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  • Think Again: Identifying legitimate democracies

    Some news in the last few weeks has demonstrated the fragile nature of our freedoms. As riots in Great Britain spread, on Aug. 11 the British prime minister’s reaction was to begin an assault on freedom of speech and assembly by attempting to ban social media and other communication channels, hoping it would quell protesters.
  • Note to self: tackle life boldly, and buy a guitar

    So I turned 44 last week. Not old. But certainly not young. I’m tempted to ride my kids’ skateboard, confident I could still show them a thing or two. But I know if I do, I’ll be that guy on “America’s Funniest Home Videos&...

    Small Wonders: Make school as important as war

    Summer vacation is here. I know this not because it's hot or because I saw it on the calendar. I know it because Burbank schools let my kids out for the year the Thursday before Memorial Day at 12:55 pm. Not Friday. Not 1 or 2 p.m. — Thursday May...

    Education Matters: Helping to dissolve cyber bullying

    Editor's Note: Numerous instances of plagiarism have been discovered in Dan Kimber’s “Education Matters” column, which ran in the News- Press from September 2003 to September 2011. In those columns where plagiarism has been found, a...

    Small Wonders: The fragrance that lasts forever

    Editor's note: While Patrick Caneday takes some time off, we’re running some of his choices for re-publication. This column was first published Jan. 9, 2010. I caught the wife in bed with another man last week. I can't really blame her, though....