"Basically, I am skeptical about the ability of government to solve problems, and I have a healthy respect for the ability of people to solve problems on their own."
There are only a few select cities in the United States that can say they are passionately dedicated to preserving the natural beauty and air quality of their city. As the nation continues to grow and expand in all directions, business and housing expansions frequently come at the expense of local forest preservation. The city of Santa Clarita, however, is a city devoted to being environmentally and tree-friendly.
April is a funny month for me - on one hand, it is tax month (both property taxes and federal and state income taxes are due) on the other hand, the Cowboy Festival rides into town during the last weekend of the month. As anyone who has read this column for any length of time knows, the Cowboy Festival is my favorite event of the year! So mosey on over to Melody Ranch the weekend of April 26-27 for some authentic cowboy grub, shopping and great Western music. For more information visit www.cowboyfestival.org.
"Offal cookery is a historical thing. I'm not creating anything new.
A wildlife corridor is a continuous thread of habitat that connects species of animals that may have been separated by roads, housing developments or other human activities. These animal corridors are important because they allow different populations of animals to inter-breed, which gives them genetic diversity. It also allows access to more areas of habitat so predators can follow sources of food.
It all started in 1860, when three women in Hartford, Conn., decided to take in some "street urchins" - undernourished, dirty-faced young boys with little more than ragged clothes on their backs, the hard-luck, forgotten kids of the Industrial Revolution. They didn't know it then, but these caring ladies were planting seeds of what would become a true American success story. Their idea took root as Boys' Clubs, which soon began to sprout throughout New England and eventually across the nation.
My son's fifth birthday is in July, and last month I worried that I wouldn't figure out in time what to get him. Drums are too loud, paint sets are too messy and light-up shoes, I'm told, are dangerous to the kids wearing them and to the environment. What, then, do I get a boy with so much?
Editor's note: Today The Signal launches a new column, written by local Republicans and dealing with issues on the national level.
Welcome to the inaugural edition of our new column, "Right About Now."
So, the City Council election is coming right up. Days away. And there's a bunch of names on the ballot that may or may not mean much to you, other than some name-recognition through mountains of mailers and letters to the editor. There's five fine candidates running for the council, and on Tuesday you're voting for two of them. But one stands head and shoulders above the rest.
Most people care about the environment. Almost everyone recycles because they understand how this simple act can help save a canyon from becoming a landfill. We are all starting to think about how much we drive, and not just because of high gas prices. We are beginning to understand that each of our actions really makes a difference.
"...And I guess I lost my way
In the early 1990s, the area known as East Newhall, located at the southeast end of the city of Santa Clarita, faced many daunting challenges.
Before their presidential campaign drifted into a contest of vicious personal attacks, the Democrats concentrated primarily on the domestic issue of providing universal health care to all Americans. Although the Republicans have already decided upon a candidate, their focus has always been on ways to reduce federal spending, cut taxes, and fix the upwardly spiraling costs of entitlements.
The temperatures this past week seem to indicate that summer is on the way. However, before summer descends, see the most beautiful display of spring beauty at Descanso Gardens, off the Foothill Freeway in La Canada (just a quick 30 minutes from the SCV). The flowering trees are at their peak and every direction in which you look your eye is treated to an explosion of color. This is the best time of year to experience Descanso. Tickets are $7 for adults, students $5 and children 2-12, $2. It's a great place to take a little time to unwind ...
If you have been hunkered down under a rock for the last year, let me re-introduce you to civilization: Barack Obama is like no presidential candidate that we have ever seen before.
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.
The Signal last Friday published a "Right Here, Right Now" column in which Betty Arenson condemned American modernity while sentimentally praising an agrarian, pre-running-water, pre-electrified, limited-government America in which, somehow, suffering itself was its own virtuous reward.
Since my days on active duty, my career path has manifested in taking residence in 20 cities among five states.
I have come to believe if you say something outrageous loud enough and often enough people come to believe it.