In 1980 the Iowa State University basketball program desperately needed a new coach after running through three head coaches in four years and securing only two wins in the season just ended.
Maybe you were never told. Maybe you just forgot. But you probably don't think about your car "spying" on you.
The film industry continues to be one of Santa Clarita's largest and fastest-growing industries. For fiscal year 2012-13, location filming reached an all-time high, with the city's Film Office recording more film days and the highest economic impact to date.
Back in the early '90s, when I worked in London and wrote frequently about the hi-jinks of the monarchy, I tried in vain to understand why the British clung to such an archaic institution.
The chloride issue facing all SCV residents and businesses is huge. We're told the core problem is SVC's chloride-rich waste water flowing west damages Ventura-area avocado and strawberry crops. As a result the L.A. Regional Water Quality Control Board dictated we hold our discharge to 100 mg of chloride per liter. Mostly, we stand at 117 mg/L but the numbers can rise considerably during drought. Years ago our city leaders diligently tackled reducing chloride by ...
Every time I look at the world, I see a never-ending struggle over our country's engagement with the world. I have recently opined about events across Southwest Asia and Northern Africa - a part of the world that has beleaguered the United States for some time now.
Often, you only win the battle if you stick with it for the long haul. And when it comes to the proposedCemex sand and gravel mine in Soledad Canyon, it has been a long haul indeed, and the battle is not yet won.
Just days after the Trayvon Martin verdict, President Obama shared his personal thoughts, providing a glimpse into the man who inhabits a very strange, singular space in America between white and black and extreme privilege and prejudice:
ife for kids is harder today than ever before, and I offer up proof: According to a variety of news reports, many elementary schools are eliminating recess.
"This place has come to complete gridlock," said Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana. "Something has to change."
My family lived in Detroit from 1955 to 1956, during which time I attended second grade in a public elementary school.
With the recent verdict in the Zimmerman/Martin case, it may now be an appropriate time to comment. In a case like this, opinions need to be withheld until all of the evidence has been presented.
Janet Napolitano has finally used her political connections to land a job for which she's qualified.
When we ask the question of what distinguishes mankind from the rest of creation the possible answers usually include the presence and activity of the conscience. This "inner referee", as it has been called, acts to pull us toward the good and away from the bad.
Santa Clarita's open space, with its rolling hills and iconic oak trees, are among the many reasons people love coming home to Santa Clarita.
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.
Veterans Day. 11/11. A special day, a time to honor our country's heroes. Those who have served this great nation have done so in times of peace and in times of war. They protect and defend our country and allow us to live our lives with the freedoms we all expect, enjoy, and all too often take for granted. We can live the American Dream thanks to these brave men and women. These fine citizens ...
At the very core of Liberalism is the idea that good deeds can only be achieved by legislating them. Strong arguments can be made that these "do-gooder" policies achieve the opposite and actually serve to hurt those they intend to help.
Words have meaning.
Flu season is officially here. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the season may begin as early as October, hits its peak in January and February, and can continue as late as May.