Marcos Breton: We can clean up protesters' graffiti. Can we clean up the injustices that spawned it?
Young people Saturday tried to walk onto Interstate 80 in West Sacramento and shut the highway down. The gravity of their cause became real and menacing in the form of California Highway Patrol officers dressed in full riot gear.The CHP was not going to let the kids shut down I-80 and blocked their path with clubs and brute force. The kids were there to protest the killing of George Floyd, the African American man from Minneapolis who was choked to death by a Minnesota cop. Cell phone cameras recorded his indifference earlier this week for us all to see in distant outrage.At one point, a skirm...
The Sacramento Bee
Editorial: Stop it: Spreading destruction and chaos in our cities undermine legitimate voices of social reform
Stop the street madness, New York and other cities. Stop it right now. You are turning people against you, risking a resurgence of coronavirus, and empowering a president who couldn’t have dreamed up a better scenario to activate his base.In Minneapolis, George Floyd’s killer is under arrest. He and the three other cops who stood by while he put his knee on Floyd’s neck for eight interminable minutes are gone from the force. They cannot be fired again; charges likely await the other three.Here in New York, the state passed historic criminal justice reforms last year. Complaints about biased so...
New York Daily News
Bill Torpy: When fatherhood overcomes the activist
ATLANTA — It was Friday evening when Mawuli Davis, a lawyer who often handles civil rights cases, posted a photo on Facebook from atop a parking garage. It was looking down on an Atlanta police squad car burning outside the CNN Center as a throng of people massed nearby in the street.“We have left the CNN Center,” he wrote. “Please discourage our young people from going to the CNN area. It is a very dangerous situation right now.”I called him Saturday, figuring he had been at CNN to be interviewed and stumbled upon the mayhem. He was set to head a gathering Sunday at the Decatur city square in...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Commentary: No one put a knee in his neck: A cop tortured and killed George Floyd on camera, yet it took four days to arrest him
Imagine if you killed somebody on your job, and all you got that day was fired.You go into work the next day, return the keycard you swipe every morning when you get on the elevator, pack the things from your desk, toss out whatever food you have in the pantry refrigerator and say goodbye to your co-workers before two security guards escort you out of the building.And, let’s just say this was no accidental death. You knew you were likely killing the victim, but you kept on killing him anyway. And in response, your boss calls you into an office and says, “We have to let you go.”So, you go, but ...
New York Daily News
Are Facebook fights over coronavirus worth unfriending your family? Survey says … yes
Everyone has one, that family member who posts on social media a little too frequently about the latest multi-level marketing company selling energy drinks or skincare and won’t listen to reason when people tell them it’s a pyramid scheme.Eventually they get put on probation or in Facebook jail, notifications from their page muted for the foreseeable future and forgotten about until the next family get-together at Thanksgiving or Easter.That is, until the coronavirus hit.Family feuds on Facebook aren’t just pushing people to put their relatives on probation anymore — they’re actually unfriendi...
The Charlotte Observer
Editorial: The needless fight between Trump and Twitter
You could argue that Twitter has been Donald Trump’s best friend. He has 80 million followers. He uses the social media platform daily to reach voters without relying on the news media — and to get attention from the news media.His communications include not only facts and opinions but also his usual array of false claims, juvenile insults and grandiose boasts. He loves Twitter as an instrument for his own purposes. But that sentiment turned sour when Twitter decided to flag some of his statements as inaccurate and irresponsible.After he tweeted that mail-in voting was rife with fraud, Twitter...
Commentary: Trump's dangerous drug of choice
President Donald Trump and I have something in common: we both take the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine.In my case, it’s to treat the immune system disorders lupus and arthritis. In his case, it’s to make some sort of point about how right he is to tout it as a miracle cure for COVID-19.On May 18, Trump proudly announced that he is taking the drug to stave off the coronavirus, suggesting that others do so as well, saying “All I can tell you is so far I seem to be OK.” The announcement drew shock and dismay from many in the medical community.There is absolutely no evidence that hydroxychl...
Tribune News Service
Jay Ambrose: Time for Trump to consider honor
All right, that’s enough. President Donald Trump has said MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, persistently critical of him, may have been involved in murdering a woman almost 19 years ago. There is no evidence of any such thing, and it was little short of horrendous to say so.Scarborough himself is hardly Mr. Rodgers singing “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” and MSNBC makes Fox News look bipartisan. It doesn’t matter. To have the president of the United States spew this kind of noise degrades the White House, the federal government and America. Kneeling during “The Star-Spangled Banner”? It is nothing compa...
Tribune News Service
2020 Hyundai Sonata hybrid delivers 52 mpg, surprising features
Hyundai should score a choice slice of the shrinking pie for midsize hybrid sedans with the stylish and well-equipped 2020 Sonata hybrid. The new hybrid offers a miserly version that the EPA rates at 52 mpg in combined city and highway driving and a loaded top model rated at 47 mpg combined.What used to be a flood of hybrid midsize sedans has all evaporated in the last few years, as automakers dropped sedans like the low-profit bad habit they’d become. Where once an automaker had to offer them to seem relevant, hybrid sedans are now more symbols of an automaker’s good intentions than core prod...
Detroit Free Press
Editorial: Michigan dam break, green ooze and why regulation isn't all bad
The failure of the Edenville dam offered a series of startling revelations, for many Michiganders: That roughly 70% of Michigan’s 1,000 regulated dams are privately owned; that they’re inspected by a staff of two on a shoestring budget; that it is possible for multiple regulatory agencies to be aware that a dam is in serious danger for more than a decade; and that a willful dam owner can, it seems, whistle on past orders to fix it.The Edenville dam’s condition was well-known. So oversight wasn’t the problem. But the regulatory tools available to both federal and state regulatory agencies seem ...
Detroit Free Press