Thoughts from the Publisher | Aug. 5

Earlier this week I decided to write this week’s column on unsolicited phone calls. We have them come into our home daily between 8am and 10am–even on the weekends. Even if we wanted to sleep in, we know it isn’t going to happen. The phone calls start every morning about 15 minutes before my alarm…

Thoughts from the Publisher | July 29

Being quite athletically challenged, I enjoy watching those displaying their expertise in various sports. Every two years, I have the opportunity to get my fill of viewing the experts during the Olympic Games. During the 1984 Olympics here in the Los Angeles area, I vividly remember having a fabulous experience at three different events. After…

Thoughts from the Publisher | July 15

In August of 1993, police officer Abel Dominguez, while sitting in his police cruiser doing some paperwork, was shot three times, once in the head resulting in his partial paralysis. In less than two months from now, the man convicted of the crime is yet again up for a parole hearing. Since we do not…

Thoughts from the Publisher | July 1

Although June weddings have passed for this year, couples will continue to declare their love in 2016 and will do so legally every month of this year– and for every year hence forward. Using the word “legally” can bring about questions for those planning formal weddings, standing in front of a judge at a courthouse,…

Thoughts from the Publisher | June 24

We have all experienced impolite behavior directed at us by total strangers. Sometimes the rudeness takes the form of a nasty hand gesture or a terse remark regarding our driving, appearance or some other situation that is really none of that person’s business. I recently read of such a situation posted on the Facebook account…

Thoughts from the Publisher | June 10

Several years ago, one of our younger staff members made a comment that I thought sounded like an up-to-date Burma-Shave signage campaign. When I mentioned it to her, she gave me a blank stare, acting as if I had just spoken to her in Latin. Taking her into my office, I couldn’t wait to tap…

Thoughts from the Publisher | June 3

Forty years ago, I had never even heard of graffiti. My first exposure actually seeing the spray-painted illegal nuisance was while visiting Philadelphia. Then in my early 20s, I was shocked to see a train-like form of transportation whizzing by me, sporting what appeared to be a moving canvas completely covered with unrecognizable scrawlings. Shortly…

Thoughts from the Publisher | May 13

It looks as though spring has brought about more local events than one could proverbially shake a stick at. Although we do our best to provide our readers with information about as many happenings as possible, because of our limited space, or the lateness of the submissions, some items just don’t make it to print.…