Economists of all stripes have long taught the lessons of Adam Smith's "The Wealth of Nations." Smith's "Invisible Hand" of free markets has particular fame, and one hears reference to it frequently - sometimes correctly, but often twisted beyond its intent.
I am sure we can all agree that one of the wonders of the 20th century was the invention of television, and that its only real rival in history as a conveyor of information was the invention of the printing press.
A friend of mine called and asked if I had received a recent Buck McKeon mailer stating that the price of gasoline could drop as low as $2.09 a gallon if only Congress would approve a variety of bills presently co-sponsored by him.
My fellow Republicans, 2008 is the year to rally 'round our party's candidates. Spread the good word that Santa Clarita's Republican Party is alive and well.
It is truly summer in the SCV, hot, hotter and hottest! As my good friend Richard Green tells everyone, "The blast furnace that is the SCV summer is not a good time for planting trees, or much of anything else!" Can you believe that school starts for most SCV kids in less than a month?
The threat of identity theft looms over everyone. The issue of having someone steal your personal information and use it as his or her own receives much attention.
Cities and counties across California are becoming war zones as gangs fight and kill for control of streets and larger shares of the drug market and other criminal enterprises.
Rick: How can you close me up? On what grounds?
Throughout American history, the role of first lady has been an important one. Although it includes no official duties or pay, first lady status carries a certain tradition for embracing causes.
Within the city of Santa Clarita there is very little land available to be developed, the exception being the Whitaker Bermite site, which is in the process of being cleaned and de-contaminated.
My wife hates my fan.
Dressing, being fashionable, wardrobe management - they all pose questions from time to time. Women deliberate over what to wear, when to wear it, how it looks and fits, how it makes them feel. Men pick it out, put it on and move along.
'We've got so much taxation. I don't know of a single foreign product that enters this country untaxed except the answer to prayer."
Water conservation is a good thing. It is a "mom and apple pie" issue with which everyone agrees. It is as old as the "waste not, want not" attitude of our grandparents and is just good common sense in all aspects of our lives, whether we are talking about water, electricity, food or gasoline.
Driving south on Interstate 5 from Castaic, one passes a smattering of billboards to the west of the highway. We don't see roadway advertisements much in squeaky-clean Santa Clarita, so it's always a treat to get blasted by billboard clutter while driving through our less appearance-policed neighborhoods. Thank our L.A. County government, I suppose.
Followers of this column know that five weeks ago my daughter, Katie, was struck by a motorcycle in Jaipur India while visiting with family and friends for what was to be a special Indian wedding and 14 day tour. Katie was hit on the 2nd day and suffered severe traumatic brain injury (TBI.) She required cranial surgery, was comatose two days, spent six days in the ICU, and subsequently required 16 days of hospitalization to recover sufficiently well for the 24 hour jet trip back home.
I imagine we're all caught up in the great paradox that is the current dialogue on health care. It seems to be everywhere, on every broadcast and Internet news show, with pundits and anchors analyzing every number and statement that becomes available.
It's no secret that, in Santa Clarita, we take our trees seriously. Our city is home to more than 50,000 trees, including the majestic oaks that have stood tall in our valley for hundreds of years.
We are often told that the public has a less-than-favorable opinion of its government representatives. Recent scandalous behavior by several California senators has only emboldened that sentiment.
Many years ago, Henry Ford famously said, "Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress.
The Signal last Friday published a "Right Here, Right Now" column in which Betty Arenson condemned American modernity while sentimentally praising an agrarian, pre-running-water, pre-electrified, limited-government America in which, somehow, suffering itself was its own virtuous reward.
Since my days on active duty, my career path has manifested in taking residence in 20 cities among five states.
I have come to believe if you say something outrageous loud enough and often enough people come to believe it.
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.