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Los Angeles Times Opinion A roundup of the latest opinions from the Los Angeles Times' editorial board, columnists and op-ed contributors: http://latimes.com/opinion

The Opinion section of the Los Angeles Times offers just that: opinions. These include editorials and blog posts by The Times' editorial board, the weekly columns by a handful of Times columnists, and the op-eds penned by a variety of experts outside The Times on the major topics of the day. All of these writers work separately from The Times' news reporters.

A nation that willfully destroys another country’s heritage would be no better than the criminals who have destroyed irr...
01/06/2020
Opinion: Destroying cultural heritage sites is a war crime

A nation that willfully destroys another country’s heritage would be no better than the criminals who have destroyed irreplaceable sites in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere in recent years.

Trump’s threat to attack heritage sites of profound importance to all of human civilization is morally reprehensible.

"On busy days there can be as many as 50 tour flights over Griffith Park to view the Hollywood Sign and Griffith Observa...
01/05/2020
Hawaii isn't the only state that has a problem with unsafe tour helicopters

"On busy days there can be as many as 50 tour flights over Griffith Park to view the Hollywood Sign and Griffith Observatory, often flying at above-ground altitudes of 500 feet or less."

#LATreaders react.

Over Southern California, tour helicopters fly dangerously close to tourist attractions because the FAA refuses to establish a minimum altitude.

"For us here in the Central Valley, this once-in-a-lifetime project can help us break multi-generational poverty and imp...
01/05/2020
Taking high-speed rail away from the Central Valley would be a terrible mistake

"For us here in the Central Valley, this once-in-a-lifetime project can help us break multi-generational poverty and improve the health and air quality of our communities."

#LATreaders react.

Why is it so bad to start building the state's high-speed rail system in Fresno, where it can do the most economic good?

"However, it’s a pipe dream to believe others will follow his lead until money is removed from politics."#LATreaders rea...
01/05/2020
Why politicians like ex-Republican Chad Mayes are so rare

"However, it’s a pipe dream to believe others will follow his lead until money is removed from politics."

#LATreaders react.

Chad Mayes left the Republican Party so he could serve his constituents. Don't expect to hear more stories like his.

"At last we are being joined by business leaders requesting rules that will provide the predictability they need to plan...
01/05/2020
Why a carbon tax to fight climate change is superior to cap-and-trade

"At last we are being joined by business leaders requesting rules that will provide the predictability they need to plan and prosper."

#LATreaders react.

A cap-and-trade scheme requires a massive new bureaucracy, something that implementing a carbon tax doesn't need.

"Let’s call the recent deadly attacks on Jews what they are: pogroms."#LATreaders react.
01/04/2020
We have the wrong leader for fighting anti-Semitic violence

"Let’s call the recent deadly attacks on Jews what they are: pogroms."

#LATreaders react.

The president sets the tone and morals of the country. Unfortunately, we need someone better to respond to recent incidents of anti-Semitic violence.

"Why do Americans appear to “take for granted” the benefits of our Constitution, as Roberts warns? Most likely because t...
01/04/2020
Impeachment gives John Roberts a chance to defend judicial independence

"Why do Americans appear to “take for granted” the benefits of our Constitution, as Roberts warns? Most likely because they just don’t see the benefits."

#LATreaders react.

The chief justice warns that Americans take democracy for granted. If he wants to change that, he must assure fairness at President Trump's impeachment trial.

"Never mind the consequences; all that matters is that Trump gets the news cycle moving in a new direction."#LATreaders ...
01/04/2020
Readers see impeachment as motivating Trump's airstrike in Iraq

"Never mind the consequences; all that matters is that Trump gets the news cycle moving in a new direction."

#LATreaders react.

No evidence has emerged that Trump ordered the strike on Iranian Gen. Qassem Suleimani to distract from his impeachment, but letter writers speculate otherwise.

If things don’t change for the better, if death from racing cannot be made rare, the question that will loom large is wh...
01/04/2020
Editorial: Will horses finally stop dying at Santa Anita in 2020?

If things don’t change for the better, if death from racing cannot be made rare, the question that will loom large is whether the sport should continue at all.

With new reforms in place and more recommended by the district attorney, can Santa Anita reduce its horse death rate as a new racing season begins?

A reliable census is fundamental to democracy, and the Trump administration must ensure that the 2020 count is conducted...
01/03/2020
Editorial: A lot is riding on the 2020 census. We'd better get it right

A reliable census is fundamental to democracy, and the Trump administration must ensure that the 2020 count is conducted under the highest possible professional standards.

Getting the decennial census right is vital for our democracy, so we hope the Census Bureau, after a rocky run-up, will be ready for the 2020 count.

"Did I even exist if I couldn’t share my days, show my cyber community where I was, and exactly what I was doing?"
01/03/2020
Opinion: My month without the internet

"Did I even exist if I couldn’t share my days, show my cyber community where I was, and exactly what I was doing?"

Did I really even exist if I wasn't sharing my days with my cyber community?

We’ve been down this speech-trampling road before, most recently with the Bush administration’s Obscenity Prosecution Ta...
01/03/2020
Opinion: Conservatives are coming for your Pornhub

We’ve been down this speech-trampling road before, most recently with the Bush administration’s Obscenity Prosecution Task Force.

Emboldened conservatives are trying to use the Trump moment to steer the GOP away from protecting individual liberty.

Trump has taken legal positions unlike any president in American history, treading into dangerous territory. Will any of...
01/02/2020
Opinion: Will the Supreme Court protect democracy or Trump in 2020? It can't do both

Trump has taken legal positions unlike any president in American history, treading into dangerous territory.

Will any of the five conservative justices be willing to say he has gone too far?

Protecting Trump from subpoenas would irreparably damage the checks and balances integral to the separation of powers under the Constitution.

The 2020s are just beginning. Here's our wishlist for how things might be improved during the decade ahead.
01/02/2020
Editorial: New Year's wishes for the 2020s

The 2020s are just beginning. Here's our wishlist for how things might be improved during the decade ahead.

The Los Angeles Times editorial board offers its wishes for the new decade. Let's all resolve to make them come true.

If Trump doesn’t win reelection, he spends the rest of his life as a loser — the worst thing you can be in Trump world.
01/02/2020
Opinion: 2020 will be the worst year of Trump's life

If Trump doesn’t win reelection, he spends the rest of his life as a loser — the worst thing you can be in Trump world.

Here's why I’m quite certain we’ll be free at last from Donald Trump on Jan. 20, 2021.

Unlike in 2016, when he was executing a hostile takeover of a party and a conservative media establishment that simultan...
01/01/2020
Opinion: Fasten your seatbelts for a truly ugly 2020 presidential campaign

Unlike in 2016, when he was executing a hostile takeover of a party and a conservative media establishment that simultaneously disliked him and underestimated him, Trump now has the support of both.

President Trump in 2020 has a lot more to lose than Candidate Trump had in 2016, and that means a nasty campaign.

"Growing up Jewish in Los Angeles, I never had a thought about being afraid to go to synagogue. Now I fear for my grandd...
12/31/2019
We have the wrong leader for fighting anti-Semitic violence

"Growing up Jewish in Los Angeles, I never had a thought about being afraid to go to synagogue. Now I fear for my granddaughters and for all of us."

#LATreaders react.

The president sets the tone and morals of the country. Unfortunately, we need someone better to respond to recent incidents of anti-Semitic violence.

"Whether we are here to see it or not, we know life will surge up from this dirt and take its turn. It will do its best....
12/31/2019
Opinion: In life's winter, it's easier to be astounded by the spring

"Whether we are here to see it or not, we know life will surge up from this dirt and take its turn. It will do its best. It will face obstacles, some annoying, some catastrophic," writes author Amy Goldman Koss.

We older people should get more credit for our decorum, especially considering all we have lost and are losing.

It’s been three years since Californians voted to legalize marijuana, but the state is still struggling to figure out th...
12/30/2019
Editorial: Why can't California find the pot tax sweet spot?

It’s been three years since Californians voted to legalize marijuana, but the state is still struggling to figure out the right levels of regulation, taxation and enforcement to apply.

California should reform its marijuana taxes, with an eye toward public health and harm prevention.

Housing is at the root of the state’s problems. The good news is that California leaders took significant steps in 2019 ...
12/30/2019
Editorial: California finally acted on the housing crisis; will 2020 be even better?

Housing is at the root of the state’s problems. The good news is that California leaders took significant steps in 2019 to ease the problem.

California leaders in 2019 took significant steps to ease the housing crisis. But California’s shortage of homes is so steep and the affordability gap so big, that it will take more time and more ambition to eliminate the crisis.

"The correct solution is to further incentivize electric vehicles, and now."#LATreaders react.
12/29/2019
Toll lanes are a 1970s solution to congestion and bad air

"The correct solution is to further incentivize electric vehicles, and now."

#LATreaders react.

Congestion is best solved with improved public transit, and pollution with more electric vehicles. Toll and carpool lanes could make problems worse.

"Asking the average voter with very limited economic, financial and legal knowledge of large-scale projects to weigh in ...
12/29/2019
California's bullet train is an argument against direct democracy

"Asking the average voter with very limited economic, financial and legal knowledge of large-scale projects to weigh in on something like this is a recipe for failure."

#LATreaders react.

Voters should never be asked to decide on something as complicated as a statewide bullet train.

"Surplus pets exist because people fail to take full responsibility for the dependent lives they create."#LATreaders rea...
12/29/2019
No-kill activism has given us an epidemic of starving feral cats

"Surplus pets exist because people fail to take full responsibility for the dependent lives they create."

#LATreaders react.

The solution to the feral cat problem isn't Band-Aid ideas, but rather spay-neuter legislation and expecting cat owners to take better care of their pets.

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