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  • Gerrik Thomas -- a slain black life that mattered too

    Gerrik Thomas -- a slain black life that mattered too

    To the editor: I wholeheartedly agree with Michael Krikorian that there is a horrible lack of outrage about Gerrik Thomas' killing in South Los Angeles. Where are the protests? Do black lives matter only when those lives are taken by people who are not black? ("Just another South L.A. killing?,"...

  • LAPD Chief Beck: LAPD leads the way on transparency

    To the editor: I was very disappointed with this editorial's headline. ("LAPD's wall of secrecy has to go," editorial, Feb. 4) As you wrote deep into your editorial, the Los Angeles Police Department's inability to disclose additional details of an officer-involved shooting and any resulting discipline...

  • Barbie's perfect, but only inside her box

    To the editor: Barbie may be “basic,” as Meghan Daum writes, but playing with her is anything but. ("Curvy or no, Barbie is still a mean girl," Opinion, Feb. 4) We used to stick pins through her entire head and call them earrings, break her legs trying to make her ride a plastic horse. Ken got...

  • What happens when the wrong guy is arrested

    To the editor: Years ago as a young attorney, I represented a Mexican immigrant who had been arrested pursuant to a felony warrant issued in Los Angeles. He was held for several weeks and spoke no English. ("Mistaken ID case: Man was jailed despite being 9 inches taller than the wanted man," Feb....

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    At a post office in West Hollywood, the queue was seven agitated people long. Normally I'd have put in earbuds, listened to something on my phone. But I'd quit recently: No more headphones. No more podcasts on the go. No more Spotify at the gym. Boredom was my new fix, an extremely boring one at...

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    Don't let the Syrian talks collapse

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  • Will you have the right to vote in 2016?

    Will you have the right to vote in 2016?

    As Iowa voters headed to their caucus sites Monday, 94-year-old Rosanell Eaton sat in the first row of a federal courtroom in Winston-Salem, N.C., to witness the closing arguments of a trial challenging North Carolina's new voter identification law. Eaton, who is African American and grew up in...

  • Hawks vs. drones: An idea for grounding problem drones just so nutty it might work

    Hawks vs. drones: An idea for grounding problem drones just so nutty it might work

    Ever since hobby drones burst into headlines last year for buzzing commercial jets and interrupting firefighting efforts, U.S. regulators and state legislators have grappled with how to ground problem flying robots without causing damage and injury on the ground.Dutch police may have come up with...

  • Iowa votes. Ted Cruz wins. Readers yawn.

    Iowa votes. Ted Cruz wins. Readers yawn.

    The big-state residents of California, population 38.8 million, can't abide the once-every-four-years spotlight shined on Iowa, population Orange County.  That sums up the morning-after reaction by our letter writers, most of whom live in California, to the attention given to the Iowa caucuses...

  • The big winners in Iowa: voters on the outs with their own parties

    The big winners in Iowa: voters on the outs with their own parties

    During CNN’s Iowa caucus coverage Monday night, political consultant (and former Obama campaign manager) David Axelrod distilled the difference between the candidates for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Clinton’s speeches focus on her resume — years of experience...

  • Iowa manages to defy expectations, even as the favorites win

    Iowa manages to defy expectations, even as the favorites win

    Even when the top results aren’t really a surprise, the Iowa caucuses manage to defy expectations. For weeks, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have been virtually tied in the polls, so it shouldn’t have been astonishing that they finished neck-and-neck Monday night. And yet, Clinton’s campaign...

  • Congress must act to restore voting rights

    Congress must act to restore voting rights

    A federal court could rule soon on challenges to North Carolina's photo ID requirement for voters, which plaintiffs claim undermines the voting rights of racial minorities under the pretext of combating fraud. A federal appeals court held last year that a similar requirement in Texas violated the...

  • President Obama's inability to integrate a divided America

    President Obama's inability to integrate a divided America

    Who was Obama, and how will he be remembered? Now that he's on his way out — the Iowa caucuses being the official prelude to a new political era — the consensus that's been building is that although Obama more than qualifies as successful, he has not been transformational. He has not fulfilled...

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    Four Supreme Court Justices are older than 75. Is that a problem?

    In a law review article I wrote 15 years ago about cognitive decline on the U.S. Supreme Court, I predicted that, in the coming years, no one would take action to mitigate the problem. Instead, another half a dozen mentally decrepit justices would join “the roster of jurists who harmed their court...

  • Ted Cruz does the country a favor by beating Donald Trump in Iowa

    Ted Cruz does the country a favor by beating Donald Trump in Iowa

    As much as he excites hard-right conservatives, Sen. Ted Cruz remains a problematic potential presidential nominee for many voters — including Republicans who want to win the White House in November. But even some of Cruz’s critics have reason to celebrate the Texas senator’s first-place finish...

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    County or city: Who is responsible for dealing with L.A. homelessness?

    Imagine the father of two young children whose mother has died or disappeared. The father is desperately trying to make ends meet so he can pay the rent. And then he gets arrested, perhaps on a drug charge. He is convicted and jailed, and the children are sent to two different foster homes. This...

  • Blowback: This time, county supervisors are serious about ending homelessness

    Blowback: This time, county supervisors are serious about ending homelessness

    The Times' Robert Greene has asked why we should expect the current effort by the city and county of Los Angeles to combat homelessness to succeed when past attempts have failed. Mental illness continues to be the major factor contributing to the homelessness problem. Addressing the issue requires...

  • Go ahead, reinvent probation again - but do it right

    Go ahead, reinvent probation again - but do it right

    Probation was a concept dreamed up in the mid-1800s by a Boston boot maker who saw the folly of throwing children into jail for petty crimes. If he could give them a better chance outside of jail and show them the way toward a successful adulthood, he figured, then everyone — the kids, their families,...

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