Hurrah to the Santa Clarita City Council for unanimously voting to provide a public study session on the effect of illegal immigration on its citizens.
On Feb. 11, a California Superior Court Judge ruled against the Community Advocates for Healthcare SCV and Santa Clarita Organization for Planning and the Environment in public-interest litigation filed in opposition a massive office expansion on the campus of Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.
Here are some numbers for this column. Remember them, because we're going to use them.
A lone white man walks down the street in the heavily Hispanic side of Newhall. His skin color sets him apart from the brown-skinned residents. He carries no Watchtower tracts, nor does he wear a name badge announcing his church.
"God grant me the serenity to accept things I cannot change, the courage to change things I can and the wisdom to know the difference." - The Serenity Prayer
American troops made their habitually flamboyant entrance in the earthquake-ravaged Haitian capital to distribute aid and provide security in one of America's most-spirited military deployments since the 2003 Battlestar Galactica-style invasion of Iraq.
Many complain that my numerical prognostications concerning the local City Council election hide some hidden agenda.
"America was indebted to immigration for her settlement and prosperity. That part of America which had encouraged them most had advanced most rapidly in population, agriculture and the arts."
When Republicans Bob McDonnell and Chris Christie last November captured the governorships of Virginia and New Jersey, respectively, I surmised a slight chill rushed down the spines of liberals nationwide.
Recently, some people in the business community have called for a rescission of our landmark climate change law, AB32, passed in 2006 and signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
It is with pleasure today that I'm am writing about a guy who exemplifies how you and I might hope to turn out in our twisty-turny, up and down, anxiety filled lives. No politics this go-around. Just insight toward more satisfying living.
Reading the current headlines, surfing political sites on the Internet or listening to the television and talk radio pontificators' opinions on the present state of our nation and the republic for which it stands, one gets the impression that we are once again on the eve of destruction.
Last Tuesday, the local Republican Central Committee invited Republican candidates for City Council to come and seek endorsement. Six candidates showed, all eagerly seeking the blessing of the party.
The decision by the United States Supreme Court in the Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission case has created a huge stir among Democrats and campaign finance reform advocates across the nation.
James Madison, the Constitution's principal architect, believed "The freedoms of speech and of the press are among the great bulwarks of liberty, and can never be restrained except by despotic governments."
"I just don't get it!" Being on the receiving end of many of my Uncle Earl's tirades, I am now familiar with the lead-in to one of his standard diatribes.
I have opposed the high-speed rail project since its inception and am troubled by Gov. Jerry Brown's single-minded pursuit of it since he took office in 2011.
"Oops!" Gov. Rick Perry infamously uttered during the 2012 Republican primaries.
Smoke slinks across pavement in the darkness, cries from gassed citizens fill the air, people break into a McDonald's to provide milk-based relief to a person hit with tear gas, sound weapons pass levels that cause permanent damage, police shoot pellets at journalists.
Recently I read a study on English language clichés that named "it is what it is" as the most annoying.
Gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari pegged it: The high-speed rail is Jerry Brown's Crazy Train. Equally, The Signal named it "the high speed hoodwink" (July 13, 2014).
The Aug. 15, 2015, edition of The Signal contained an op-ed piece by Phil Kerpen entitled "A big new tax coming."
Ah, the 1973–1974 oil crisis. I was 17, driving my blue 1968 VW Bug back and forth from high school and work.
Here's a question: when politicians or public figures are dead wrong about a claim they've repeatedly made, what expectations does the public reasonably have to either an apology or even an acknowledgement that they were wrong in the first place?
By my count, this column is #211. Two hundred eleven times I have put my thoughts into writing and offered them up to the public conversation and critique. I must admit, when I first suggested a column on ethics to the leadership of the Signal I never dreamed it would come to this. This column has become part of my weekly routine. More than that it has become a bit of a master. It has me under its thumb, always reminding me another 750 words will be required, and should make at least some sense.
Undoubtedly, we've all heard it said before: the future is STEM.
"People who run ball clubs, they think in terms of buying players. Your goal shouldn't be to buy players. Your goal should be to buy wins and in order to buy wins, you need to buy your runs."
In California, water is life. Water access and rights have always been a fight for life, with farming interests warring against consumer water districts, while end consumers demand abundant water to maintain a lush Southern Californian suburban lifestyle.
I just returned from my 40th high school reunion. It was great, but I must admit I didn't realize how many old people would be there!
We here at the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, also known as the Party of No (or is that "Know"?) often get letters from our loyal readers. Several are reproduced here for your reading enjoyment.