Venice beach

Mother’s Day sunset on Venice beach.

Seeking justice


The CRJ is so concerned for diversity, equity and inclusion to the detriment of education. What Santa Monica High School needs above all is commitment to teaching all children the basics of math and language skills. When will CRJ, teacher unions and school boards realize that “education” means learning to communicate and achievement in the adult world?

Carol Busching

Los Angeles


Missing something


I can’t wait to run out of my place and get a copy of the Argonaut. Thursday morning is  local news awaiting day at my place...for years until lately. Why? Something is erroneously missing. 

Whatever happened to the Advice Goddess? Yes, I saw her farewell in the paper, but for as long as she...has been a columnist, I’ve anticipated Thursday morning. Sad thing you say? Yes, rather. The Argonaut is not the same. 

Maybe this is a new phase, but Thursday mornings have turned into ordinary days awaiting a hopefully fun weekend. Just saying….

Sheila Walsh-Vargas 

Los Angeles


Suicide awareness in May 


May is Mental Health Awareness Month. As a volunteer and advocate with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, this month I am asking everyone to join us and demand #MoreForMentalHealth.

I have lost several family members, including my brother, to suicide. Suicide is 100% preventable but only with the support of the community through awareness and education. Please consider all that we are asking in this letter and make this really be front and center   in your papers. Thank you for considering our needs on behalf of those presently suffering.

I am doing more by calling on my legislators at the federal and state levels to support legislation that will fund the implementation of 988 and the suicide and mental health crisis system across our nation, particularly for those in underserved communities. 

Currently, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available at 1-800-273-8255 and de-escalates the crises of tens of thousands of callers each day. On July 16, those in distress and those that support them will be able to reach the Lifeline through a simple 3-digit number: 988. By making the Lifeline more accessible through this shorter number, calls, texts, and chats to the Lifeline’s network of crisis call centers are expected to increase. 

It is vital that the federal government work with states to ensure callers in distress will have: 1) someone to call, 2) someone to come help, and 3) somewhere safe to go. We must act NOW to secure funding to equip call centers and community crisis response services throughout the country with the staff and resources to respond to everyone in crisis. 

Join me this month in urging our federal and state public officials to do #MoreForMentalHealth. You can start by visiting

Together, we can help #StopSuicide.

Margaret Irwin

Los Angeles