You might have missed the otherwise important story well buried on page C3 in the Feb. 29 Signal. America, having lost so much ground to international competitors in manufacturing, education, and strength of currency, has found a way to make it back to the top of the global heap.
While our 4-year-old son is one little boy, and my wife and I are two grown adults, the kid is winning the energy battle here. After a full day, he's like the Energizer Bunny having downed a Red Bull energy drink, and we're like the runner who just finished two back-to-back marathons and is in dire need of medical assistance.
We are currently in the midst of the most interesting and one of the most important presidential campaigns in my lifetime. Normally this column would be devoted to rehashing conventional wisdom, divining the meaning of polls, spinning the spin and turning it all into good news for the resurgent Democratic Party.
The use of plastic bags is getting a lot of publicity these days.
The silence from the left is deafening. The War on Terror and Iraq appear to have disappeared from public discourse and are rarely mentioned by our friends on the left. Other than the occasional shrill cry of "Get the U. S. out," hearkening back to the hippie glory days of the '60s, Democratic presidential candidates and their supporting cronies have obtained a collective amnesia about the topic. I wonder why.
Happy Daylight Savings Time! (However, I'm not a huge fan and I rather resent the extra time we've been stuck with it this year!) I survived my zip line adventure over the flora and fauna filled valleys above Kaanapali, Maui. It was a wonderful experience, despite my bruised toe and sore muscles! I highly recommend it! In fact, I recommend a Maui vacation anytime!
Celebrity waiter dinner
Congressman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon has endorsed my candidacy because he believes I am the most qualified candidate to work with him to stop the Cemex megamine and because I am strongly advocating an expansion of the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.
You hear it all over town - we are so lucky to have five great candidates for the upcoming April City Council election. In the debates, all the candidates were agreeing more than disagreeing. We all love the city and want to make it better. However, once you get past our resumes, there are some distinct differences that set me apart from the other candidates.
Recently our city celebrated its 20th birthday. Like a child prodigy, we have accomplished much in our city's brief history, including being named "Best City in California to live in" by CNN/Money Magazine.
Since it became a city 20 years ago, Santa Clarita has enjoyed the best quality of life of any city in northern Los Angeles County.
Imagine a 20-story office building. It's a beautiful building, and functions well, but each year, another floor is added as the number of tenants grows. This works well for the first 20 years or so, but at some point, simply adding more floors will collapse the building.
Once in a while I am involved in a mission to Nicaragua, which involves importing school supplies or medical equipment or supplies.
Growing up along the mean streets of Southside Milwaukee, I longed for a happy, stable home environment.
TO: Residents of Santa Clarita Valley
"We the People, of the United States, in order to form a more perfect onion, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty, to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
As most everyone knows, these immortal words are the preamble to our Constitution. They summarize the reasons why we need the most powerful document ever written. The reasons are as true and real today as when they were penned by James Madison in 1787.
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.
For years California has had a model school facility program that is a partnership between the state, local school districts and developers to share funding for new school construction and classroom renovation.
As a resident of Santa Clarita and keen observer of the governmental process, I am still puzzled why council members Kellar, Acosta, and McLean voted to play poker with more than $200,000 of your taxpayer dollars.
Author's note: In writing this week's column, let me disclose that I own a large regional landscape firm and am knowledgeable in both water conservation and landscape water requirements. Also important is that our firm does not perform public landscape construction or maintenance for the city of Santa Clarita or elsewhere.
It has long been understood that we always choose according to our best interests. That's the way our minds work.
I believe all Californians are environmentalists. Who doesn't want clean air and clean water?
I don't usually write consecutive columns about the same topic, but this situation seems to be careening out of control and our government seems impotent to stop it.
I am old enough to remember a time when political arguments revolved around policy differences, and the solutions to the major issues of the day were often hammered out in smoke-filled back rooms.
It is vacation season, and many of us are facing that age-old problem: We find it hard to relax!