"In a few moments, I'm going to talk to you about a new product that will change your life."
I first visited Haiti in 1960. I had left New York on a dismal, gray January morning and arrived in Port-au-Prince a week later aboard a cruise ship.
This used to be a friendly place. Everyone smiled. Everyone said "hello," "good morning" or "nice day." Maybe "How's it going?"
When many people object to my election prognostications wherein I take the safe road and predict victories for incumbent office-holders, they state that I could not possibly know what will happen in any particular election. I agree with that assertion.
Santa Clarita has been one of the entertainment industry's most-favored back lots for decades.
On Jan. 15, many community members gathered at Santa Clarita City Hall to participate in a public hearing on the topic of the cost of business regulation. The event was hosted by state Sen. George Runner and Assemblyman Cameron Smyth to gauge the impact state regulations are having on small businesses.
Sixteen years ago in the predawn hours of a January morning, the Northridge earthquake rocked Southern California's world.
SCOPE began promoting clean money and fair elections with its float in Santa Clarita's 2006 Fourth of July parade. We joined with the local Clean Money campaign to bring a message to Santa Clarita: the need to reduce special interest influence on our electoral process.
The magnitude 6.6 Sylmar earthquake struck the San Fernando Valley 6 a.m. Feb. 9, 1971. I remember that morning like it was today.
This year's hottest state issue will be an initiative to change Sacramento's two-thirds budget vote rule to a simple majority.
"A majority ... united by a common interest or a passion cannot be constrained from oppressing the minority, what remedy can be found?"
Stories about good kids and good programs get routinely ignored by most of the mainstream press and the majority of the news-consuming public.
The editorial "No one said this would be easy," (Jan. 10) is correct that the decision to close a school should not be easy.
As predictable as death and taxes, the yearly Social Security Administration "benefits update" reached millions of Americans in mid-December. Most knew they would not be granted a raise in 2010 and that the freeze might even extend to 2011.
In his seminal work "The Black Swan," Nicholas Taleb lays much blame on the tendency to attempt to project out the future on Bill Gates and Microsoft.
In every ordered and civilized society the rule of law plays an essential role. Given that human nature is too often selfish and sometimes even cruel, laws are enacted to declare the boundaries between right and wrong. Laws form the lens through which society views the actions of those individuals who choose to live in the group.
Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.
Someone has rightly said that a true friend is one who walks in when everyone else is walking out. In most areas of life, tragedy and trial bring truth to the surface. Your true character is best seen in the worst of situations, when the façade falls away and you no longer can hide who you are. When it comes to friendships, hard times bring out the reality of the relationship.
Ever since I moved to Santa Clarita nearly 28 years ago, I've always appreciated our community's clean streets, wide open spaces and active lifestyle.
In the 1976 movie "Network," Peter Finch delivers the famous line, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore."
Editor's note: The following column was written in response to a news story reporting that Gov. Jerry Brown, after touring California counties to determine effects of prisoner realignment, declared, "I can report ... that realignment is working."
The United States government recently launched the Ahmadiyya Muslim Caucus chaired by veteran Republican Congressman Frank Wolf.
The world as we see it in our own eyes can be stressful, enigmatic, or blessed. Mine is a wonderful place to be.
Let me let you in on a joke I recently experienced.
When veterans return home, their fighting days should be over. They put their lives on the line for their country and fought the good fight.
We live in a global world with a global economy. Never did that concept become so clear to me than on the Trade and Investment Mission to China led by Supervisor Antonovich earlier this month.