"We the People, of the United States, in order to form a more perfect onion, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty, to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
As most everyone knows, these immortal words are the preamble to our Constitution. They summarize the reasons why we need the most powerful document ever written. The reasons are as true and real today as when they were penned by James Madison in 1787.
I am always suspicious when a developer wants to annex into the city. I immediately ask myself "What is it in this development that not even the county would allow?" I watched the proposals for Valencia I and II be annexed in and then approved by the city in 2000.
This in from The New York Times regarding oil leviathan Exxon Mobil: "The company reported Friday that it beat its own record for the highest profits ever recorded by any company, with net income rising 3 percent to $40.6 billion, thanks to surging oil prices. The company's sales, more than $404 billion, exceeded the gross domestic product of 120 countries. Exxon Mobil earned more than $1,287 of profit for every second of 2007."
This year, the city of Santa Clarita is fortunate to have five qualified candidates seeking your vote for City Council member. On April 8, city residents will get an opportunity to elect two of these candidates to represent them on the City Council.
I have decided to boycott baseball this year. Stop the presses. Inform Leno that I am available this Thursday to explain my actions. Please hold the front page of The Signal for the story. I have had it. My two favorite passions, politics and baseball, have collided and baseball has lost.
There are three federally listed, endangered species in the Santa Clarita Valley. They are the Arroyo Southwestern Toad, Least Bell's Vireo, and the Unarmored Threespine Stickleback. The Southwestern Pond Turtle is not yet endangered but is considered threatened.
I am a 45-year-old father of three who lives, works and pays taxes in the Santa Clarita Valley. I took up skateboarding six years ago after a 20-year hiatus. It is one of the best things I have ever done for myself, both mentally and physically.
In just a few days some of the best names in golf - Tom Kite, Jay Haas, Fuzzy Zoeller, Tom Purtzer, Nick Price, Mark O'Meara, and Loren Roberts to name a few - will compete for a $1.6 million dollar purse as part of the annual AT&T Champions Classic taking place March 10-16 at the beautiful Valencia Country Club in Santa Clarita.
One does not hear much about the office of the vice president. It's kind of a nothing job with no real power. The vice president presides over the Senate and has no voting power except to break a tie. That has happened only 233 times in the history of our country. No, the framers of our Constitution did not have a clear concept for the office of the vice president. except to provide a successor in the event of the president's death, disability, or resignation.
After decades of nursing, family life and other interpersonal relationships, I have accepted something that many folks remain terribly uncomfortable with.
You wouldn't know that we have a housing downturn in Santa Clarita. Developers continue working on the many projects already approved here including the 2,500-unit West Creek Project, the 1,100-unit Riverpark project and the 900-unit Keystone project.
I think most of us understand that there are times when we are too close to a situation to see clearly. We are familiar with the sayings "He cannot see the wood for the trees" and "She cannot see the trees for the forest."
I was leading 12 fourth graders on the trail at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, where I am a docent, teaching kids about nature. We were standing under a California sycamore that would have provided shade if it were summer. It was a brisk winter morning, and I had need of a handkerchief. While I was in the process of handkerchiefing, one of the kids in front of me said, "What is that?" I replied, "It's a handkerchief." Another one said, "I've heard of them!"
Does the local community know what a hidden and rare gem it holds in its midst, in the form of the Henry Mayo Newhall Ambulatory Care Center, the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center and, especially, the rare and unique Dr. Gregory Senofsky?
You're familiar with the noise America has heard for a long time. It will continue, but it's easily unmasked.
The official arrival of summer is just weeks away. If you listen closely, you will soon be able to hear kids all over town chanting that classic phrase: "school's out for summer!"
Pulled out the paper this bright Monday morning and started reading. Of course, I have my bagel with strawberry cream cheese, oat bran cereal and tall glass of orange juice at the ready. I know how to start my holiday day.
While I was not yet living when it was fought, World War II has shaped so much of the world in which I have lived. It framed the whole idea of valor and courage and sacrificial service. And it wasn't only those who served in uniform who experienced the war, and felt that they played a vital part in bringing about a good and swift conclusion to it. In truth, we were a nation at war. Soldier and civilian were on the same team, working for a common goal, with mutual respect and honor.
I have watched helplessly in recent weeks and months with a growing sense of alarm, fearing that our generation is witnessing the death of one of the most vital pillars of liberty: the freedom of individual thought and the free exchange of ideas. While it's true that the First Amendment only protects people from government reprisals for speaking freely, social media and mass media lynch mobs are just as much a danger in a free society as any oppressive government.
Memorial Day is almost here and that means a three-day weekend for most Americans. The annual holiday in honor of the brave men and women who've died serving our country to keep us safe and free is also considered the unofficial start of summer! Flags will be raised in honor of those we've lost, while families and friends will gather for backyard barbeques, lawn games, and poolside fun.
Followers of this column know that five weeks ago my daughter Katie was struck by a motorcycle in India. Katie suffered severe traumatic brain injury; required emergency cranial surgery, was comatose two days, spent six days in the ICU, and subsequently required 16 further days of hospitalization to recover sufficiently well for the 24 hour jet trip back home. Landing at LAX, Katie immediately spent two days at UCLA for a thorough work up, followed by one month of outpatient cognitive and occupational rehab. Five days ago, virtually fully recovered,