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?"
The next time you walk into your favorite coffee shop and get into line, take note of a curious yet common phenomenon.
Everyone loves a comeback story. As a City Council member and the current mayor of Santa Clarita, some of my proudest moments include the revitalization of our neighborhoods, parks, business centers and facilities for all residents to enjoy.
Two big recent occurrences in local city politics for those few but faithful who pay attention: The at-large race for three City Council seats in 2014 gets more and more crowded with two incumbents seeking to defend their seats and (now) six serious challengers - and perhaps one more to come - scrumming over the "open" seat left by Frank Ferry's decision not to seek a fourth term - or for all three seats, depending on one's level of optimism.
Reference two front-page headlines in The Signal of Tuesday, July 9: "DUIs remain high" and "Driver in fatal crash sentenced."
For years, illegal immigrants have been referred to as "in the shadows." The phrase is nonsense.
As a not-so-serious part of their ongoing effort to get rid of Obamacare, House Republicans in May started a Twitter fight they called #ObamacareInThreeWords. Rep. Darrell Issa got things started with a tweet that said simply, "Serious Sticker Shock." Rep. Michele Bachmann added "IRS In Charge." Sen. Richard Burr tossed in "Huge Train Wreck."
The land of the Pharaohs is in dismay - again. On July 3, the Egyptian Army ousted the democratically elected President, Mohamed Morsi, in a coup d'etat that was initially bloodless, but now is slowly turning violent as various political factions clash in the streets of Cairo and elsewhere. Egyptians must now recognize they stand on the precipice of disaster.
New York City's politics has now gotten more titillating. First came news that Anthony Weiner, the Democrat whose crotch-shot sexting to a woman he never met led to his resignation from Congress, was running for mayor. Now comes the news that former New York Gov. Elliot Spitzer, who resigned due to his involvement in a prostitution scandal, is running for city comptroller.
When the framers of the Declaration of Independence declared that among the "unalienable rights" imputed to each of us by our Creator is "the pursuit of happiness" they were really on to something. In their wisdom they declared that, while life and liberty were rights endowed to all, when it came to happiness only the right to pursue it fell to each of us. That is, happiness is not something we come into this world automatically entitled to enjoy. It is something we must pursue.
The current US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) has handed down some really excellent decisions, such as in the Heller, McDonald, and Citizen's United cases. They've also managed to hand down some real stinkers. The Obamacare case comes immediately to mind.
After they got their clocks cleaned in the 2012 election, the Republican Party held a well-documented post-mortem on their losses: they analyzed how they'd miscalculated so badly and turned off so many different segments of the electorate and tried to figure out how to move forward so they could recapture those lost votes.
I don't understand what they are thinking.
I just received a notice in the mail letting me know that Santa Clarita water customers have an additional 30 days to write and send comments in on the Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District Chloride Compliance Facilities Plan and Environmental Impact Report. My comment is this: It's not needed and even if it were, it's not solely Santa Clarita ratepayers that are responsible for allegedly higher than acceptable chloride levels.
There is no denying that Barack Obama has had a long and difficult row to hoe. On the night of his inauguration in 2009, 13 Republican House and Senate leaders, plus Newt Gingrich and spinmeister Frank Luntz, met secretly in Washington to coordinate tactics to destroy his presidency.
I don't know why it happens every year. Our offices here at the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy get inundated with letters addressed to Saint Nicholas. We forward as many as we can to the Jolly Old Elf but a few we keep behind to share with you. Enjoy.
While much attention is focused on America's rising financial deficit there may be an even more troubling social trend on the rise. According to a recent AP-GfK poll only one-third of our neighbors think we can be trusted. The fact that we live in an increasingly suspicious society isn't really news to most of us. We've all been taken in by the half-truths and blatant untruths that regularly flow from both Madison and Pennsylvania avenues. But it seems even more insidious when we realize we have good reason not to trust the each other. Apparently, we have ...
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 isn't quite as good as they thought they were, and that's pretty scary."