg (photo above). 

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ALPERN AT LARGE--I've never met Scott Presler, who is a Virginia activist that spends an extraordinary amount of time cleaning up and bringing hope to the homeless and the forgotten amongst us.

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PHARMA POLITICS-Congress and other decision makers need to act now to bring back to the United States the manufacturing of not only our prescription drugs and our over-the-counter medications, but even more importantly, the precursor chemicals used in the manufacturing of those medications.

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BACKTALK--In regard to your article on the Brentwood Community Council, I think there are a few things that you got wrong and am rather surprised that you wrote a public piece without doing the investigative reporting such a piece would require. 

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GELFAND’S WORLD--I walked into Fry's Electronics in Manhattan Beach on Saturday afternoon. My first clue that something was amiss was that the parking lot was nearly empty.

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CLIMATE POLITICS--A home burns as the River Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex, moves through the area on July 31, 2018 in Lakeport, California. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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ONE MAN’S OPINION-Since few of us recall pre-World War II America, we know of no time when America was not the leader of the Free World.

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BUSINESS POLITICS-Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote of being leery of a fast-talking huckster who visited his home: “The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons,” Emerson exclaimed. 

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NEW GEOGRAPHY-The term “useful idiot,” often credited to Vladimir Lenin, applies to people supporting a cause or movement injurious to their own self-interest.

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@THE GUSS REPORT-In my recent return to 790-KABC, I told host Peter Tilden that LA City Council president Herb Wesson’s campaign to become an LA County Supervisor poses an existential threat to Los Angeles because Wesson – a career politician who has been in his current gig since January 12, 2012 – deserves most of the blame for the myriad crises facing the city, most of which are far worse now than then. (Photo above: LA Times.) 

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PERSPECTIVE--Earlier this year, a number of wealthy parents, celebrities, and college prep coaches were accused of offering large bribes to elite universities in order to get their children into schools they didn’t qualify for. 

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ONE MAN’S OPINION-Family therapists know that families often ignore the elephant in the living room.

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