When historians look back on 2014, they will note not just how flagrantly Vladimir Putin disregarded international law or how stubbornly Hamas and Israel kept firing missiles at each other. They will also be puzzled at how poorly the United States handled its economy.
In response to the July 20 letter “Washington won’t listen to us,” I have a question: What is a secure border? Is it a border that completely stops all travel, trade and traffic? Or one that stops only illicit travel, trade and traffic? Many nations have walls or fences with borders near high-population areas, but many don’t.
Chop California in six? Tim Draper’s idea just doesn’t add up. As a native Californian who was born in Oakland, raised in the San Fernando Valley, schooled in Berkeley and now living in Venice, I’d like to say one thing to Timothy Draper, the Silicon Valley kajillionaire pushing the idiotic breakup of the Golden State:
I normally do not bother to read or comment on articles I find on editorial pages, as I usually find them written by scared, angry white guys flailing about this perceived threat or saying who’s to blame for that grossly misunderstood issue. However, I recently had the opportunity to read the editorial pages of the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Sun.
In the mid-1980s, the border between Tijuana and Southern California was a showcase of America’s failed immigration enforcement. On a busy night, thousands of people slipped into the United States illegally.
At some point, Americans let the facts get in the way of a bad argument. Unlike the difficulty we are experiencing in Washington, D.C., where it is abundantly clear that facts have nothing to do with the arguments of the far right — and, yes, for a few on the other end of the scale, too — it is apparent that the facts, as they are unfolding in the fight between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, actually do carry weight among most Americans.
I am writing in response to the July 18 letter “The problem of organized religion.” With all due respect, this belief that organized religion is the cause of wars, and all that goes with it — pain, bloodshed and mayhem — is as old as the hills and is once again based on mankind’s limited earthly minds. It’s also an easy accusation to make.
The thing about him is, he just keeps going. At 67, he continues to be, as Anna Quindlen once wrote, like one of those inflatable toys with sand weighting the bottom — you knock him over and he pops back up.
The first step toward recovery is admitting that you have a problem. That goes for political movements as well as individuals. So I have some advice for so-called reform conservatives trying to rebuild the intellectual vitality of the right: You need to start by facing up to the fact that your movement is in the grip of some uncontrollable urges. In particular, it’s addicted to inflation — not the thing itself, but the claim that runaway inflation is either happening or about to happen.