Editorial: Redskins, Indians considering new names. Is it time for other teams to make a change?
American sports are changing, and the Kansas City Chiefs are on the clock.Last week, the NFL’s Washington Redskins announced plans to reconsider the team’s name, a decision that will almost certainly lead to a new name by the start of the football season. A few days later, the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball said they would think about a new name too.“We recognize our unique place in the community,” the baseball team said in a statement, “and are committed to listening, learning, and acting in the manner that can best unite and inspire our city.”If both franchises pick new names, th...
The Kansas City Star
Editorial: Trump's culture war is all that he has to offer
On the nation’s birthday weekend, any other president would speak to our better angels, encouraging the American people to overcome together multiple challenges of pandemic, economic distress and racial unrest.Not President Donald Trump. Barely mentioning 130,000 dead (a number still rising) or the righteous pain of those marching against structural racism and for criminal justice reform, Trump stood before Mount Rushmore to accuse those calling America to account for its imperfect past of launching a “merciless campaign to wipe out our history.” Here, he conveniently lumped together those who...
New York Daily News
Editorial: Trump shuts out foreign students forced into online-only classes
President Donald Trump may rant and rail about trade deficits in a global economy that he says rips America off, but one market the U.S. has cornered for decades, to the broader benefit of us all, is higher education. The world’s students — Asia’s especially — flock to our undergraduate and graduate schools in numbers unrivaled by any other nation, often paying top-dollar tuition to study here.It may not stay that way for long, and Trump’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency will be to blame.A healthy country would do everything possible to keep a million-plus foreign students coming, a...
New York Daily News
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...
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