"We aren't going to discuss, you know, publicly operational details about the possible response options. As we implement our responses, some will be seen, some may not be seen."
In 1941 America was at peace while other significant parts of the world were embroiled in World War II. That is until December 7, 1941; "A date which will live in infamy" said then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt as he asked Congress for a declaration of war.
Since we live in a world enamored with vitamins and supplements, I'd like to suggest 4 suggestions for a better ethical life in 2015. As I have viewed the public discussions regarding justice, race, politics, and progress in America, it has been discouraging to see just how poorly we are as a people in carrying on a civil, intellectually honest, and beneficial conversation. We had better improve in our ability to take in facts, push them through an informed logical and ethical grid, and propose useful and workable answers and solutions. Apart from this we will continue to foster ...
A business friend of mine sent me a photo of a large blue ARCO sign the other day. "$2.49 $2.59 $2.69, it called out joyously to all with eyes to see! I considered all the money you and I and everyone else is saving and somewhat sacrilegiously exuberated, "Joy to the World!"
In a twist of unbelievable irony, Planned Parenthood recently joined the #BlackLivesMatter Twitter protest, tweeting that they were "standing in solidarity with" the #Ferguson protestors in Washington, D.C.
Last Saturday, I found myself sharing a New York City subway train with protesters from the Millions March and drunken revelers from SantaCon. Both events drew comparable-sized crowds, hovering around 25,000 participants each. Both ended up on the tiny island of Manhattan on the same day. And this coincidence is a perfect metaphor for Christmas this year.
The "lame duck" Congress limped to an end and was able, despite gridlock, to make some accomplishments.
It doesn't happen often but recently I ran into someone who reads this column regularly. After thanking her for some encouraging comments, I asked "what would like to read about in my column?" She replied, "tell us what makes life good for you." So here it is. But I'm going even further and suggesting these three loves as the essential components of any healthy, satisfying, and significant life.
I applaud Assemblyman Scott Wilk's introduction of AB 6, that if passed, would allow the voters to decide in November 2016 if they want to terminate the High-Speed Rail Project and re-purpose $8 billion in approved funds to address the $12 billion deficit in school construction for K-12 and higher education.
On "Meet the Press" on Sunday, a snarling and smirking Dick Cheney defended his part of America's slide to from Shining City on a Hill to Renowned International Torture State.
I almost didn't put Christmas lights on the house this year.
A lump of coal? Maybe a jar of crude?
When is torture not torture? When Dick Cheney redefines the word to defend his own disgraceful legacy.
I wish to comment on Donna Brazile's op-ed in The Signal on Dec. 8 entitled "What will it take to rebuild trust?"
I understand our community leaders' desire to protect the area from a "truck-clogged Highway 14 commute punctuated by occasional bits of flying gravel and scented with a big dose of diesel exhaust" caused by an open Cemex sand-and-gravel mine proposed for Canyon Country, as The Signal Editorial Board described Sunday.
As my family prepares to celebrate Easter 2015, I feel overwhelmed by the changes the holiday has undergone in both religious and secular terms.
Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, believes passionately that the United States needs more skilled foreign workers.
As Women's History Month wraps up at the end of March, there's something we want to know: Why should half of the human race be relegated to one month a year?
The ramifications of ethical ideology are important in every area of life, but nowhere more so than in positions of leadership.
We oppose deep well injection as a solution to chloride reduction anywhere in the Santa Clarita Valley, as deep well injection of large volumes of fluid has been scientifically linked to induced earthquakes.
The phrase "What we've got here is a failure to communicate" originated in the 1967 film "Cool Hand Luke." It was spoken by a warden to a rebellious chained prisoner.
Let me be so bold as to bring some common sense to this argument. There is a group of well-meaning people who are vociferously opposing the use of a radio tower in their local neighborhood for fear that the electromagnetic radiation (radio waves) it will emit will cause a host of health problems.
To the casual observer, this should be a slow period for political news and events. But just because there is not a national election until November 2016 does not mean the political world goes dormant.
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.
The more years I log, the more I understand the benefit of identifying myself in the right way.
I have been closely following the happenings related to California high-speed rail since before it was passed in a voter referendum in 2008.
Regarding my previous Signal column "Don't teach global warming to kids," published March 4, I don't want Omar Escobedo, or anyone else, to think I was taking him "to task."
Anyone in the SCV not suffering Mad Cow Disease knows of the two long-running Great Threats aimed at our bucolic Santa Clarita Valley.
This past week, two different scandals appeared at opposite ends of the political spectrum, so no matter which side you were on you had something to be furious about.
Fundamental to the ethics of democratic governing is the proposition that privilege and power are to be used for the public good. Unfortunately, the consistent outworking of this ideal is more and more lacking in our day. Rather than use their privilege and power to serve the public interest it too often seems our elected officials end up using their power to preserve their own privilege at public expense.