Is this a great year, or what? It is only April and I have already voted in two elections, the presidential primary in February and local City Council race last week. And because this is the best election year ever, we get to vote two more times before it is over.
Rarely will you ever hear an attorney complain about the increasing number of frivolous lawsuits being filed by plaintiffs across this state. After all, as a defense attorney, these lawsuits help to pay my mortgage, my car payments and eventually will finance college for my three girls and hopefully a comfortable retirement.
Finding yourself in the center of either a natural disaster or an emergency of some sort can be a trying experience. These disasters and emergencies never call us to schedule a visit, or send an e-invite to let us know ahead of time what is planned, but instead they happen without warning. This can lead to much more chaos than necessary if we are unprepared for the unexpected emergency.
hen my family moved from Tennessee to California, more than loved ones were left behind. My uncle, a Vanderbilt alum, parted with his corporate expense account and corner-office salary. My aunt, a master's-degree graduate from the National Institutes of Health, left behind the leverage of a upwardly mobile medical career.
Some weeks ago, while I was moderating a forum for the finest field of City Council candidates who have ever offered themselves for election, I asked the question that the sponsors had told the candidates I was bound to ask: "How do you feel about major county reform, which might mean splitting up the county?"
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Earlier this week I was in front of a Signal news rack, picking up an extra copy of the newspaper. There was a young man standing nearby with a toddler whom I believe was his son.
(Editor's note: This memorable column originally ran in 1999.)
My wife and I are parents of a 4-year-old boy, and we're faced with the duty to discipline him.
The Secure Fence Act was passed in October 2006, but Congress adjourned without appropriating funds to implement building it. The act included mandated deadlines, such as an interlocking surveillance camera system to be installed by May 2007 and a portion of the fence to be completed by the end of 2008.
Recently, a Sacramento Assemblyman introduced a bill to stop counting polluted water in Urban Water Management Plans and Water Service Assessments.
Friday's Signal Op/Ed page seemed an extension of the hilarious April Fools' edition. That Signal front page was over-the-top riotous, not just for its elaborately contrived tales, but also for the knowledge that despite obvious cues, so many readers would look past the warnings and actually believe the farcical fiction.
Making an eco-journal can be a great family project and a wonderful learning tool for kids. Any notebook will do. You don't need anything fancy - just an appreciation of the outdoors and a willingness to learn.
Many folks today don't seem to care about history. It seems like our younger generation knows more about Britney's latest mental breakdown than Britain's great struggle against fascism. They would prefer to listen to their iPods rather than stories about the war for iNdependence. An evening of playing Guitar Hero is more desirable than watching "To Hell and Back," the true story of a True Hero - Audie Murphy. Much is lost by not observing history and learning from it.
Here is a list of addresses and telephone numbers for elected officials representing the Santa Clarita Valley and the city of Santa Clarita.
Gene Autry is best known as "America's favorite singing cowboy." He is an American legend, former Santa Clarita Valley resident, and the only entertainer to have five stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
California is home to world class universities and technology giants such as Amgen, Google and Facebook. But our most famous industry that we export throughout the globe is television and film.
I was recently listening to one of my favorite radio shows when I heard the hosts saying there was absolutely no evidence genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, in the food supply were harmful or create health problems.
April is National Alcohol Awareness Month, and this year's theme is "Help For Today, Hope For Tomorrow."
I consider every election an important election. Presidential elections deservedly get a lot of attention, but presidents can only do so much on their own, despite the opposition wailing and whining otherwise.
Have you ever encountered this scenario? Someone comes to you with a gripe. There are really mad at you for something and as they begin berating you it is apparent they just don't have the facts.
Volunteers are superstars in the city of Santa Clarita.
A surprising and extraordinary handwritten letter from an acquaintance arrived at my home last week thanking me for the reminder of the true values America was built upon; referencing my "Is this your America?" commentary (March 28, The Signal).
In response to Joe Guzzardi's column about immigrants titled "Slippery road ahead as Congress reconvenes," published March 31 in The Signal:
We tend to think of Earth Day as a physical thing - a time to celebrate Earth's beauty and provision and to recognize some of its needs for maintenance. This is a good thing.
Followers of this column know that five weeks ago my daughter, Katie, was struck by a motorcycle in Jaipur India while visiting with family and friends for what was to be a special Indian wedding and 14 day tour. Katie was hit on the 2nd day and suffered severe traumatic brain injury (TBI.) She required cranial surgery, was comatose two days, spent six days in the ICU, and subsequently required 16 days of hospitalization to recover sufficiently well for the 24 hour jet trip back home.
I imagine we're all caught up in the great paradox that is the current dialogue on health care. It seems to be everywhere, on every broadcast and Internet news show, with pundits and anchors analyzing every number and statement that becomes available.
It's no secret that, in Santa Clarita, we take our trees seriously. Our city is home to more than 50,000 trees, including the majestic oaks that have stood tall in our valley for hundreds of years.
We are often told that the public has a less-than-favorable opinion of its government representatives. Recent scandalous behavior by several California senators has only emboldened that sentiment.
Many years ago, Henry Ford famously said, "Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress.