FROM Mike Finch
Would Black Gold Tarnish a Local Beach Town? In less than two months, Hermosa Beach will hold an election that could lead to big change on the shores of Santa Monica Bay. Voters can decide to pay an oil company $17 million. The option is approving 34 new oil wells to be drilled close to surf shops and other local business -- and 98 steps from the home of one lifelong resident. That's according to Sunday's column by Steve Lopez in the LA Times .
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?