Dear Mom and Dad, It's been less than a week since you dropped me off at summer camp. You better come get me 'cause I'm in big trouble. On my first day, I was feeling homesick. So I found a piece of wood and began carving it with my Swiss Army knife the way Daddy showed me. Well, one of the counselors yelled at me to "freeze." He took my knife, then patted me down. ...
Santa Clarita works hard to garner grant and other funding for city improvements, but the fact remains we don't always have discretion to spend it however we want.
My son Gideon, age 9, is hog wild about the classic CBS sitcom "Green Acres," which counts the super-intelligent pig Arnold Ziffel among its characters.
When Washington conservatives gather to talk among themselves, and the discussion turns to Obamacare - it happens pretty frequently - it's not unusual to hear predictions that the president's health care law will "collapse of its own weight." It's a "train wreck," many say, quoting Democratic Sen. Max Baucus. It's unworkable. It's going to be a big, smoking ruin.
Everybody loves a good sex scandal, and these days nobody's disappointed. Politicians in particular appear constitutionally incapable of keeping their intimate arrangements from public scrutiny. In the case of New York mayoral candidate Anthony D. Weiner, it appears, the more public, the better. Satirist Andy Borowitz captured the tone perfectly, joking that Weiner had appointed his close friend "Carlos Danger" campaign manager, since "he was already making most of the major decisions, anyway." The candidate ...
SARGENT, Neb. - They thought it was dead, but now it's coming back. The little theater, a dancehall named Oscar's Palladium on North Second Street in Sargent, Neb., had once been the scene of shows on a Midwest vaudeville circuit, then dances featuring big bands such as Tommy Dorsey's, then early rockers. And then it closed. Now it's back featuring country western acts and variety acts (including recently yours truly in my non-writing incarnation), greatly ...
Paul Ryan, U. S. representative, chairman of the House Budget Committee and former vice presidential candidate, recently declared that the federal war on poverty "has failed miserably."
A little more than six months into his second term, President Obama returned to the theme of his presidency, and perhaps his entire political career: carrying out the promise made in the preamble to the Constitution.
Years ago I started planting fruit trees in the back yard. I planted five different kinds of apple trees, a cherry and a pear. The next year, I planted five different kinds of apple trees, a cherry and a pear because the deer had eaten the first batch down to the nubs. I bought wire fencing and made cages around each new tree.
This past Thursday a local Superior Court judge ruled that the city of Palmdale must consider abandoning its at-large voting practice and instead divide the five council seats into districts.
If insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, it's tempting to observe that congressional Republicans have gone stark, raving mad. My own GOP congressman, Rep. Tim Griffin, recently delivered himself of an opinion column boasting about having "voted more than 30 times to repeal all or parts of Obamacare." Only in politics does somebody expect praise for sheer futility. ...
Recently, I had foot surgery and found myself in a wheelchair. I am an active, 53-year-old woman and could not make myself stay at home, so I set out in my chair for a new adventure in my favorite city, Newhall.
The late-night comedians have not had this much material since Bill Clinton wagged his finger at the television cameras and declared, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky," and then sent Hillary out to declare that the whole thing was the work of a "vast right-wing conspiracy."
This is shaping up as a great season for media-watchers. Viewers still go on vacation, but news and entertainment media are busier this summer than ever before, giving us plenty to slice and dice.
Several events around the nation have lead pundits and observers alike to label certain actions "unconscionable."
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.