I don't know what my parents were thinking, sticking me with a weird name like Jim. Why couldn't they have named me something cool, like Hal 2000 or Bandersnatch or Sasquatch or a thousand other cool names that the parents who really care about their kids would have come up with?
Last week, the California Legislature passed a $96.3 billion budget. Most discussions coming out of the one-party budget focus on the fact that the budget used the governor's more conservative revenue projections, but legislative Democrats won in their push for higher spending, particularly for welfare grants, Common Core standards, and a scholarship entitlement program that does not protect students from tuition hikes. Worthy of public attention, however, are two trailer bills, Assembly Bill 76 and ...
There are countless things I do not understand about Republicans and their approach to public policy, but their fear and loathing of big government and "socialism" is near the top of the list.
The stories about the declining state of American infrastructure are everywhere - road and bridges, airports, railways, water and sewer systems.
Uncle Earl was over at our house the other day helping me replace the exhaust manifold in the old green '99 Honda.
I'm being facetious when I say that this country needs more wrist-slap punishments, but things have gone to the other extreme far too long.
Republican support for immigration reform focuses mainly on political self-interest. Since 71 percent of Hispanics and 74 percent of Asians voted Democratic last November, it's easy to see why smart Republicans are so concerned.
At some point it was inevitable that I would opine about love. I must confess that the urge had come up quite often but I've always been able to stifle it. The problem is that love isn't what it used to be. Sure we still sing that it makes the world go 'round, and will keep us together, and even that it is a many splendored thing. But the truth is love has fallen on tough times.
NEW YORK - My grandfather used to tell a story about a fellow who proposed to end poverty by taking half of the rich folks' money and giving it to the poor.
Swimming is not only one of the best ways to stay cool when temperatures heat up; it is also one of the best ways to stay fit.
John Landis, director of the 1980 Blues Brothers movie, used the address of iconic Wrigley Field in Chicago - 1060 West Addison Street - to great comic effect.
Yes, it is possible. You can pursue the American dream. And maybe even be on your way to achieving it by age 11.
Spy work holds deep allure for many people. My own career as a secret agent began as an outgrowth of training beagle hunting dogs.
Star Chamber: Characterized by secrecy and often being irresponsibly arbitrary and oppressive." - From the Merriam-Webster online dictionary
On the unlikely event that Mark Pryor wins re-election as Arkansas' senior U.S. senator in 2014, he should send New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg a thank-you gift. Something like a sugary 44-ounce Big Gulp or a case of Dr. Pepper.
Does any American believe that Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance, 28, should remain in a military prison for the next 20 years for "murder" after giving a legitimate order to his soldiers to fire at three Afghan men on motorcycles, killing two in the process?
"Libraries are community treasure chests, loaded with a wealth of information available to everyone equally, and the key to that treasure chest is the library card. I have found the most valuable thing in my wallet is my library card." - Former First Lady Laura Bush
Right now we have an economy in transition, with close attention paid to job reports and which business sectors are hiring.
As President Obama considers retaliating against the Syrian government for the alleged use of chemical weapons against its people, I couldn't help but think about the lessons we should have learned following the Iraq War.