Opinion

Trump ignites consciousness of black professional athletes: Guest commentary |Sep 26, 2017

In a speech in Arizona, President Donald Trump’s made incendiary statements about NFL players who protest by taking a knee during the national anthem. A day later, Trump responded to NBA superstar Stephen Curry’s statement about not wanting to visit the White House by dis-inviting his championship team, the Golden State Warriors, from visiting the White House.

Parole exists for model prisoners like Van Houten: Letters |Sep 26, 2017

Parole exists for model prisoners like Van Houten Re “Should Manson follower Van Houten be paroled?” (Question of the Week, Sept.

Puerto Rico requires relief and rebuilding |Sep 26, 2017

Puerto Rico is in crisis. Hurricane Maria wiped out the U.S. territory’s agriculture, its infrastructure and its power. Medical care and even food is running out in some areas. Although FEMA’s response to date has been laudable, much more is needed — not just in goods and services, but in key legal reforms.

Sadly, patriotism becomes a political football |Sep 26, 2017

Can we get any more divided? Now we have Trump-vs.-NFL players sucking up more psychic oxygen across the land than Trump-vs.-Kim Jong Un, which might be just a tad more important. But our president relishes inserting himself boldly into all kinds of controversies, even when there’s no good reason for the leader of the United States to get involved.

With tuition-free community college, state can promise a better tomorrow today: Guest commentary |Sep 25, 2017

Two years ago, I traveled to Macomb Community College in Michigan, where then-President Barack Obama launched the College Promise National Advisory Board to advocate for free community college. As a proud member of that panel, I advise the College Promise Campaign on how to build broad support for programs that deliver free community college to hardworking students.

Are you confident in Trump’s handling of North Korea? Question of the Week |Sep 25, 2017

Amid a growing nuclear threat from North Korea, President Donald Trump has responded with threats of his own, and personal insults, against the country’s leader. The unusual war of words is the subject of our Question of the Week for readers.

The changing face of anti-Semitism: Joel Kotkin |Sep 24, 2017

When Donald Trump was elected president, much of American Jewish leadership reacted with something close to hysteria. To some, Trump’s presidency reflected the traditional face of the anti-Semitic right — xenophobic, nationalist and culturally conservative.

President Trump, Puerto Rico needs a hero: Carl M. Cannon |Sep 23, 2017

The entire state of Connecticut will lack a power grid, and perhaps potable water, for weeks or months. Following a historic natural disaster, the only power in hospitals and hotels — and private homes — comes from generators, which burn expensive propane or gasoline.

Fingerprinting ride-share drivers would cause hardship: Guest commentary |Sep 23, 2017

Like many Californians who are working but still struggling to make ends meet, Soraya Barnes used to worry about how she would stretch her budget to make it until the next paycheck. As a single mom, she knew how to make every dollar count, but when unexpected expenses popped up, she was forced to scramble to find ways to pay her bills and keep groceries on the table.

Pay inequality does long-term damage: Letters |Sep 22, 2017

Pay inequality does long-term damage Re “Bill barring questions on previous pay gains steam” (Sept.

LAUSD has to face health, pension costs — now |Sep 22, 2017

The Los Angeles Unified School District has long known it needs to do something about growing health-care and pension costs, as uncomfortable as that might be for school board members and district employee unions.

Clean-air solution has already arrived at Long Beach, L.A. ports: Guest commentary |Sep 21, 2017

Have you seen all those electric tractor trailers down at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles lately? If you haven’t, you’re not alone — because they don’t exist. Not only are port communities being promised solutions that currently don’t exist.

Let’s move on Trump vs. Clinton: Letters |Sep 21, 2017

Let’s move on from Trump vs. Clinton Re “Trump cares about himself more than storm victims” (Letters, Sept.

Latest health care bill is too hasty, risky |Sep 21, 2017

Republicans in Congress have not given up on altering our health care system, and the White House is prepared to go along for the ride. Unfortunately, the new bill, led by Reps. Bill Cassidy, R.-La.

Mr. President, please knock off the juvenile tweets |Sep 21, 2017

Even after eight months in the most important job in the world, President Trump can’t resist being a ridiculous juvenile with some of his tweets. A recent example — we can’t say the latest example, because we can’t predict what he might tweet between when we write this and when you read it — was his retweet of a doctored video of him hitting a golf ball into Hillary Clinton’s back, knocking her down.

Equifax breach a launchpad for hacks of personal info |Sep 20, 2017

This month it was revealed that cybercriminals stole more than 143 million credit records including Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers and addresses from Equifax, one of the three major consumer credit reporting agencies.

LAUSD’s Rodriguez owes public an explanation |Sep 20, 2017

Los Angeles Unified School District Board member Ref Rodriguez has stepped down as board president, but that is not enough to quell concerns about a public official who has just been charged with felonies related to his 2015 campaign for the seat he now holds.

Trump’s ‘venom’ is aimed at right targets: Letters |Sep 20, 2017

President’s ‘venom’ is aimed at right targets Re: “Trump must go, but disruption he brought should stay” (Joel Kotkin, Sept.

Not so fast with plan to add L.A. County supervisors |Sep 19, 2017

Last month, we warned Los Angeles County residents about a proposal zooming down Interstate 5 from Sacramento, a county government reform measure of dubious merit and motivation. The proposed Senate Constitutional Amendment 12, by Sen.

Air traffic delays costly to California industry, consumers; Congress can help: Guest commentary |Sep 19, 2017

Southern California has long been a center of aviation and aerospace technology. So it’s painfully ironic that our region has been harmed more than most by the federal government’s failure to upgrade the air traffic control system.

Keep calm: Torrance refinery safety is improving under new owner: Guest commentary |Sep 19, 2017

It is understandable that Torrance residents are concerned about a massive refinery in their midst. That is especially true because when ExxonMobil owned the facility, an explosion showered debris on neighborhoods, followed in the ensuing months of 2015 by a fire and leak of deadly hydrofluoric acid.

Public shouldn’t pay price for Equifax data hacking: Letters |Sep 19, 2017

Public shouldn’t pay price for Equifax data hacking Re “Equifax says data from 143 million Americans exposed in hack” (Sept.

Should ‘Dreamers’ be allowed to stay? Readers respond: Letters |Sep 18, 2017

Our Question of the Week asked, Should ‘Dreamers’ be allowed to stay in this country? Congress should find way to let young Dreamers stay I agree with Trump administration’s approach to immigration.

Should Manson follower Van Houten be paroled? Question of the Week |Sep 18, 2017

Leslie Van Houten, convicted of murder as a member of the Charles Manson “family” cult, has been recommended for parole by a state panel.

Congress needs to pass new war authorizations |Sep 18, 2017

As Americans observed the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, U.S. military action continued across the greater Mideast under the same old authorizations that lawmakers passed into law in 2001 and 2002.

An age of disasters — and how to deal with it: Joel Kotkin |Sep 17, 2017

HOUSTON — When Hurricane Harvey flooded Houston, followed by a strong hurricane in Florida, much of the media response indicated that the severe weather was a sign of catastrophic climate change, payback for mass suburbanization — and even a backlash by Mother Nature against the election of President Donald Trump.

Campus sexual-violence policies need reform in California: Guest commentary |Sep 17, 2017

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ announcement that the agency will act to replace the broad social intervention launched with its “Dear Colleague” letter of 2011 is a welcome correction.

Diagnosing Trump — an unhinged case study |Sep 16, 2017

Only seven months into his puzzling presidency, Donald Trump has accomplished an odd achievement: He’s made Sigmund Freud relevant again. Although the father of psychoanalysis is no longer fashionable, the Freudian concept of psychological projection is alive and well.

How L.A. sheriff’s bodycam policies can be improved |Sep 15, 2017

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has developed a plan to equip nearly 6,000 deputies with body cameras and policies for their use, according to Southern California Public Radio. Under the plan, the first year would be devoted to identifying a body camera vendor and get necessary infrastructure in place.

Give consumers control over credit information: Letters |Sep 15, 2017

Give consumers control over credit information Re “Equifax says data from 143 million Americans exposed in hack” (Sept. 7): Seems to me the three credit bureaus — Equifax, Experian and Transunion — should have all credit reports frozen automatically, and the consumer should have the right to say it’s OK to send their information to marketing prospects.

Rent control defies basic economics |Sep 15, 2017

Despite all the housing-related proposals in Sacramento, lawmakers have apparently yet to learn that more government involvement, making housing more expensive and less profitable, is never going to solve the state’s housing affordability problems.

Ugly truth behind attacks on Inglewood’s hope for Clippers arena: Steven Bradford |Sep 14, 2017

Our community is buzzing with excitement. The entertainment industry has a longstanding tradition in Los Angeles. Now, as the sports world doubles down on the area, it’s Inglewood’s turn to reap the benefits.

Gov. Brown can take step toward juvenile justice reform: Holly Mitchell and Alex Johnson |Sep 14, 2017

When a child commits a crime, we cannot give up on him or her. Our laws, our morality, demand that we respond in a manner that will help the child grow into a productive member of our community. As a California state senator and president of the Los Angeles County Board of Education, respectively, we have spoken to youth who have been detained and placed on juvenile probation.

Trump hasn’t changed — Democratic leaders have: Letters |Sep 14, 2017

Trump hasn’t changed the Democrats have Re “Democrats: We have a deal with Trump” (Sept. 14): Interesting how the AP article in Thursday’s Daily Breeze regarding President Trump working on a deal with Democrats to address the DACA wants us to believe that it was a result of Trump’s “about face” in dealing with Dems who he called “obstructionists” earlier.

Campus sexual assault policies need revision |Sep 14, 2017

Rape is a serious crime, but too often federal policies have forced colleges tododge basic legal protections for the accused. Like many overzealous state interventions, the federal government’s actions were well-intentioned.

Houston’s ‘Dunkirk moment’ a reminder of what unites Americans |Sep 14, 2017

Dunkirk, as memorialized in arguably the best movie of the summer, foreshadowed the catastrophic events wrought by Hurricane Harvey in Texas. The Christopher Nolan masterpiece recounted the heroic events in May of 1940, when at the outset of World War II, the English citizenry rallied to the rescue of more than 330,000 British and French troops who were trapped on a beach in northern France.

On California farms, marijuana legalization brings unintended changes: Guest commentary |Sep 13, 2017

SALINAS — The irony is rich. To weaken one mind-altering leaf crop 4,000 miles away, the feds inadvertently crushed California’s cut-flower crop, setting the stage for another mind-altering leaf crop to flourish here decades later.

Plan to create STEM-focused school in L.A. County deserves support |Sep 13, 2017

Despite the objections of the state’s education establishment, low-income and underrepresented students in Los Angeles County stand to benefit from an innovative proposal to create a state-sponsored science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum for middle and high school.

On POW-MIA Recognition Day, thank those who sacrificed: Letters |Sep 13, 2017

POW-MIA Day is time to thank those who sacrificed Prisoners of War and Missing in Action (POW-MIA) Recognition Day is Friday, Sept. 15. We have seen a few changes since my letter last year to the Daily Breeze regarding POW-MIA Recognition Day.

American generosity must go to Texas and beyond: Letters |Sep 12, 2017

American generosity must go to Texas and beyond Re “Who should pay for hurricane recovery?” (Question of the Week, Sept. 5): Of course we all should help as much as we can.

California should eliminate cash bail: Gavin Newsom |Sep 12, 2017

Today in America, people are in jail solely because they don’t have enough money. They haven’t been convicted of anything — they simply can’t afford to pay pre-trial bail.

This is a warning to L.A. community college trustee |Sep 12, 2017

The Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees last week slapped down member Scott Svonkin over fellow member Andra Hoffman’s allegation that Svonkin was bullying her. In a Sept.

Equifax profits by selling your personal data to marketers |Sep 12, 2017

The House Financial Services Committee will hold hearings into the massive data security breach at Equifax, but some lawmakers are not waiting to demand answers. The credit-reporting company disclosed last week that “criminals exploited a U.

SoCal economy will benefit from 100 percent renewable energy: Guest commentary |Sep 12, 2017

California’s fast-growing advanced energy economy is good for business and the economy. The industry is a source of more than 500,000 jobs across the state, and a bill now before the Legislature would make things even better.

California’s high cost of living hampers the state’s growth |Sep 11, 2017

On paper, California has done well during the economic recovery, but the high cost of living still makes it a difficult place in which to live and work. The Golden State’s economy is poised to surpass the United Kingdom’s as the fifth-largest in the world, but that prosperity is tenuous and rather unevenly distributed.

Should DACA policy on young immigrants be saved? Question of the Week |Sep 11, 2017

The Trump administration’s decision to rescind the immigration policy called DACA — unless Congress saves it — has renewed debate about the status of young people who were brought to the United States illegally as children.

Stormwater-fee bill affirms voters’ intent: Letters |Sep 11, 2017

Stormwater-fee bill affirms voters’ intent Re: “Gov. Brown should block stormwater-fee bill” (Editorial, Sept.

California politicians are not serious about addressing affordable housing: Joel Kotkin |Sep 10, 2017

California’s political leaders, having ignored and even abetted our housing shortage, now pretend that they will “solve it.” Don’t bet on it. Their big ideas include a $4 billion housing subsidy bond and the stripping away of local control over zoning, and mandating densification of already developed areas.

Why aging Angelenos are looking for roommates: Guest commentary |Sep 9, 2017

They say that with age comes wisdom. They don’t mention that, in Southern California, age also brings frightening economic uncertainty. Most seniors live on a fixed income — and in Los Angeles, where a housing crisis has led to a disproportionately rising cost of living, many older adults are forced to decide between paying their rent or mortgage, or eating and buying needed medication.

Democrats’ DACA dishonesty: Carl M. Cannon |Sep 9, 2017

Fulfilling his role as the titular head of “The Resistance,” Barack Obama took to Facebook Tuesday to snipe at the Trump administration’s announcement that it was rescinding the 44th president’s 2012 executive action called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.