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  1. JOE MATHEWS: LA should offer the NFL money to stay away

    Tuesday, Oct 28 2014 11:02 PM

    Mayor Eric Garcetti says Los Angeles shouldn't give taxpayer dollars to the National Football League. I disagree. L.A. would be wise to pay the NFL -- to stay away.

    Twenty years after the Raiders and Rams left, the very bad idea of luring the NFL back is gaining momentum. Los Angeles just extended a downtown stadium deal agreement. The NFL is surveying rich Angelenos to see if they'd buy season tickets. Garcetti says it's "highly likely" a team will relocate here.

    The arguments against bringing the NFL are so numerous that I can't list them all in a short column, but here are a few:

    1. An NFL team would only add to our deep bench of dubious celebrities. The L.A. media already has enough celebrities to distract TV stations and...

  2. JAMIE COURT: Yes on Prop. 45 to stop health insurance company ripoffs

    Is health insurance affordable? Not if you pay for it yourself. Small businesses in California have faced $250 million in health insurance rate hikes that regulators deemed unreasonable, but were powerless to stop. That's why California...

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    GENE VOILAND: Prop. 2 aims to secure California's fiscal future

    As a businessman, I've learned that timing matters. As a Californian, vitally interested and concerned about the future of the state, I see an opportunity that we should seize. California's economy is improving. Unemployment is dropping,...

  4. MARGARET CARLSON: Why Sarah Palin's sun has begun to set in Alaska

    Alaska is known for having the economy of a petrostate, a far-flung citizenry, a large native population and unreliable polling. Oh, and Sarah Palin. A supernova, she exploded and dissolved as a vice presidential candidate, and she was a...

  5. JACK SANTINO: Five myths about Halloween

    Halloween is a holiday shrouded in darkness, linked to the supernatural and known for inspiring fear. So it's not surprising that there are many misconceptions about its traditions, origins and meaning. Here are some of the most common. 1...

  6. ROBERT STERN: What happened to Jerry Brown, the reformer we once knew?

    "Write the best campaign, lobbying and conflicts of interest reform legislation that you can." That was the instruction that Secretary of State Jerry Brown gave me when he hired me as his office's Elections Counsel in 1972. He indicated...

  7. MEG PENROSE: Executions might be too costly to carry out

    There may be many reasons to support the death penalty, but economics is not one of them. Fiscal conservatives are hard pressed to explain how a punishment that is empirically three to five times more expensive than life in prison,...

  8. DAVID MUHLHAUSEN: Penalties deter many murders at far less cost

    On September 17, Texas executed Lisa Coleman for murdering a 9-year-old child. Death penalty opponents argue that, even in the most heinous cases, executions are just too costly, and that society would do better to substitute...

  9. AARON DAVID MILLER: Barack Obama, disappointer in chief

    All presidents disappoint. It comes with the job, the unreasonable expectations Americans have for their presidents, and the inherent conflict and disconnect between campaigning (promising people all they can have) and governing...

  10. NANCY FONER: Is Tony Soprano quintessentially American?

    It used to be that Christopher Columbus was the major iconic representative of the Italian-American community in popular culture, but he has since given way to the likes of Tony Soprano and all the Hollywood-inspired gangsters that came...

  11. CHRISTINE FLOWERS: LGBT community must be willing to criticize its own

    I make no secret of the fact that I'm (an imperfect) Catholic. That makes for interesting conversations with strangers who only know me by what I've written, particularly former Catholics who still can't believe I go to Mass. So many of...

  12. JOHN DICKERSON: Romney in 2016? Don't bet on it

    Romney 2012 could really have benefited from the speculation about Romney 2016. When Mitt Romney was a Republican presidential candidate, he had to suffer boomlets of enthusiasm for other contenders as GOP Wise Men rooted around for...

  13. JAY AMBROSE: It's time to teach history

    Refuse to think, assume the worst, overreact, disregard laws and rules and then pronounce yourself someone standing up for the best in education. That's what we've recently witnessed in Colorado's Jefferson County, the scene of...

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