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Ah, election time. Wedged between Halloween and Thanksgiving, elections are an evil mix of the two, where a scary assortment of creatures from the political underworld thank us if we'd not scream and run, but rather treat them with our votes.
I have watched closely and attended Santa Clarita City Council meetings regarding the digital billboard deal appearing on the Nov. 4 ballot as Measure S, and I have come to understand the "S" may be intended to stand for socialism.
It's finally happening. The long, hot summer at last has succumbed to our hopes for the cool breath of autumn.
When I hold you in my arms
As a 28-year resident of the SCV, I could not disagree more with those arguing a "yes" vote on Measure S.
Back in 2012, Mitt Romney was on a mission from God and the GOP to save America and the world from the Kenyan, secret Muslim, fascist, socialist and wimp dictator, President Barack Obama. Mittens touted his business background as a successful vulture capitalist and promised that his White House would help the besieged top 1 percent, just like Reagan and the Bush family had during the Republican glory days.
After having read and heard many arguments pro and con on this controversial issue, I have concluded that the entire thing is fishy at best. I am voting against it for several reasons, but my overriding reason is an aspect of the entire idea that I have not heard anyone address. As a retired businessman who operated a very successful manufacturing corporation in Valencia for 12 years, I have some credentials on the subject.
Years ago I listened as a world-champion bicycle rider was being interviewed following one of the Tour de France stages. When asked his strategy he explained, "I always try to make up time when going uphill. While most riders are just trying to keep their position, I really press to advance. Of course, it means I have to train extra hard to take advantage of the greatest challenges on the course."
I have to ask the question, how free is the press these days? Two months after the initial incident in Ferguson, there's still on-going news coverage. Yet there is little mention of Andrew Tahmooressi, the U.S. Marine who accidentally crossed into Mexico and has been imprisoned for 199 days now or the "workplace violence" little over a month ago in Oklahoma where a woman was beheaded by an anti-American Islamic extremist? And then there's the Bowe Bergdahl investigation that's stalled for no apparent reason.
Do you ever think that some people sit around looking for something to be angry at? It's a little bit like the old man who sits in his front yard and yells at the kids to "hey, stay off my lawn!"
If you don't want 6 giant digital billboards lighting up the sky 24/7 in Santa Clarita vote No on Measure S.
I sincerely believe had there not been a city council election soon after ordinance 14-02 (billboard deal) was approved by a 3 to 1 council vote, with one member abstaining, this matter would have moved forward with little or no opposition.
By virtue of a happy providence, my wife and I were in Venice, Italy, when George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin got married.
Every year, more Americans leave the Golden State in search of a lower cost of living, lower taxes and better employment opportunities.
Warmer weather, longer days and unprotected property tend to lead to more burglaries, car break-ins and open garage intrusions.
Few things make me madder than dishonesty. Being able to take someone at their word lies at the very foundation of healthy, productive, and civil society.
"There ought to be a law." These words are uttered so often these days among people who think their personal belief or preference on a matter constitutes creating another law to impose their will upon the entire population.
Disneyland is infected! Disney's new trademark song is now "It's a small (pox) world after all." The amusement park is opening a new section called "Infectionland."
Nothing's 'gone change
I will never understand the person who insists the American political system is boring, or even more incredible, that it does not affect their day-to-day lives.
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We have experienced an unusual run of killings in our world lately. The recent deaths in Paris can be added to the list that includes shootings in New York, Ferguson, Florida, Pennsylvania, Colorado and California.
As the controversy builds over anything and everything relating to Barack Obama, many Republicans have come to believe that their party will prosper as a result.
Whatever your profession, you find out what you are made of when you face a challenge. Firefighters test their mettle when battling a major blaze. Athletes push their bodies to the limits in playoffs and championships.
In politics, we often refer to today's Democrats as "liberals," and the terms "liberal" and "progressive" are used interchangeably.
The year 2015 started off with a bang last week: from the Republican-dominated 114th Congress taking office and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell claiming Republicans deserve some credit for the robust economic recovery they had nothing to do with; to Gen. David Petraeus facing felony charges from the FBI for leaking state secrets to his mistress.
Paranoia strikes deep
We learned last week that Santa Clarita Valley residents and businesses are doing well in the water-saving department, at least compared to numbers last fall, and that we're doing better than most other communities in California.
We live in an increasingly critical world. With the explosion of social media, our natural tendencies to be critical about everything have an inexhaustible outlet that offers both immediate gratification and anonymity.