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In today's pages: Ethanol guzzling, Ike liking, back-to-school pill shopping

August 20, 2007 | 11:19 am

The editorial board continues its "A Warming World" series with an ethanol expose:

"Gasoline is going -- alcohol is coming. And it's coming to stay, too, for it's in unlimited supply. And we might as well get ready for it now."

Those words might have come from President George W. Bush, or just about any member of the U.S. Congress, or every major presidential candidate from both parties. All are euphorically drunk on ethanol (a fancy name for grain alcohol), seen as the miracle fuel that will simultaneously solve our global warming problem and end our reliance on foreign oil. Actually, though, they were uttered by automotive pioneer Henry Ford nearly a century ago.

Ford might have been a visionary, but he was badly mistaken about ethanol. Unfortunately, so are Bush et al.

On the op-ed page, editorial writer Karin Klein discusses the new must-have back-to-school item -- meds. LAPD officer and author Will Beall likens Los Angeles to a "hoary old vaudevillian" that always one-ups fiction writers and filmmakers. Eisenhower biographer Michael Korda tells the GOP it could learn something from Ike, who knew when to stop a war. Columnist Gregory Rodriguez says Bourne is better than Bond.

Readers react to the leveling of California students' test scores. San Dimas' Ken Sheffer has an idea: "I propose that the same tests that are given to high school students be administered under the exact same conditions to teachers at all levels...."

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