| Jul 22, 2014
"I just returned from a trip to Europe, and really enjoyed riding the high-speed Eurostar and TGV. Why can't we have something like that here in the U.S.?" So asked a reader, and the fundamental answer is simple: The United States, as a nation, does not...
| Jul 6, 2014
| 5:00 AM
The "train to nowhere" is beginning to look a bit more like a train to somewhere. Flush with $250 million this year and the promise of billions more from the state's cap-and-trade program, the California High Speed Rail Authority has proposed accelerating...
| Jul 4, 2014
| 5:00 AM
To the editor: So now California's high-speed rail system will be a super Metrolink, shuttling people between Burbank and Palmdale in a few minutes. You can dress it up, but it is still a bad idea. ("Burbank-Palmdale segment added to bullet train...
| Jul 3, 2014
| 6:30 PM
A grand jury in Georgia has accused "Midnight Rider" filmmakers Randall Miller, Jody Savin and Jay Sedrish of venturing onto the railroad tracks and trestle without the permission of the railroad, leading to the Feb. 20 death of 27-year old camera...
| Jul 8, 2014
If you're a senior about to shove off on your vacation, here are a few notes on the current state of senior travel.
AIRLINES. Forget any special senior deals. The only airline with meaningful senior fares is Southwest, and its senior fares are good deals...
| Jul 9, 2014
Elwood residents have long tolerated growing tractor-trailer traffic that rattles homes, strains nerves and interrupts funeral processions to the nearby national military cemetery. But with 8,000 big rigs rolling through town each day, many say their...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 7:25 AM
To the editor: The California High-Speed Rail Authority has at last shown some common sense in expediting construction of the Burbank-Palmdale segment. On a project of this size and scope, it was always crucial to prioritize building segments that could...
| Jun 23, 2014
| 2:25 PM
The following items were taken from Oak Park Police Department reports:
A man desribed to be in his 30s with a beard and his hair in dreadlocks tried to lure an Oak Park boy into his white Chevrolet van on the 600 block of South Ridgeland Avenue at 2:35...
| Jun 25, 2014
To the editor: I believe that Madeline Janis has it all wrong. I have no issue with her recommendation that the U.S. develop the capability to manufacture high-speed rail cars and "high-tech aluminum trains." ("High-speed job creation for California," Op-...
| Jun 26, 2014
Barbara Hattan waited nine months to contact "What's Your Problem?" about her missing $70 refund from Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.
Satisfaction came much faster after she was featured in the June 15 column. The money arrived in her...
| Jun 26, 2014
To the editor: I take issue with state Sen. Kevin de Leon's (D-Los Angeles) desire to reconfigure the construction of California's high-speed rail system. Too many have worked too hard to start all over again, as De Leon suggests. In fact, $3.4 billion in...