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November 20, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
The longer it takes the Obama administration to fix the problems at Healthcare.gov, the greater the risk that some Americans will be left without health insurance coverage when the new year begins. That's why the administration has rightly, albeit belatedly, tried to provide more ways to sign up for subsidized policies online. Some of the alternatives should be embraced by the states that are running their own insurance exchanges, regardless of how well their sites are functioning.
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OPINION
November 19, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
According to two respected medical organizations, up to twice as many of us - nearly a third of all adults - should be taking statins to avoid heart attack and stroke. But statins, the potent cholesterol-lowering medications of which Lipitor is the most famous brand name, also are associated with some difficult side effects, including most notably muscle pain. And once prescribed, they are generally taken for the rest of one's life. Last week, the American Heart Assn. and the American College of Cardiology concluded that the drug should be prescribed for people with at least a 7.5% chance of having a heart attack within the next decade, a lower threshold than before.
OPINION
November 15, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Seven years ago, the Supreme Court rightly ruled that police couldn't conduct a warrantless search of a home shared by two people if one of the residents was present and objected. This week, the justices heard arguments in a case from California that threatens to make that decision a dead letter. The court should reject the argument that police can get around a resident's objection to a warrantless search by arresting him and then seeking permission from his spouse or roommate. That's what occurred in 2009 when police tracked a suspect in a robbery to a Los Angeles apartment.
OPINION
November 13, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
At a time when unions are struggling to organize workers in the private sector, the Supreme Court is being asked to make unionization more difficult even when an employer agrees not to resist it. The court should reject the notion that such "neutrality" agreements violate the law. On Wednesday, the court will be asked to allow a Florida casino to renege on an agreement it made with the Unite Here union under which management promised to remain neutral...
OPINION
November 12, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
The Los Angeles Unified school board members were conspicuously courteous to the administration staff and to one another at last week's meeting, their first since the hullabaloo over Supt. John Deasy's resignation threat. The board and Deasy smoothed that one over, but it was clear that the new, less reform-oriented board majority would have to address its tendency to micromanage and obstruct the administration. Last week was the first public test of whether the board could change.
OPINION
November 10, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
It's understandable that there is skepticism about whether Iran would abide by an interim agreement to suspend most of its nuclear activities in exchange for some relief from economic sanctions. But the United States and the other nations that have been negotiating with the new government in Tehran are right to pursue such an arrangement as a way to test Iran's insistence that it's willing to forswear the development of nuclear weapons over the long run. Members of Congress inclined to oppose this initiative should allow it time to succeed or fail.
OPINION
November 6, 2013 | By The Times Editorial Board
When new Police Chief Cecil Smith arrived in Sanford, Fla., in April, he suspended the city's neighborhood watch program - the one under whose auspices George Zimmerman had patrolled the streets until he fatally shot unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. Now Smith is restarting the program, but the police department says it will exercise more control over volunteers, including doing background checks and asking them not to carry guns. "We just don't see the need for anybody to be armed," Smith told the Associated Press.
OPINION
October 30, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
JPMorgan Chase is trying to reach a multibillion-dollar deal with the federal government to settle allegations of securities fraud - based largely on claims against two failing banks it rescued during the crisis at Washington's behest. The settlement apparently hinges on whether JPMorgan will be allowed to tap a government fund to cover some of the cost of the government's claims. If so, that would be a truly perverse outcome. The government's case stems from the sale of mortgage-backed securities - bundles of home loans that lenders didn't want to keep on their books - that failed spectacularly after the housing bubble burst.
OPINION
October 26, 2013
Re "Nobelist created economic models," Obituary, Oct. 22 Your recent obituary on Lawrence Klein, who won the Nobel Price in economics in 1980 for developing computer-based models that assist policymakers in forecasting economic fluctuations, failed to mention that he was a graduate of Los Angeles City College. As a one-time administrator at the college, about 10 years ago, I invited Klein to attend an alumni event to honor him for his achievements. He accepted and was very gracious, I remember, in recalling how the college's mathematics department and classes helped set him on his future road to success.
OPINION
October 26, 2013
Re "Shooting victims recovering," Oct. 24 Ho hum, another school shooting, two more die, two injured, this time in one of the bastions of gun rights, Nevada. Citizens are becoming desensitized to our country's quotidian gun deaths. Activists will no doubt proclaim that if only the teacher had been "packing," he could have whipped out his sidearm and shot the preteen in an "Old West" duel. My assemblywoman, Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield), issued a statement responding to Gov. Jerry Brown signing several gun measures recently.
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