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.
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?"
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 we look back on 2013, it will likely be remembered as the year the rubber began hitting the road with regards to Obamacare. The failure of the website was epic, but it is minutia compared to the flaws in the law.
In 2013, Santa Clarita continued to rise above the challenges of the Great Recession, helping to build a strong community.
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.