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  1. MANUEL FUDERANAN: Time has ruined the once-solemn, prayerful Halloween observance

    Thursday, Oct 30 2014 11:01 PM

    This time of the year always evokes some memories of the bygone years. I used to tag along with my parents and my siblings to visit and pray over the graves of my father's ancestors in his island hometown on All Souls' Day (Nov. 2). The day before, which is All Saints' Day (Nov. 1), used to be a church holy day of obligation and we had to stay home, hear holy mass and participate in church liturgy for this feast before visiting our own town's churchyard. This was our annual ritual and family tradition and it was continued for some years even after my siblings and I had to leave the comfort zone that is our island province to seek the proverbial greener pastures.

    My father's hometown cemetery was beside the sea, and the wooden coffins...

  2. BRIK McDILL: Know difference between stupid and criminal

    The Taft High School football team locker room "caper" was a booger of a case and needed the Wisdom of Solomon to see it through. Sadly, the file didn't land on his desk. For starters, let's remember we're dealing with teenage male brains...

  3. WILLIAM BEZDEK: No-fault compensation system needed, not a vote for Prop. 46

    The recommendation to vote yes on Prop. 46 by Messrs. Milt Younger and Wayne McClean that appeared in the "Another View" section on Oct. 24 needs further dissection. The writers are saying that in order for children, non-working spouses,...

  4. JOE MATHEWS: LA should offer the NFL money to stay away

    Mayor Eric Garcetti says Los Angeles shouldn't give taxpayer dollars to the National Football League. I disagree. L.A. would be wise to pay the NFL -- to stay away. Twenty years after the Raiders and Rams left, the very bad idea of luring...

  5. JAMIE COURT: Yes on Prop. 45 to stop health insurance company ripoffs

    Is health insurance affordable? Not if you pay for it yourself. Small businesses in California have faced $250 million in health insurance rate hikes that regulators deemed unreasonable, but were powerless to stop. That's why California...

  6. CHRISTOPHER BAGBY: BPD run supports families of fallen officers

    Ever since I can remember, I've always wanted to be two things: a U.S. Army tank crewman and a police detective. I can't particularly explain why. I remember watching Gen. George S. Patton with my dad as a kid and was enthralled. I also...

  7. CHARLES BANKS-ALTEKRUSE: Prop. 48 maintains deal made by local, state and tribal leadership

    Voting yes on Proposition 48 provides California voters the opportunity to affirm two tribal gaming compacts that: * Uphold binding contractual agreements between willing parties (the state of California, Madera County and two tribes). *...

  8. KAREN BRIEFER-GOSE: No-burn exemptions are good, but be open to other technology

    I was happy to learn that the governing board of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District will be offering not only incentives, but exemption from most no-burn days for residents who convert to EPA-certified wood-burning...

  9. JACK SANTINO: Five myths about Halloween

    Halloween is a holiday shrouded in darkness, linked to the supernatural and known for inspiring fear. So it's not surprising that there are many misconceptions about its traditions, origins and meaning. Here are some of the most common. 1...

  10. MILT YOUNGER & WAYNE McCLEAN: Fight greed: Vote yes on 46

    Opponents of Proposition 46, who include powerful physician lobbyists and the insurance industry, would like you to believe that the initiative on the November ballot is some evil scheme devised by greedy trial lawyers. After all, who...

  11. DAVID KERANEN: Homophobia is learned, homosexuality is not

    "You've Got to Be Carefully Taught" is a show tune from the 1949 Rodgers & Hammerstein musical "South Pacific." Some of the lyrics are as follows: "You've got to be taught/To hate and fear/You've got to be taught/From year to year ... You...

  12. TIM STORMONT: Court has stolen 'marriage' from the people

    The U.S. Supreme Court's refusal to hear appeals surrounding the issue of the definition of marriage is an act of sheer cowardice on the part of the high court. In refusing to take action, the court has opened the door for the lower courts...

  13. KERRY McGILL: Anti-science ignorance has US headed in the wrong direction

    A recent article in the Los Angeles Times reported an increase in the number of children not being vaccinated. As of September, 950 kindergartens in the LA area had a vaccination rate of less than 92%. At that level, experts say the school...

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