October 22, 2005 |
Asked to describe the constitutional issues she had worked on during her legal career, Supreme Court nominee Harriet E. Miers had relatively little to say on the questionnaire she sent to the Senate this week. And what she did say left many constitutional experts shaking their heads. At one point, Miers described her service on the Dallas City Council in 1989.
February 6, 2005
In "Competition Isn't Everything" (Commentary, Feb. 2), state Sen. Kevin Murray suggests that legislative districts in which 65% of voters are represented are better than "competitive" districts in which only 50% are represented. What about districts in which close to 100% of voters have representation? This is called proportional representation, and it is possible through choice voting in multi-member districts -- among other proportional methods. Even after the boundaries of single-member districts are reshuffled by supposedly neutral judges, we would still have the same old winner-take-all politics we have now. Ranked voting offers a voice for all, and is gaining momentum both locally, for example in Santa Monica, and across the continent.
September 8, 2003
Re "Pinning the Nasty Little Pols," Commentary, Sept. 3: Three cheers for Jesse Ventura! One of those rare moments in life when the truth is able to get out so it can be heard (or seen) by millions. Listen to Jesse, people, please. The Democrats and Republicans don't want anything other than a two-party system. They are two heads of the same beast, at odds often, but in collusion always. In 1828, the first third party came into being; it was called the Anti-Masonic Party and became a serious bugaboo to the two-party system in the New England states.
July 15, 2001 |
Macedonian political reforms suggested in a Western-drafted peace plan would guarantee ethnic Albanians proportional representation in several of the Balkan country's most important institutions, including the police, army, Constitutional Court and local government, state-run television reported Saturday. The plan also calls for the powers of local government to be strengthened, giving ethnic Albanians more self-rule in areas where they form large majorities, the report said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 1999
Re "Child of the '60s Slips," editorial, Feb. 17: The Peace and Freedom Party is alive and organizing. We are engaged in an active campaign to register 20,000 new voters between now and September to maintain our ballot status. Unlike all of the other parties on the ballot, we think the capitalist system is the problem. We stand for the rights of working people to free universal health care, free plentiful public transportation, free education at all levels, decent affordable housing and an end to poverty in the richest nation on Earth.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 1998
Re "New Hope for Northern Ireland," editorial, Jan. 14: Why does The Times support a proposal which "would essentially leave Northern Ireland as part of Britain"? Should the Hong Kong Chinese have accepted an "intergovernmental council"? Should India have been satisfied with a foreign government's "stronger direct alliance" to the Indian people? Should the Palestinians lower their expectations and negotiate for "proportional representation"? While most Irish and American Irish do not condone violence of any kind, the heart of Ireland lies divided, and nothing less than full reunification will return to the Irish their national dignity--a cultural and political goal The Times seems to support most anywhere else on the globe.