While Washington and Sacramento Republicans continue to vote against stimulus packages and budgets, we have been putting on our thinking caps about where such money should go, when and if we get it.
If ever there was a time for all of us to participate in philanthropy, this is it. What better way to support President Obama's call for individual sacrifice, personal responsibility and acknowledgement of the pain others may be suffering? There's a lot of need out there. You do not have to be rich to give. The best approach is to employ your intuition. What is it that moves you, that hits your heart? My wife ...
Dan Walters' article "California is incapacitated" (Jan. 17) is right on. Yes, we need a constitutional convention in California. I was closely involved in the effort to create a Constitutional Revision Commission in 1993, but saw the Wilson administration's bipartisan commission's work shot down by politicians who lack vision and feared for their own hides. Our state constitution, modeled on that of Iowa in 1879, has been amended more than 500 times and is a ...
In 1999, dreams were coming true all over Santa Clarita. The folks running College of the Canyons had long dreamed of a real theater to better accommodate the needs of its fine arts students. Local arts groups dreamed of a beautiful venue in which to produce performances for our community. Even the city of Santa Clarita was in on the dream, looking for a Performing Arts Center to attract touring groups to our increasingly popular ...
When it came to the environment, George W. Bush as president was not just a flop, but a maelstrom of menace, and the worst of it was his motivation - an intent to please evangelical nutcases who thought the apocalypse was coming soon anyway, and the sooner the better.
Even when things seem dark and dreary, it is still possible to find bright rays of sunshine in our culture and society. The other night was a perfect example.
First days on the job excite me. During my 24 years of "real" work, I only enjoyed this excitement seven times (not including transfers or promotions in the same company).
"The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature."
Pink slips and going-out-of-business signs are becoming all too common in our communities. With Los Angeles County's unemployment rate at 9.5 percent in December, the severity of this economic downturn is becoming even more visible in our neighborhoods. Already, hundreds of vital infrastructure projects - everything from highway expansions, school construction and levee repairs - have been stopped, putting even more Californians out of work. The nation's economic picture is grim, and some proposals to ...
Don't ask, don't tell. The policy is pretty self-explanatory. Gays choosing to serve in the armed forces in this country are called upon to keep their sexuality a private matter, and their commanders are not to question them about it. To some who support the homosexual lifestyle, this policy appears discriminatory and unfair, and they believe that it should not be allowed. In actuality, this policy was developed to protect homosexuals, their fellow troops and ...
As the year begins and the country welcomes a new president and a new Congress, some important unfinished business remains to be completed: Congressman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon's wilderness legislation benefiting Santa Clarita and other areas of importance to Southern Californians.
"The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese."
The Santa Clarita City Council cordially invites the community to attend a special groundbreaking event Monday at 3 p.m. for the last phase of the cross-valley connector, which will extend Golden Valley Road to Newhall Ranch Road, providing a connection to Bouquet Canyon over the Santa Clara River.
Yes, you are reading that correctly. A columnist for "Right Here, Right Now," a Republican piece, is praising our new president, who is a Democrat.
"Each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet."
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.
Not every fundamentalist is a right-winger. Crackpot utopianism and black-and-white thinking infect all social, political and religious movements.
With the stroke of a pen, President Obama ended both the government shutdown and raised the debt ceiling, allowing national parks to re-open and the government to borrow more money to finance its spending.
This weekend will mark 496 years since a young monk strolled to the university church in Wittenberg, Germany, and tacked a list of 95 statements to the door intending to start a conversation about abuses in the church.
Water is scarce in the Santa Clarita Valley. We live in a desert, so our region must import half of all its supply from northern California, increasing costs and decreasing reliability.