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ACCORDING TO LIZ - In the fable about the three little pigs, the big bad wolf huffed and puffed and blew down the house made of straw and the house made of wood, but when his hot air made no impact on the solidly built brick house of the third pig, he tried to sneak down the chimney and ended up in the soup pot.

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GUEST COMMENTARY - During the summer of 1967, I wrote my second novel in an apartment in the Echo Park Lake section of Los Angeles.

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ACCORDING TO LIZ - “A country that was founded on the principles of free speech, free press, and the freedom of religion — all rights tied inexorably to words — is fast becoming an illiterate nation.”  – from the website of David Baldacci’s WishYouWellFoundation.org

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STUDENT DEBT - Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Saturday that Congress could reverse the 2017 GOP tax cuts, which overwhelmingly benefited the rich and large corporations, to finance the cancellation of all remaining student loan debt after President Joe Biden announced his more limited plan to wipe out $10,000 for most borrowers.

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GUN VIOLENCE - Among the many ironies and hypocrisies leading up to the 2022 midterms, one deserving special mention is Trump's and the GOP's unremitting claim that America has become more violent and dangerous under Biden and the Democrats.

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