Animals deserve protection from abuse

In February, William Dolsen of Manistee County, Mich., was convicted of animal cruelty after authorities found nearly 100 severely malnourished animals on his property, some of whom had died. His sentence? A mere 30 days in jail and a year’s probation.

Earth, wind and liars

Peter Thiel, Facebook investor and Donald Trump supporter, is by all accounts a terrible person. He did, however, come up with one classic line about the disappointments of modern technology: “We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters.” OK, now it’s 280, but who’s counting?

A death blow to Backpage and a victory against child sex trafficking

Carl Ferrer is suddenly singing a different tune. The chief executive of the online site Backpage spent years proclaiming his company’s innocence despite overwhelming evidence it was facilitating child sex trafficking. He has been dragged kicking and screaming into court and before Congress, insisting his classified advertising site wasn’t responsible for its own smutty content.

Zuckerberg testimony tees up urgent questions about Internet giants and how we interact with them

The tumult in Washington over Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s two days of testimony before Congress is the best opportunity yet for all of us to re-examine our relationships with the Internet giants that exert enormous influence in our society. Facebook as well as Google and the vast number of other companies that trade free services for access to our private information, now occupy a central place in too much of our daily lives.

Syria raid raises an important question

The video of the aftermath of Bashar Assad’s recent chemical attack on his own people displayed gruesome images that would challenge even the most committed pacifist to look the other way.

College essay tests deserve to die

Every year more than a million students pay an extra fee to do the optional essay section of the SAT and ACT, though according to a Princeton Review analysis only 27 colleges and universities in the country require submission of an essay score. Half of those 27 schools are in California, which means the Golden State is well-positioned to put an end to what is a huge waste of time and money for millions of high school students and their parents each year.