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.
"Show me a young conservative and I'll show you someone with no heart. Show me an old liberal and I'll show you someone with no brains."
As many families across the state know first hand, our economy is in crisis. Households are increasingly finding it hard to make ends meet with spikes in the price of gas ticking $5 a gallon, grocery bills that are taking up more and more of the family budget, home prices that are dropping, and the mortgage crunch affecting us all.
Why did I not support a Republican candidate for president in 2008? Anyone with a fully functioning brain would conclude we needed to turn away from eight years of "Bushenfreude." (Sorry, Sen. McCain.) Why did I not support Hillary Clinton? Simple. From earliest days she and/or her handlers based their primary campaign not on any enthusiasm for the actual candidate but a kind of Mafioso-type thuggery of complete arrogance: "I deserve this so get on ...
"The world is dying from a lack of love." - Barbara Mary Muhl Bullies form us. It ought not to be so. It is. In a seeming universe away this week, 10 gunmen inflicted their sick will on the ancient jewel once known as Bombay. At last count, 171 were murdered in Mumbai, India, some 300 more injured. At home, our outlying friends in Acton are famous for nearly becoming the state capital. Today, the ...
There is a groundswell of support up and down California for an electric transmission project that promises to move the state toward greater reliance on renewable, "green" energy.
I am an educator. My intent in founding Monticello Preparatory School has been to provide an alternative quality education for the students and families of a community that I have come to admire and love.
Providing a wide variety of avenues for residents to communicate with their city has long been a hallmark of Santa Clarita.
Historians certainly like to second-guess the bad thing. The most frequent example revolves around avoiding World War II by subverting the rise of Adolf Hitler.
In 2004, when I made my first trip to the Painted Turtle Camp in Lake Hughes, I knew I was in for something special.
I'm glad to feel the taste of fall in the air. It would be nice if the weather stayed this mild!
Each year around this time I devote a column to the Santa Clarita Chapter of Pet Assistance Foundation. I do it because I love dogs (and other pets), and I wholly support the good work that Pet Assistance does, including its seasonal tradition of more than 15 years, Pet Photos with Santa. I hope that you'll embrace that cause as well.
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.
Recently the pharmaceutical giant Merck announced it will cut 8,500 jobs in an effort to remain competitive in a rapidly changing drug industry. Earlier this year, Merck announced plans to cut 7,500 jobs, bringing the total of workers let go to 16,000. In all, Merck intends to lay off one out of every five of its employees.
Editor's note: This student column was submitted as part of a group project to commemorate Day of the Girl in the Santa Clarita Valley on Friday. The students from Huckleberry Learning Center have requested a proclamation from the city, and their art work has been featured on the national DayoftheGirl.org website.
On Oct. 1, 2013, the Republican Party shut down the United States government. On Oct. 1, 2013, the Democratic Party expanded the availability of health insurance for millions of Americans.
A friend of mine was recently asked to address a group of business people on the theme of optimism. His very successful career in both the video game and television industries was often summarized in terms of his seemingly unconquerable optimism. He asked me what I thought about the subject and it got me thinking.
Just in time for Halloween, we have what we are told is a truly terrifying and dangerous situation on our hands. Ladies and gentlemen, I don't know if you have heard, but the federal government has shut down due to a disagreement among Washington legislators over spending - or, rather, not spending.
"Mommy, Joshua took my toy and he won't give it back!"
This summer, shortly after turning 53, I finally "upgraded" to bifocal eyeglasses, and I must admit that I am underwhelmed.
Are we a nation with a food shortage? No. Are we a nation with hungry people? Yes. Why? Good question.
Much has been written about the nation's aging infrastructure and what our elected officials should be doing, but the solution to one problem lies squarely with the consumer.
"Who needs religious freedom?" It's a necessary, if often unasked, question.
It's likely that the most difficult period you've experienced in your life has been the Great Recession of 2007–2009 and the grindingly slow "recovery" thereafter.
SANTA CLARITA - Now the third largest city in Los Angeles County, Santa Clarita is home to more than 203,000 residents, 6,000+ businesses, thousands of acres of open space, and more than 30 parks. As our city matures and evolves, the principle of community involvement that led to incorporation in 1987 remains at the heart of Santa Clarita's plans for the future of our great city.
A primary component of Obamacare is the funding of it. That is a mega-daunting task.