One choice that must be made by anyone in public life is whether to lead or follow. It is a legitimate question, since in a democracy an elected public official, of course, wants to stand for the ideas and goals of the people he or she represents.
Carrie and I own a little battery-powered boat out in Oxnard. It's a dinky thing, commonly referred to as a "cocktail cruiser." Good enough for plying the channels inside the harbor, but suicide for anything else.
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It looks like former Vice President Dick Cheney lives a double standard.
A new administration arrives. The nation and the world become enamored with these intriguing "visitors." Led by a mysteriously charismatic leader who seems able to sway public opinion by uttering a few words on television, these visitors seem incapable of doing wrong.
As the United States discovered in Korea, Vietnam and Iraq, it's easy to wage war and difficult to triumph. As witnessed in Afghanistan, where Washington is now being held hostage, a stalemate is often worse than defeat.
It may end up being the most important investment Californians will make in their water system since the State Water Project was created nearly 50 years ago.
This year I started watching the new Fox comedy/musical "Glee" to possess something to talk about with my college freshman daughter.
Sometimes peopleare not aware of the level of support the city provides to the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, and I would like to explain how the city is involved.
It is a mystery to me why some people continue to deny the evidence of climate change. While climate and temperature variations may occur from year to year, or decade to decade, the frightening rise of CO2 in our atmosphere is simply undeniable.
During a recent trip to a local Starbucks, I noticed a sign on the bulletin board that stated Starbucks has helped provide 6 million days of medicine for people with AIDS in Africa.
The current financial plight of the U.S. Postal Service is becoming well known. The situation exposes the difficulties government institutions face when forced to confront fiscal challenges and downsizing.
Election years are the highlight for those of us who follow politics for our own edification and amusement.
Used with discretion, the Internet is a fount of information. It can also be a cesspool of lies, gossip, partisan humbug and propaganda, crafted not to enlighten but to skew reality - or bury it - in the pursuit of mischief or ideology.
Recently, legislators were called back to Sacramento to vote on legislation to make California more competitive for "Race to the Top," a $4 billion federal program announced by President Barack Obama earlier this year to encourage innovation in our public schools.
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.
The Signal's opinion piece titled "The high speed rail hoodwink" (Opinion, July 13) recycles many of the myths and misinformation about the California High-Speed Rail Program that have been put forward by opponents.