Opinion L.A.

Opinion L.A. Observations and provocations from The Times' Opinion staff and guest writers
Trump and the flag: Is it respect he demands or worship?

Questions about Donald Trump’s religious beliefs — or lack of them — have haunted him since he emerged as a presidential candidate. Trump himself said in 2015 that “people are so shocked when they find … out I am Protestant. I am Presbyterian. And I go to church and I love God and I love my church.”

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The right says liberals can't stand free speech. Berkeley could take it; Trump can't

This weekend’s news cycle was dominated by the sports world’s demonstrations during the national anthem, sparked by President Trump’s Friday statement that NFL owners should fire any “son of a bitch” who “disrespects our flag.” Lost in the background was the fact that right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopolous’ self-titled “Free Speech Week” at UC Berkeley unraveled.

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Why Santa Monica got rid of parking minimums downtown. And why other cities should consider following suit

Santa Monica has long strived to be one of the most walkable places in Southern California. Policies to make downtown a pedestrian-centric walking district have been in effect since the 1970s, when Santa Monica pioneered the “park once” strategy, with centralized public parking structures that made it easy for people to leave their cars behind while they walked to multiple activities.

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The myths used to needlessly delay the Cadiz water project, debunked

California is world-renowned for its protection of natural resources, and its environmental laws are America’s strongest — far more stringent than their federal equivalents. In fact, the rigor of California’s environmental process has caused many high-profile projects to seek legislative exemptions from state review.

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Believe it or not, Graham-Cassidy socializes the cost of health insurance

There are plenty of things wrong with the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson proposal to overhaul Obamacare (and Medicaid, while it’s at it), from its cockamamie approach to helping people not insured by their employers to its blithe indifference to the rising cost of medical care.

But give sponsoring Sens.

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Puppy mills are hubs of animal cruelty. We don't need their business in California

Puppy mills are essentially the factory farms of dog breeding. But shutting them down is almost impossible. California Assembly Bill 485 does the next best thing. It cuts off the supply of animals from those puppy mills into one of their biggest markets in the country—California pet stores.

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