Racist. Is there a more explosive word in the English language? It conjures some of the darkest images from human history. One hears it and is reminded of genocide and slavery. One thinks of an irrational, virulent hatred. One sees fools wearing swastikas or fools in white sheets. People fear the word because they know it can sink the unsinkable and break the unbreakable. Careers have crashed and burned over it. Reputations have been ruined. ...
Pets are an important part of many Santa Clarita residents' lives and, for many of us, pets are no less than bona fide members of the family.
More than 10 years ago, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers certified the Environmental Impact Report for Newhall Land and Farming's euphemistically titled "Natural River Management Plan."
The media is brimming full of commentary on "President Obama's First 100 Days." Most folks have already tired of the build-up.
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About six months ago a grass-roots effort started with a few folks at the city of Santa Clarita and various Santa Clarita Valley business owners, business organizations and media outlets. The basic idea was a good one: Help to promote shopping locally to boost the economic well-being of Santa Clarita.
In ancient Roman mythology, a beautiful youth named Narcissus spurned the love of a nymph named Echo, who consoled herself by pining away in barren glens until only her voice remained. Sounds rather like a Republican in Sacramento.
What's in a name? Quite a bit, if you're crafting a marketing campaign that's intended to boost the local economy on both sides of Santa Clarita's municipal border. Pick the wrong name and you shoot yourself in the foot. The lesson came home Friday when city and community leaders heard from representatives of the unincorporated parts of our valley who weren't comfortable with the slogan "Think Santa Clarita." That's not the message the city or ...
Would anybody like more tea? On "tax day" thousands of Californians took to the streets to protest high taxes and irresponsible government spending. Californians - as well as Americans from other states - are deeply concerned about the crushing weight of debt the government is putting on our children and grandchildren. For those of you who attended and spoke out at your local "tea party," I thank you and agree with you wholeheartedly. Californians are ...
In a day and age when it's very easy to judge a book by its cover, (especially if that cover is canvassed in tattoos and piercings), I have to say that I think tweens and teens get a bad rap.
You shall not make for yourself an idol. ... You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me.
On Jan. 31, 1996, I published an essay in The Wall Street Journal titled "A Magnificent Misfit." The article eulogized my father, a European physician who dedicated his life to his craft and died poor but debtless.
We live in an information age where the world is at our fingertips. We pay our bills, balance our checkbooks, diligently manage our credit and even do our taxes without help. In an instant, however, our personal information can be stolen, ruining years of hard work. Social Security and credit card numbers, bank account information, driver's licenses and other valuable data can be used against us if they fall into the wrong hands.
Having a couple of days to clear my mind regarding tax time and the "tea parties," I thought about the unbelievable good fortune and bounty many of us have.
We humans have a natural inclination to be tolerant. A normal, healthy individual is wired physiologically and psychologically to adapt to his or her environment. When our eyes encounter bright light, for example, the pupils will constrict automatically to reduce the offensive assault on our senses. Similarly, when we see an object of interest, the eye will dilate to take in more of the desirable image. On a different level, the body adapts more slowly. ...
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.
Winston Churchill is credited with reminding the world "those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it." History, being in many ways the succinct compilation of humanity's success and failures, has long been recognized as an essential part of any real education. Yet today we are fast becoming a nation that is not only ignorant of its past, but pleased about it.
Liberals at MSNBC and dozens of web sites are shocked at President Obama's "problem with his tone" in politically attacking Republicans over spending while a mentally ill murderer was gunning down citizens at the Navy Yard.
If you're a follower of the Huffington Post, you've probably read about Panera Bread founder and CEO Ron Shaich and his week-long commitment to spend no more than $4.50 a day on food, thus spotlighting the plight of the 49 million Americans on food stamps.
For California's illegal immigrants, September is off to a rewarding start.
While a lot about Syria remains unsettled, one fact is clear: President Obama has failed to convince the public and the Congress, that attacking the Assad regime is a good idea.
Recently, Vladimir Putin said something about Americans thinking that we are exceptional.