Really. Dick Cheney is the gift that keeps on giving.
Uncle Earl is probably my favorite relative. His penchant for seeing through the political haze and grasping the reality of a situation is an endearing trait that makes him fascinating to listen to - and read.
Sitting by the beautiful waters of the Colorado River, I should be serene. But I was foolish enough to read the July 16 edition of The Signal, containing Hart district Superintendent Jaime Castellanos' disingenuous statement to the Castaic community: "I've gone as far as I can go," a frustrated Castellanos told The Signal in an interview. "Now I need the support of the (Castaic Area) Town Council and the community to make this happen."
Editor's note: The House Committee on Education and Labor voted 26-22 Friday in favor of the Democratic-sponsored America's Affordable Health Choices Act. Congressman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, who serves on the committee, voted against the act. The legislation must clear the House Committee on Energy and Commerce before being voted on by the full House of Representatives.
In all the debate over what should be done to resolve the crisis in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, it's important the end result is an ecosystem solution that protects a variety of species - including people.
So you say you want a Castaic high school?
Every Sunday morning and Thursday afternoon our city hosts a real farmers market. Visiting the market in Newhall has become an enjoyable Thursday afternoon ritual for me.
As the May 19 special election made clear, Californians are fed up with the budget shenanigans in Sacramento.
This column isn't about Sarah Palin. It's about us and how we dysfunctionally relate to her dysfunctions.
There was a time in the past when a continental power rose to world dominance.
When I was a younger fellow, I learned about a unique little marketing trick called "bait and switch."
I have, on occasion, been told the ending to a movie I wanted to see or a book I was reading.
Say what you will about Carrie Prejean - the former, then reinstated, and again former - Miss California, but I must grant kudos for her on the fly invention of the term "opposite" marriage to describe traditional marriage between a man and a woman.
In the July 2, 2009, Signal, local environmental activist Lynne Plambeck urges us to support the Democrat "cap and trade" legislation that would put energy utilization under government control.
I am writing to correct a verifiable and completely incorrect statement made by Carole Lutness in her most recent Opinion column ("Conflicts of interest and other sorts," July 7).
Christmas' respite with feelings of joy, good spirit and warmth of home, hearth and family have passed, and now we face the reality of much uncertainty focused on our families' health care.
By the time you read this column, Christmas will have passed and we will be looking forward to celebrating the New Year.
The year 2013 was a roller coaster of contrasts with some surprises. Here's a best and worst list:
As the new year approaches, many of us in the dimly lit brotherhood of computer clumsoids (and our number is legion) feel the sharp prod of IT experts who blow themselves blue encouraging we Luddites to change passwords once a year like smoke alarm batteries or high school girlfriends or underwear on "Duck Dynasty."
Paul Ryan is now polling first in Iowa for the next presidential election. If Ryan is encouraged by this news, he is not much of a student of recent political history. Polling first in Iowa more than two years prior to the state's overhyped, first-in-the-nation caucuses is a bit like being told by the guy at the convenience store that the lottery ticket he just sold you is the winner. Take it with a huge grain of salt.
I find comfort and inspiration in music -- all kinds of music. So when I see how obsessed the media have become with the 2016 U.S. presidential election -- barely a year after the last one -- I'm reminded of the Steve Miller Band's "Fly Like an Eagle." The chorus goes, "Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin' into the future."
In this season of fighting over the true meaning of the season, I offer my short (and admittedly incomplete) list of things which could make the world a better place all year round:
This just in from the North Pole: Santa says that his home is ice free!
One of the hardest things in life is being ignored, bypassed, or dismissed. We all appreciate being appreciated, and when we contribute we ought to be acknowledged as having been part of making something meaningful happen.
As we look back on 2013, it will likely be remembered as the year the rubber began hitting the road with regards to Obamacare. The failure of the website was epic, but it is minutia compared to the flaws in the law.
In 2013, Santa Clarita continued to rise above the challenges of the Great Recession, helping to build a strong community.
Most Americans have read or heard about the recent tragedy involving two young men in the fatal car crash in the Valencia industrial park here in the Santa Clarita Valley.
This time of year is especially noted for being filled with family gatherings, holiday shopping, gift giving and school vacations. A sense of joy and goodwill permeates our little valley as it does in many communities throughout the world.
At a recent seminar I listened as the presenter explained the social phenomenon now understood as "expanding adolescence." It's quite simple. While in the 1950's the life stage known as adolescence was defined as the 12-18 age period, it is now recognized that adolescence often expands up to 30 years of age. And if you just take a careful look around, you'll see this is no hair-brained idea.