Junior and Missy's parents are driving them 12 hours away from their hometown to The University of Getting Out of My Parents' House. Sure, there are plenty of local community colleges and state schools they could have attended, but then they would have to come home every night to live with those stupid cash machines who raised them.
When I drive by the construction area of what will soon become the downtown Newhall roundabout - not to be confused with any medical-related term that shares the DNR acronym - I am reminded of the words of our illustrious Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.
Many high school students returning to classes this fall will find a new topic added to their curriculum: the dangers of distracted driving. Or to put it in blunt terms a teenager might grasp: Texting kills.
After 9/11, after Iraq, after more than a decade of war in Afghanistan, and after Libya, the American public has little appetite for a military conflict in another nation - especially one in the Middle East, like Syria.
One reason that political junkies rarely go on the wagon is that there is a never ending stream of issues, opinion, controversy, and on rare occasions, law making and governance pouring out of Washington D.C. and state capitals. When you mix the partisan vitriol together with the Internet, 24 hour news networks, the lamestream media, right wing radio, Fox "News" and all the other 21st century debate cauldrons, it's no wonder it is easy to stay hooked on politics.
Hey, it's Labor Day, everybody. Woo-hoo. Okay, we're partying now. Throw your arms in the air and wave them like you just don't care. Blow up some balloons. Tap a keg. Rip open a bag of chips. Because this isn't a champagne and caviar kind of thing. This is the very definition of blue collar. If collars be worn at all.
One of the things that I find remarkable is how inwardly focused and self-absorbed young people are today. Wow - I'm starting to sound like Uncle Earl.
"They're really thinking outside the box," says one well-connected source of the Republican National Committee's effort to reform its system of presidential primary debates. "They're looking at everything."
It's about time California made public safety a priority. Gov. Jerry Brown created the early release crisis back in 2011 when he unveiled his plan to relieve prison overcrowding by shifting state prison inmates to local county jails.
Over the summer I've perused three or four books about bucket lists (those collections of tasks, large and small, that one dreams of completing before "kicking the bucket") and my reading dovetails nicely with the perceived state of the nation.
A few weeks ago I wrote about some of the bigger capital improvement projects included in the 2013-2014 fiscal year budget.
The launch of Al Jazeera America is arguably the best thing to happen in electronic journalism since the June evening 33 years ago when Ted Turner flipped a switch to inaugurate the nation's first all-news television service, CNN.
Once again a motion picture chronicling the history of the United States has reinforced the reality that our actions as a nation have not, to say the least, been perfect.
Hold out your right hand and look at it, palm facing toward you. Take your index finger and quickly pull it back one half inch and return it to its fully extended position. Now repeat that action three times, each time pulling the tip of your finger back quickly and then returning your finger extended. Pop. Pop, pop, pop! Gone, Abraham Lincoln. Gone, John Kennedy. Gone, Martin Luther King Jr. Gone, Bobby Kennedy. That half-inch ...
It used to be that if your body was tattooed from head to toe, you wore large hoop earrings and 50 necklaces, sported a beard and rode a unicycle, the only job you could get was in a circus sideshow or running a midway ride for a traveling carnival.
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.
The new requirements for No Child Left Behind waivers from the Department of Education have some bad news for America's teachers.
Republicans have largely squandered an August that should have been spent preparing the American people for a showdown with Democrats over the president's health care law.