While Washington and Sacramento Republicans continue to vote against stimulus packages and budgets, we have been putting on our thinking caps about where such money should go, when and if we get it.
If ever there was a time for all of us to participate in philanthropy, this is it. What better way to support President Obama's call for individual sacrifice, personal responsibility and acknowledgement of the pain others may be suffering? There's a lot of need out there. You do not have to be rich to give. The best approach is to employ your intuition. What is it that moves you, that hits your heart? My wife ...
Dan Walters' article "California is incapacitated" (Jan. 17) is right on. Yes, we need a constitutional convention in California. I was closely involved in the effort to create a Constitutional Revision Commission in 1993, but saw the Wilson administration's bipartisan commission's work shot down by politicians who lack vision and feared for their own hides. Our state constitution, modeled on that of Iowa in 1879, has been amended more than 500 times and is a ...
In 1999, dreams were coming true all over Santa Clarita. The folks running College of the Canyons had long dreamed of a real theater to better accommodate the needs of its fine arts students. Local arts groups dreamed of a beautiful venue in which to produce performances for our community. Even the city of Santa Clarita was in on the dream, looking for a Performing Arts Center to attract touring groups to our increasingly popular ...
When it came to the environment, George W. Bush as president was not just a flop, but a maelstrom of menace, and the worst of it was his motivation - an intent to please evangelical nutcases who thought the apocalypse was coming soon anyway, and the sooner the better.
Even when things seem dark and dreary, it is still possible to find bright rays of sunshine in our culture and society. The other night was a perfect example.
First days on the job excite me. During my 24 years of "real" work, I only enjoyed this excitement seven times (not including transfers or promotions in the same company).
"The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature."
Pink slips and going-out-of-business signs are becoming all too common in our communities. With Los Angeles County's unemployment rate at 9.5 percent in December, the severity of this economic downturn is becoming even more visible in our neighborhoods. Already, hundreds of vital infrastructure projects - everything from highway expansions, school construction and levee repairs - have been stopped, putting even more Californians out of work. The nation's economic picture is grim, and some proposals to ...
Don't ask, don't tell. The policy is pretty self-explanatory. Gays choosing to serve in the armed forces in this country are called upon to keep their sexuality a private matter, and their commanders are not to question them about it. To some who support the homosexual lifestyle, this policy appears discriminatory and unfair, and they believe that it should not be allowed. In actuality, this policy was developed to protect homosexuals, their fellow troops and ...
As the year begins and the country welcomes a new president and a new Congress, some important unfinished business remains to be completed: Congressman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon's wilderness legislation benefiting Santa Clarita and other areas of importance to Southern Californians.
"The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese."
The Santa Clarita City Council cordially invites the community to attend a special groundbreaking event Monday at 3 p.m. for the last phase of the cross-valley connector, which will extend Golden Valley Road to Newhall Ranch Road, providing a connection to Bouquet Canyon over the Santa Clara River.
Yes, you are reading that correctly. A columnist for "Right Here, Right Now," a Republican piece, is praising our new president, who is a Democrat.
"Each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet."
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.
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.