James Stockdale

Time for a new, ambitious goal in space

Forty years ago this month, U.S. explorers reached and walked on the moon. This week, Apollo 11 moon mission astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins met with President Barack Obama at the White House. Obama had words of praise and honor, but he remained noncommittal about space prospects after the shuttle program ends next year.

That’s the way it is: Walter Cronkite dies

The death of Walter Cronkite elicited tributes from colleagues, presidents past and present, world-famous astronauts and those who hoped in vain to fill his empty anchor chair, all honoring the avuncular face of TV journalism who became the "most trusted man in America."

Cronkite died with his family by his side Friday night at his Manhattan home after a long illness, CBS vice president Linda Mason said. Marlene Adler, Cronkite’s chief of staff, said Cronkite died of cerebrovascular disease. He was 92.

Is America moving back to the right?

A new Gallup poll shows Americans, by a 2-1 margin, are moving to the right politically and that shift could spell trouble for President Barack Obama and Democrats.

The shift comes in sharp contrast to the gains made by the Democratic party in 2008 and showcases the continued uneasiness of the American electorate.

Stimulus boosts health care for poor

Homeless teenagers at a central Colorado shelter are feeling the effect of the government’s economic stimulus package. It’s the feeling of a dentist’s drill.

The 20 runaway youths living at the Urban Peak shelter had no regular dental care until this spring, when a $1.3 million stimulus grant to a community health center paid for a mobile dental and medical clinic to visit once a month. The residents now get medical and dental screenings, and cavities filled, right from their shelter’s parking lot.

Invasion of mom and paparazzi

My sister was the first of us five kids to graduate from college. It was the 1970s, and I was in attendance to see her walk across the stage. Good thing, too: It turned out that although my father was shooting pictures, he was doing so, it was later discovered, without film. The only pictures salvaged from that day were a few photos I snapped on my crummy camera. (The kind with the replaceable flashcube on the top — remember those?)

My sister was a little bit ticked, but apparently she survived.