The Signal's opinion piece titled "The high speed rail hoodwink" (Opinion, July 13) recycles many of the myths and misinformation about the California High-Speed Rail Program that have been put forward by opponents.
I learned early the mantra that "hard work pays off." My father was a hard worker and was determined not to have any sons who were slackers.
Does anyone else find it interesting that our Founding Fathers made no mention of establishing a police force to protect the citizenry of the country?
We're finally getting our new street today. It took civic action by many in our neighborhood over the course of two full years, but the city has finally come around and allocated resources to maintain the assets for which we pay the taxes for them to maintain - in the first place.
For more than 15 years, several times a week, I find myself standing in line at the "criminal window" at one of our local county courthouses.
I grew up working odd jobs to earn money. In the winter I would go from house to house with my snow shovel, and in the summer you could find me wheeling my gas lawn mower down the block to service the five families that paid me to mow their lawns weekly. It was a great operation, and kept me in soda, sunflower seeds, and fishing bait throughout my summer vacation from school.
The news has been dominated for several weeks now with coverage of our rapidly deteriorating border security and the influx of children, in particular, traveling alone and coming into our country illegally.
I have written in this column in the past that I support illegal immigration. This position has earned me the ire of my fellow conservatives.
Kathy Norris of the Valley Industry Association paid me a visit a few weeks ago as part of a local business survey.
The political world is never static. The never-ending battles for power, prestige, policy and the perceived moral high ground are endless and endlessly fascinating.
If you've been to Castaic Lake recently, you may have noticed you're seeing a lot more of the launch ramp than usual. These days, that launch ramp is loooooong.
Part of the joy, and most of the misery, of my job as a pastor is being with folks when they in trouble, surrounded by the carnage of poor choices, and facing what appear to be insurmountable obstacles.
As a Muslim-immigrant to the United States of America, I find special meaning in the Fourth of July, an occasion symbolizing the struggle for freedom.
By now, the phrase "Respect is a Two-Way Street" may be a familiar one to Santa Clarita residents. That's because this is the main message behind the city's new safety campaign to help keep bicyclists, motorists and pedestrians safe on our roadways.
Undoubtedly by now you have observed the rather casual manner in which our president responds to each new scandal that pops up - and they do keep popping up.
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!"
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.
If you don't want 6 giant digital billboards lighting up the sky 24/7 in Santa Clarita vote No on Measure S.
There are many things our community can boast about, and right at the top of the list is our public schools.
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.
My wife and I just got back from a trip to Lake Tahoe. Before your eyes completely gloss over as I pull out the slides of our vacation, I hope to slip in a few meaningful observations.
Most of us will shortly receive an absentee ballot in the mail for the upcoming Nov. 4 election. Other than the continuous and deceptive ranting by health care lobbies about threats of higher medical costs if we pass Propositions45 and 46, this election seems under the radar. I always read the actual language of any bill or proposition.
Why didn't the city attorney do as he said he would and tell the public the truth about the billboard deal on the November ballot?
It needs to be said: The Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District, headed by Council members Laurene Weste, Bob Kellar, and county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, has yet again shortchanged this community.
Earlier this week I was asked if writing a weekly column is becoming a chore. It went like this. "Do you ever get tired of facing a deadline every week? Do you think there will come a time when you'll just get so tired of it that you'll stop doing it? After all, you're not being compensated, right? And don't you think it's just one more thing you have to do in already busy life?"