"Something there is that doesn't love a wall"
The holidays are upon us once again and a host of fantastic opportunities perfectly suited to the season are available to all of Santa Clarita in downtown Newhall.
At first celebrated only sporadically in remembrance of the gift of food by native Americans to the new settlers at Plymouth Rock in the winter of 1621, Thanksgiving was not permanently established until 1863.
Last week, all-around good guy and Signal business columnist Frank Norton wrote that perhaps it's time we give up on our Golden State for the greener pasture "low tax" states of Texas, Nevada and locales further afield.
I'm cheering for health care reform, even though I'm resigned to a debate heavily influenced by special interests. This chapter of American history would turn Jimmy Stewart's Mr. Smith into a die-hard cynic.
Bad decisions. We all make them. Some have limited consequences while others are far-reaching.
Organized Labor has a long and storied history in America. Approximately 1 in 10 Americans claim they are a member of one. But as the economy that tanked in late 2007 continues to resist a rebound, Americans are beginning to ask themselves if labor unions are part of the solution or a big part of the problem.
On Nov. 3, persons living in the parts of the Santa Clarita Valley outside the city limits of Santa Clarita could exercise their right to vote yes or no on three separate initiatives relating to governance.
The axiom that the world's destiny is in the hands of bankers and industrialists is never more evident than in wartime. The lords of capital and the cannon merchants thrive on the menace of conflict and the conduct of war. They prosper when the first shots ring out. No sooner do hostilities cease than they itch for another war, another opportunity to pillage the national treasury.
I have a dream that one day this valley will rise up and unite the historic assets that encircle it.
The city of Santa Clarita's Sports Complex buzzes with activity every day, as residents enjoy its numerous quality recreational facilities and programs.
Recently the governor signed new water legislation that hopefully will help solve California's growing water problem.
If you study the United States' budget since the end of WWII, it is clear that it has gradually become dominated by the military. Defense Department expenditures will exceed three quarters of a trillion dollars this year alone.
Santa Clarita residents will have the opportunity to select three City Council members early next year. If our last election is any indication, we may be doomed to empower some of the wrong officials once again.
"Steven, I don't care what they say, I'm not going to change."
As graduation season comes to a close, I have some advice for those who are entering a new phase of life called adulthood. And, the advice is good for the rest of us as well.
The Santa Clarita City Council meeting this Tuesday will be the first chance for council members to consider the implications of the referendum against Ordinance 14-02.
There is something special about getting out and enjoying the open-space areas of Santa Clarita.
Someone recently asked me to summarize the chloride issue in really simple terms.
I am responding to the op-ed article that Gary Horton wrote ("Oh, the places our tax money goes") that was published in the June 11 edition of The Signal.
There is a reason that conservatives in general and conservative Republicans specifically are angry and upset.
For years, policy-makers have assumed that any program to address global warming by cutting carbon emissions would be a drag on the economy and cause massive job losses.
I am told that my kids go to a good elementary school, Stevenson Ranch Elementary. Not only have I been told that, but from the various awards located in the front of the building, I must assume that this school is a good one.
One of our most necessary freedoms as Americans is the freedom of speech, as protected in the Bill of Rights. Yet, today, while much is being shouted and written supporting this prized privilege, the fact is the freedom to speak is being taken away.
The city of Santa Clarita is home to numerous nonprofit organizations that benefit residents from all walks of life.
Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or DIPG, is a terminal brain disease that affects children aged 5 to 10 years.
My Uncle Earl was recently invited to give the commencement speech at the Robert Oppenheimer School for Really Smart Kids, a charter school approved by the Newhall School District but located in Lancaster.
Dr. Seuss is among the most beloved in the pantheon of American writers. Ostensibly written for children, most of his stories also carry deeply meaningful lessons for those adults reading along with their kids.
Just when you think Fox News and the right-wing scandal machine can sink no further, they wallow in a new level of filth that just boggles the mind.
A friend of mine surprised me with an unexpected opinion the other day. Like me, he had recently traveled to India and came away stunned by the immensity poverty prevailing there.