BCK FILE--Charles Dickens wrote of three spirits, the “Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.”

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GUEST WORDS--Rules for who can vote in the city’s neighborhood council elections — and presumably run for board seats — were made stricter by a Los Angeles City Council committee Tuesday, but it is unclear if such a change can take place for nearly half of the city’s 2019 neighborhood council elections, due to a timing glitch.

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PLATKIN ON PLANNING-I never cease to be amazed how the lure of super-profits blinds the eyes of short-term real estate investors, elected officials and city staffers who enable them, and cheerleaders who lobby for them.   

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ALPERN AT LARGE--For as long as I can remember, as far back in childhood that I can remember, I both cherished my Judaism and had a profound respect for Christianity.

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CORRUPTION WATCH--As 2018 closes and we step into 2019, let’s review the history of the media in not only world history but also in Los Angeles. 

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FIRST PERSON-In the past few years, artificial intelligence has rapidly evolved for the purpose of making communication easier.

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EASTSIDER-While trying to take care of my mother-in-law during her last months, I discovered a seriously dysfunctional side to the Department of Water and Power. 

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GUEST COMMENTARY-If you’re looking for the quintessential Christmas experience, there’s only one place you should go: the Southern California desert. 

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EIGHT MOST READ IN 2018----Christine Blasey Ford just came forth with allegations of sexual assault against Judge Kavanaugh and I believe her claims to be true.

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GUEST WORDS--Socially sanctioned killing is called war. The word “war” may be the most powerful word in human history, because it creates a mask of respectability for — that is, it conceals — the dehumanization and mass slaughter of a designated enemy, along with limitless environmental contamination.

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OTHER WORDS--This holiday season — a time so often associated with bringing family together — my thoughts keep turning to the families in the migrant caravans making their way to the U.S. southern border.

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NEW GEOGRAPHY--Little over a decade ago, the housing sector almost brought down not only the American but the world economy. Today the reprise of the housing decline will be playing a very different tune.

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