Editorial: Compromise and speed are needed on relief bill
Just like the country itself, the nation’s capital is deeply divided on nearly every critical issue. But Congress and the White House must compromise and coalesce on continuing aid for the millions of Americans facing economic calamity due to the coronavirus pandemic.The need is intense and immediate. Unemployment was at 11.1% in June, and last week’s data suggest that the grim conditions will continue. Second-quarter gross domestic product contracted at an annual 32.9% rate, and weekly jobless claims surged to 1.43 million.Just days after those bracing reports, the supplemental $600 on top of...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Editorial: A Republican failure: Trump and the GOP dither as millions of Americans face economic catastrophe and eviction
Last Friday, the $600-per-week Pandemic Unemployment Assistance — an additional payment for desperate Americans above state unemployment checks — expired. The previous week saw the end of eviction protections for many renters.As the coronavirus ravages more states than ever, things are getting worse.Not only have jobless claims exceeded 1 million for 19 weeks in a row, the last two weeks saw mounting increases. In New York alone, 1.8 million are unemployed and nearly a million face potential eviction when state protections lapse.Yet over the weekend and through Tuesday, negotiations between Tr...
New York Daily News
Editorial: Honor John Lewis and protect voting rights
The death of U.S. Rep. John Lewis inspired Americans to look back to the monumental achievements of the civil-rights era. But as street protests nationwide this spring and summer continue to show, hard work remains to create true racial equity in America.An inspired political move by Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., appropriately memorialized Lewis’ crusade by connecting his name to overdue elections reform, now known as the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. The U.S. Supreme Court in 2013 removed federal oversight of election processes in certain Southern states. But racial discrimination re...
The Seattle Times
Editorial: Biden will likely pick Kamala Harris for VP. Here's why Karen Bass is a better choice
Politics typically rewards calculating and ruthless ambition.That’s why it’s unusual to see Rep. Karen Bass on the shortlist of Joe Biden’s potential picks for vice president. Bass appears to be an anti-politician. She is undoubtedly a powerful leader and skilled legislator. But in a world of sharp elbows and mean tweets, she’s the opposite.Collaborative and effective, Bass is an activist-turned-legislator who knows it takes grit, dedication and hard work to create change. Colleagues and opponents alike describe her as someone who is fierce without being flashy, a leader but also a listener.Pe...
The Sacramento Bee
Editorial: COVID testing logjam indicates need to lock down California
With coronavirus test results taking up to two weeks, officials in California are flying blind in their efforts to control the state’s record outbreak.We can’t rein in the virus, which is transmitted by people who don’t even know they’re infected, without widespread and timely testing. California is failing on both counts. Here we are more than four months after the governor’s first shutdown order and we still lack adequate capacity and speed.That means asymptomatic people are going to work, to grocery stores and to visit friends without knowing they’re exposing others to the coronavirus. That...
The Mercury News
Editorial: Help us out, Gov. DeSantis. We're dying here
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wore a face mask as he greeted Vice President Mike Pence with a fist-bump at Miami’s airport Monday. He should back up the photo-op with a sensible and long-overdue statewide mask requirement.With each passing day, COVID-19 continues to careen out of control in Florida. A record 216 deaths were reported Wednesday. That broke the previous record of 191 deaths, reported just Tuesday.“The numbers are not stabilizing,” Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry told the Sun Sentinel’s Lisa Huriash on Tuesday.“I am getting so much pressure to shut everything down. … I’m try...
Editorial: Judge's order imperils journalistic independence
The order by a King County, Washington, judge that The Seattle Times and other media must turn over unpublished content to the police is a blow to independent journalism.The order imperils journalists documenting this summer’s historic protests and sends the wrong message about the media as a check on government power.Journalists’ unique role and responsibility is protected in Washington’s shield law, passed by legislators in 2007. The law prohibits officials from forcing journalists to turn over unpublished information outside of specific and narrow circumstances. King County Superior Court J...
The Seattle Times
Stop polluters from choking Black lives | Editorial
The kind of racial bias we’re up against in the criminal justice system is obvious. We can all watch the videos of George Floyd slowly being suffocated.America’s legacy of pollution is more insidious, but it’s same principle at work: valuing the lives of poor people of color less than those of wealthier white folks.It’s created a legacy of illness for Kim Gaddy, a fourth generation Newarker living in the city’s South Ward. She has asthma, as do all her children. Her parents had it, her brother did too, and her brother-in-law suffered a fatal asthma attack right here, at age 45.“He came outside...
We’re not ready to reopen schools. Here’s what Murphy can do | Editorial
The head of the state’s largest teacher’s union is right to fire a warning flare in Trenton: Right now, we’re not close to being ready to reopen schools in New Jersey.Some districts may be well prepared to offer in-person classes, but plenty of others are not. “It’s just not possible for some districts,” New Jersey Education Association President Marie Blistan says, “and allowances are going to have to be made.”This is a coming, real dilemma that we haven’t fully faced. If we don’t use the month of August to get ready and offer reassurances, we can’t blame teachers and kids who don’t want to p...
Editorial: End Bay Area counties' failing COVID-19 strategy
Bay Area health officers’ retreat and fractured approach to slowing the spread of the coronavirus isn’t working. It’s confusing residents and undercutting respect for the counties’ health orders.The results are clear: Too many people are ignoring the disparate rules as Bay Area coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are rising rapidly. It’s time for the region’s health officers to show leadership, as they did at the onset of the outbreak, by unifying behind one set of guidelines that is easy to comprehend and aggressively slows the spread of the virus.Instead, what we have now is a hodge podge...
The Mercury News