As ISIS appears to be gaining ground in Iraq, there seems to be a lack of a grand strategy coming out of the White House. The low hum of drone warfare, as opposed to coordinated decisive victories like in Irbil, creates a greater potential for feeding ISIS' propaganda machine. The United States must think more comprehensively than a military intervention.
Tell your Mama.
John Heaney was a political reporter for United Press when he was allowed to accompany the governor of Oklahoma, Raymond Gary, to a meeting with President Harry Truman. After small talk, Truman asked Gary if he remembered when Truman's campaign train had made a prolonged stop in Oklahoma City.
Years ago a slogan became popular exhorting us to support college education because "a mind is a terrible thing to waste." The assumed bias behind this advertising campaign was that universities were the best place to help keep minds from being wasted. But, as I have interacted with the product of some of our best universities I have wondered just what is happening in our educational system today. If we're agreed on the value of the mind, then it is also important for us to agree on what is the best way to train a mind. The question is ...
The youth of today need to be prepared for the world of tomorrow, on this I think we can all agree.
There is no doubt that television and the Internet have made the children of today more knowledgeable than the children of yesteryear, but this has come at a price.
I am very torn by the current scandals rocking the National Football League. Besides the incredibly stupid rules change that makes every kickoff go out the back of the end zone, the behavior of several players has badly tarnished the NFL's reputation.
Don't you know we got smart bombs?
On Facebook last week, I happened upon a post in the SCV Forum that triggered a lively debate over the "threat" big government poses to American business.
Growing up, I heard my parents talk often about certain actions being "common courtesy."
Gov. Jerry Brown keeps declaring the "California Comeback." Whether I talk to small business owners, students or seniors, no one else shares that view.
It is with great concern that I am writing about the demands the tea party, Libertarians, and the conservative wing of the Republican Party call "ending big government."
For several decades, climate scientists have been amassing a vast amount of evidence that we are in an unprecedented period of global warming, all life forms on this planet are in extreme danger, and humans bear the greatest responsibility for producing the greenhouse gases at the heart of the problem.
We've all heard of leaders who put their fingers in the wind to determine which way the political breeze is blowing before deciding what to do. And while this smacks of pragmatism, it also describes one theory of ethical behavior.
On this anniversary of 9/11, it seems there is more to be concerned about now than to alleviate us from the wounds inflicted 13 years ago.
"We aren't going to discuss, you know, publicly operational details about the possible response options. As we implement our responses, some will be seen, some may not be seen."
In 1941 America was at peace while other significant parts of the world were embroiled in World War II. That is until December 7, 1941; "A date which will live in infamy" said then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt as he asked Congress for a declaration of war.
Since we live in a world enamored with vitamins and supplements, I'd like to suggest 4 suggestions for a better ethical life in 2015. As I have viewed the public discussions regarding justice, race, politics, and progress in America, it has been discouraging to see just how poorly we are as a people in carrying on a civil, intellectually honest, and beneficial conversation. We had better improve in our ability to take in facts, push them through an informed logical and ethical grid, and propose useful and workable answers and solutions. Apart from this we will continue to foster ...
A business friend of mine sent me a photo of a large blue ARCO sign the other day. "$2.49 $2.59 $2.69, it called out joyously to all with eyes to see! I considered all the money you and I and everyone else is saving and somewhat sacrilegiously exuberated, "Joy to the World!"
In a twist of unbelievable irony, Planned Parenthood recently joined the #BlackLivesMatter Twitter protest, tweeting that they were "standing in solidarity with" the #Ferguson protestors in Washington, D.C.
The "lame duck" Congress limped to an end and was able, despite gridlock, to make some accomplishments.
Last Saturday, I found myself sharing a New York City subway train with protesters from the Millions March and drunken revelers from SantaCon. Both events drew comparable-sized crowds, hovering around 25,000 participants each. Both ended up on the tiny island of Manhattan on the same day. And this coincidence is a perfect metaphor for Christmas this year.
It doesn't happen often but recently I ran into someone who reads this column regularly. After thanking her for some encouraging comments, I asked "what would like to read about in my column?" She replied, "tell us what makes life good for you." So here it is. But I'm going even further and suggesting these three loves as the essential components of any healthy, satisfying, and significant life.
I applaud Assemblyman Scott Wilk's introduction of AB 6, that if passed, would allow the voters to decide in November 2016 if they want to terminate the High-Speed Rail Project and re-purpose $8 billion in approved funds to address the $12 billion deficit in school construction for K-12 and higher education.
On "Meet the Press" on Sunday, a snarling and smirking Dick Cheney defended his part of America's slide to from Shining City on a Hill to Renowned International Torture State.
I almost didn't put Christmas lights on the house this year.
When is torture not torture? When Dick Cheney redefines the word to defend his own disgraceful legacy.
A lump of coal? Maybe a jar of crude?
I wish to comment on Donna Brazile's op-ed in The Signal on Dec. 8 entitled "What will it take to rebuild trust?"
I understand our community leaders' desire to protect the area from a "truck-clogged Highway 14 commute punctuated by occasional bits of flying gravel and scented with a big dose of diesel exhaust" caused by an open Cemex sand-and-gravel mine proposed for Canyon Country, as The Signal Editorial Board described Sunday.