Bill Keller in The New York Times on Michael Bloomberg's legacy as mayor The former editor in chief of the Times argues that Bloomberg leaves behind a lasting legacy after his 12 years in office. "His City Hall, like his eponymous company, was built on the power of information. The great urban contraption that is New York City government has probably never been so well run." His initiatives, including the rejuvenation of public parks, the bike program, and the super-sized soda ban "were not always well sold, but they were never small ball," Keller explains. Reason's Mike Riggs is unpersuaded: "Why is Bill Keller the perfect biographer for Michael Bloomberg? Keller worships power, Bloomberg wields it." But Politico's Glenn Thrush claims Bloomberg's tenure has only really dramatically changed the city "If City=Manhattan."
Matt K. Lewis in The Week on George Zimmerman and minding your own business "In a sense, George Zimmerman was — at least up until the moments surrounding that fateful shot — arguably doing what we tell responsible citizens to do: Care about your community, and take personal responsibility for the betterment of it," writes Lewis. The key lesson of Trayvon Martin's death, then, "is to mind your own business. ... Your life will be a whole lot easier if you retreat inward. Don't worry about the community." Lewis's article has taken flak from fellow columnists for this point, atypical of the post-Zimmerman trial response; former Obama speechwriter and writer for The Atlantic Jon Lovett calls it "wild idiocy." But Breitbart columnist and radio host Derek Hunter tweets, "If you see something...you're probably not going to say anything. Especially now. Great piece."