Youth make a difference You're never too young to take an active role in your community. The city of Santa Clarita provides numerous opportunities for our teenagers, allowing them to become involved in a meaningful way and impact the community through various leadership positions. High school students are making a difference in Santa Clarita by participating in the city's Visions in Progress Youth Advisory Committee, or VIP. VIP members provide input on major city projects ...
During the upheaval of the 1960s, Republican Richard Nixon, the conservative of his day, liked to refer to the "silent majority."
Several weeks ago I attended a particularly sad funeral. Yes, I know, all funerals are heartrending. But this one was for a very special young woman, someone who should have had at least 50 more years on earth - and probably would have if breast cancer hadn't intervened. During her memorial service, I looked around at the 200-plus mourners. Whether blotting tears, sighing or shaking their heads, all were visibly shaken over Brandi Newquist's passing. ...
It's the season for pumpkins and ghosts and goblins, galore! It's also time to head out to Lombardi's up Bouquet Canyon in Saugus. Devastated by the Buckweed Fire last year, Lombardi's is back - and just as good as ever. Why not head out there this weekend and celebrate a Santa Clarita Valley institution?
My wife, 5-year-old son and I passed a water fountain, and sure enough my boy wanted a coin so he could make a wish. This wasn't your typical fountain for wishing. It was a drinking fountain.
Children are amazing in their capacity to awaken the spirit of goodness and generosity in one's soul.
"Modern man drives a mortgaged car over a bond-financed highway on credit-card gas."
Often at the city of Santa Clarita, we are asked for easier ways to reduce our carbon footprint.
What's up with this Wall Street versus Main Street political buzzword gobbledygook? We seem to have traveled back in time to the "It's A Wonderful Life" world of George Bailey and Mr. Potter. I thought this 2008 presidential election was about "change." A government bailout by any other term is neither a rescue nor even a policy change. Call it a temporary fix. It's just a monetary infusion of taxpayers' dollars into the credit and ...
When I was a kid, I entered countless grocery store coloring contests and colored my pictures with great skill and patience, my eye always on the first-place prize.
The monster brushfire that raged through the hills above Sylmar and raced against traffic along Interstate 5 last month was finally extinguished several days after it started.
So how did we get into this financial mess? Simple. We thought housing prices would go up forever. I didn't. I vividly remember the housing bubble of the late '80s. People bought houses like they were stocks. Easily available credit allowed my neighbors to buy five or more houses. Prices rose, and young couples like myself and my husband, who would have really liked to buy a house, were priced out of the market, at ...
It seems to me that all the experts evaluating this economic crisis are generally in agreement that everything is going to be OK.
Let me tell you about our house. Carrie and I bought our 2,955-square-foot Summit house from Newhall Land and Farming Co. some 22 years ago. The Summit development had been long awaited with great anticipation in the Valencia/Santa Clarita community. Like West Ranch of three years ago, The Summit was the Next Big Thing. We'd lived in a small 1,400-square-foot home just to the west of the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital for five years. ...
I have written that this national election is one of the most historic and important in modern history, and that is still true. However, recent events have conspired to turn this presidential campaign into either farce or tragedy.
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.
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.