During more than three decades at the Los Angeles Times, Sandy Banks has served as reporter, editor, editorial writer and internship director. But she’s best known for her personal columns, which focus on private lives, public policy and people who inspire and infuriate us. She returned to The Times in 2019 after a four-year hiatus. A Cleveland native, Banks has three grown daughters and lives in Northridge.
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Research has found that mental health can decline significantly, not only among those who witness or lose loved ones in mass shootings, but also among people who share elements of their identity. Buffalo is a stark reminder.
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I’ve felt safer, as coronavirus infections declined. Did I let my guard down too much?
Michael Wainwright liked to say he was just trying to “pay the Lord back” for all those years he fell short.