When we ask the question of what distinguishes mankind from the rest of creation the possible answers usually include the presence and activity of the conscience. This "inner referee", as it has been called, acts to pull us toward the good and away from the bad.
Santa Clarita's open space, with its rolling hills and iconic oak trees, are among the many reasons people love coming home to Santa Clarita.
George Zimmerman's trial seemed to raise as many questions as it answered, but one thing was proved convincingly: television in courtrooms can have damaging effects.
Definition of TROPE: a common or overused theme or device: cliché (the usual horror movie tropes)
On July 11, Gov.Jerry Brown signed legislation that dismantled the state's existing enterprise zone program and diverted the funds to a new program.
Despite all the caterwauling you hear about nepotism, rigged elections, waivers, loopholes, crony capitalism, foxes guarding henhouses, gerrymandered legislative districts, incompetent court-appointed attorneys, misleading negative campaign ads and government surveillance programs, we Americans are an alarmingly contented bunch.
According to Winston Churchill, "A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on."
Back when Republicans controlled the U.S. Senate, minority Democrats employed and defended their use of the filibuster, blocking votes on President George W. Bush's nominees by refusing to yield the floor in the absence of a super-majority of 60 out of 100 senators.
Many states have banned, or soon will ban, texting and phoning while you drive because it's so distracting.
Can democracy survive when voters choose a government that destroys democratic values and institutions? That's the critical question posed by the turmoil in Egypt, where the military has ousted President Mohammed Morsi and arrested many of his supporters.
Last Friday, Americans learned that those wishing a license to kill have two choices. They can join Her Majesty's Secret Service, arduously working their way to 007 status, or they can move to Florida, purchase and conceal a weapon, initiate a fight, and when the fight turns bad, shoot from "self defense."
The Supreme Court giveth and the Supreme Court taketh away. The 5-4 majority recognizing that gays and lesbians are actually human beings entitled to fully partake in the legal rights and privileges of marriage was a huge step forward for the nation. Given the extreme conservative tilt of the Roberts court, the victory was even more sublime. Denying any minority the civil rights that the majority of American citizens enjoy, just because the majority says ...
To understand why Texas' new anti-abortion law is an invasion of privacy, you have to know my friend.
For years now, I have been writing this column in an effort to change hearts and minds about the direction our country is headed. At the inception, the concept was to write a light-hearted weekly diatribe that subtly influenced opinion in the SCV.
Couldn't we have one?" That was Chuck Todd's question as he hosted his political geek show, "The Daily Rundown," on MSNBC one recent morning. Todd was moderating a panel discussing former New York congressman Anthony Weiner's insistence on running for office despite a history of tweeting his private parts, coupled with former governor Eliot Spitzer's eagerness for political comeback as New York City comptroller, despite the prostitution scandal that ended his tenure upstate. Politicians are ...
Since the beginning of cityhood in 1987, the city of Santa Clarita has been spending significant time and money addressing blight with the goal of beautifying our city.
Just when I thought maybe it was time to settle down over Common Core, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan renewed the fire of discontent on both ends of the political spectrum with the following: "It's fascinating to me that some of the pushback (against Common Core) is coming from, sort of, white suburban moms who - all of a sudden - their child isn't as brilliant as they thought they were, and their school ...
From the Nov. 25 SCV Signal:
Whenever people discuss where religious liberty should begin and end, I have a standard answer: It should begin in your heart, but end when it demands the compliance of people who don't share your religious beliefs.
Welcome to the Liberals' version of the Hunger Games, America; unapologetically brought to you by our Progressive friends in the Democrat Party, whose economic policies have lifted a record number of Americans from the middle class and plopped them face down -- into poverty the past five years.
You might not be able to keep your plan and you might not be able to keep your doctor. Even President Obama has now apologized for his infamous statement to the contrary. But the promise was worse than untrue. It was used to obscure a moral wrong at the heart of Obamacare.
It's here! While we've been treated to advertisements, store promotions, and an occasional seasonal song since before Halloween, there is no doubt that the Christmas season has finally landed.
The Legislature is in recess until January and I've enjoyed my time home, but it's been anything but a break.
Now that we've officially made it through Thanksgiving, it's time to get serious about enjoying the holidays - once you've finished your Black Friday shopping, that is.
As The Signal Editorial Board wrote on Nov. 10, the local chloride salt scam drama ended, for now, with a big flip flop.
What happened to manners? Have etiquette and common decency gone away? Where did all the considerate people go?
Congressman Buck McKeon recently sent an "E-News Update" to constituents, unsuccessfully comparing the Affordable Care Act standards to an imaginary government-run airline requiring all air passengers to travel first class. It was a horrendously flawed analogy, exposing McKeon's insensitivities to the devastating, bankrupting problems of "old way" medical coverage. It was one more round of Republican weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth without the slightest effort to suggest anything constructive. The gist of Buck's ...
The political tumult and recent media craziness surrounding the rocky start to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act ignore this reality: We already have "universal" healthcare in this country.
Seemingly disconnected things. One spurious. The other more serious. Both point the same way to freedoms lost, never to be regained.
In 2006 I came up against a holiday deadline crunch, so I turned my column over to Turpy, the beloved eight-year-old Golden Retriever/Chow mix who had turned up at our doorstep as a puppy.