Raising the minimum wage is back in the news again after nationwide protests from fast-food workers who have had it with being exploited by billionaire corporations. And once again, where you come down on this has a lot to do with which side of the political fence you're on.
Maybe it was the time or maybe it was the place. I cannot pinpoint how I came to know it, but the fact that my family, neighbors and friends were living in the best country on this earth was a fact I simply knew and shared.
When I was a 6-year-old lad lusting over the "ant farm" advertisements in 12-cent comic books, I had no idea how ahead-of-their-time those ads were.
When I was a kid, I used to work as a parts chaser in my grandfather's truck and trailer shop. Whenever a driver or mechanic came in, I had to go find the parts he needed and write up the sale.
Editor's note: This is one of a series of columns by Santa Clarita Valley native Scott Kanowsky, who is currently living in Madrid, Spain.
Three years ago we bought a fixer-upper house on Meadview Avenue right by The Master's College in Placerita Canyon.
As a CPA nearing retirement, today marks the conclusion of my 41st tax season. I have seen a lot in my career. But until recently, one thing that I could always count on is the ability of the IRS to properly administer the tax laws.
Californians, not water, and certainly not almonds, are our state's most valuable resource.
Contrary to the opinion held by the many conservatives who live inside the partisan media bubble, Democrats do not want to quash their opinions.
Unless you've been sleeping under a rock somewhere you're acutely aware we are becoming an increasingly touchy society. It seems the new national sport is overreaction to issues that, while not unworthy of discussion, are certainly not worthy of vitriolic outbursts and mean-spirited acts of violence.
Thank you Signal Editorial board for calling our local water districts to task, but why are the solutions so complex?
A few weeks ago the state Assembly passed a resolution celebrating "Sunshine Week," touting the Legislature's commitment to transparency.
"When Israel was in Egypt Land, 'Let My People Go!'
A common sticking point for hawkish conservatives recently has been President Obama's seeming reluctance to state declaratively that we are at war with "radical Islam," and they see his failure to take this "obvious" step as some sign of appeasement or cowardice that gives aid and comfort to our enemies.
Climate is defined as "a measure of the average pattern of variation in temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, wind, precipitation, atmospheric particle count and other meteorological variables in a given region over long periods of time."
As I approach the golden age of 60, I am finding more and more pleasure in a few simple things.
One component of President Obama's January 2010 State of the Union address was his deliberate dress-down of Supreme Court attendees concerning their Citizens United decision.
The other day one Signal Opinion section writer chastised another about whether same-gender attraction occurs by choice, insisting that it's imprinted in the DNA. From what I've read, the idea of a DNA determinant is still being debated.
It has been a long time coming, but it looks like Santa Clarita is finally going to get a Laemmle Theatre in downtown Newhall. The City Council voted this week to move forward with a plan for one.
We all receive criticism. Maybe it's the driver behind you or your kids who never miss a chance to let you know just how lame you are.
As California heads into high summer in the midst of its fourth year of a punishing drought, the question most residents ask is whether the state has hit the limits of growth.
Greece in crisis; European Union unraveling? China fearing the Western influences; its economical growth slowing, but expanding in Africa and the western Pacific.
In sanctuary cities across the United States, federal, state and local officials are colluding with criminal illegal aliens and allowing them to have the run of this country to prey on American citizens.
I've got a secret to share, but I've got to be discrete about it. There's folks out there watching us, and we've got to be very careful, lest we be caught wet-handed.
The Supreme Court just ruled gay marriage is now the law of the land. The issue of gay marriage is now settled.
If you look closely at a dollar bill, or any place the great seal of the United States of America is found, you'll see the words "e pluribus unum." This Latin phrase translates to "out of many, one."
A red, white, and blue pinwheel turned up, stuck in our lawn ahead of the Fourth of July holiday. It spun steadily in the 100-degree heat, calling one's eye to its realtor-marketing message.
I fully understand that I am a week late to the progressives' political victory celebration, but that is the by-product of abiding by an orderly Signal op-ed-writing schedule.
Somewhere along the line, freedom went through a tragic redefinition. What once was understood, and provided the basic foundation stone of our democracy, has now become a primary cause of our societal demise.
The 4th of July has forever been my favorite holiday in Santa Clarita. Old traditions like the parade and pancake breakfast now merge perfectly with newer ones like the 5/10k run and the numerous firework shows. Like many of us who grew up in Santa Clarita, I am now able to enjoy the day through the eyes of my own children and nothing beats it.