One hundred and fifty years ago, with the country still torn by civil war,
We are far less divided as a country now than we were in Lincoln's day, but we're still split sharply, even bitterly, on some major issues. Healthcare reform, the federal budget, abortion, immigration, the
Today, however, is a day to set such disputes aside, in the spirit of Lincoln's 1863 proclamation and the original Thanksgiving celebration in 1621. This year, we at The Times' editorial board are thankful for:
The steady growth of the U.S. economy, slow as it may be, despite the dysfunction in Washington and the doldrums in much of the rest of the developed world.
The continued historic plunge of violent crime in Los Angeles.
California's recognition of same-sex marriage, five years after the
The end of Carmageddon closures. The Rampture is over and the Wilshire Boulevard ramps on and off the 405 Freeway are open again. Slowly, perhaps too slowly, the $1 billion project to add a 10-mile carpool lane to the 405 is inching toward completion next September.
The government's $13 billion settlement with
Los Angeles voters' rejection of a proposed increase in the local sales tax, despite warnings that crime would run rampant and the city would go bankrupt. Crime did not run rampant. And the city did not go bankrupt.
Alice Munro, the Canadian short story writer, whose four decades of brilliant prose were finally recognized by the Swedish Academy with the 2013
Gov. Jerry Brown's bold advocacy for a drastically simpler and more equitable way of funding schools.
The 23.3% of Angelenos who cared enough about their city's future to vote in the May mayoral election between
The fiscal turnaround in California, which wags once compared to Greece as an economic basket case. In fact, the state is now cited by some as the nation's model. But let's not go overboard.
New Los Angeles Unified school board member Monica Ratliff, for raising the first tough questions about
Former National Security Agency contractor Edward J. Snowden's revelations about the government's secret collection of the personal data of American citizens. Whatever you think of Snowden, his release of classified documents has triggered a debate about broad questions of policy that was previously impossible.
Sadia Saifuddin, who became the first Muslim to serve as student representative to the University of California Board of Regents, despite wrongheaded objections that she was anti-Semitic and could not represent "all the students."
The resignation of San Diego Mayor
The comparatively trouble-free launch of the website for Covered California, the state's health insurance exchange, in sharp contrast to the migraine-inducing problems at the federally run Healthcare.gov.
Pope Francis — Tweeter, free speaker, hugger, random caller to people who write him. He's challenging Roman Catholics and non-Catholics to think about their faith in action.
The state, for coming to grips, slowly and fitfully, with the causes and not just the effects of its criminal sentencing policies.
The new state law allowing immigrants who are in the U.S. without documents to obtain driver's licenses, thereby enhancing public safety.
The departure from the