In 1999, dreams were coming true all over Santa Clarita.
When it came to the environment, George W. Bush as president was not just a flop, but a maelstrom of menace, and the worst of it was his motivation - an intent to please evangelical nutcases who thought the apocalypse was coming soon anyway, and the sooner the better.
Even when things seem dark and dreary, it is still possible to find bright rays of sunshine in our culture and society. The other night was a perfect example.
First days on the job excite me. During my 24 years of "real" work, I only enjoyed this excitement seven times (not including transfers or promotions in the same company).
"The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature."
Pink slips and going-out-of-business signs are becoming all too common in our communities.
Don't ask, don't tell. The policy is pretty self-explanatory.
As the year begins and the country welcomes a new president and a new Congress, some important unfinished business remains to be completed: Congressman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon's wilderness legislation benefiting Santa Clarita and other areas of importance to Southern Californians.
"The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese."
The Santa Clarita City Council cordially invites the community to attend a special groundbreaking event Monday at 3 p.m. for the last phase of the cross-valley connector, which will extend Golden Valley Road to Newhall Ranch Road, providing a connection to Bouquet Canyon over the Santa Clara River.
Yes, you are reading that correctly. A columnist for "Right Here, Right Now," a Republican piece, is praising our new president, who is a Democrat.
"Each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet."
"Optimism Sweeps Nation."
We Dodger fans are a peculiar lot. Rooting for one of the great, storied franchises in Major League Baseball, Dodger fans are often victims of disappointment and frustration - but we always hope that next year will be better.
As Israel defends itself against Hamas terrorist attacks, critics are having a field day with the Jewish state.
It is rare when we think deeply anymore. In too many ways, and in too many instances, we are becoming a people who let others do our thinking for us.