Opinion L.A.

Opinion L.A. Observations and provocations from The Times' Opinion staff and guest writers
The maturity of Spain's democracy is on display in Catalonia

Having read the Oct. 31 editorial, “Spain's ham-handed attempts to intimidate Catalonia are feeding a political crisis,” I cannot help being shocked by The Times Editorial Board’s lack of objectivity and disrespect for a country that does not need to prove it is a democracy under the rule of law.

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In Asia, an uncharacteristically muted Trump sends a mixed message to North Korea

During his swing through Asia this week, President Trump avoided the sort of inflammatory and insulting language about North Korea that has alarmed diplomats and set nerves on edge.

As The Times reported, there were no repeats of his threats of “fire and fury” and no sabotaging of his secretary of State.

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A mass shooter's name is part of the story; concealing it is silly and self-important

As anyone who has taken a high school journalism class knows, one of the 5 Ws that reporters should be careful to include in the first paragraph of a news story is “who.” Usually that means providing the name of the newsmaker, whether his actions are praiseworthy or vile.

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The culture war against sexual harassment needs cautionary tales. Raul Bocanegra is one of them

Now that the details of an alleged groping incident nearly a decade ago by California Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima) have been made public, some people would like the Democrat to resign his post representing the northeast San Fernando Valley.

Should he? I can’t say.

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Tweet by tweet, President Trump keeps proving that he's not fit for the office

We’ve known — well, most of us have — since the 2016 presidential campaign began that Donald J. Trump lacked the personal characteristics to step in as a reliable leader of the free world. He’s impetuous, unthinking, and the sway his emotions hold over his mouth — or his Twitter fingers — belies a frightening immaturity for a man in his 70s.

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So what do we mean by ‘collusion’ anyway?

After the indictments of his former campaign chairman and deputy chairman were announced Monday morning, President Trump took to Twitter to tut-tut that “this is years ago, before Paul Manafort was part of the Trump campaign.” (Actually, some of the alleged wrongdoing took place in 2016.) Then three minutes later came this addendum: “....Also, there is NO COLLUSION!”

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