No matter how many times liberals try to tell us the Republicans are to blame for the financial mess we find ourselves in, the claim is false.
My wife always warns me not to write columns about God. Sorry, dear. As a member of the SCV Interfaith Council, active in our local political arena and offered a writing platform (thank you, Signal), I feel obliged to begin a discussion anytime religious and political considerations cross paths. The Santa Clarita City Council voted to add "In God We Trust" to council chambers and other buildings. The phrase could also find its way onto ...
How could you embarrass us this way, George? The latest revelations about your first 100 days in office are truly shocking. They cover the wire services and fill the evening news. Couldn't your press secretary have managed this better? Where were your perception doctors and spin-control? Was Karl Rove on vacation? How many gaffes did you make? Of course, we in the media will be more than happy to report on them now. It sells ...
We've all been victims of a bait and switch: a sales tactic in which an item is used to attract customers who, once lured, find themselves receiving something different than what was offered.
Several weeks ago The Signal published an opinion piece by Brian Roney titled "Annexation held for ransom." It was an amazingly uninformed piece on the annexation process.
An epiphany occurred early this week. A vision of clarity struck me while reviewing the agenda for the May 12 Santa Clarita City Council meeting, specifically the item regarding a plebiscite for the inclusion of the words "In God We Trust" on the city of Santa Clarita logo.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has recently been traveling across the state, arguing for the passage of the six propositions on Tuesday's statewide special election ballot. He has called the package a needed "budget reform."
The city of Santa Clarita City Council recently approved an unprecedented 21-Point Business Plan for Progress, investing more than $5.1 million in new programs and incentives aimed at boosting the local economy now and well into the future.
A Signal article last week quoted Dan Masnada, general manager of Castaic Lake Water Agency, as saying there would be adequate water to serve Newhall Land's Newhall Ranch development.
Thursday was the memorial service and funeral for Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy Robert Corrales, who was stationed at the Santa Clarita Courthouse for more than a decade and died April 23.
Everything financial is in turmoil. In this recession, what we're really facing is an urgent, pressing need to renew ourselves, our businesses and our government. We're challenged with doing more with less, to wring out waste and inefficiencies from everything. California, in particular, faces an Armageddon-like budget crisis. Without heavy new taxes, drastic cuts or seriously substantial reform, California's budget is like a passenger train speeding its partying passengers straight off the tracks into the ...
By now, the entire baseball world is aware that Dodgers left fielder Manny Ramirez tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug hCG. Human chorionic gonadotropin, hCG, is a female reproductive chemical that stimulates the production of testosterone in males.
Before the passage of the largest tax increase in the state's history last February, Californians already shouldered some of the highest tax burdens in the nation.
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." This is the line Charles Dickens used to open his novel "A Tale of Two Cities." It could just as easily be used to describe the situation for people who benefit from the marvels of modern medicine, yet find it difficult to afford the high costs of those prescription drugs. This Mother's Day is the best of times to help your mom save ...
So Joe Messina, everyone's "fun uncle," decided to run for William S. Hart Union High School District school board again, for the fourth - yes, fourth - time.
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.
If you have a 401K or any money in the stock market, you can thank the Republican Party for a big chunk of it disappearing in the days to come: barring a last-minute miracle, today will be the first day of the government shutdown caused by the GOP's latest example of politics by extortion.
To be or not to be! That is the question. To be held hostage by the cable company monopolies has become outrageous and disgusting.
NORTH CONWAY, N.H. - Over the years the residents of this town tucked into a shoulder of the White Mountains have filled the pages of the local newspaper with heated comments about zoning, a bypass highway, a new school and who deserves to win the New Hampshire primary.
SANTA CLARTA - I'm not good at talking to audiences. I don't like talking to audiences. When I am excited, I talk quickly and in a painfully high pitch. When I am emotional, not even my parents, who've had 20 years to learn, can understand my words.
The fact is, everything stands or falls on leadership. Leaders understand the importance of bringing people together to accomplish more than any could do alone. The best leaders are able to recognize future challenges and opportunities, assess and use their team's strengths while protecting their weaknesses, and mobilize efforts in the right way when crises arise. But more than anything else, good leaders have a laser-like focus on the mission they have been charged to accomplish.
Our federal government has been tough on those who would do intentional harm to our nation and its people. Gitmo is filled with "suspected terrorists" - from taxi drivers found in the wrong place at the wrong time to actual bad guys who would slash us with box cutters or far worse if given a chance.
I read and watch a lot of detective stories, and the type I really enjoy are place-centered. The ones where the crimesolver's hometown is as much a part of the story as the crime that starts the story rolling. New York, Chicago, L.A. and San Francisco have more than their fair share of detectives. So does London, and for some reason, rural England. The butler rarely does it, but mystery readers seem to really love ...
Nothing clarifies the mind of politicians like a fear of defeat at the ballot box. And nothing stokes such a fear more than watching an upset happen in a supposedly blue state. So with all the bitter arguments inside the conservative movement and Republican Party over health care and budget strategy, I offer a simple plea for unity of purpose around a common cause - elect Steve Lonegan to the United States Senate in New Jersey on Wednesday, October 16.
Congress has a number of deadlines, but then again, everyone has them. The trick is to deal with deadlines before they loom. It's a lesson many parents teach their children.
Like millions of Americans, I've become a "Duck Dynasty" fan.
"Heal wounds, warm hearts." That's what one sinner said the Catholic Church needs to do in the world today.
Editor's note: This column by Congressman McKeon was published in The Moscow Times on Sept. 17.
My Uncle Earl is probably similar to one of your relatives. You know the one I mean. That one person who is loud, annoying, opinionated, and boorish. But, occasionally, he says the things you really want to say.