Good morning. I’m Paul Thornton, The Times’ letters editor, and it is Saturday, May 13, 2017. Warning to travelers: Today may be the start of the toughest weekend ever for flying out of Los Angeles International Airport. Here’s a look back at the week in Opinion.
Remember — you don’t have to think far back — when
The sound judgment of
Trump’s crude self-dealing, outsize ego and willingness to wield state power against individuals were hardly secrets during the presidential campaign. Any politician who criticized executive-branch abuse under President Obama (and preferably President George W. Bush as well), should understand instinctively that this norm-breaking president requires more, not less, prophylactic restraint in the form of independent institutions and personnel.
Valuing such protections does not require any belief in Russia-conspiracy Twitter threads. To the contrary: Those who believe there’s no fire under the Russian smoke should want an unimpeachable, nonpartisan source to discover and publicize that conclusion.
[Sen. Rand] Paul, Cruz and [Sen.
(who also supported Comey’s sacking) are arguably the Senate’s three most eloquent voices declaiming the legislative branch’s constitutional abdication in making war, surveillance policy and even budgets. They are right about this, and they were right in demanding more investigative independence in the Obama administration. Here’s hoping they extend the discourtesy to Trump. Mike] Lee
Turns out we were right: The day Trump fired Comey, the Times’ editorial board declared that “absolutely nothing about James Comey’s firing passes the smell test.” The reasoning first offered by the White House — which in retrospect seems quaint — was that the deputy attorney general had written in a memo that Comey’s mistreatment of
Now what happens to the FBI’s Russia investigation? The editorial board asks that the next FBI director demonstrate his or her commitment to seeing through the investigation that Comey was personally handling (but really, a special counsel is preferable). Harry Litman, a former U.S. attorney and Justice Department official, writes in an op-ed article that the FBI’s obsession with the perception of it as this country’s most professional and competent law enforcement agency means that its Russia investigation will not go away anytime soon.
A 64-year-old liberal retiree can take up any number of hobbies. Like shooting. And what better place to buy your first gun than at an
There’s (another) election in Los Angeles on Tuesday, and we have recommendations. The editorial board is especially harsh in its “no” endorsement of Measure C, which it calls a “union ploy to go soft on police misconduct.” In the two City Council runoffs, the board recommends Monica Rodriguez in District 7 and gives perhaps its most tepid endorsement ever to District 1 incumbent Gil Cedillo. For the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education, the editorial board picks Nick Melvoin in District 4 and Kelly Gonez in District 6.
Do we need to hear much more from Hillary Clinton?
Whatever Trump says, California does the opposite. And it’s working. The president has identified burdensome regulations and environmental protections as major reasons employers are not adding more jobs. But California, which has the most stringent environmental laws in the country and is known for its highly regulated business market, “is the chief reason America is the only developed economy to achieve record GDP growth since the financial crisis of 2008 and ensuing global recession.” Bloomberg
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