Opinion L.A. Observations and provocations from the Times' Opinion Staff
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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Blowback: Why polystyrene bans do more harm than good

What better place than California to become a zero-waste state? It is the nation’s epicenter of innovation, where creative people think about economic and societal challenges and create unique solutions.

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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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