The Santa Clarita Organization for Planning and the Environment just celebrated its 21st year of involvement in issues in the Santa Clarita Valley.
The best home video I ever saw came from my daughter Melissa five years ago - shortly after she turned 16.
Four years on from our last presidential election, a truism lives in painful memory. We got the government we deserved.
Savvy conservatives long ago figured out that those of us on the political left are not guided by conscience or individually acquired thought. So they've concluded.
Elections provide choices. When voters have accurate information about the candidates, their choices are easier. This election offers an exceptionally clear choice within the competitive 19th Senate District that represents a significant part of the Santa Clarita Valley.
At the end of every year, I think about resolutions that I should pursue in the coming year. It is a time for reflection and evaluation. What went well in 2008? What did not?
I have a passion for flying.
"I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, 'Mother, what was war?'"
Last year I made semi-bold predictions on local events. Not to brag, but I did poorly. Let's review those predictions:
Happy New Year and here's hoping for a fine 2009.
I abstain from this annual shopping obsession to appease that devilish side of me that is magnetized by clearance racks throughout the year.
One of the funniest lines ever in the "All in the Family" sitcom resided in a flashback episode that showed the first meeting of the left-wing Michael (portrayed by Rob Reiner) and Gloria, the daughter of right-wing Archie Bunker, during a blind date in late 1968.
After many years of unbridled supermarket spending, I have begun linking scissors with thrifty shoppers across the U.S. of A.
Do you know what you're going to be for Halloween? Halloween arrives on Friday with costumes, treats and spooky fun. However, the "ghoulish" season will soon be over and instead of pumpkins we'll be carving a turkey and decorating the tree. Where did the time go?
Last chance for Ghoul Mines
Many have long surmised that Ronald Reagan's choice of George H.W. Bush as his running mate in 1980 was unadorned political posturing as the purported war-hungry, right-wing extremist sought to annul that perception by picking the more conciliatory, moderate Bush as his No. 2.
The Sochi Winter Olympic Games, commencing February 7, are but a few days away. In 1896 the First Modern Olympics resurrected the ancient Greek tradition of bringing together the most talented athletes. Since then the Modern Olympics have managed to survive world conflicts and have endured WWI, WWII, the Cold War, and hopefully the War on Terror.
Why do people like Rev. Jeremiah Wright travel across America to exhort audiences to denigrate tea party Americans as racist?
The First Amendment of our nation's Constitution establishes five rights that the founding fathers considered so important, they listed them first in the Bill of Rights.
While the proverbial advice to "take each day as it comes" has some validity, it also masks the dangerous assumption that the choices we make today won't have consequential carry-over tomorrow. In fact, while it is both harmful and a waste of time to worry about the unknowns of the future, it is always wise to consider what effect my decisions today will have on the options available to me later.
As a former parks commissioner for the city of Santa Clarita, I am deeply passionate about ensuring our residents enjoy quality recreation facilities, beautiful outdoor space and a healthy way of life.
Ask yourself the honest question: Did you truly believe The Patient Protection Affordable Care Act, or ACA, was going to work as promised? If the answer is "yes," then did you earnestly think through the practical workings of the program?
Energizer Bunnies keep going and going and going – and for a time, it looked like Buck McKeon would be equally perpetual in motion to those furry little drumbeaters. The man is after all, 75, and still beating war drums while running circles around most of us. Yet now it seems that both Buck the man, and his underlying message of perpetual militarism may be running down, with time well deserved for some R and R away from the military industrial complex.
It's a story about how freedom is all.
People waiting to get New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's last pound of flesh may have a long wait, and not for the obvious reason.
There was a lot to talk about when House Speaker John Boehner appeared before reporters recently for the first time since the holiday break. There are continuing fights over Obamacare. Immigration reform. Appropriations bills. The debt ceiling. The Democratic push for the president's "inequality agenda."
Hundreds of millions of people will be following the 2014 Winter Olympics, even though the underwhelming motto ("Hot. Cool. Yours.") sounds less like a paean to athletic excellence than the sort of progression that accompanies a court-ordered paternity suit.
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.
Recently, the community of Santa Clarita has been buzzing over potential billboard removals and the possibility of sign ordinance changes. It began when the Metro Group, who owns the land on which the billboards in question reside, approached the city with a proposal to remove every billboard in the Metro (railroad) right-of-way, within the Soledad Canyon Road and Railroad Avenue corridors, in the center of the city. This amounts to the permanent removal of 118 billboards on 62 structures along the Metro right-of-way in exchange for a change to the current sign ordinance that would allow them to build three ...
The demand for public transportation continues to increase as Americans enjoy the freedoms provided by commuter buses and railways.
Fracking has captured the headlines recently, but another, less well-known technique for extracting oil trapped in rock cavities deep underground is increasingly being used in California and is an even bigger threat to health and the environment.