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Opinion L.A. Observations and provocations from the Times' Opinion Staff
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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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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A major boost for 5G networks and public safety in California

During a response to a public safety incident or a disaster like a flood, fire or earthquake, emergency communications are vital for response and recovery. In saving lives and protecting property, minutes and seconds are critical. Teams working together must be able to communicate instantaneously.

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How a rigid fair-use standard would harm free speech and fundamentally undermine the Internet

Fair use is copyright law’s safety valve, protecting our ability to make social, political and cultural commentary and criticism. It is a societal asset we could not culturally live without, and its adaptability is its strength. If a documentary filmmaker wants to discuss portrayals of gay people in popular media in the 1990s, fair use would allow them to present film and television clips.

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Stephen Miller was no hero fighting left-wing oppression at Santa Monica High School

Stephen Miller would eagerly tell you he’s from a liberal paradise, and I’d have to agree with him. Growing up in Los Angeles, I have always noticed my views on gun control and women’s rights rarely provoked a challenge. Locally, I have been represented by women and minorities in Congress and on my City Council.

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Blowback: More government may not be the answer to boosting retirement savings

The Times’ Feb. 10 editorial, “House Republicans side with Wall Street against the little guy,” sadly resorts to worn out rhetoric and attacks about motive rather than engaging in an honest debate about ideas.

If we were to respond in kind, we would question the L.A. Times’ enduring faith in big government programs and their belief in a world without unintended consequences.

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