Erika D. Smith and our editorial board focus on Joseph Mann’s death at the hands of Sacramento police officers. We revisit Donald Trump’s hypocrisy, as illustrated this time by revelations about his taxes. Tonight, we’ll watch the Mike Pence-Tim Kaine debate, though a lucky few who have tickets to Paul McCartney’s concert at Golden 1 Center will have to see the replay.
In Tuesday night’s vice presidential debate between Mike Pence and Tim Kaine, we doubt anyone will mention the 2001 anthrax attack on the U.S. Capitol. Someone should; it shows how Pence acted under pressure.
In an article earlier this year and his book “The Mirage Man,” L.A. Times reporter David Willman recounts how Pence wrote to then-Attorney General John Ashcroft in 2002 that “the material found in my office and in others on Capitol Hill was finely milled weapons-grade anthrax that had been genetically modified to increase its virulence.”
The anthrax was not genetically altered, and there is no set standard for what constitutes weapons-grade anthrax, Willman wrote. Other than that, Pence’s statement was reasonably accurate.
As Willman documents, Bruce Edwards Ivins, a scientist who killed himself in 2008, almost certainly carried out the diabolical anthrax attacks, which left five people dead.
In 2002, however, neoconservatives were building a case for war against Iraq. And exaggerated claims of the sort made by Pence were part of the casus belli.
Erika D. Smith: And as I listened to Robert Mann vent about what happened to his younger brother, Joseph Mann, all I could do was shake my head and lament how so much of this just didn’t have to happen.
Editorial: Civilian abuses, enabling by brass, prosecutors and judges, now this dashcam recording in the police killing of Joseph Mann, a mentally ill man. What else doesn’t Sacramento know about its police?
Editorial: Until Donald Trump releases his taxes, he should stop criticizing Hillary Clinton for lack of transparency and cease claiming he’s the champion of American workers – or he should acknowledge the fundamental hypocrisy of his candidacy.
Former Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan and state Finance Director Michael Cohen debate the merits of Proposition 51, the $9 billion bond issue on the Nov. 8 ballot. Buchanan: Local school districts need Proposition 51 money to fix and build classrooms. Cohen: Proposition 51 is too costly and locks in flawed rules.
Constitutional lawyer Laura W. Brill says California’s entire initiative system is broken.
Aubrey Bettencourt responds to a Bee editorial: Farms and cities need groundwater to survive.
Take a number: 48 percent
Polls put out by partisans should be taken with salt. That said, Smart Approaches to Marijuana, which opposes Proposition 64 to legalize marijuana, will release a poll shortly showing that while California voters support legalization 54-41, Latinos oppose it, 48 percent to 44 percent in favor. Similarly, the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California survey shows likely voters who are Latino support legalization. When the question is put to all adults, however, 59 percent of Latinos oppose legalization. Look for the no campaign to play on Latino ambivalence – if it can raise money.
Orange County Register: Ling Ling Chang for Senate, 29th District.
Charlotte Observer: What Donald Trump’s tax returns tell us about him. Trump wants to change the tax code to give even bigger breaks to the commercial real estate industry.
Kansas City Star: Donald Trump’s tax returns take center stage for good reason.
Seattle Times: Washington state residents must hope that Hillary Clinton is pulling our leg and will end up supporting the Trans-Pacific Partnership if she’s elected president.
Ruben Navarrette, The Daily Beast: Latinos for Donald Trump is an odd assortment of charlatans, clowns and hucksters, like Chickens for Colonel Sanders.
Michael Gerson: Trump’s campaign of white male grievance.
Eugene Robinson: Only you can prevent a Trump presidency.
Trudy Rubin: Keeping Shimon Peres’ dream alive.
Paul Krugman: Trump’s fellow travelers.
Charles M. Blow: Trump, a terroristic man-toddler.
If law enforcement agencies can not, or will not, get rid of the bad cops, then we need to change the law so it’s easier to fire them. Police and law enforcement unions exert considerable influence over timid local officials and state legislators, so this will be a challenging job, but discussions on this must be initiated. – Stan Jones, Sacramento