Paul Thornton

Writer

Paul Thornton is the Los Angeles Times’ letters editor. He joined the editorial pages in 2005 as a researcher and occasional editorial writer and also served as a Web producer. A UC Berkeley graduate, he lives in Alhambra with his wife, two sons and two cats.

Recent Articles

  • Fake news writers: 'Hillary Clinton, here are your deplorables'

    Fake news writers: 'Hillary Clinton, here are your deplorables'

    One of the guilty pleasures of editing letters to the editor is occasionally reading novel, colorful insults included in submissions that do not make it into print. Almost all of the time, the rhetorical flourish in these letters cannot make up for the lack of a substantive argument, so they get...

  • Opinion: The NRA's demographic death spiral

    Opinion: The NRA's demographic death spiral

    Good morning. I’m Paul Thornton, The Times’ letters editor, and it is Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. The Cold War was declared over 27 years ago today. Here’s a look back at the week in Opinion. Subscribe to the newsletter The right may have won the battle, but the numbers say the left will win the war....

  • The term 'alt-right' whitewashes racism, readers say

    The term 'alt-right' whitewashes racism, readers say

    We haven’t seen anything like this in generations: Adherents of a heretofore fringe ideology with frightening views on race exult in the outcome of a presidential election. The self-proclaimed media mogul for this “alt-right” will serve as the next president’s top political strategist. So how should...

  • Singing Trump's faults

    Singing Trump's faults

    For some of our letter writers, the clear majority of whom appeared to favor Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump’s upset victory in the presidential election was the shock of a lifetime. Since last Tuesday’s vote, more than 1,000 letters reacting to Trump’s impending presidency have been submitted; most...

  • The Left Coast resistance to Donald Trump

    The Left Coast resistance to Donald Trump

    Good morning. I’m Paul Thornton, The Times’ letters editor, and it is Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. None of what you are about to read is based on fake news; with that in mind, let’s take a look back at the week in Opinion. Subscribe to the newsletter In last week’s newsletter, I noted that The Times’...

  • With our legal pot and liberal politics, California is fine place to wait out the Trump era

    With our legal pot and liberal politics, California is fine place to wait out the Trump era

    A decade ago, California was derided as a deficit-crippled, failed state fatally torn apart by left-wing spending habits and conservative anti-tax impulses. We were ungovernable. Now who’s the failed state? On election night Tuesday, the Golden State lurched in a different direction than much of...

  • Opinion: People are right to fear President Trump

    Opinion: People are right to fear President Trump

    Good morning. I’m Paul Thornton, The Times’ letters editor, and it is Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. If you seek only consoling words after Donald Trump’s election to the presidency, stop reading now. Those with the stomachs for more digestion of President-elect Trump’s gut-wrenching victory, read on....

  • Our 'yuge' 2016 ballot: The editorial board is here to help

    Our 'yuge' 2016 ballot: The editorial board is here to help

    Good morning. I’m Paul Thornton, The Times’ letters editor, and it is Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. We’re a full hour further from the end of the seemingly ceaseless 2016 election than you might think, but it’s because of a good cause: Daylight Saving Time ends early Sunday morning, so remember to set...

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