"Abhorred monster! Fiend that thou art! The tortures of hell are too mild a vengeance for thy crimes. Wretched devil! You reproach me with your creation; come on, then, that I may extinguish the spark which I so negligently bestowed."
"No one likes the bearer of bad news." - Antigone, Sophocles (496-406 B.C.)
Journalists and whistleblowers share common traits. They are perceived as arrogant, insensitive and vexing meddlers. Their exposés are seldom appreciated. Both seek the truth, one in the interest of history, the other in the service of justice.
While I spoke to him by phone on Feb. 26, he sounded really shook up.
The city of Santa Clarita works hard to continue a high quality of life for residents and foster a healthy economic climate for businesses.
In the June 19, 1969, Congressional Record we can read a message by then-Gov. Ronald Reagan: "Colonel Ágoston Haraszthy can well be called the father of the wine industry in California. ... Ever since that time, from the 300 varieties he brought to California and planted, the wine industry in our Golden State has been improving until in the last few decades California wines have become renowned around the world as second to none."
Two weeks ago, I fell down the stairs and broke my back as I tried to stop my 2-year-old daughter from tumbling down head-first toward our tile floor.
At a February meeting, the Castaic Lake Water Agency announced its decision to expand its retail authority to encompass its full boundaries. Currently it can only provide retail service for the Santa Clarita Water Co.
In marketing it's called "negative space." That is, the space that's not expressly part of a graphic image that communicates a marketing message as forcefully as the image itself.
As long as we supply tax revenues, elect officials to manage funds and public contracts and allow imperfect humans to make decisions, we can anticipate that greed and personal gain will take advantage of our free society.
I have read all the letters in The Signal, Daily News and the Los Angeles Times regarding comments made by Santa Clarita City Councilman Bob Kellar about illegal immigrants. Wow, I've never heard or seen such a brouhaha on a subject before.
Once upon a time in the land of Nutsnfruits, lived the very wise and good King Arnold. The people loved King Arnold and the king loved them. Well, they used to until he knuckled under to the ogre and troll union a few years ago and gave away the goose that lays the golden (state) egg.
Just what does it mean to call a building a "green building?"
Last Tuesday marked the 68th anniversary of a now-forgotten event, the first of two incomprehensible acts of mass murder. Both would be eclipsed by the convulsions of a world at war then trivialized by the passage of time.
For the past many weeks, against the backdrop of a local election with accusations of secret cabals and unholy triumvirates - including a candidate's revelation of past misdemeanors that might disqualify them for certain security clearances and result in a red flag on most employer background checks - the engaged community got numbed with a tidal wave of bad news.
Editor's note: This is one in a series of columns from candidates in the 2010 Santa Clarita City Council race.
You elected me four years ago and I have been your full-time city councilwoman, available every day to personally answer your e-mail, speak to you by phone, visit with you at City Hall or stop to chat with you while out and about in our community.
One of our most necessary freedoms as Americans is the freedom of speech, as protected in the Bill of Rights. Yet, today, while much is being shouted and written supporting this prized privilege, the fact is the freedom to speak is being taken away.
The city of Santa Clarita is home to numerous nonprofit organizations that benefit residents from all walks of life.
Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or DIPG, is a terminal brain disease that affects children aged 5 to 10 years.
My Uncle Earl was recently invited to give the commencement speech at the Robert Oppenheimer School for Really Smart Kids, a charter school approved by the Newhall School District but located in Lancaster.
Dr. Seuss is among the most beloved in the pantheon of American writers. Ostensibly written for children, most of his stories also carry deeply meaningful lessons for those adults reading along with their kids.
Just when you think Fox News and the right-wing scandal machine can sink no further, they wallow in a new level of filth that just boggles the mind.
A friend of mine surprised me with an unexpected opinion the other day. Like me, he had recently traveled to India and came away stunned by the immensity poverty prevailing there.
My late father, a European-trained physician, did everything himself without benefit of nurses, clerical staff or drafty assembly-line consultation cubicles.
By now, most of us have heard of the terrible tragedy that happened in Santa Barbara before Memorial Day. A very confused young man committed a series of violent acts that resulted in the deaths of six college students.