Your Two Cents’ Worth


It is simply wonderful news to hear that Gladys Knight will sing our National Anthem before the Super Bowl on February 3rd. In announcing that she will be singing at the Super Bowl, Miss Knight said that she will “give the Anthem back its voice, to stand for that historic choice of words, the way it unites us when we hear it and to free it from the same prejudices and struggles I have fought long and hard for all my life … ” Gladys Knight is a true patriot for which I truly congratulate her for her love for our country.


Gosh, it took the “Steadfast” author almost a full second essay to work Trump into the discussion about Mr. Caruso’s statue in the little old Pacific Palisades. How about a third, and this time don’t forget Putin!


One promise from Rick Caruso that has not been fulfilled is increased LAPD patrols in the Palisades. I have never seen anyone in the new LAPD substation on Swarthmore, yet alone a police officer. Meanwhile, crimes like burglaries are increasing in our neighborhoods.

Free Speech

I was disheartened to read in the Los Angeles Business Journal that at a recent USC Board of Trustees meeting Mr. Caruso was steadfast in his efforts to bully and silence a fellow board member (eventually removing him from the meeting after limiting his free speech to 60 seconds). Given the large statue that he erected in town I had assumed that Mr. Caruso was committed to the principles of free speech—including open and respectful debate.

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