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James Preston Allen is the founding publisher of Random Lengths News. He has been involved in the Los Angeles Harbor Area community for more than 40 years.

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Trumpdemic

Build a wall to protect the truth

By James Preston Allen, Publisher I’ve been thinking lately that perhaps America should build a wall like Donald J. Trump suggests, just not where he envisions it or for the reason he propo

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Cruisin’ For COVID

By James Preston Allen, Publisher SAN PEDRO — At about 6 p.m. May 8, several dozen cars and motorcycles started to gather and cruise along Pacific avenue between 17th Street and 6th Street. It was the very first day that the COVID-19 Stay-at-

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The Upside, the Downside and the Downright Stupid

Coronavirus is a dangerous opportunity

By James Preston Allen, Publisher The thing about a crisis is that it brings out both the best and the worst in people. It exposes those with true leadership skills and those who lack it and it reve

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An Infectious Stupidity or Conspiracy of Idiots

By James Preston Allen, Publisher There’s not a whole lot you can do with a man who doesn’t listen or learn from his mistakes and one who continues talking from a point of ignorance during a time of crisis against overwhelming evidence. 

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Why a Hardware Store Isn’t Like a Hospital

Laissez-faire capitalism meets the pandemic

By James Preston Allen, Publisher Sam at my local hardware store has a supply of N95 masks that he’s not price gouging on but limits the purchase

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The Quarantine

The next time someone tells you that government should be run “like a business,” place them in isolation for 14 days

By James Preston Allen, Publisher With the greater part of Los Angeles County on lockd

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Beyond the EPIC Campaign to End Poverty

Sanders, Upton Sinclair, FDR and Henry Wallace By James Preston Allen, Publisher To some who don’t know 20th century history, the Green New Deal that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is pitching might sound like a radical depar

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100 Years of Red-Baiting Will Not Stop Sanders

Dave Arian, Harry Bridges and Bernie Sanders

By James Preston Allen, Publisher The sky was overcast on Saturday, Feb. 8 when I showed up at the foot of Kaiser Point at the intersection of 22nd and Miner streets for the street renaming ceremony i

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Who is Stealing Your Vote?

Thom Hartmann’s new book, The Hidden History of the War on Voting — Who Stole Your Vote — And How to Get it Back

By James Preston Allen, Publisher If anything defines this era of American

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