Recently, editorial page editor John Diaz asked Mark Klaas whether he expects to feel closure if California executes Richard Allen Davis, the man who kidnapped, toyed with and then killed Klaas' 12-year-old daughter, Polly, in 1993. A jury found Davis guilty and sentenced him to death in 1996.
Teachable moments: Don't expect them from politicians - or their hacks - whether they are Republicans or Democrats.
Stress is a part of life; how you deal with it is what matters. This axiom seems simple enough, but recognizing when stress is overwhelming us and then actually taking steps to reduce its affects is another matter.
After spending much of August out of Washington, Congress is back – and rural America is watching closely, hoping for passage of a Food, Farm and Jobs Bill as soon as possible.
I am a believer in redemption and second chances. However, I also believe there should be consequences for those who commit a crime, especially those who commit cold-blooded murder. Redemption doesn't mean escape from consequences, and those who suggest otherwise are misguided.
Your son and his 16-year-old best friend are celebrating the fact he just got his driver's license.
With the 2012 Presidential Election just around the corner, the American public is caught in the midst of a torrent of propaganda. As the popular trend of politicians fashioning their own facts abounds, folks here and around the nation encounter the same issue: what are we supposed to take to heart?
Walter Reuther - a labor leader if there ever was one - was once given a tour of a modernized Ford assembly plant.
It's commonplace to observe that we live in very partisan times. Red versus blue factions dominate our public discussions, and there often seems very little room made for agreement in the middle.
Give us your garbage, your hardcore felons, and your air pollution.
I am in the midst of planning an extended family camping trip - a venture that will, hopefully, include at least six different households and bring cousins together for more than just a few hours of chit chat. Family reunions and get-togethers are nothing new; it's been an American tradition for decades. The trouble I'm encountering is getting my family members to commit to a date that is far enough in the future to guarantee the number of camping sites we'll need in a nice location.
Sarah is frustrated.
Sugar taxes are not about health.
What did the San Joaquin Valley do wrong?
There is no way to get around the human, environmental and financial consequences of a fourth consecutive drought year in water-starved California. We have seen it in the fallowed fields on the west side of the Southern San Joaquin Valley and the economic devastation in that region. We have seen it in the reduced flows in rivers and historically low levels of many of the state's reservoirs.
It's tough to support one's self on $8,000 a year.
College professors often think out loud.
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