Blowback

Opinion L.A. Observations and provocations from the Times' Opinion Staff
What isn't on California's ballot today: real choice

If this year’s presidential race has shown anything, it’s that large numbers of voters want more choice. As a result, electoral reforms like ranked-choice voting and proportional representation are being discussed more widely. 

In Maine, ranked-choice voting is on the statewide ballot today. If approved by voters, it would be used to elect Maine’s members of the U.S.

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Why 'marijuana turns users into losers' is a bad argument for prohibition

George Skelton's reefer rhetoric ("Longtime marijuana use might make you a loser," March 31) hearkens back to a time when marijuana policy was largely shaped by propaganda and prejudice. Times have changed.

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Despite what divestment activists say, ExxonMobil is searching for climate solutions

ExxonMobil recognizes the risks posed by climate change. We believe that everyone -- including oil and gas companies -- should be engaged in meaningful action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Based on recent media coverage of our company however, you could be forgiven if you found this surprising.

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Blowback: Why I gave the KKK 'exactly what it wanted' and protested its hate

I attended the Ku Klux Klan rally in Anaheim a week and a half ago, armed only with a picket sign and my camera. My intention was to bear peaceful and silent witness against one of the ugliest forms of racism. I never imagined there would be bloodshed, nor did I expect that counter-protesters, and not members of the KKK, would perpetrate the initial acts of violence.

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Blowback: Sexism in The Times' Sports section

I read, with interest, Bill Plaschke's Jan. 24 column "Girl Scout's project provides hope through hoops," especially as it fits into the Sports section's coverage, or lack thereof, of women's sports.

Maybe more than just interest.

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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.

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