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OPINION
February 17, 2013
Re "For Hagel, opposition from GOP is personal," Feb. 15 Despite the fact that a Cabinet nomination has never in history been blocked by a minority filibuster, Republicans are filibustering Chuck Hagel's appointment as secretary of Defense. Alexander Hamilton, one of the most conservative of the Founding Fathers, decried minority rule in the Federalist Papers. Several Republican senators announced their opposition to filibustering a Cabinet nomination, and yet the Republicans filibustered anyway.
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OPINION
February 17, 2013
Re "Dorner case shows folly of armed fight with government," Column, Feb. 14 George Skelton's conclusion from the Dorner affair that armed Americans could never successfully fight their government is contrary to what transpired. At the most base level, Dorner won: He killed two officers, but the police only got one. Further, if Dorner was indeed hiding within line of sight of the search command center in Big Bear, he could have killed more. Of even greater significance is the psychological victory Dorner had over the LAPD.
OPINION
February 17, 2013
Re "Obama sells economic ideas, but GOP resists," Feb. 14 This is weird. Even though the GOP was soundly defeated in the last election, its elected officials continue to think they had a really good strategy to take back the White House. Their plan was to attack the president and his ideas and hope that everyone would say, "Yeah, Barack Obama is bad, so I'm voting for Mitt Romney. " So here we are: Obama is back in the Oval Office, and the Republicans are attacking and obstructing without offering anything of substance.
OPINION
February 16, 2013
Re "Pay on rise as city tax sought," Feb. 14 As a civilian city employee, it behooves me to point out a few things. Employees paid for by the city's general fund must take mandatory furlough hours. I haven't received my full annual salary in years. And our modest raises have been canceled out by higher healthcare contributions. Finally, police and fire personnel get the largest raises, best benefits and are exempt from furloughs. Rest assured that many civilian employees consider this unfair and inappropriate in light of the city's dire financial situation.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 16, 2013
It's not every day that a nearly 11-ton meteor explodes in spectacular fashion over the Earth less than 24 hours before a 130-ton asteroid passes closer than communications satellites. The men and women of the Science Channel live for days like this, so it's no surprise that the cable outfit jumped on the events. What is surprising is how fast they were able to scramble. "Russian Meteor Explosion" premieres on the channel Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET. They may not have had time to come up with a more clever title ("Watch What Hit Us Live!"
OPINION
February 15, 2013
Re "Mahony's papal vote irks some Catholics," Feb. 12 Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, the retired archbishop of Los Angeles, has no shame. He concealed child molestations by priests from law enforcement. Then he borrowed money, without disclosing his act, from the hundreds of thousands of people who had paid for the care and maintenance of their plots in local Catholic cemeteries. He essentially lied about where he got the money to help pay settlements to sex-abuse victims, saying it was from selling certain church assets.
OPINION
February 14, 2013
Re "Renewed push on economy," Feb. 13 Arguably the most important part of the State of the Union address was when President Obama talked about the need to stop being pushed to the brink before compromising. From "sequestration" to government shutdowns to the debt ceiling, it is important for our leaders to put the nation ahead of party interests. As Obama said, "The greatest nation on Earth cannot keep conducting its business by drifting from one manufactured crisis to the next.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2013
Live coverage of the Big Bear standoff on Tuesday turned into a ratings monster, with Los Angeles TV stations at least doubling their usual viewership. A total of more than 2 million Los Angeles-area viewers were watching 5 p.m. newscasts across the five major local outlets, hours after the man believed to be former cop Christopher Dorner had traded gunfire with police at a cabin near Big Bear (the stations started their live coverage around 1 p.m.). KABC-TV Channel 7 led the way, with 708,000 viewers, followed by KCBS-TV Channel 2 (680,000 with a KCAL-TV Channel 9 simulcast)
OPINION
February 14, 2013
U.S. secretaries of the Interior have seldom been renowned for being … well, renowned. Typically affable former members of Congress who reliably see things according to the president's point of view, they are nearly always Western conservationists, though their agreement on the extent to which natural resources should be exploited can wary widely. Sally Jewell, President Obama's recent nominee for the post, fits that description pretty well, while bringing some additional attributes that suit the president's agenda beautifully.
OPINION
February 13, 2013
Re "Take guns from fired cops," Column, Feb. 11 George Skelton's argument is illogical. The ex-cop Christopher Dorner was fired for making false reports, which doesn't necessarily indicate a predisposition toward violence that would require his gun-ownership rights to be revoked. Several years had passed since his firing before he allegedly went on a killing spree. Several journalists have lied in print. I would expect Skelton to give equal accounting to them and have their guns confiscated.
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