Month: February 2020

Op-Ed: Forget freedom and justice. Cruelty is the thing that drives the Supreme Court

When law enforcement officers picked up Gerald Simpson, a mentally disabled and incoherent man, wandering near Kosciusko, Miss., they allegedly drove him to the county line and left him by the side of the highway. Simpson was struck by a vehicle and killed. His family sued, but last week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit threw out the case.

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Editorial: America is facing a deadly coronavirus pandemic. Stop playing politics and protect us

For the good of the country, Congress and the White House need to rise above their usual partisan sniping and name-calling and show a little unified leadership as the United States readies itself for the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19.

We know it will be hard, given the level of bitter polarization in Washington, but Democrats and Republicans owe it to the American people to swallow their differences. That’s what rational, responsible governments do in cases of war, natural disaster and, yes, a mass outbreak of infectious disease.

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Editorial: California housing prices are too damn high. Cities can help change that if they want to

The cost of building new housing in California is too damn high. And one reason is all the pricey development fees layered on new apartments, single-family homes and even affordable housing projects.

Cities throughout the state collect an assortment of fees from builders to raise money for such things as parks, schools, public art, affordable housing, transportation, environmental protection, fire and police service and city facilities such as libraries and sewer systems.

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Deb Haaland Shouldn’t Have to Fight This Hard

On Wednesday, the Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States convened to discuss the destruction of sacred sites along the border. Ned Norris Jr., chairman of the Tohono O’odham Nation, had come to Washington to speak about the dynamite blasts that have torn through the land to make way for the border wall. How construction crews are now mixing concrete with water drawn from springs that fed a nation for thousands of years.

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