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

  • Digital vs. analog: Vinyl is making a comeback, but is it actually better?

    Digital vs. analog: Vinyl is making a comeback, but is it actually better?

    Sometimes, you don’t know there’s wide disagreement or a debate over something until, suddenly, there is. Such is the case with reader opinions on music encoded digitally or on vinyl.  On Tuesday, The Times published an op-ed article exploring millennials’ embrace of the heretofore obsolete vinyl...

  • Are liberals helping Donald Trump by parodying him?

    Are liberals helping Donald Trump by parodying him?

    Good morning. I’m Paul Thornton, The Times’ letters editor, and it is Saturday, Jan. 7, 2016. There are less than two weeks until, well, you know. Let’s take a look back at the week in Opinion. Subscribe to the newsletter Opposing political factions have a nasty habit of pathologizing the behaviors...

  • Readers on Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds and the mother-child bond

    Readers on Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds and the mother-child bond

    For all the surprises and trauma 2016 threw at us, nothing could have prepared us for the day-apart deaths of cultural icons Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds. Their sudden departures earlier this week prompted several readers to pen stirring appreciations of two actresses who had entertained...

  • 2017 will probably be terrible. You can make it better

    2017 will probably be terrible. You can make it better

    Good morning. I’m Paul Thornton, The Times’ letters editor, and it is Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016. No doubt some dismayed readers have been waiting for this day since, oh, early November. With that in mind, let’s take a look back at the final week in Opinion for 2016. Subscribe to the newsletter If...

  • New news about the 'alt-right' is good news, readers say

    New news about the 'alt-right' is good news, readers say

    Some of The Times’ letter writers want little to nothing in their newspaper reporting on white supremacists or the so-called alt-right. That’s the message they’ve been sending in response to several articles over the last few weeks. Shortly after Donald Trump’s election victory, The Times ran a...

  • Message from Syria: You, Americans, have blood on your hands

    Message from Syria: You, Americans, have blood on your hands

    Good morning. I’m Paul Thornton, The Times’ letters editor, and it is Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016. Happy holidays to all our Opinion subscribers; I truly thank you for the time you spend each week catching up on The Times’ commentary. Now, let’s take a look back at the week in Opinion. Subscribe to...

  • Rick Perry as Energy secretary? Thanks for the laugh, President-elect Trump.

    Rick Perry as Energy secretary? Thanks for the laugh, President-elect Trump.

    For many of our letter writers, the news about President-elect Donald Trump’s transition has done little to lighten their mood even the slightest bit — until Rick Perry was picked earlier this week as the next U.S. Energy secretary.  The announcement Tuesday that former Texas Gov. Perry — who famously...

  • Electoral college, go ahead and make Trump president

    Electoral college, go ahead and make Trump president

    Good morning. I’m Paul Thornton, The Times’ letters editor, and it is Saturday, Dec. 17. For readers in Los Angeles, it’s been wet outside these past few days — but not wet enough over the last five years. Here’s a look back at the week in Opinion. Subscribe to the newsletter Since his election...

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