My apologies to the "B" and "C" list local Republicans now staffing a tea party near you, but your "A" list brethren who made it a point to stay as far away as possible from the anti-Obama April 15 party plan to ask for and lay their hands on, as much of the filthy and evil stimulus money as they can.
How does one count the number of young lives not lost in tragic car accidents last year? How many high school youngsters didn't get into a car with a drunken driver - because they had a choice? How many teenagers who had a few too many drinks didn't get behind the wheel - because they had a choice? Those at Santa Clarita Valley Safe Rides have a hint of the answer: 1,453 local teens delivered ...
Response to April 23 "Environmentally Speaking" commentary in The Signal: "A perfect storm for water woes in the SCV." Recently, the city of Santa Clarita Planning Commission met jointly with Castaic Lake Water Agency staff to help familiarize the city's land use decision makers with our current water-supply management and planning activities.
I read Bruce McFarland's column in the April 21 Signal with shock and awe. It is hard for me to remember when and where I was exposed to so much misinformation. I thought I'd give a more thoughtful point of view. Now, I have to say, I don't know Bruce McFarland, and I'm sure he's a nice guy, but the tone of his article was as angry and bitter, and even hateful, as I've ever ...
A few weekends ago, while waiting for a table at Chili's Grill and Bar, a Hell's Angel-looking dude practically yelled the Lord's name in vain over and over again. I asked the dude if he could lower his voice, or not blaspheme in front of my very impressionable 5-year-old son - who just wanted a Chili's grilled cheese sandwich. The dude said he earned the right to blaspheme. He was a reverend, he said.
Racist. Is there a more explosive word in the English language? It conjures some of the darkest images from human history. One hears it and is reminded of genocide and slavery. One thinks of an irrational, virulent hatred. One sees fools wearing swastikas or fools in white sheets. People fear the word because they know it can sink the unsinkable and break the unbreakable. Careers have crashed and burned over it. Reputations have been ruined. ...
Pets are an important part of many Santa Clarita residents' lives and, for many of us, pets are no less than bona fide members of the family.
More than 10 years ago, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers certified the Environmental Impact Report for Newhall Land and Farming's euphemistically titled "Natural River Management Plan."
The media is brimming full of commentary on "President Obama's First 100 Days." Most folks have already tired of the build-up.
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About six months ago a grass-roots effort started with a few folks at the city of Santa Clarita and various Santa Clarita Valley business owners, business organizations and media outlets. The basic idea was a good one: Help to promote shopping locally to boost the economic well-being of Santa Clarita.
In ancient Roman mythology, a beautiful youth named Narcissus spurned the love of a nymph named Echo, who consoled herself by pining away in barren glens until only her voice remained. Sounds rather like a Republican in Sacramento.
What's in a name? Quite a bit, if you're crafting a marketing campaign that's intended to boost the local economy on both sides of Santa Clarita's municipal border. Pick the wrong name and you shoot yourself in the foot. The lesson came home Friday when city and community leaders heard from representatives of the unincorporated parts of our valley who weren't comfortable with the slogan "Think Santa Clarita." That's not the message the city or ...
Would anybody like more tea? On "tax day" thousands of Californians took to the streets to protest high taxes and irresponsible government spending. Californians - as well as Americans from other states - are deeply concerned about the crushing weight of debt the government is putting on our children and grandchildren. For those of you who attended and spoke out at your local "tea party," I thank you and agree with you wholeheartedly. Californians are ...
In a day and age when it's very easy to judge a book by its cover, (especially if that cover is canvassed in tattoos and piercings), I have to say that I think tweens and teens get a bad rap.
Congressman Buck McKeon recently sent an "E-News Update" to constituents, unsuccessfully comparing the Affordable Care Act standards to an imaginary government-run airline requiring all air passengers to travel first class. It was a horrendously flawed analogy, exposing McKeon's insensitivities to the devastating, bankrupting problems of "old way" medical coverage. It was one more round of Republican weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth without the slightest effort to suggest anything constructive. The gist of Buck's ...
The political tumult and recent media craziness surrounding the rocky start to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act ignore this reality: We already have "universal" healthcare in this country.
Seemingly disconnected things. One spurious. The other more serious. Both point the same way to freedoms lost, never to be regained.
In 2006 I came up against a holiday deadline crunch, so I turned my column over to Turpy, the beloved eight-year-old Golden Retriever/Chow mix who had turned up at our doorstep as a puppy.
When Charles Darwin penned his final draft of On the Origin of Species in 1876 he gave the world a game-changing worldview. Up until that time it was generally held that the only explanation for the reality of things was the intentional activity of a higher power, usually understood as supernatural and divine. Darwin's theory of evolutionary natural selection offered a way out. He declared that he could explain the reality of our world, and everything in it, without God.
Politics is not for the faint-of-heart or easily discouraged. It's a long game with many moving parts and players. It has all the intrigue of a mystery, all the sport of any game, and strategy that would rival most military coups.
If you have children or grandchildren in school in Santa Clarita, I hope you will join me for the Literacy & Arts Festival on Saturday, Dec. 7.
So let's get some things straight right off the bat: Yes, Obamacare's rollout has been an unmitigated disaster. And yes, some people have lost their insurance plans despite President Obama's assurances that if they were happy with what they had they could keep it.
It is becoming more evident everyday. Our society is fracturing into little cliques of discontent. We are becoming a factious people. Cynicism might be nominated as our national hobby, and the criticism it breeds has turned us into a passionate yet mediocre debating society.
We turn up our collective noses at the brutality of Ancient Rome's gladiatorial combat games. These bloody, brutal and deadly contests were decadent displays of an indulgent, yet morally primitive culture, we tell ourselves. Athletes were slaughtered for the entertainment of the Roman citizens-sacrificed for their amusement. Every gasp in disgust at what the ancient Romans did in the Colosseum suggests that we somehow think we are better than that.
I love buying a new car. Yes, I know. Buying a used car makes better financial sense since new cars lose about 30 percent of their value when you drive them off the lot.
It would appear that there is some confusion as to the purpose of the essays that appear under my name on the op-ed page of the Mighty Signal.
Much has been written over the past few months regarding the GOP establishment's attempts to quiet the Tea Party/Conservative wing of the party.
Santa Clarita's community gardens are feeding local families - and not just the families of gardeners. Just like America's "war gardens" and "victory gardens" during World War II, Santa Clarita's gardens are providing pesticide-free, healthy food for families.
When smoke clears on this unfortunate period of American political polarization and congressional debauchery, we will learn the man most responsible for our modern dysfunctional political intercourse is George W. Bush's infuriatingly effective propaganda master, Karl Rove.