Editorial: Ron DeSantis should lead or get out of the way on coronavirus
If coronavirus were a hurricane, it seemed to reach Category 5 status over the weekend. More than ever, Florida needs decisive, resolute guidance to get through this storm.Instead, Ron DeSantis continues to muddle and spin his way through. For every good move, there have been too many missteps.That’s not the sole reason Florida has become has become the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. We don’t need panic, but we do need an appropriate sense of urgency.DeSantis instead continues to rationalize, pass the buck to local officials, personalize criticism, send mixed messages and generally fail t...
Editorial: Trump's shameful Stone clemency
Roger Stone has a tattoo of Richard Nixon on his back. But it’s the current president, Donald Trump, who had Stone’s back when on Friday he granted a commutation of the 40-month sentence his friend was facing for lying during the Russian investigation.In doing so Trump turned his back on the justice system and, ultimately, the American people by shamelessly shielding Stone, a felon convicted of obstruction of a congressional investigation, five counts of making false statements to Congress and for intimidating a witness.Even Attorney General William Barr, who often wrongly acts more like Trump...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Editorial: No 'Skins in the game: Washington's football franchise finally tosses its racially offensive nickname
Six years ago, the New York Daily News made the decision, when covering the National Football franchise in Washington, D.C., to dispense using its official nickname, noting that while “Enormously popular and deeply ingrained in sporting culture,” the moniker “is a throwback to a vanished era of perniciously casual racial attitudes.”After decades of defiantly rejecting calls to change the name, principal owner Dan Snyder on Monday finally came to his senses. Why the sudden change of heart? To paraphrase an old chestnut, “Money talks, racist BS walks.”Snyder finally listened, not to activists in...
New York Daily News
Commentary: Gov. Cuomo's cringeworthy COVID victory lap
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, no stranger to producing embarrassing political posters, has done it again, this time saluting his own leadership and the achievements of New York in the coronavirus crisis.If New Yorkers could die from cringing, its chief executive would’ve caused a new public health crisis.It is true that Cuomo has done many of the right things over the past four months, and that this is a moment in which New York, having beaten back its caseload and overcome its death spike, looks better than Florida, Texas, Arizona and other states where cases are spiking and deaths are increasi...
New York Daily News
Trudy Rubin: The White House could be turning independent Voice of America into Trump radio network
In the newest White House nod to neo-authoritarianism, President Donald Trump seems bent on remaking Voice of America into Voice of Trump.This U.S.-funded network was set up in Washington, D.C., in 1942 to broadcast news of America overseas. It was never intended to be a partisan propaganda tool, like state-run Russian or Chinese overseas networks. Nor was it meant to be the voice of one political party.Rather, its mission was to present foreign audiences with nonpartisan news coverage of our country, ranging from U.S. politics and foreign policy to American culture. Under veteran journalist A...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Editorial: Buying Biden's America: The Democratic nominee offers an economic message where Trump fell down on the job(s)
Bye-bye, “America First”! Hello, “Buy American”?Seeking to evict Donald Trump from the White House at a time of sudden mass unemployment, former Vice President Joe Biden last week offered a vision that echoes some of Trump’s own economic populism — while addressing the incompetence exposed during the pandemic.Biden promises to spend $400 billion on materials and services made in the U.S., plus another $300 billion on U.S.-based research and development involving electric cars, artificial intelligence, clean-energy initiatives and similar technologies. We second such a push; federal dollars wil...
New York Daily News
Celia Rivenbark: Judge not lest your manicure be judged
I’ve always been quick to judge. I realize this isn’t news to most of you because I frequently get email that begins: “Who are you to judge?” Which just makes me laugh out loud because, c’mon, have we met? It’s what I do. It’s my schtick, my bailiwick, my…hobby.Well. It’s not like I jog.So judging it is. And I’m really, really good at it. The pandemic has given me the chance to ramp up my judginess from a simmering, solid 7 on a scale of 10 to about a 12.At a socially distanced, masked outdoor gathering of five friends last week, I noticed three of the women appeared to have new dye jobs and c...
Tribune News Service
Naomi Ishisaka: Envision a criminal legal system that doesn't throw people away
Usually the first response I get when talking about radically re-envisioning our criminal legal system away from mass incarceration is: “But what are we going to do about the violent criminals who are a danger to us?”Putting aside the fact that only a slice of incarcerated people are in jails and prisons due to violent crime, the argument assumes that there is a separate category of “us” and “them,” and that you can somehow lock away the “problem” people and not have it create a destructive ripple effect for the individual, their families and all of our communities.Our existing system of crimi...
The Seattle Times
Will Bunch: Roger Stone, coronavirus and the upcoming months that may destroy America as we know it
From the Electoral College to structural racism, America is feeling painfully aware of its inherent flaws these days. None looms more ominously now than that awkward moment that is the presidential transition. In the momentous winter of 1860-61, the United States literally split in two during the haze between the failed presidency of Pennsylvania’s James Buchanan and the first-ever Republican administration of Abraham Lincoln that terrified the slave-addled South.Now consider this scenario: A seemingly unending crisis has ripped millions of jobs from the U.S. economy, with a growing homelessne...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Editorial: Good luck getting workers' compensation in Florida if you catch COVID-19 on the job
Teachers and others forced back to work despite Florida’s skyrocketing COVID-19 cases could be denied medical and wage-loss benefits under Florida’s workers’ compensation law, and their families could get nothing if they die.That’s how it goes in one of the nation’s most worker-unfriendly states.If injured by an unruly student or burned in a chemistry lab, a teacher would have indisputable proof of a covered workplace injury — of where, when and how it happened.But it would be virtually impossible for that teacher to prove he or she contracted the coronavirus at school, rather than somewhere e...