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: Global view of US leadership hinders foreign policy
The good news in Gallup’s recently released global poll on world leadership is that the U.S. slightly improved. The bad news is that approval across 135 nations is only 33% — just ahead of China (32%) and Russia (30%), but well behind Germany (44%), which leads the quartet of consequential countries. Even worse, disapproval of U.S. leadership is at a record 42% — twice as high as Germany (21%) and even higher than China (30%) and Russia (33%).That a democracy that has historically been a beacon of freedom and human rights is seen as just above repressive regimes in China and Russia should prov...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Susan Tompor: Does a 401(k) plan still make sense for you? It might, or might not
During a steamy summer when TikTok video clips can go viral, one wouldn’t imagine that the 401(k) could morph into a trending topic.And yet, here we are. President Donald Trump tweeted on July 6 that your 401(k) and stocks could “disintegrate and disappear” if he doesn’t win on Nov. 3. On July 21, we were told basically that 401(k)s aren’t worth much anyway as Bloomberg ran this racy op-ed titled: “401(k) Plans No Longer Make Much Sense for Savers.”Both triggered a mix of outright anger and some actual applause.What’s odd is that we’re talking about 401(k)s at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic...
Detroit Free Press
John M. Crisp: How does a good citizen cope with a bad government?
“How does it become a man to behave toward this American government to-day?” This is a question that Henry David Thoreau asked in 1848 as he considered his relationship to an administration that he thoroughly detested.The administration was President James K. Polk’s, and the immediate cause of Thoreau’s discontent was the Mexican War, an illegal land-grab that moved Ulysses S. Grant to ponder whether there was ever “a more wicked war.”Thoreau’s opposition to the war was backgrounded by his larger complaint about the federal government in 1848, its toleration of slavery: “I cannot for an instan...
Tribune News Service
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
Jay Ambrose: Who's responsible for protest violence?
So now we know. It was a white supremacist who started the first riot in Minneapolis. He was walking along wearing a black coat with an umbrella and, the next thing you knew, he was breaking glass windows with a hammer. The crowd of peaceful protesters got excited and soon enough had mastered the art of destructive mayhem. No less than a day later the protesters had started 30 fires costing $500 million, including in police stations.He is called “The Umbrella Man,” this accused miscreant, because, for one thing, he was indeed carrying an umbrella, and, for another, there was a man who earlier ...
Tribune News Service
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...
Martin Schram: This may be John Lewis' greatest gift to us all
For two weeks, we have watched and listened to history’s recordings of the late John Lewis, speaking powerfully and movingly to us during his lifetime of courageously nonviolent combat in the name of our civil rights.But we really shouldn’t say our final goodbyes to the iconic man who is just being laid to rest, claimed by cancer after a lifetime of fighting for us all, until we have reflected upon one message he left behind. It is a message most Americans never heard him actually speak. For it was a classic John Lewis gift of leadership by example.Today, it may be John Lewis’ gift that we mos...
Tribune News Service
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