In politics, we often refer to today's Democrats as "liberals," and the terms "liberal" and "progressive" are used interchangeably.
Paranoia strikes deep
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.
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.
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.
As California legislators, we are responsible for developing and implementing laws that society must abide by. But every now and then, elected officials get the perceived notion that they are above the law.
Having grown up in the Antelope Valley and graduated from Antelope Valley High School, I try to keep up with my hometown news.
I've been wondering about a question for quite some time. This question concerns me greatly since it has significant implications for our future and our nation.
"It's three agencies of government that are gone when I get there. ... Commerce, Education, and the what's the third one. ... I can't name the third, 'Oops.'"
During one of our many family times this past Christmas season, my eldest daughter, now a happily married woman and mother of two, expressed a very thoughtful sentiment.
Radio and culture commentator Kerby Anderson believes the government "gridlock" we often hear about is essentially a clash of worldviews.
As the annual Vast Right Wing Conspiracy Christmas Party begins to wind down, thoughts turn to the coming year and what 2015 holds for us.
Assembly Bill 60, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown this year, authorizing undocumented California residents to be eligible to obtain state-issued driver licenses. Starting this January, even those without proof of legal residency can obtain a license to operate a vehicle.
"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.
Three years ago we bought a fixer-upper house on Meadview Avenue right by The Master's College in Placerita Canyon.
Californians, not water, and certainly not almonds, are our state's most valuable resource.
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.
Contrary to the opinion held by the many conservatives who live inside the partisan media bubble, Democrats do not want to quash their opinions.
Thank you Signal Editorial board for calling our local water districts to task, but why are the solutions so complex?
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.
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."
One day I'd like to ask those women just what they were thinking as they made their way in the early morning to the place where, just days before, they had watched him be buried. They watched as his body was hastily wrapped in linen and put in a tomb hewn from solid rock. They watched as a huge stone was rolled over the opening, and the Roman guard sealed the tomb with the official seal. It was preparation day and Sabbath was beginning. Proper preparation of the body would have to wait.
Five hundred thousand dollars! Are you kidding - $500,000?
A funny story hit the news back in 2011. "Congress declares pizza is a vegetable." Seemingly outlandish, there was more truth than not to the story. The Obama Administration and USDA had proposed new dietary standards for school lunches in an effort to address America's growing childhood obesity problem. Previously, just two tablespoons of tomato paste spread thinly on a cheesy, doughy, fat-inducing pizza pie was considered sufficient to quality pizza literally as a vegetable to meet school lunch guidelines. The Agriculture Department wanted to get real, insisting that one-half cup of tomatoes makes a true serving, but the ...
The very recent passage of Indiana State Bill 568 permits neighbor to exclude neighbor, provider to deny services to client, and vendors to deny a sale based on "freedom of religion."
As my family prepares to celebrate Easter 2015, I feel overwhelmed by the changes the holiday has undergone in both religious and secular terms.