One of the people who responded to Buck McKeon's August telephone town hall, as reported in The Signal, asked the Congressman, "Where in the Constitution does it say I have to be this compassionate and provide people these things?"
Watching a "60 Minutes" segment in March on the Remote Area Volunteer Medical Corp greatly moved me. I researched RAM for my summer communications class at College of the Canyons.
There are times when partisan politics needs to be set aside. What has happened to the funding for our Santa Clarita Valley Domestic Violence Center, and other such centers statewide, is a good example.
His calls usually come in the dead of night, around 2 a.m. His clever reasoning is that no one is awake and he can speak to me confidentially.
Next month, California will recognize October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Unfortunately, we will also recognize the disastrous impacts that recent budget cuts have had on domestic violence centers here in the Santa Clarita Valley, and throughout California.
Recently, a local blogger "discovered" the Santa Clarita Valley Facilities Foundation and its connection to school site acquisition for the William S. Hart Union High School District.
Last year the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation named the city of Santa Clarita the "most business friendly city in Los Angeles County."
We live in an information age where the world is at our fingertips.
Tiffany and Ryan didn't do well on the SAT's. Sure, teens have distractions like e-mail and texting, coping with surging hormone levels, distancing themselves from their uncool parents and siblings, honing social skills, and experimenting with newfound independence.
Regarding her starving subjects, Marie Antoinette is popularly reported as having said, "Let them eat cake."
I can not thank Dr. Pechter in Valencia enough for the way he supported military on Aug. 31.
September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. Substance use disorders have taken an enormous toll on the health and well-being of too many Americans. It has also taken its toll on Santa Clarita Valley residents, especially teens.
A short review: In the first part of this series we explored the absolutely astounding news that the city of Santa Clarita received a bond upgrade during these times of incredible financial and fiscal turmoil.
On Aug. 1, the Editorial Board of The Signal dealt its hand at debunking the increasingly démodé and apparently juvenile notion that truth in journalism demands study, nuance and reason.
Are you living in the America that you want? Do you think present-day America is what our forefathers intended it to be?
It's not easy saying goodbye to my seat on the City Council.
March is Women's History Month. Through the years, women have done everything imaginable, from raising children, caring for seniors, to teaching, running businesses and nonprofits, developing vaccines, and going to space.
The background to this column is that our family traveled to India three weeks ago for a 14-day wedding tour with good friends our son Jon had made from UC Berkeley.
The Democratic Party had a horrendous mid-term election cycle in 2010.
This evening the City Council of Santa Clarita will meet to approve Master Plan 13-184 to make zoning changes and amendments that will result in six LED digital billboard faces (14 feet X 48 feet) being placed along the Interstate 5 and Highway 14 freeways.
This column is not about repealing Obamacare. It's about having some real health care reform accomplished by using today's technology.
I am becoming convinced we don't think thinking is worth the trouble.
Emergencies are stressful and difficult to think about. But we've just had a couple of earthquakes, very close by, so now is an excellent time to think about preparedness.
For decades, the debate over gun control has raged through the body politic of this country.
In the past few months, there has been increasing criticism about the support of the arts here in Santa Clarita.
Sometimes things we hear all the time can slowly creep into our belief system as though they were true. But, as a general rule, most general rules generalize truth to the place where they are untrustworthy.
Watch the debates. Read the mailers. Everyone running for the Santa Clarita City Council in the April 8 election - right down to the last one of the 13 candidates fighting over three seats - wants the support of our local seniors.
Sometimes it is difficult to assess qualifications one needs to do a job. I have always felt a surgeon requires not only intellect, but should have hand-eye coordination to at least catch a football.
With a City Council election nearing, it is time for a change at City Hall. Councilwomen Weste and McLean are up for re-election. After 13 years on the council, it is time to send both women packing and thank them for their service.