I am locked in a true conundrum. A conundrum is defined by Webster's as "an intricate and difficult problem."
Tuesday, March 31, would have been Cesar Chavez' birthday. Unquestionably one of the most significant labor leaders of our time, Cesar Chavez was a giant in the civil rights arena. Through the efforts of Chavez and Dolores Huerta, the United Farm Workers Association was formed in 1962. The UFW significantly changed for the better the plight of the agricultural worker in the United States. Few would disagree that Cesar Chavez was to Mexican-Americans what Martin ...
Six weeks ago, in an effort to close a $42 billion budget gap, the Legislature passed a state budget that included $12.5 billion in tax increases, which are set to take effect on April 1.
On Monday morning, March 23, I anxiously awoke at 5:30 a.m. realizing I had to wait two more hours until I could board a chartered bus to take part in an annual road trip to our state Capitol.
Over the last several years, the city of Santa Clarita and Los Angeles county have been working with residents of this valley to create a joint general plan, the first of its kind in L.A. County.
When I meet people for the first time who know me only through this column, I initially must clarify that I have received no money for these weekly ramblings over the past 12-some years.
Son's favorite movies hated At 5:32 p.m. on March 10 in my very own home, my 5-year-old son asked for and then watched "Herbie Fully Loaded" for the last time. "I can't take it anymore," I told doctors after having seen the Volkswagen racecar movie more than 3,000 times within the last two months. "How can anyone want to see a movie so many times?" When I was released from the mental institution, I convinced ...
Last month, I presented my view that our legislature in Sacramento is dysfunctional on fiscal matters. One problem, among other reasons, is that our elected officials tend to vote on party lines rather than on the individual merits of any given budget issue.
Today, I reach the mid-century point of my life. This offers a great time to take stock and look back to see what I have done in my life to make a difference.
I enjoyed reading the article in The Signal's Senior Living section yesterday (March 16) entitled "Knit together with love."
A trip to a Board of Supervisors meeting in downtown Los Angeles is never a pleasant experience for the public. It means a day off work, a long drive in traffic, usually about an hour and a half from Santa Clarita and a hefty parking fee. A long wait faces the intrepid traveler before the agenda item is heard. Then finally, the resident is granted the opportunity to speak to a supervisor who is not listening because he is having a conversation at the dais with someone else.
It's Lent, and our congregation is collectively reciting the Nicene Creed. Without warning, four pews forward, he collapsed. From standing tall with voice strong, he buckled. His wife caught his fall, guiding him to a supine position on the pew. I, and others rushed forward to aid.
It has been just 52 days since President Obama took the oath of office and began implementing the secret Democratic plan to destroy the United States, create a socialist welfare state and use the powers of the Vast Left Wing Conspiracy to silence the Vast Right Wing Conclave once and for all.
My Uncle Earl has got to be one of the crustiest fellows I've ever seen. From his thinning mouse-gray hair to his weathered western cowboy boots, Earl's features speak to a life of difficult lessons and hard-earned wisdom. Earl's time in the Marine Corps taught him to be tough under fire and not mince words. He also knows the price that men have paid to make us all free.
My love affair with newspapers is a life-long obsession that runs deep. All I know is newspaper work. I've managed circulation drives, operated a Compugraphic typesetter, sold advertising, done layout in the days of waxing machines and pica poles, been a news system IT trainer and now - a journalist.
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.
The latest conservative push for several years has been against "big government." Nobody likes to see our taxes wasted, resources plundered, and ineffective policies implemented.
Timeshare. Worst investment you can make. At least, that is what all of the financial planners tell us. The only problem is, we like ours. Trish says that if we didn't have it, we'd never go anywhere. I think she is right.
In here. Pssst. Don't look. Okay. Sit down. Pretend you're reading the International Herald Tribune. Order a coffee. Make it a decaf. Two Sweet and Lows. Pass them to me. Take this Splenda. Pay no attention to the man with the hearing aid. Give the waiter a five and leave through the kitchen. Don't forget an extra twenty for me.
What a month! Was it good for you?
There's been a lot of press coverage and commentary lately about the absurdly disastrous Keystone Cops rollout of Obamacare.
I am often asked by my liberal friends how it is that I could care so little for my fellow man by being registered and voting as a Republican.
The holidays are right around the corner, and nothing welcomes the spirit of the season like bright holiday lights and a 23-foot-tall Christmas tree.
Don't hang around and let your problems surround you
Most of us expect about 90 percent of our charitable contributions to go toward funding any charitable cause to which we give.