Columnists Earl Ofari Hutchinson Opinion

THE HUTCHINSON REPORT: Compton Fire Dept. flap is embarrassing

Compton Fire Chief Jon Thompson undoubtedly means to keep his pledge “that it’ll never happen again.” The “it” is the recent bombshell revelation that nearly one out of four Compton firefighters do not have a valid emergency medical technician (EMT) certificate. The revelation was beyond an embarrassment for the department. It posed the potential danger Read More…

Columnists Earl Ofari Hutchinson Opinion

THE HUTCHINSON REPORT: Black sports jock peddles the GOP

ESPN host Stephen A. Smith has gotten quite a reputation for being a controversial tell-it-like-he-sees-it guy. That’s fine in sports punditry. He’s an ex-jock, and in that world pretty much any inanity will fly. But when Smith pursed his lips and ventured outside sportsdom to quip that blacks should vote Republican at least one election Read More…

Columnists Earl Ofari Hutchinson Opinion

THE HUTCHINSON REPORT: Getting L.A. voters back to the polls

California State Sen. Robert Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, said the word that is repeatedly heard to describe Los Angeles’ pitiably low voter turnout in local elections. The word was “embarrassing.” It was that. On Election Day, March 3, nine out of 10 Los Angeles voters snubbed the polling places. Hertzberg, after wringing his hands about the Read More…