The season of good cheer has come and passed. Time to pull down the tree, pack up the ornaments and savor that last glass of eggnog cluttering the refrigerator.
To all of you I wish a very healthy, happy, prosperous new year. 2009 was clearly a year of political change, but there were no dramatic upheavals or surprises, just a president doing what he said he would do.
It's easy to be negative. That pothole in the street in front of your house that jars your teeth in the morning as you start the daily commute can make it seem like the city does not care.
Parallel universes (or alternate realities in which the laws of physics are not only dissimilar but in conflict) is the stuff of science fiction and quantum mechanics. Brought down to earth, the concept takes on sinister dimensions.
This season we at the Santa Clarita Valley Emergency Winter Shelter have served a significantly increased number of clients compared to prior years. As a trend, we usually begin the season with a median number of clients then climb to near our capacity.
In the mid-90s the Republican-controlled House of Representatives held public hearings to "expose" the venality and cruelty of the Internal Revenue Service.
My December horoscope on MSN stated Sagittarians "stand against the pre-established social order of this society." That explains my figurative tendency to hit my head against the wall.
"We are five days from fundamentally transforming America" declared Presidential candidate Barack Obama on Oct. 30, 2008.
This past year was an exciting one for Santa Clarita Transit with the introduction of advanced technology, a new route and additional resources for riders.
Margaret Mead, a much-loved conservationist, once said: "Never doubt that a few committed individuals can change the world.
This past Monday I stopped at the local supermarket to grab a thing or two. Passing the frozen meat section, I noticed a young grocer rearranging large boxes in the display case. "Turducken," squawked the label, and pictured in epicurean freakishness was a frankensteinian mishmash of turkey, duck and chicken shoved and stuffed into an unholy fowlish trinity.
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What a difference 60 miles make.
My most memorable encounter with plagiarism occurred a few years back while teaching English at College of the Canyons.
In an editorial published back East in August 1997, I urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resign.
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.