This week's opinion round-up
Here's a look at the sites that have taken notice of our views and judgments here at the Times' Opinion Manufacturing Division.
Virtual Collector, a blog with “information about Georgia & the world as collected from various resources,” posted our editorial calling for bankruptcy courts, not the government, to decide the fate of GM and Chrysler.
It seems Joseph Mailander thinks we’re funny. No, wait -- he thinks we’re a joke. In his post “The LA Times: a poor joke on local democracy” on his blog Street-Hassle, Mailander lambastes the Times for our “diverted” attention from local politics in favor of a “useless” mapping project and a column by Patt Morrison on the renaming of neighborhoods.
But Mailander isn't the only one upset with our local election coverage. Armand Vaquer took to his blog, Arman’s Rancho del Cielo, to share his displeasure with our endorsement to re-elect Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. His discontent is joined by Lincoln High 90031-Quick Notes, which called our endorsement “self-delusional.”
John Brown’s Public Diplomacy Press and Blog Review, Version 2.0 links to an editorial on Hillary Clinton’s visit to Asia, which we say successfully presented a non-confrontational foreign policy. The editorial is also referenced in The Week’s assessment of Clinton’s visit.
In other political outlooks: Curbed LA said our editorial on Assemblyman’s Tom Ammiano bill to tax marijuana in California, in which we suggest the Obama administration reexamine the Controlled Substance Act, throws a “wet blanket on the idea.” Good to see we were clear on that point.
And Patt Morrison’s blog post on Los Alamitos mayor Dean Grose “stupefying” e-mail that shows a picture of the White house with rows of watermelons on the lawn and a caption that read “No Easter egg hunt this year” filtered through cyberspace. It was posted on a message board over at Mystic Wicks, an “online pagan community and spiritual sanctuary,” and it was linked over at White Noise Sanity.
Finally, outside the realm of politics, Louise Larsen wrote a follow-up post about her discontent with Joel Stein’s piece about peanut allergies on her blog Louise on the Left. As a mother to a daughter with sever peanut allergy, she was annoyed by Stein’s column which suggested it wasn’t a real concern, but a way to create “specialness” for kids. The post includes a Facebook message-exchange with the writer.