August 10, 2011
"What's in California?" quizzed Don Worsham, the self-proclaimed Mayor for Eternity of Glen Ridge Drive. "Just a lot of congestion and pollution, from what I've heard. And phony actors and singers. Betcha there's not even an American Legion post there. " Well, dear friend and neighbor, you're right on the first two points, but a bit off base on the last. During our eight hotel tour de force, I saw dozens of Legion posts. And all of them, like most of the Golden State, were draped in fragrant red, yellow and white roses, all wild.
October 22, 2012
Dr. Christy Anna Hipsley, of Berlin, Germany, daughter of Bruce and Shelly Hipsley of Bel Air, and granddaughter of Stephen and Helen Saradin, received her doctorate degree in biology on Aug. 16 from the University of California and has accepted a post-doctorate position with the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin, Germany. Hipsley received her master's degree from Lund University in Sweden, her bachelor's degree from N.C. State and is a 1995 graduate of Bel Air High School.
October 16, 2012
Immediately after the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the nation's unemployment rate dropped to 7.8 percent in September, conservatives started attacking the agency for producing figures that sounded a little too convenient for the Obama administration. The most prominent doubter was former GE chairman Jack Welch, who tweeted shortly after the announcement, "Unbelievable jobs numbers..these Chicago guys will do anything..can't debate so change numbers. " But he was hardly alone.
May 18, 1992
It certainly would seem that way. One calamity after another has hit the Golden State. Earthquakes. Firestorms. Prolonged drought. Intense smog. Unreal traffic gridlock. Recession. And now massive urban rioting. California seems to be under a perpetual state of siege.Yet for millions, California remains the land of opportunity. A vast tidal wave of Asian and Latino immigrants has swelled the population to 30 million, with another 650,000 people arriving each year. They are placing a strain on a state government already on the verge of breakdown.
December 25, 2006
CHICAGO -- Part of becoming an adult is accepting responsibility for the consequences of your actions. That's one tempting argument for arrested adolescence. It's much more satisfying to congratulate yourself for everything good that happens to you while blaming someone else for everything bad. Judging from his recent conduct, California Attorney General Bill Lockyer has been watching too many reruns of Peter Pan. His is the latest bid for membership in the Have Your Cake and Eat It Too Club.
August 30, 2011
I've heard horror stories about dog-walkers. People who hired a dog walker to come in every day to walk their pup, only to find out that the person took the money daily, but never touched the dog. Or the one about the woman who returned home from work once to find that the pup waiting there for her belonged to someone else. People who hire dog-walkers trust that they will actually show up, actually take their dogs out -- and keep them out and moving for the amount of time paid for. But that doesn't always happen.