Paul Ryan, U. S. representative, chairman of the House Budget Committee and former vice presidential candidate, recently declared that the federal war on poverty "has failed miserably."
A little more than six months into his second term, President Obama returned to the theme of his presidency, and perhaps his entire political career: carrying out the promise made in the preamble to the Constitution.
Years ago I started planting fruit trees in the back yard. I planted five different kinds of apple trees, a cherry and a pear. The next year, I planted five different kinds of apple trees, a cherry and a pear because the deer had eaten the first batch down to the nubs. I bought wire fencing and made cages around each new tree.
This past Thursday a local Superior Court judge ruled that the city of Palmdale must consider abandoning its at-large voting practice and instead divide the five council seats into districts.
If insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, it's tempting to observe that congressional Republicans have gone stark, raving mad.
Recently, I had foot surgery and found myself in a wheelchair. I am an active, 53-year-old woman and could not make myself stay at home, so I set out in my chair for a new adventure in my favorite city, Newhall.
The late-night comedians have not had this much material since Bill Clinton wagged his finger at the television cameras and declared, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky," and then sent Hillary out to declare that the whole thing was the work of a "vast right-wing conspiracy."
This is shaping up as a great season for media-watchers. Viewers still go on vacation, but news and entertainment media are busier this summer than ever before, giving us plenty to slice and dice.
Several events around the nation have lead pundits and observers alike to label certain actions "unconscionable."
In 1980 the Iowa State University basketball program desperately needed a new coach after running through three head coaches in four years and securing only two wins in the season just ended.
Maybe you were never told. Maybe you just forgot. But you probably don't think about your car "spying" on you.
The film industry continues to be one of Santa Clarita's largest and fastest-growing industries. For fiscal year 2012-13, location filming reached an all-time high, with the city's Film Office recording more film days and the highest economic impact to date.
Back in the early '90s, when I worked in London and wrote frequently about the hi-jinks of the monarchy, I tried in vain to understand why the British clung to such an archaic institution.
The chloride issue facing all SCV residents and businesses is huge.
Every time I look at the world, I see a never-ending struggle over our country's engagement with the world. I have recently opined about events across Southwest Asia and Northern Africa - a part of the world that has beleaguered the United States for some time now.
Most Americans have read or heard about the recent tragedy involving two young men in the fatal car crash in the Valencia industrial park here in the Santa Clarita Valley.
This time of year is especially noted for being filled with family gatherings, holiday shopping, gift giving and school vacations. A sense of joy and goodwill permeates our little valley as it does in many communities throughout the world.
At a recent seminar I listened as the presenter explained the social phenomenon now understood as "expanding adolescence." It's quite simple. While in the 1950's the life stage known as adolescence was defined as the 12-18 age period, it is now recognized that adolescence often expands up to 30 years of age. And if you just take a careful look around, you'll see this is no hair-brained idea.
In my first 100 days at the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation, I've learned a lot more about the Santa Clarita Valley and about the unique economic development considerations that I think are our biggest strengths.
On Nov. 30, Americans came together in support of their communities to celebrate Small Business Saturday.
There's been a lot of hubbub this week around President Obama's recent "selfie." For those still without teenagers, or simply lagging in the latest technological fads, a selfie is when someone takes a picture of themselves.
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