To the editor: I’ve been meaning to commend the Los Angeles Times for the mostly excellent job it has done as Southern California’s sole remaining major newspaper. I only want to give kudos and encouragement, and I look forward to a time when it is not such a struggle for you to get it done at the level this city and region deserve. … [Read more...] about Letters to the Editor: Is the L.A. Times too opinionated on Trump, or is its coverage just right?
Trump is preparing the ground to, once again, claim victimhood. If he loses in November, he’ll scream (well, tweet) “foul!” and “unfair!” and somehow draw in President Obama and Jeff Bezos and his expanding cast of political critics real and imagined to argue that he is the target of some vast left-wing socialist lamestream media conspiracy (it’s not beyond imagination that he’ll claim it was concocted in a Wuhan research lab) and that we need to TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK NOW! (emphasis in the imagined original tweet). … [Read more...] about Opinion: Trump is a genius at distracting us from his deadly incompetence. This is how a thug acts
But how is such a mission even possible? Temperatures on the planet's surface (about 860 degrees Fahrenheit) are in fact hotter than Mercury, even though Venus is roughly double the distance from the sun. This is higher than the melting point of many metals including bismuth and lead, which may even fall as "snow" onto the higher mountain peaks. The surface is a barren rocky landscape consisting of vast plains of basaltic rock dotted with volcanic features, and several continent-scale mountainous regions. … [Read more...] about Forget Mars, Venus Should Be NASA’s Next Space Destination | Opinion
If you are a Muslim woman who hides her face for religious purposes, you are subjected to a fine and may have to complete a citizenship education class where you will be taught that being a "good citizen" means to uncover your face. Meanwhile, the same government is telling all citizens that in order to be a "good citizen", you must adopt "barrier gestures", which includes covering your face. This asymmetrical reading of the same behavior, depending on the context and the person who makes the action is at best arbitrary, at most discriminatory. It allows the government to judge people's intentions—why we do what we do—rather than judging the facts of our actions, which, in my view, rehabilitates the "crime of opinions" when it comes to Muslim religious freedom. … [Read more...] about France Banned Muslim Women From Covering Their Faces. Now It Wants Everyone To Do Just That | Opinion
The young black man was sentenced to 15 to 25 years in prison, while the white man was sentenced to six months in county jail, with the possibility of getting our for good behavior after three months. I can imagine that both possessed some of the same attributes I have. But for the white man, these traits were used to justify lenient punishment. I understand that these were two different cases in two different states with two different sets of laws, and there may be factors that I am not aware of. However, the fact remains that black males receive harsher and longer sentences for similar crimes. It is a common and unfair practice in America, and history seems to be repeating itself. … [Read more...] about Racism in America: 72 Years Ago a Black Teen Was Wrongly Sentenced to Death. Nothing Has Changed | Opinion
Many in America made a serious mistake by placing so much trust in China during the pandemic. We must now undo the damage. The first step is building on our alliances with countries that share our values, treat us as friends and have the technological capabilities to innovate and creatively solve problems. For our pandemic future, Israel is the ultimate American ally. … [Read more...] about Why Israel Is the Ideal Ally for This Moment | Opinion