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Why Is Your Health Insurance and Care So Expensive? Blame Your Legislators for Selling You Out to the Industry

Health insurance companies across the country are seeking and winning double-digit increases in premiums . . . In California, Aetna is proposing rate increases of as much as 22 percent, Anthem Blue Cross 26 percent and Blue Shield of California 20 … Continue reading

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My Sunday Column: There’s no justice in this system — when the punishment no longer fits the crime

Consequences — there must be consequences for our actions, or there will be hell to pay. The punishment must fit the crime. Without that, at least as a shared principle, what do we have? That’s what justice for all is … Continue reading

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The Blumenfield Challenge: Get a Job, Bob — Valley Assemblyman Runs for Two Public Offices Simultanously

People I know and respect tell me Bob Blumenfield is a nice man who has helped them solve problems for some of the charities they support, some of the causes they believe in and  some of the business and union … Continue reading

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The arrogance of power: My Sunday Column

In a world gone crazy, teetering on the brink of economic chaos, with thousands dying every day at the hands of rogue governments, wars being fought over precious natural resources and the young losing hope in the future, you have … Continue reading

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21st Century Blues: Grandiose Schemes Going Nowhere in the Post-Modern Economy

Fantasies die hard — especially here in the land of myths that hold you can be anything you want, have anything you want, if you want it bad enough.  That’s the heart of the California dream, a dream that has … Continue reading

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The bumpy road of local transportation — My Sunday Column for Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena

A long and bumpy road lies ahead for California — make that thousands of rutted, cracked and broken roads and highways. Nearly 60% of the state’s roadways are distressed and need reconstruction or major maintenance. More than a quarter of … Continue reading

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Field of Schemes: Crony Capitalism Is Alive and Well in L.A.’s Pursuit of Pro Football.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Troy Senik,a senior fellow at the Center for Individual Freedom and a contributor at Ricochet.com, wrote this article for City Journal.  By Troy Senik, City Journal California, a state whose greatest innovation in recent years has been finding … Continue reading

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How Taxes Even on Other People and the Super-Rich Became a Dirty Word

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is my Sunday column for the LA Times’ community newspapers in Glendale, Burbank and Pasadena  The government credibility gap A decade after the great California tax rebellion began with passage of Proposition 13 to stop gouging on … Continue reading

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Standing up for what we believe in — My Sunday Column for Glendale-Burbank-Pasadena Papers

For people who came of age in the Roaring ’20s or the Great Depression that followed, this is déjà vu all over again, a moment in history that must make them feel like they have taken a step back in … Continue reading

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Anthony Portantino: From Obscurity to the Spotlight, a Politician Doing What’s Right

Sipping iced coffee in the Black Cow Café in Montrose on Friday with Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, I found myself suspending my disbelief, putting aside my deep cynicism as a newspaperman and feeling like I was in the company of a … Continue reading

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