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OPINION
November 15, 2013
Re "What would Reagan do?," Opinion, Nov. 11 Frank Keating's well-thought-out reflections on President Reagan's progressive attitudes toward common-sense immigration reform explain exactly why the former Oklahoma governor would never have even the slimmest of chances of being elected again. It's sad beyond words - the lessons that have been totally forgotten by the current tea party inhabitants of the GOP. For our country and the Republican Party, let's hope these low-information zealots are on their way out and America can regain the vision shared by Reagan and the vast majority of our citizens.
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OPINION
November 12, 2013
Re "France stirs debate over Iran stance," Nov. 11 The Iran nuclear issue can be resolved sanely through diplomacy instead of war if the negotiators from the six major world powers were to be guided by their own national interests. Israel has been reckless in demanding that Iran cease all enrichment activities, a right Iran has under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. At the same time, it is insisting on the imposition of harsher sanctions, which could fatally damage the Iranian economy.
OPINION
November 12, 2013
Re "Tesla shares hammered again," Business, Nov. 8 Thomas Edison solved the light-bulb filament problem. Xerox shipped early 914 copiers in the 1960s with a "scorch eliminator" (a fire extinguisher). Electric car maker Tesla will solve its problems. Ben Eisner Westlake Village ALSO: Letters: Unequal justice in Texas Letters: Looking to France on Iran Letters: The middle class loses. Again.
OPINION
November 10, 2013
Re "Trigger the 'nuclear option,'" Editorial, Nov. 1 The Times is correct: Senate Republicans have promiscuously deployed the filibuster in the judicial confirmation process, exacerbating the confirmation wars. The casualties are exceptional attorneys, including Patricia Millett, the nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The D.C. Circuit lacks the resources it needs to deliver justice. Elections do indeed have consequences, and the GOP seems to be practicing a type of nullification when it blocks nominees like Millett for no persuasive reason.
OPINION
November 9, 2013
Re "A bigger Santa Monica," Nov. 6 I was glad Santa Monica's struggle with development forces made your front page. People don't come here from around the world to see tall buildings and dense development. They come to experience the miles of beach and a city that still has a very human scale, where you can look up and see the sky. If the city allows too much development, the sense of openness and walkability that brings a feeling of well-being will disappear. We do not yet know the impact of the new Expo Line, but it will likely bring thousands more people every day to shop, eat and play.
WORLD
November 7, 2013 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - Iran and six world powers appeared to close in on a preliminary agreement in Geneva on Thursday that would begin to limit Tehran's nuclear development after a decade of frustrating negotiations, according to diplomats. They said the proposed framework agreement, which could still falter, would require Iran to halt at least some enrichment activities in exchange for partial easing of economic sanctions. They described the expected accord as a significant first step intended to buy six months and perhaps longer to pursue a comprehensive final agreement.
OPINION
November 6, 2013
Re "Getting in on the game," photo, Nov. 2 Three beautiful lads, two aged 7 and one 5, were the subject of one of the most disturbing pictures I have seen in my years of reading The Times. Adults had made the effort to get them to an open house at a veterinary hospital, and they sat next to a woman smiling at a brown lemur on her lap. The animal was interested in them, but the interest was not mutual. The boys were bent over a game on the tiny screen in front of them, a terrifying snapshot of our society today.
OPINION
November 6, 2013
Re "A plague on both your parties," Opinion, Nov. 3 Doyle McManus makes valid points regarding Americans' disgust at both parties on a variety of issues. With regard to the Affordable Care Act, there is nonstop coverage about the president's past declarations that those happy with their insurance policies could keep them. You can debate the degree of deceit - that is, whether it was poorly chosen words or an outright lie. What I don't hear anyone talking about is how this could have affected the 2012 election.
OPINION
November 6, 2013 | By Bruce Ackerman
President Obama is slowly extricating the U.S. from its Bush-era fixation on the Middle East. But he is turning his attention in the wrong direction. Europe, not Asia, should be his main focus. The future of liberal democracy will depend on its ongoing success in its Enlightenment heartland. If it can overcome current troubles and thrive in Europe and the Americas, this will inspire the worldwide democracy movement over the long run. If it fails in the West, no amount of Asian realpolitik will compensate for the collapse.
NATIONAL
November 6, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - While a team of techies tries to reboot the broken federal insurance website, President Obama is trying to retool efforts to promote the flailing healthcare law. The flawed launch of the new online marketplaces has forced Obama to spend time defending the insurance exchanges rather than selling them to a skeptical public, as he had planned. More than a month into the rollout, he has few bright spots to highlight and one big gaping hole to avoid: The website he planned to sell with the zeal of a late-night infomercial pitchman does not work properly.
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