2014 Archive Stories Opinion

Arthur I. Cyr: Scotland vote and global challenges

Sat Sep 20, 2014

“Identity politics" is how former president Bill Clinton sums up the continuing powerful drive for independence in Scotland. He describes the growing worldwide phenomenon of identification with an ethnic or other group as a major challenge to international cooperation. As often, Clinton’s turn of phrase is apt. The influentia

Editorial: Ben Allen for state Senate District 26

Sat Sep 20, 2014

The race to represent the 26th state Senate District pits two Democrats with similar ideas but distinct priorities. Ben Allen, a member of the Santa Monica-Malibu Board of Education, understands first-hand the many complexities faced by government entities. Mr. Allen, an attorney and lecturer at UCLA Law School, cited educatio

Ian Lamont: Everybody wins, but taxpayers

Sat Sep 20, 2014

Imagine going to graduate school, taking out all the student loans you need to cover tuition, books, even your living expenses, and never having to pay any of it back. Too good to be true? Not if upon getting your graduate degree, you take a job with the government or a nonprofit for 10 years – because then all your student loans would be

John Mirisch: Why Kuehl surpasses Shriver

Sat Sep 20, 2014

If this week’s debate between Los Angeles County Supervisor candidates shows anything, it’s that moderates, conservatives and independent voters should support Sheila Kuehl to represent the Third District. I’ve had the opportunity to sit down with both candidates. And while I don’t agree with Kuehl on every issue,

Letters: A cultural icon: Queen Mary turns 80

Sat Sep 20, 2014

SEAL BEACH/LEISURE WORLD, Les H. Cohen, Legislative Advocate Emeritus: As a former professional legislative advocate, who had a limited involvement in Long Beach acquiring the Queen Mary, I wanted to congratulate Greg Mellen for his excellent article “Queen Mary turning 80” [News, Sept. 9]. The article brought

Victor Davis Hanson: Where have all the allies gone?

Sat Sep 20, 2014

The so-called Islamic State has left destruction everywhere that it has gained ground. But, as in the case of the tribal Scythians, Vandals, Huns or Mongols of the past, sowing chaos in its wake does not mean that the Islamic State won’t continue to seek new targets for its devastation. If unchecked, the Islamic State will turn wha

Letters: Hillary Clinton can't escape the Benghazi scandal

Fri Sep 19, 2014

CANYON COUNTRY, Dana L. Stern, Sr.: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wishes to be president. I would like to see a woman become president of the United States of America. I support candidates based on what they say they’ll do, and what they actually do, for America. What candidates say and do leaves a lot to be desi

Editorial: New LAUSD software deletes emails after year

Fri Sep 19, 2014

Last week, the Los Angeles Unified School District voted in favor, with just one abstention, to license Microsoft software that would purportedly make it easier for staff emails to be retrieved while also automatically deleting one-year-old emails. The school board voted to approve the software with little discussion, and certainly no debate, ov

Editorial: John Goya for Assembly

Thu Sep 18, 2014

Vying to represent the 70th Assembly District are two candidates with distinct approaches to government. Long Beach Councilman and high school history teacher Patrick O’Donnell emphasizes his support for public education and supporting small businesses in the state. As a city councilman, he supported the modest pension reforms in L

Editorial: Rob McCoy for Assembly District 44

Wed Sep 17, 2014

Ballotpedia lists races in only eight of California’s 80 Assembly districts to be either competitive or mildly competitive. One of those races is in the 44th, which includes the Ventura County cities of Camarillo, Moorpark, Newbury Park, Oxnard, Thousand Oaks and Westlake Village. In March, Democrat Jacqui Irwin won the three-perso

Editorial: Another term in Congress for Schiff

Wed Sep 17, 2014

Voters in the 28th Congressional District are almost certainly going to be sending Rep. Adam Schiff back to the House. Mr. Schiff, a member of Congress since 2001 and previously a member of the state Legislature, has significant funding advantages and received nearly three-quarters of the vote in June. His opponent, independent real esta

Editorial: Autumn Burke for Assembly

Wed Sep 17, 2014

The race to represent voters in the 62nd Assembly District pits Democrat Autumn Burke against Republican Ted Grose, both of whom list themselves as small-business persons. Ms. Burke finished first in the eight-person March primary, winning more than twice the votes as Mr. Grose, the runner-up. Mr. Grose, who says he is a conserva

Editorial: Bob Hertzberg for state Senate District 18

Wed Sep 17, 2014

Bob Hertzberg, after a 12-year respite from electoral politics, is vying to return to Sacramento as the Democratic candidate for state Senate District 18. The former speaker of the state Assembly squares off against Republican Ricardo Benitez, whom Mr. Hertzberg bested in the March primary by better than 2-to-1. We admire Mr. Benitez, an

Editorial: Jeff Gorell for Congress

Wed Sep 17, 2014

In one of the state’s most competitive congressional races, incumbent Rep. Julia Brownley faces a stronger-than-anticipated opponent in state Assemblyman Jeff Gorell. Fortunately, voters in the 26th Congressional District, in Ventura County, have their choice of two candidates with clearly different approaches to the office. As a f

Editorial: Sandra Mendoza for Assembly

Wed Sep 17, 2014

With the retirement of Assembly Speaker John Perez, voters in the 53rd state Assembly District have their choice of two Democrats to fill the open seat. Miguel Santiago is the clear establishment candidate. A self-described community organizer, educator and public servant, he certainly has extensive experience with the communities he wis

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