NORTH CONWAY, N.H. - Over the years the residents of this town tucked into a shoulder of the White Mountains have filled the pages of the local newspaper with heated comments about zoning, a bypass highway, a new school and who deserves to win the New Hampshire primary.
SANTA CLARTA - I'm not good at talking to audiences. I don't like talking to audiences. When I am excited, I talk quickly and in a painfully high pitch. When I am emotional, not even my parents, who've had 20 years to learn, can understand my words.
The fact is, everything stands or falls on leadership. Leaders understand the importance of bringing people together to accomplish more than any could do alone. The best leaders are able to recognize future challenges and opportunities, assess and use their team's strengths while protecting their weaknesses, and mobilize efforts in the right way when crises arise. But more than anything else, good leaders have a laser-like focus on the mission they have been charged to accomplish.
Our federal government has been tough on those who would do intentional harm to our nation and its people. Gitmo is filled with "suspected terrorists" - from taxi drivers found in the wrong place at the wrong time to actual bad guys who would slash us with box cutters or far worse if given a chance.
I read and watch a lot of detective stories, and the type I really enjoy are place-centered. The ones where the crimesolver's hometown is as much a part of the story as the crime that starts the story rolling. New York, Chicago, L.A. and San Francisco have more than their fair share of detectives. So does London, and for some reason, rural England. The butler rarely does it, but mystery readers seem to really love any crime that takes place in one of the "stately homes of England."
Nothing clarifies the mind of politicians like a fear of defeat at the ballot box. And nothing stokes such a fear more than watching an upset happen in a supposedly blue state. So with all the bitter arguments inside the conservative movement and Republican Party over health care and budget strategy, I offer a simple plea for unity of purpose around a common cause - elect Steve Lonegan to the United States Senate in New Jersey on Wednesday, October 16.
Congress has a number of deadlines, but then again, everyone has them. The trick is to deal with deadlines before they loom. It's a lesson many parents teach their children.
Like millions of Americans, I've become a "Duck Dynasty" fan.
"Heal wounds, warm hearts." That's what one sinner said the Catholic Church needs to do in the world today.
Editor's note: This column by Congressman McKeon was published in The Moscow Times on Sept. 17.
My Uncle Earl is probably similar to one of your relatives. You know the one I mean. That one person who is loud, annoying, opinionated, and boorish. But, occasionally, he says the things you really want to say.
Winston Churchill is credited with reminding the world "those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it." History, being in many ways the succinct compilation of humanity's success and failures, has long been recognized as an essential part of any real education. Yet today we are fast becoming a nation that is not only ignorant of its past, but pleased about it.
Liberals at MSNBC and dozens of web sites are shocked at President Obama's "problem with his tone" in politically attacking Republicans over spending while a mentally ill murderer was gunning down citizens at the Navy Yard.
If you're a follower of the Huffington Post, you've probably read about Panera Bread founder and CEO Ron Shaich and his week-long commitment to spend no more than $4.50 a day on food, thus spotlighting the plight of the 49 million Americans on food stamps.
For California's illegal immigrants, September is off to a rewarding start.
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." ~ U.S. Constitution, Amendment 1.