Assemblyman Cameron Smyth used to tell a self-deprecating story concerning his first (unsuccessful) effort to run for a seat on the Santa Clarita City Council.
Michael Jackson's music eased my pain more than anything else on earth.
Regarding Bruce McFarland's Opinion column, "Issues and answers: It's as simple as that" (The Signal, June 23):
Our president, Barack Obama, is trying to help the U.S. come out of an economical downturn.
I just wrote a check to Steve Petzold of Saugus.
I still vividly remember my first experience with a military marksmanship instructor. As a cadet officer candidate, my assigned weapon was a handgun.
On July 4, 1776, nearly 233 years ago, representatives from 13 sovereign states gathered at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pa. a to sign a document declaring the United States of America independent from tyrannical rule.
It was a raucous hearing of the Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District on May 26. Our Los Angeles County Sanitation District representatives, Santa Clarita City Council members Frank Ferry and Laurene Weste, heard Santa Claritans say that they refuse to pay to fix the chloride (salt) problem in the Santa Clara River.
When I was a kid waaaay back in the late 1920s and early '30s, when you were sick of all crazy things - you just went to your doctor.
First, I want to compliment Mr. Frank Ray on his description of the world as we know it today ("Question of trust," Letters, The Signal, June 14).
It's been two months since my last column. I really want to thank everyone for reading the editorial pages of our illustrious Signal. I especially want to thank everyone who felt compelled to comment on my last column. Isn't this a great country?
"It's just not fair." As the parent of any teenager knows, these words are often used by a child whenever a perceived injustice has occurred in their lives.
Brian Charles' story in Tuesday's Signal (June 16) mentioning a "revenue neutral" payment of perhaps $3 million annually, perhaps in perpetuity - in exchange for westside unincorporated communities being allowed to have some measure of local government - leaves me outraged.
Recently, the Legislature completed the traditional "House of Origin" deadline, during which literally hundreds of bills are voted on over a five-day period.
When you keep hitting "bumps" in the road, eventually you'll get to a point where you have to ask, "Is it the road's fault or the driver's?"
One of the most profound rights we have as citizens is the right to petition. The First Amendment of our Constitution "prohibits Congress from abridging or prohibiting the right of the people ... to petition the government for a redress of grievances."
I read Gary Horton's April 30 column on his experience with the Affordable Care Act ("American Medicine has become a joke") and decided to share a story.
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."