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Opinion L.A. Observations and provocations from the Times' Opinion Staff
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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Blowback: Why overregulating the 'gig economy' would hurt L.A.

The gig economy is perfect for a place like Los Angeles, capital of the entertainment industry. Even before smartphones and companies like Uber and Lyft made finding temporary work simple, people who followed their dreams to L.A. have taken the short-term jobs necessary to make ends meet while they go out for an audition or are in between productions.

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