My family and I were privileged to live nearly four years in Canada and the United Kingdom, where we became acquainted with the holiday of "Boxing Day."
Have you noticed that whenever Obama's pastor, wife, terrorist friends, corrupt cronies or other assorted glimpses into his personal life are mentioned, Obama tries to change the subject by suggesting that these references are distractions or snippets and/or efforts to tarnish his otherwise impeccable character with gestures of "guilt by association"?
Dear Friends, Family and Parole Officer Detective Bartell: This can't be 20 years I've been sending out the Xmas letter. But I checked 'cause 20 years ago November I was birthing Bobby Dale behind the Antelope Valley Grange. I can't believe I'm nearly 34. I can't say 2008's been a kind year to our Antelope Valley kin, but we've relished some small moral victories. As you may already have seen from the windows of Walmart, ...
This year, worries over the economy have slowed us all down a bit. For many, there's that nagging concern about whether we will have a job next year or just how slow our business will get.
For many years, water agencies used polluted water from wells contaminated with ammonium perchlorate to calculate the water supply for new development in Santa Clarita. After a successful lawsuit by the Sierra Club and the Friends of the Santa Clara River, Castaic Lake Water Agency had to disclose the quantity of polluted water and when it would be cleaned up. Of course, future projections do not always pan out. Development has proceeded, but the clean-up ...
Oh, the weather outside is frightful Highway Five is not delightful We're stopped and parked with nowhere to go When it snows, when it snows, when it snows ... Last week, Winter Wonderland descended on our previously warm and cozy SCV. Far and wide across the valley, all donned boots and scarves and beanies, braving the blustery weather to school, to work - or the coffee shop. A stiff chill every now and again makes ...
My husband Vince was so cute out in the front yard with his grey hoodie and gold coat trying to dig our car out of its snow wedgy.
One of the main reasons that Obama is prevailing over McCain is very simple. It is intrinsic and very effective, and yet it is being ignored. It is out of the reach of issues.
"Joy is an inside job." Each of the many funny and thought-provoking e-mails sent out by Grace Kierbel contained that signature phrase.
Americans are currently struggling with the stifling effects of a national recession, seemingly insurmountable national debt and a president who has destroyed our place of honor in the world.
The complicity of the Republican to enable a widely anticipated banking and investment collapse is just another Republican play to greed.
When I was in college, I lived in an apartment off campus. My neighbors included a bus driver, an elderly retired couple, some farm workers and a guy who just got out of prison.
In the budget-bickering, bananas world of Sacramento politics, be grateful for Cameron Smyth. He has aptly applied his successes as Santa Clarita's mayor/city councilman to his new position as a California Assemblyman and smoothly moved up the ranks of the Legislature. Freshman Assemblyman Smyth has established himself as one of the most effective California legislators in spite of the fact that, as a Republican, he is a member of the minority party. It is extremely ...
When my teenage daughter, Brandie, called Wednesday and told me our car had a "snow 'fro" from snow piling up on its rooftop, I didn't believe her. Like most Southern Californians, my husband Vince and I commute to work. We knew when we left our high desert home in Pinon Hills Wednesday morning we'd likely get trapped in sunny Santa Clarita. But our much-appreciated jobs at The Signal awaited and we enjoyed an exciting serendipity ...
The holiday countdown is now at single digits. Hanukkah begins tonight at sundown, Christmas is a mere four days away and Kwanzaa begins Friday. I rather think the British and the Canadians have it nicely thought out with Boxing Day celebrated on the day after Christmas. The day after Christmas should be a holiday! Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and Joyous Kwanzaa! Menorah lighting at Town Center Mall
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.
Is America's center rising again? It certainly seems that way. After months of looking as if it was being prepared for embalming by a political mortician, several things have happened.
Today's tea partiers often use Christian-speak to build consensus and corral the faithful into panting the hard right's party line. Issues of church are manipulated and abused into issues of state.
It's been almost a week now since the government shutdown was lifted and the debt ceiling was raised, and since Republicans played political limbo with their own party's approval ratings - how low can they go?
A lot of people are asking what the heck is wrong with the Republican Party.
When Gov. Jerry Brown signed the Trust Act, he ended the partnership established between local law enforcement and Immigration and Customers Enforcement authorities that the federal Secure Communities program established.
In logic there is a fallacy known as non sequitur. This Latin phrase simply means "does not follow" and describes a situation where a supposed "effect" actually "does not follow" from its supposed cause. Here is an example – absurd to be sure – of a non sequitur: Where does wind come from? It obviously is caused by the leaves of the trees waving. When the leaves wave, the movement causes the wind to blow. ...
Editor's note: The following column represents City Councilman Boydston's stance on the chloride issue. He does not speak for the entire City Council.
Even after a decade and a half of debate, we're still learning new things about the proposed Cemex gravel mine in Soledad Canyon.
The California High Speed Rail Project is a $68 billion endeavor that will link Los Angeles and San Francisco by trains traveling up to 220 mph.
This past weekend I took a group of young employees on a boating trip to Santa Cruz Island for an overnight adventure and island hike.
Yes, our legislators in Washington are indeed fiddling while Rome (in today's parlance, our planet) burns.
I remember when a billion used to be a number so big nobody could comprehend it, though it is still a massive number.
At the ground level of ethics is the understanding that living ethically is honorable while unethical behavior is shameful. This fundamental recognition of shame and honor can be found in every society. Even the idea of guilt and innocence has ties to what that society considers right or wrong, honorable or shameful. When you transgress a societal law or moral standard the unavoidable consequence is supposed to be personal shame. And when a society reaches ...
Reasonable people compromise. Unreasonable people do not. Instead, they trample over those around them to selfishly get their way.