One of my yearly duties during the holidays is helping my uncle put up his Christmas lights. It usually takes us 10 minutes to get the lights out, one hour to get the ball of lights untangled, another hour to hunt down the defective bulbs, and two hours to put them on the house.
When syndicated columnist John Crisp attempts to pick a fight over Christmas and its status among Americans, he isn't wrong, he just isn't right. And that is often the case when arguments are seated on foundations that are historically faulty.
Some believe there is an effort to do away with the religious side of Christmas. "Bah!"
I have been watching with growing interest the public discussion between letter writers Howard Barr and Brian Baker.
Frank Ferry, Santa Clarita City Council member and principal of Bishop Alemany High School, currently resides at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills battling a septic condition brought on by an outpatient procedure after Thanksgiving.
The final print issue of US News & World Report magazine cover story was "50 Ways to Improve Your Life in 2011." The subjects included stories with suggestions on personal health, money, career, mind and the world.
If citizens of Santa Clarita pay taxes to use "their library," where will citizens of Stevenson Ranch, Castaic, Agua Dulce, etc. go to find "their library"?
Santa Clarita Street Fair
The Sierra Hillbillies Square and Round Dance Club recently celebrated 43 years of teaching, dancing and promoting the American folkdance in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Benjamin "Benny" L. Cather IV was "Winged" Oct. 22 at McCain Field, Training Air Wing One, Meridan, Missisppi.
Brooke Adrienne Kopanski and Robert Kyle Brandt were joined in marraige on September 18, 2010 at The Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla. The couple were wed in a double ring ceremony presided over by the Hon. James B. Copelan, the father of the bride.
Yvonne Penny, a community service volunteer, stands near the result of a drive by the Santa Clarita Valley Quilt Guild members to make and donate quilts to the homeless served by the charity Under the Bridges. Penny provided her home as a workplace where the recent batch of 14 quilts and dozens of personal sized pillows were completed. "It is such a wonderful feeling to work on something like this knowing it will make someone's life better," Penny said. This is an ongoing project of the guild, and more quilts will be made for distribution. The Santa Clarita Valley ...
Today, The Signal wraps up its series "Report Card on SCV Education" with a gaze into a crystal ball, so to speak - a glimpse into the directions in which public education is heading in the Santa Clarita Valley and in the rest of California.
While the season of Christmas is enjoyed by many, I also recognize that in our pluralistic society, not all celebrate the birth of Christ.
PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) - In a span of two weeks, Adam Scott lost his No. 1 ranking and then ended the year without a major.
BAGHDAD (AP) - A suicide bomber hit an Interior Ministry building in central Baghdad on Saturday, killing at least 11 people, as an investigation was underway into a deadly attack on a Sunni mosque that has heightened sectarian tension amid a fragile political transition.
DONETSK, Russia (AP) - Hundreds of trucks from a bitterly disputed Russian aid convoy to rebel-held eastern Ukraine rolled back across the border Saturday into Russia but questions about alleged Russian artillery in Ukraine still remained.
CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) - President Barack Obama has spent less time away from the White House than his predecessors. But his two-week break on the resort island of Martha's Vineyard and hours on the golf course have his detractors teeing up as they highlight the slew of foreign policy crises currently facing the United States.
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Conditions calmed this week in Ferguson after nights of sometimes violent unrest stemming from the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer. But a delicate and crucial question lingers: What happens if the grand jury now considering the case doesn't return a charge against the officer?
LOS ANGELES (AP) - On these dating sites, a passion for pets will help you find more than just puppy love.
JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming (AP) - If anyone thought Janet Yellen might clarify her view of the U.S. job market in her speech here Friday, the Federal Reserve chair had a message:
Things are going to look a little bit different around Golden Valley this season.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes. Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 60-yard field goal. The New England Patriots didn't allow a point for more than 58 minutes.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Sonny Gray ended a monthlong losing streak, pitching into the ninth inning and leading the Oakland Athletics over the Los Angeles Angels 5-3 Friday night in a matchup of AL West rivals.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dan Haren overcame a leadoff homer by Curtis Granderson and a pair of failed sacrifice bunt attempts to help the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the error-prone New York Mets 6-2 on Friday night.
Hart district Superintendent Rob Challinor says the Canyon High School softball field, the subject of a discrimination investigation by federal education officials, needs some maintenance but is due for improvements and is safe for use.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is coming to California at the invitation of Gov. Jerry Brown, less than a month after Brown visited his country, officials said Friday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Relatives of Californians who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will get a second chance to apply for college scholarships under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown after investigations found that the state mishandled the program.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Days after an Islamic extremist group beheaded an American journalist, U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer condemned Friday the "brutal and barbaric murder" of James Foley and labeled the Islamic State a "worldwide threat" that must be stopped.