You shall not make for yourself an idol. ... You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me.
On Jan. 31, 1996, I published an essay in The Wall Street Journal titled "A Magnificent Misfit." The article eulogized my father, a European physician who dedicated his life to his craft and died poor but debtless.
We live in an information age where the world is at our fingertips. We pay our bills, balance our checkbooks, diligently manage our credit and even do our taxes without help. In an instant, however, our personal information can be stolen, ruining years of hard work. Social Security and credit card numbers, bank account information, driver's licenses and other valuable data can be used against us if they fall into the wrong hands.
Having a couple of days to clear my mind regarding tax time and the "tea parties," I thought about the unbelievable good fortune and bounty many of us have.
We humans have a natural inclination to be tolerant.
Managers of Castaic Lake Water Agency have often stated that drought does not occur in northern and southern California at the same time, so we would always have an adequate water supply. And for this year anyway, they were right. The Santa Clarita Valley has enjoyed slightly better than average rainfall, while diminished snow packs in Northern California have severely reduced our access to water from the State Water Project.
However, a massive building spree that ignored future water supply problems and a polluted ground water source has created a "perfect storm" of problems.
At the very moment photos snapped of President Obama shaking hands with Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, conservative commentators blood-letted and vented of Obama bespoiling the dignity of the office of U.S. President. FOXies might prefer Obama acting as high school prom bully, but Obama told us during the campaign he intended to employ diplomacy over bravado.
Genocide is the "premeditated expulsion and mass-murder of a people because of its indelible identity - race, ethnicity, religion, culture and language."
There was an amazing sight on Valencia Boulevard April 15: Hundreds of well-off, well-fed, whining white folks lined up, carrying signs, complaining about their alleged desperate plight in life - paying taxes. There was so much unpatriotic hate on the street during the so-called "TEA" party, I thought I was in a Texan secessionist meeting - maybe those folks who hate America so much should all just move to Texas and get the hell out of the United States.
In response to Saturday's article by Josh Premako regarding the development along Lyons Avenue ("Developer offers project," April 18), I happen to reside next to the proposed project at Lyons Avenue and Arcadia Street. While the concept drawing shown in The Signal is indeed a beautiful building, it is at best only an artist's rendering and does not show any of the detrimental effects that will be brought to the neighborhood on the Arcadia side of the project.
From the smoldering wreckage that was the Republican Party, a Phoenix is rising with wide-spread wings and a mighty resolve.
The nation's top dog has deeply disappointed the homeless dogs of America and their supporters.
California voters are fed up. And they should be.
The official sample ballot for the state special election on the propositions just arrived in my mail. The Proposition 1A spending measure and five other propositions are up for vote May 19.
I am becoming convinced we don't think thinking is worth the trouble.
Emergencies are stressful and difficult to think about. But we've just had a couple of earthquakes, very close by, so now is an excellent time to think about preparedness.
For decades, the debate over gun control has raged through the body politic of this country.
In the past few months, there has been increasing criticism about the support of the arts here in Santa Clarita.
Sometimes things we hear all the time can slowly creep into our belief system as though they were true. But, as a general rule, most general rules generalize truth to the place where they are untrustworthy.
Watch the debates. Read the mailers. Everyone running for the Santa Clarita City Council in the April 8 election - right down to the last one of the 13 candidates fighting over three seats - wants the support of our local seniors.
Sometimes it is difficult to assess qualifications one needs to do a job. I have always felt a surgeon requires not only intellect, but should have hand-eye coordination to at least catch a football.
With a City Council election nearing, it is time for a change at City Hall. Councilwomen Weste and McLean are up for re-election. After 13 years on the council, it is time to send both women packing and thank them for their service.
Two weeks ago, I submitted my paperwork with the Registrar of Voters to become an official candidate for Congress.
Every now and again, life itself interrupts what we think or hope life should be and rudely reminds us that we are not as in control as we believe we are.
I remember seeing a poster somewhere proclaiming "Readers are Leaders." Certainly the basic truth here is evident, but I greatly fear there is need for some additional specificity. I'd vote for expanding it to say "Readers who read the right things are leaders."
Congress missed another opportunity to curb the outrageous spending that is taking place in Washington. The tense political climate prevented a prolonged but necessary debate on the debt ceiling.
Years ago, city leaders pushed to pass the open space initiative, buying land around our city to prevent development and maintain scenery.
As a longtime Santa Clarita resident and a real estate professional, I know the importance of community. Santa Clarita is home to several vibrant neighborhoods, each with its own identity.
Black History Month has passed, but I remain inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream that we would not be judged by the color of our skin, but by the content of our character.