Editorial: 'Because of my stupidity.' COVID-19 victim's last words a lesson for all Californians
The past few weeks will go down in history as some of the most disastrous in California history.After an unwise and unscientific rush to reopen the state, COVID-19 infections are spiking in California, including here in Sacramento. The California miracle has become the California nightmare. We bent the curve and avoided the worst-case scenario in March, April and May with an unprecedented statewide stay-at-home order.Then, our leaders surrendered. Bowing either to political pressure or to scientifically dubious optimism, they initially refused to impose a mask requirement to help prevent the s...
The Sacramento Bee
Editorial: The great outdoors may get greater, thanks to Congress
Our public spaces have been put under extreme pressure in the last few months. Since the pandemic lockdown, people have headed for open spaces to revive their mental and physical health. More recently, public spaces across the city and the country have played a key role in protests and demonstrations, reminding us how important they are for democracy’s health, too.In June, the Senate met this moment by passing the Great American Outdoors Act, providing critical funding for a popular environmental conservation program, and putting billions toward the upkeep of public lands. Expected to pass in ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Editorial: Ad boycott won't give Facebook the comeuppance it deserves
As much as Facebook deserves a comeuppance for its years of egregious behavior, the social media company probably won’t suffer long-term from the July ad boycott.Nor change its shameful ways.It’s disgraceful that CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg’s company divides America, threatens our democracy and gives the tech industry a black eye. His unrepentant behavior may lead to undesirable regulation by Congress, a body filled with politicians who don’t understand the innovation economy.Meanwhile, Zuckerberg continues to rake in his billions.Despite the boycott, the price of the company’s stock, whic...
The Mercury News
Editorial: Gov. Newsom's coronavirus leadership falls woefully short
Gov. Gavin Newsom bears responsibility for the current surge of COVID-19 cases in California.Early on, he wisely adopted Bay Area health officials’ strategy for controlling the coronavirus. It was working as the number of cases leveled off in early April. But then the governor, ignoring warnings from some of those same health officials to take it slow, reversed course and opened up the state much too fast.The result: California is now plagued with a major spike of coronavirus cases. The numbers had been steadily increasing since late April but then started sharply rising in mid-June. Each day ...
The Mercury News
Editorial: The FBI and federal prosecutors build a case against Ghislane Maxwell; it must not stop there
President Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr forced out Manhattan federal prosecutor Geoffrey Berman, but they didn’t get to slide in an inexperienced loyalist replacement, leaving hard-charging Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss to run with the baton. Run she did on Friday on one of the office’s most vital cases, indicting Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislane Maxwell for allegedly conspiring in sex crimes against girls.With Epstein buried with his secrets, Strauss and her team of pros at the FBI must squeeze Maxwell for all the evidence she can provide, and continue to pin conspirators to th...
New York Daily News
Despite coronavirus fears, Austin's 'bat attitude' prevails
AUSTIN, Texas — As the sun sets over Lady Bird lake on a warm summer night, a stream of shadows begins to emerge from beneath the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge. The shadows dart and dance across the orange sky like insects silhouetted by a flame.Tiffany Toronto, visiting family from her home in Maine, watched the display with her children Tuesday. “It’s really a cool thing to watch them all fly out. You look at it and you think, ‘Where are they?’ And then they fly out all at once.”This scene plays out nightly during the summer in Austin. Millions of bats depart their daytime roosts withi...
Martin Schram: The spirit of Providence can keep us all strong
In the spring of 2019, I was walking through a Providence, R.I., airport concourse after what had been a very painful, yet rewarding day. I had just bid a final goodbye to Armand LaValle, my pal since we were seventh-graders in Florida, who had courageously battled a cancer that we both knew was going to claim him in just a few hours.As I walked slowly toward my gate for the flight home to Washington, I was feeling the weight of a sadness that knows no words. I wasn’t really seeing any of the people I walked past – until I glanced to my left and saw a young girl whose head was immobilized in a...
Tribune News Service
Editorial: Signal stupidity: Trump and de Blasio's pathetic racial symbolism
Ideological reputations aside, President Donald Trump and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio are infuriatingly similar in their need to signal virtue to their political bases — especially on racial symbolism.After being pummeled in the polls, Trump threatens to veto the Defense Authorization Act over language renaming military bases commemorating Confederate generals. Yes, seriously, the president of the United States has pledged to deep-six a massive omnibus bill funding the armed forces so that treasonous generals who fought to preserve slavery will continue to be honored. Only Trump can make Mis...
New York Daily News
Ann McFeatters: Trump's affinity for Russia is baffling and dangerous
WASHINGTON — For five years, ever since Donald Trump announced he was running for president, we have heard allegations that he is inappropriately obsessed with Russia. Millions of Americans have dismissed such a suggestion as ridiculous.Those people should look — seriously and objectively — at the evidence. It is enormously compelling.For years, including the entire year and a half Trump was running for president, he tried to get Russian backing to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.He visited Russia but later denied it. When he owned the Miss Universe pageant, he held an annual competition in Comm...
Tribune News Service
Editorial: Voice of America becomes the Voice of Trump
President Donald Trump has not limited his assault on the free press to just domestic news outlets. He’s remaking America’s voice abroad in his own image too.Voice of America is part of the U.S. Agency for Global Media. The federal agency also operates Radio Free Europe, Middle East Broadcasting Networks and other international broadcasters. They all are supposed to be independent organizations that provide unbiased news and information around the globe. The idea is as simple as it is profound: Accurate, reliable and objective journalism embodies and showcases freedom and democracy.In many pla...
The Seattle Times