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  • Imagine, actually 'preparing' for a debate and for the job

    Imagine, actually 'preparing' for a debate and for the job

    To the editor: You know, it was really unfair of Hillary Clinton to study and prepare for Monday night’s debate against Donald Trump. Then, to take things even further, she “stooped lower” and actually knew facts about things the moderator, Lester Holt, asked. ( “Trump goes back on attack,” Sept....

  • A burning debate over dead trees

    A burning debate over dead trees

    To the editor: All too often, media coverage of the recent tree mortality has focused only on negative portrayals without considering the ecological importance of dead trees to our forest ecosystems. ( “The forest for the trees,” Opinion, Sept. 25) This op-ed was a helpful antidote to these common...

  • Send design for art district project back to drawing board

    Send design for art district project back to drawing board

    To the editor: I can’t decide if the so-called 6AM project most closely resembles my computer motherboard or the infamous Cabrini-Green public housing projects in Chicago (which didn’t work so well). (Re “Arts District going up,” Business, Sept. 24) I think some green space, with more separation...

  • What does genius really mean?

    What does genius really mean?

    To the editor: Author Eric Weiner distinguishes extremely knowledgeable people from true geniuses. ( “If everyone’s a genius, is anyone a genius?” Opinion, Sept. 25) But I think most geniuses actually come from a different world — they are often persons who make contributions in a field of knowledge...

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    A better death penalty for California

    Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh was sentenced to death for the murder of 168 people in 1997. He was executed less than four years later. McVeigh was not railroaded; his claims were fully considered. His case was reviewed on appeal by the federal court of appeals, again by the federal district...

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    Why Iran is more dangerous than Islamic State

    U .S. political leaders of both parties argue that destroying Islamic State is America’s top priority in the Middle East. In reality, that’s not nearly as important as confronting the challenge posed by Iran. The nuclear deal that went into effect a year ago may have postponed the danger of an...

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    MacArthur fellow Josh ‘Don’t call me genius’ Kun digs beyond Hollywood to discover L.A.’s many cultures

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  • Trump failed the commander in chief test. Badly

    Trump failed the commander in chief test. Badly

    The main challenge for Donald Trump in his first debate with Hillary Clinton this week was always clear: He needed to pass the commander in chief test. And he failed. Voters saw two candidates on the stage Monday evening: one who had done her homework and thought seriously about questions of war...

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    Trump takes Clinton's bait in the first debate

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  • Stop trying to shape the narrative

    Stop trying to shape the narrative

    The most exhausting thing about our politics these days – other than the never-ending presidential election itself – is the obsession with “shaping the narrative.” By that I mean the effort to connect the dots between a selective number of facts and statistics to support one story line about the...

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    Will adding a veggie burger to the In-N-Out menu destroy the country?

    When I opened Facebook, I found a message directing me to eat a very sensitive part of the male anatomy between two slices of bread and expressing the fervent hope that I would soon get run over. That was one of dozens of vile Facebook screeds calling me: un-American, a fascist, a moron, delusional,...

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    Trees are dying in the Sierra but the forests aren’t

    The trees are dying. The forests are not. This distinction is getting lost in all the angst over the tree die-off in the central Sierra, coastal ranges and other forests of California. Players ranging from the Forest Service to CalFire to Sen. Dianne Feinstein and other public officials are ignoring...

  • Stop overusing the word ‘genius’

    Stop overusing the word ‘genius’

    The MacArthur Foundation on Thursday announced its latest crop of “genius grants,” and once again — be honest now — you thought maybe, just maybe, this was your year. And why not? These days, we’re all geniuses. We might be “marketing geniuses” or “culinary geniuses” or “TV  geniuses.” Our children,...

  • Clinton and Trump will be held to different debate standards, but that’s OK

    Clinton and Trump will be held to different debate standards, but that’s OK

    A few weeks ago, Republican pollster Frank Luntz asked a group of undecided voters what they thought of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. They didn’t much like either one. Trump’s “crazy,” they chorused — “a charlatan.” Clinton is “deceitful,” “dishonest,” they said. “So what can Trump do to win...

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    Should we let an unstable person have control of the nuclear arsenal? No, but that's not the right question

    A growing chorus of politicians and national security experts have questioned whether it would be safe to have Donald Trump’s finger on the nuclear button. But are they asking the right question? In an open letter, 50 leading Republican national security experts warned that Trump possesses “dangerous...

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    Vote for Johnson, elect Trump. Clinton's youth turnout problem and what Tom Steyer can do about it.

    Hillary Clinton’s in trouble with the young. It’s not that they’re flocking to Donald Trump, who trails her in every poll of millennial voters. Instead, she’s losing their allegiance to Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson. The oddity — and potentially, the tragedy — of all this is that many...

  • Finalize the Trans-Pacific Partnership while the political window is still open

    Finalize the Trans-Pacific Partnership while the political window is still open

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    Cease-fire is still the least bad option for Syria

    Secretary of State John Kerry has been indefatigable in pursuing a negotiated cease-fire in Syria.  So it was especially depressing Wednesday when Kerry confessed in a speech at the United Nations that he entertained “profound doubt” about whether Russia and the government of Syrian President Bashar...

  • Autonomous vehicles could cost America 5 million jobs. What should we do about it?

    Autonomous vehicles could cost America 5 million jobs. What should we do about it?

    Suddenly the era of driverless cars seems very near indeed. Uber began testing driverless cars in Pittsburgh last week, and this week, the Obama administration endorsed the push to develop these vehicles. Adding to the momentum, Ford and BMW say they will produce autonomous cars by 2021. Driverless...

  • Elizabeth Warren is in the headlines, but L.A. City Atty. Mike Feuer deserves credit for pursuing Wells Fargo

    Elizabeth Warren is in the headlines, but L.A. City Atty. Mike Feuer deserves credit for pursuing Wells Fargo

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