I read Bruce McFarland's column in the April 21 Signal with shock and awe.
A few weekends ago, while waiting for a table at Chili's Grill and Bar, a Hell's Angel-looking dude practically yelled the Lord's name in vain over and over again. I asked the dude if he could lower his voice, or not blaspheme in front of my very impressionable 5-year-old son - who just wanted a Chili's grilled cheese sandwich. The dude said he earned the right to blaspheme. He was a reverend, he said.
Racist. Is there a more explosive word in the English language?
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?
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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.
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.
In my first 100 days at the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation, I've learned a lot more about the Santa Clarita Valley and about the unique economic development considerations that I think are our biggest strengths.