| Nov 8, 2014
| 12:00 PM
In the fall of 1974, a tormented young Vietnam War veteran rolled his wheelchair into the Sears store on Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica and bought a typewriter for $42. He lugged it back to his apartment at Third and Pacific and began writing in a fever,...
| Nov 10, 2014
| 1:18 PM
Andrew Tahmooressi, the former Marine sergeant who spent seven months imprisoned in Mexico, will spend a quiet Veterans Day at home with his family in Florida. He was released by a Mexican federal judge on Oct. 31, after a finding by both defense and...
| Nov 2, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Two columns ago, I passed on a series of political observations from the heartland. Today, a snapshot of American values and viewpoints a decade and a half into the "new" millennium.
For my left-leaning readers, you have much to be pleased about as...
| Nov 13, 2014
| 6:00 AM
In these cynical times when working for the government is often caricatured as almost an act of moral turpitude, lifelong public servants seldom get the respect and admiration they deserve. The passing last weekend of George H. Painter, who served 35...
| Nov 12, 2014
| 3:00 PM
When World War II veteran Norman Carty died last December in an assisted living home in Bethlehem, the government profited.
It didn't have to pay $8,660 the Department of Veterans Affairs owed him. He had been waiting for the money for six months, and...
| Oct 10, 2014
| 2:30 AM
WASHINGTON -- Baseball lore recalls that legendary manager Casey Stengel, when running the hapless 1962 New York Mets, forlornly asked his charges: "Can't anybody here play this game?" It's an appropriate question right now in the nation's capital...
| Oct 8, 2014
| 8:49 PM
Some veterans waited longer than average to see their doctor at the Allentown veterans clinic last year, according to an audit released this week.
Patients at the Department of Veterans Affairs facility on Hamilton Boulevard were able to get primary care...
| Oct 4, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Whatever happened to good old American know-how?
The nation that invented modern management seems to be suffering a crisis of competence.
The Secret Service can't protect the White House. Public health authorities can't get their arms around a one-man...
| Nov 10, 2013
Just in time for Veterans Day, the embattled secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric K. Shinseki, announced last week that his department had reduced its backlog of overdue disability claims from more than 600,000 in March to about 400,000.
| Apr 4, 2014
| 2:30 PM
March ended with this uplifting news: For the first time in seven years, no U.S. soldiers died that month in combat. Not one.
It's a relieving statistic, suggesting that the heavy toll in lives of U.S. military intervention is coming to an end.
| May 27, 2014
| 2:59 PM
Let's hope the situation at the Department of Veterans Affairs gets just a little bit worse. Not dying worse, but enough to stir President Barack Obama to forceful action.
For Obama, a crisis isn't a terrible thing to waste but a hard thing to feel. He's...