Reading the current headlines, surfing political sites on the Internet or listening to the television and talk radio pontificators' opinions on the present state of our nation and the republic for which it stands, one gets the impression that we are once again on the eve of destruction.
Last Tuesday, the local Republican Central Committee invited Republican candidates for City Council to come and seek endorsement. Six candidates showed, all eagerly seeking the blessing of the party.
The decision by the United States Supreme Court in the Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission case has created a huge stir among Democrats and campaign finance reform advocates across the nation.
James Madison, the Constitution's principal architect, believed "The freedoms of speech and of the press are among the great bulwarks of liberty, and can never be restrained except by despotic governments."
Back in the late 1990s when two of our children attended Helmers Elementary School in Valencia's Northbridge tract, a group of activist parents along with the administration decided the school needed a uniform policy.
Last December, spurning the raw feelings and grievances of world Jewry, Pope Benedict XVI signed an edict proclaiming Pope Pius XII, who reigned from 1939 to 1958, "venerable." The pre-beatification formality is intended to hype the late pontiff's "heroic virtues."
If you'll pardon the expression, 2010 has the potential to be a watershed year for California's water supply.
Although the exact future impact of the Supreme Court's decision to allow unlimited political spending by corporations is unknown, the wide-reaching detrimental effects on local election campaigns will be inescapable. That is, unless something is done to change it.
Americans have long fought against corporate abuses.
"Political extremism involves two prime ingredients: an excessively simple diagnosis of the world's ills, and a conviction that there are identifiable villains back of it all." - John W. Gardner
"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses,"
I moved into my home in the Santa Clarita Valley in 1964. I was the first one in my tract and watched it being built.
As a condominium dweller concerned with the planting restrictions that come with that I have been reading a lot about community gardens lately.
One day I'm sitting at this bar when a blind man walks in with his seeing-eye dog. The dog leads the man straight to the bar and the man pulls up a chair. All of a sudden, the blind man yanks the dog up by the leash and starts spinning him around and around over his head.
What is wrong with Santa Clarita City Councilman Bob Kellar?
I just returned from my 40th high school reunion. It was great, but I must admit I didn't realize how many old people would be there!
We here at the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, also known as the Party of No (or is that "Know"?) often get letters from our loyal readers. Several are reproduced here for your reading enjoyment.
For years California has had a model school facility program that is a partnership between the state, local school districts and developers to share funding for new school construction and classroom renovation.
As a resident of Santa Clarita and keen observer of the governmental process, I am still puzzled why council members Kellar, Acosta, and McLean voted to play poker with more than $200,000 of your taxpayer dollars.
Author's note: In writing this week's column, let me disclose that I own a large regional landscape firm and am knowledgeable in both water conservation and landscape water requirements. Also important is that our firm does not perform public landscape construction or maintenance for the city of Santa Clarita or elsewhere.
It has long been understood that we always choose according to our best interests. That's the way our minds work.
I believe all Californians are environmentalists. Who doesn't want clean air and clean water?
I don't usually write consecutive columns about the same topic, but this situation seems to be careening out of control and our government seems impotent to stop it.
I am old enough to remember a time when political arguments revolved around policy differences, and the solutions to the major issues of the day were often hammered out in smoke-filled back rooms.
It is vacation season, and many of us are facing that age-old problem: We find it hard to relax!
Gary Horton's op-ed in The Signal ("Something to which we can all agree," July 9) was on the mark. Yes, this is something to which we can all agree.
A country and its citizens are not safe when the country lacks leadership. When that lack is repeatedly punctuated with one scandal and crisis after another, there is valid reason for grave concern.
In my last column ("The IRS is far from earning back our trust," June 30), I discussed the arrogance and lawlessness of the Obama administration and its bureaucrats, practiced on a scale unprecedented in American history.
Katie sat anxiously in the salon chair this past Tuesday afternoon. We were in Seattle visiting Katie - it was our first visit to see her since she left Southern California after recuperating from a traumatic brain injury she suffered in India.
This past Saturday morning, angry local conservatives gathered on one side of the Valencia Boulevard overpass of Interstate 5 to protest the child immigrants seeking refuge in the United States, and a counter-protest of progressives sympathetic to the plight of these poor kids gathered on the other side of the overpass.