KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine - Two old men, neither particularly grumpy, have been in the news in recent weeks, and their re-emergence in the public eye is a sobering reminder of how different is our civic life than even a few years ago.
Almost 20 years ago I suffered a freakish breakdown of my knees. As I pushed off to hit an overhead in a tennis match my left patella fractured and the patella tendon ruptured.
"We have met the enemy, and he is us." - Pogo What's more chilling than a people oppressed by a Hitler, a Mao or a Stalin? A people that voluntarily oppresses itself, a reality that has now afflicted America. We have watched over the last 40 years as American women have gone - willingly in most cases - into abortion mills to destroy one-third of a generation. We have seen speech codes pop up on ...
Boy, are some Americans losing interest in marriage these days. According to a National Center for Family and Marriage Research study, the U.S. marriage rate is on the decline. Whereas 92 out of 1,000 single women married in 1920, only 31 out of 1,000 are marrying today. In a 2011 study, the Pew Research Center found that 51 percent of Americans were married, compared to 72 percent in 1960 - the marriage rate has declined ...
We built 17 years of our life based on a book and a recommendation from a law school classmate.
Civic engagement is at the heart of the democratic process in Santa Clarita, and the public's involvement is essential for a well-run city.
During the past few weeks, I found myself remembering something from a childhood book: "Laws control the lesser man. Right conduct controls the greater one."
SAN ANTONIO - The talk of the Knights of Columbus convention here, which I attended as an invited speaker, were missionaries from the Philippines. The Marikina Valley Council in Luzon traveled by foot for an hour and a half, each way, to establish a relationship with an indigenous Dumagat tribe living in the remote mountains, despite the physical and language challenges.
Mark your calendar for Aug. 28, the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's iconic "I Have A Dream" speech, which was delivered to more than 250,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
Edward Snowden exposed the NSA's program of massive monitoring of American citizens' electronic communications.
SAN DIEGO - This tourist Mecca has long been loved for the gleaming beaches along its 70-mile coastline where the sea caresses the sand. Now it's becoming known as the city where its mayor allegedly gave unwanted caresses, butt pats and playful chokeholds to more than a dozen women.
This week Elon Musk presented his vision for the future of mid-range transportation in America. His "Hyperloop" is a futuristic, nifty system of giant stainless steel tubes running up and down the state, either over or under Interstate 5.
We've been doing 75 miles an hour for the last two hours across the desert and the view hasn't changed a bit.
I've been thinking about the sorry state of American culture, and that made me reminisce about the Cold War.
While Republicans argue among themselves over what to do about Obamacare - Defund it? Delay it? Give up the fight to repeal it? - a coalition of wealthy and determined liberal groups is preparing to strike back at GOP efforts to stop the president's health care scheme.
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 ...
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.
While a lot about Syria remains unsettled, one fact is clear: President Obama has failed to convince the public and the Congress, that attacking the Assad regime is a good idea.
Recently, Vladimir Putin said something about Americans thinking that we are exceptional.