My family lived in Detroit from 1955 to 1956, during which time I attended second grade in a public elementary school.
With the recent verdict in the Zimmerman/Martin case, it may now be an appropriate time to comment. In a case like this, opinions need to be withheld until all of the evidence has been presented.
Janet Napolitano has finally used her political connections to land a job for which she's qualified.
When we ask the question of what distinguishes mankind from the rest of creation the possible answers usually include the presence and activity of the conscience. This "inner referee", as it has been called, acts to pull us toward the good and away from the bad.
Santa Clarita's open space, with its rolling hills and iconic oak trees, are among the many reasons people love coming home to Santa Clarita.
George Zimmerman's trial seemed to raise as many questions as it answered, but one thing was proved convincingly: television in courtrooms can have damaging effects.
Definition of TROPE: a common or overused theme or device: cliché (the usual horror movie tropes)
On July 11, Gov.Jerry Brown signed legislation that dismantled the state's existing enterprise zone program and diverted the funds to a new program.
Despite all the caterwauling you hear about nepotism, rigged elections, waivers, loopholes, crony capitalism, foxes guarding henhouses, gerrymandered legislative districts, incompetent court-appointed attorneys, misleading negative campaign ads and government surveillance programs, we Americans are an alarmingly contented bunch.
According to Winston Churchill, "A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on."
Back when Republicans controlled the U.S. Senate, minority Democrats employed and defended their use of the filibuster, blocking votes on President George W. Bush's nominees by refusing to yield the floor in the absence of a super-majority of 60 out of 100 senators.
Many states have banned, or soon will ban, texting and phoning while you drive because it's so distracting.
Can democracy survive when voters choose a government that destroys democratic values and institutions? That's the critical question posed by the turmoil in Egypt, where the military has ousted President Mohammed Morsi and arrested many of his supporters.
Last Friday, Americans learned that those wishing a license to kill have two choices. They can join Her Majesty's Secret Service, arduously working their way to 007 status, or they can move to Florida, purchase and conceal a weapon, initiate a fight, and when the fight turns bad, shoot from "self defense."
The Supreme Court giveth and the Supreme Court taketh away. The 5-4 majority recognizing that gays and lesbians are actually human beings entitled to fully partake in the legal rights and privileges of marriage was a huge step forward for the nation. Given the extreme conservative tilt of the Roberts court, the victory was even more sublime. Denying any minority the civil rights that the majority of American citizens enjoy, just because the majority says ...
To be or not to be! That is the question. To be held hostage by the cable company monopolies has become outrageous and disgusting.
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 ...
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.