Several years ago I attended the visitation for the deceased father-in-law of a co-worker. While the family seemed fairly desolate concerning the death, my Midwestern stoicism and logic found little to connote tragedy.
Amidst wallowing in the nirvana granted by the all but divine investiture of Barack Obama, liberals have seemingly abandoned a key element of democracy: dissent.
The Santa Clarita City Council recently approved the purchase of 140 acres in Placerita Canyon, located just east of the Walker Ranch trail head and Placerita Canyon Nature Center.
Plambeck belongs on the MRF committee Establishing a committee to recommend sites for a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), doesn't seem like a controversial issue, but it has certainly turned out that way. MRF is a fancy name for the place that the city of Santa Clarita will take recycled materials to sort them. Burbank, as well as Beverly Hills, already have such facilities operating in existing industrial areas of their cities. The businesses around them ...
Go rent the movie, "Frost/Nixon." Whether or not you think Nixon was evil personified or a misunderstood saint - hit Blockbuster or e-mail Netflix.
I bought a gun. It's just a little .22 caliber rifle to teach the kids how to shoot. When it came, there was a National Rifle Association sign-up form in the box. I chuckled at the thought of me being a card-carrying NRA member. Our new squirrel gun sits next to Grandpa's old 12-gauge, double-barreled, side-by-side shotgun that I inherited several years ago. The shotgun is from the 1890s and has the words "King Nitro" ...
Sitting on the home side of Cougar Stadium at College of the Canyons on the cool May evening, looking out at the sea of purple and gold, many parents would simply state they did not believe this day would ever come.
The Redevelopment Agency of the city of Santa Clarita is continuing to actively implement the Downtown Newhall Specific Plan, which was approved by the City Council in December 2005.
If you ever visit the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, you will probably make your way to the Battle Monument.
Editor's note: As The Signal celebrates 90 years of service to the Santa Clarita Valley, we offer this peek into the SCV of days past. Following is from the first week of June 1934 in The Newhall Signal and Saugus Enterprise. Hot news: livestock report
The future of 'green' jobs Last week I attended a conference in San Jose aimed at building workforce partnerships. Sponsored by the APOLLO Alliance, several labor organizations and the Employment Development Department, among other groups, joined speakers on environmental issues surrounding climate change and jobs stimulus funding - I just couldn't resist the mix. I wondered how all these folks would react to these new ideas. Although the ideas weren't new for the environmental ...
"Just move along folks, there's nothing left to see." So says the clichéd copper in so many old cops n' robbers movies. The action already happened - the crime, committed. There's just the debris to pick up and the blood to wash off.
Most of my newspapers have been piling up lately, securely banded, wrapped and unread. Not eager to plow through the continuing saga of economic distress or the political footballs thrown by opposing parties, I've found myself ignoring what used to be my wakeup call each day. Alas, writing a political piece requires being informed, so why not check out the latest chapter in California's economic conundrum? Front-page center I read of Governor Schwarzenegger's possible plans ...
Some weeks back The Signal published a local columnist's commentary on Joe Messina, an announced candidate for the Hart District School Board in the November 2009 election.
Once the recall of the Governator is complete, we're going to need a new governor. I know there are a lot of political hacks out there who think they can do the job. But, if an actor can run the ninth largest economy in the world, why not me?
Winston Churchill is credited with reminding the world "those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it." History, being in many ways the succinct compilation of humanity's success and failures, has long been recognized as an essential part of any real education. Yet today we are fast becoming a nation that is not only ignorant of its past, but pleased about it.
Liberals at MSNBC and dozens of web sites are shocked at President Obama's "problem with his tone" in politically attacking Republicans over spending while a mentally ill murderer was gunning down citizens at the Navy Yard.
If you're a follower of the Huffington Post, you've probably read about Panera Bread founder and CEO Ron Shaich and his week-long commitment to spend no more than $4.50 a day on food, thus spotlighting the plight of the 49 million Americans on food stamps.
For California's illegal immigrants, September is off to a rewarding start.
While a lot about Syria remains unsettled, one fact is clear: President Obama has failed to convince the public and the Congress, that attacking the Assad regime is a good idea.
Recently, Vladimir Putin said something about Americans thinking that we are exceptional.
Those first few steps in the morning are surprisingly painful. It feels as if someone has hammered a 10-pound nail into the middle of your heel.
California and Texas are the Red Sox and Yankees of interstate rivalries. The biggest blue state and the big, bad red state love to hate each other, but they are fighting on the same side against the expensive and useless burden of over-testing.
It appears as if there is some confusion among conservatives regarding how our government works and its role in the lives of Americans, as well as its role in the world in general.
His neck and underarms were swollen. His skin itched, particularly on his arms. Sleeping at night was impossible.
I don't think my relationship with AM radio is particularly unique.
My family spent many years in the Middle East because of my Dad's occupation. He was a hydro-geologist, which means he's a guy who found water. Think divining stick with a little bit of science.
We all know Santa Clarita is a great place to live, but what makes it special is different for everyone.
Leadership is an essential component in a president, especially when facing military conflict.