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The chairman of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus, hasn't had many nice things to say about Donald Trump lately, but he ought to thank the trash-talking mogul for this: Trump will draw millions of viewers to the GOP's first presidential debate on Thursday, giving the party a chance...

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  • Mormon Church should lift ban on gay scout leaders

    Mormon Church should lift ban on gay scout leaders

    To the editor: The Mormon Church stated that allowing openly gay leaders in Scouting was “inconsistent with the doctrine of the church and what have traditionally been the values of the Boy Scouts of America.” ("Decision on gay Scout leaders settles the issue — or not," Aug. 1)

  • The responsibility we all share for a 4-year-old boy's killing

    To the editor: Thank you for putting the tragic story of the shocking killing of 4-year-old Daniel Munoz in Highland front and center in your Friday paper, and thank you for quoting San Bernardino County Sheriff's Deputy Adam Cervantes, who said there was a sense of urgency in seeking justice....

  • Pick the right LAUSD supt. for the job, not the one everyone likes

    To the editor: I hope the Los Angeles Unified School District's Board of Education does not spend too much time with a “lengthy process” just to appease myriad social groups when hiring a credible candidate for superintendent. ("L.A. Unified begins search for next long-term superintendent," Aug....

  • 'Superbug' threat pales in comparison to going uninsured

    This article is a beautifully written, dramatically gripping presentation of the risks of lifesaving technologies available in the complex world of healthcare, and of the expert and passionate efforts to identify and control those risks and to prevent harm. ("A killer on the loose: UCLA doctors...

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  • Paradise losing: Many Hawaii species are on the road to extinction

    Paradise losing: Many Hawaii species are on the road to extinction

    Each year I await with dread the federal government's catalog of endangered and threatened species in the Hawaiian Islands, where I was raised and where I live.

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    Endangered species of Hawaii

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    Fixing the imbalance in access to water

    Last fall, farmers working the flat land along the Colorado River outside Blythe, Calif., harvested a lucrative crop of oranges, lettuce and alfalfa from fields irrigated with river water. But that wasn't their only source of income. They made almost as much per acre from the seemingly dead squares...

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    Would L.A. be better off without the Olympics?

    As epic collapses go, Boston's bid to host the 2024 Olympics wins points for speed, if nothing else. On Monday, Mayor Marty Walsh announced that he didn't intend to sign the International Olympic Committee's required pledge to cover any cost overruns on the Summer Games. Within hours, the U.S....

  • Behind the DWP rate hike: Where will that money really go?

    Behind the DWP rate hike: Where will that money really go?

    Roughly one in five of the dollars that customers are charged for electricity will end up in the city budget instead of upgrading the transmission system or buying cleaner, greener energy.

  • No Export-Import Bank? No problem.

    No Export-Import Bank? No problem.

    July was supposed to be a particularly bad month for the U.S. economy. On June 30, the U.S. Export-Import Bank's charter officially expired. For the previous 81 years, this little-known New Deal relic handed out hundreds of billions of dollars in taxpayer-backed financing to benefit a select few...

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    In a May 11 post on The Times' OpinionLA blog, Ted Rall — a freelance cartoonist whose work appears regularly in The Times — described an incident in which he was stopped for jaywalking on Melrose Avenue in 2001. Rall said he was thrown up against a wall, handcuffed and roughed up by an LAPD motorcycle...

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    Local environmental activists don't get to make federal policy

    When President Obama recently approved Shell's request to drill in the Arctic, anti-fossil-fuel activists lobbied the Port of Seattle to deny docking rights to the oil giant's Alaska-bound rig. That effort failed. Then activists persuaded Washington State's King County to refuse the company a wastewater-discharge...

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    When 'innovation' means rule-breaking

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    Government agencies shouldn't get keys to unlock our encrypted devices

    When the arrival of cheap mobile phones threatened to help criminals conceal their activities from the cops, Congress enacted a law in 1994 requiring that all phone lines be capable of being wiretapped. Now, with communications moving to the Internet, the increasing use of encryption on smartphones...

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    The consequences of a bad deal with Iran

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  • Grading City Hall: How is L.A.'s city attorney doing so far? See our report card for Mike Feuer

    Grading City Hall: How is L.A.'s city attorney doing so far? See our report card for Mike Feuer

    In a series assessing the performance of elected officials in California, The Times is issuing report cards with letter grades to the top officials in City Hall. This week: City Attorney Mike Feuer.

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    My right to bare arms

    In the heat of summer, women of a certain age are wondering whether it's OK to abandon sleeves and let their upper appendages just hang out. Or is concealed carry the only option?

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    Local governments should not be forced to act as immigration agents

    The recent killing of Kathryn Steinle as she walked arm in arm with her father along San Francisco's Embarcadero was horrific, even if the details remain murky. That Steinle's alleged killer had seven previous felony convictions and had been deported five times only makes the incident more complicated...

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    For two years, the developers of the controversial Millennium Hollywood project have maintained that their two proposed skyscrapers were not being built astride an active fault line. But the state geologist, among other scientists, has vociferously argued otherwise, and when the state's official...

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  • Let's consider leniency for many 'violent' offenders too

    Let's consider leniency for many 'violent' offenders too

    Ever since President Obama commuted the prison sentences of 46 nonviolent drug offenders last week, reformers have been calling for similar acts of leniency for other nonviolent drug offenders still behind bars. Obama himself used his clemency declaration to denounce mass incarceration and racial...

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    Why is Guantanamo Bay prison still open?

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    Who can label Frankenfood?

    There have been ill-conceived attempts in various states, including California, to require special labels on genetically modified food. Such laws are not warranted by science or logic. There has been no proof found of harm to human health from bioengineered food. And while it's true that there...

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    A hacked Jeep should be a wake-up call to automakers

    The article on Wired.com Tuesday was like something out of a Hollywood thriller. As writer Andy Greenberg sped down the highway in a Jeep Cherokee, the radio started blasting hip hop, the air conditioning unexpectedly turned on, the wipers activated — and then the SUV switched itself into neutral....

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