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.…

Thoughts from the Publisher | May 6

Many folks love Christmas so much that they do a day-by-day countdown waiting for the holiday to arrive. I too love Christmas, however, Mother’s Day has grown to be increasingly important to me each year. Having a mother who is nearly 97 years of age has really put things in perspective for me, especially when…

Thoughts from the Publisher | April 29

I love coffee. It doesn’t matter to me if it’s hot, cold, fresh, instant, day-old, home-brewed or prepared at an up-scale coffee extravaganza location. I will even chew the beans if necessary. Java makes me happy. I’m also proud to say that I appreciate tea, as well, and the stronger, the better. Why do I…

Thoughts from the Publisher | April 22

In today’s issue, we have three special features, one of which is our three-page dedication to Earth Day (see pages 9–11). It’s hard to believe that Earth Day was founded 46 years ago in 1970– the year I turned 15 years old. Another focus this week is called “Pamper Your Pets.” ( see pages 12–13)…

Thoughts from the Publisher | April 8

As a young teenager, my interest in politics started when my dad ran twice for city treasurer in Signal Hill. My heart soared when he won both elections. Back then, candidates used bumper stickers, handbills and local newspaper ads to declare their platforms. Very little, if any, political literature was mailed. Also, large political signs…