Politics is tribal, often built on difference and division. Success can depend on how effectively opponents are cast as somehow "impure" or "the other."
As Carrie and I passed over the McBean-I-5 bridge heading to a scrumptious lunch at In-N-Out, (by the way, get your fries well-done for a real treat), we passed a smattering of folks engaged in a grass-roots protest on the bridge above to the drivers below.
Scuba diving. The word SCUBA itself is an acronym for "self contained breathing apparatus" - a reference to the gizmo that makes breathing underwater a possibility.
KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine - Two old men, neither particularly grumpy, have been in the news in recent weeks, and their re-emergence in the public eye is a sobering reminder of how different is our civic life than even a few years ago.
Almost 20 years ago I suffered a freakish breakdown of my knees. As I pushed off to hit an overhead in a tennis match my left patella fractured and the patella tendon ruptured.
"We have met the enemy, and he is us." - Pogo
Boy, are some Americans losing interest in marriage these days.
We built 17 years of our life based on a book and a recommendation from a law school classmate.
Civic engagement is at the heart of the democratic process in Santa Clarita, and the public's involvement is essential for a well-run city.
During the past few weeks, I found myself remembering something from a childhood book: "Laws control the lesser man. Right conduct controls the greater one."
SAN ANTONIO - The talk of the Knights of Columbus convention here, which I attended as an invited speaker, were missionaries from the Philippines. The Marikina Valley Council in Luzon traveled by foot for an hour and a half, each way, to establish a relationship with an indigenous Dumagat tribe living in the remote mountains, despite the physical and language challenges.
Mark your calendar for Aug. 28, the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's iconic "I Have A Dream" speech, which was delivered to more than 250,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
Edward Snowden exposed the NSA's program of massive monitoring of American citizens' electronic communications.
SAN DIEGO - This tourist Mecca has long been loved for the gleaming beaches along its 70-mile coastline where the sea caresses the sand. Now it's becoming known as the city where its mayor allegedly gave unwanted caresses, butt pats and playful chokeholds to more than a dozen women.
This week Elon Musk presented his vision for the future of mid-range transportation in America. His "Hyperloop" is a futuristic, nifty system of giant stainless steel tubes running up and down the state, either over or under Interstate 5.
While sunny weather over the holidays may have provided "chamber of commerce" conditions that are the envy of other parts of the country, it was also a continuation of a pattern that makes life challenging for water professionals throughout California. It was dry.
I do a fair amount of marriage counseling and more often than not, the trouble couples face materialize down the road, far from their initial cause. Something happens that doesn't sit well, feelings are hurt, hurts aren't discussed, bitterness forms, and the acid of bitterness grows as more disappointments are intentionally gathered and stored.
There are two things all Californians can agree on regardless of age, race, gender, religion or political persuasion – job growth and a healthy environment. Fortunately, we are blessed with a single answer to both problems right under our collective noses, or rather feet. The solution to both problems is hydraulic fracturing aka; Fracking.
Boeing, a 100-year-old American company, brings pride to most Americans as a masthead of American ingenuity and prowess.
The entertainment community and fans worldwide will for many years remember Nov. 30, 2103, as a tragic day.
Just before Christmas, the Obama administration issued a blanket waiver for millions of Americans from the individual mandate requiring purchase of government-approved health insurance. The waiver, whose announcement was choreographed to give political credit to Democratic Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, was limited to individuals and families whose health plans were canceled by Obamacare. As Washington Post liberal blogger Ezra Klein put it: "Obamacare itself is the hardship" that qualifies cancelees for a hardship exemption.
Inept. The 2014 Merriam-Webster dictionary defines this word as "showing lack of skill or ability: not done well."
Now that one of our all-time driest years has drawn to a close, we at Castaic Lake Water Agency are reflecting proudly on the past year and our successes in providing the Santa Clarita Valley a reliable supply of quality water
As we begin the New Year it may help us all to think clearly about the expectations we have for ourselves and for those around us. Two questions will help get us started.
As a principal and former teacher, I put great stock in the power of education. The city of Santa Clarita shares this value and makes a point to provide quality educational programs for the entire community.
I want to wish you a very happy New Year. We all deserve it. Well, most do, I suspect.
Time for the annual New Year's column. I always write these things after the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy staff has left the offices for the day following the Christmas party.
The famous philosopher Daffy Duck had a saying: "Consequences, schmonsequences. ..."
This morning finds our society sitting right in the middle of two important nights. Just seven days separate them, but how we see them couldn't be more different.