Two days ago the Federal Reserve cut a key interest rate to one percent in an effort to stimulate the economy. The economy is on the mind of virtually every tax-paying worker, parent, and retiree. It is also the No. 1 issue for voters heading to the polls Nov. 4. And while cutting interest rates historically shores up investor enthusiasm, our country's economic health is sitting in an unusual position. What the country truly needs ...
Wife hates zombie mask At 1:42 p.m. on Oct. 25 at the local Halloween super store, I strapped on a zombie mask and scared my wife into stack of plastic black caldrons. "It's just a mask," I said as I helped her off the floor. According to my wife, she's been deathly afraid of zombies ever since seeing some zombie movie back in the 1980s. "The fact that my husband of eight years doesn't know ...
Being stuck in a snowstorm - actually, buried in snow inside a car for nearly 30 hours without food or drink - gives one plenty of time to think about life and death.
On Nov. 4, the citizens of the Santa Clarita Valley will be asked to vote to support Measure SA, a school facilities bond sponsored by the William S. Hart Union High School District.
I like Cameron Smyth. He is personable and easy to talk to. But when it comes to the environment, he just plain votes the wrong way.
For some, running is a way of life, a hobby that brings peace of mind and a sense of accomplishment, not to mention great-looking legs.
The Santa Clarita Organization for Planning and the Environment just celebrated its 21st year of involvement in issues in the Santa Clarita Valley.
The best home video I ever saw came from my daughter Melissa five years ago - shortly after she turned 16.
Four years on from our last presidential election, a truism lives in painful memory. We got the government we deserved.
Savvy conservatives long ago figured out that those of us on the political left are not guided by conscience or individually acquired thought. So they've concluded.
Elections provide choices. When voters have accurate information about the candidates, their choices are easier. This election offers an exceptionally clear choice within the competitive 19th Senate District that represents a significant part of the Santa Clarita Valley.
At the end of every year, I think about resolutions that I should pursue in the coming year. It is a time for reflection and evaluation. What went well in 2008? What did not?
I have a passion for flying. There is something exhilarating and comforting in the freedom that comes from escaping the bonds of Earth and climbing to heights where the air is cleaner and one's perspective is broader. I also relish the "yin-yang" nature of the freedom to maneuver in three dimensions balanced with the need to exercise discipline and respect for the laws of physics and aerodynamics to fly precisely and safely. A pilot has ...
"I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, 'Mother, what was war?'"
Last year I made semi-bold predictions on local events. Not to brag, but I did poorly. Let's review those predictions:
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.