A 14-year-old special-needs student with developmental issues commits suicide in his high school bathroom. This was a tragic story recently reported in the local newspapers, heard on the radio and whispered over lunch tables.
Boy doesn't fall for my Santa Claus At 5:15 p.m. on Wed., Dec. 24, I dressed up as Santa Claus to surprise my 5-year-old son during Christmas Eve festivities with extended family. "The suit looks amazingly real," my wife said before I made my appearance. According to other guests, I made a wonderful jolly old St. Nick. My son agreed when he saw me. "I love your Santa Claus suit, dad," he said the instant ...
There I was, perched atop my father's shoulders, from where I caught my one fleeting glimpse of John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
Though it read like an advertisement, Rebecca Cranert's three-quarter-page "Myths vs. facts, Hasley Canyon Private School" was in The Signal's Oct. 5 opinion pages, so I am moved to respond regarding the points raised by Mrs. Cranert.
It was a dark and stormy night. Well, it wasn't exactly storming outside, but this story works better with wind and pouring rain, lightning and thunder-KABAM! BAM! "No, don't go up there," my wife warned me. Her forewarning came too late - 32 years too late. I'm a man, after all. I was born stubborn. "Why are you looking at me like that?" my wife asked as I stared her down. Even my son seemed ...
My favorite button-up blouse betrayed me on Christmas morning me and spit what was once a delicately located button into the mirror and back at my face.
Smugly we've watched National Geographic Specials. We've giggled at primitive peoples with bones through their noses and yard-long skinny gourds covering unmentionables as they argue about pig festivals.
This holiday season there are no excuses. There is not the slightest amount of justification to drink and drive - ever. Yet there are those among us who will face a situation where that fateful decision will be made; whether or not to get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol.
My family and I were privileged to live nearly four years in Canada and the United Kingdom, where we became acquainted with the holiday of "Boxing Day."
Have you noticed that whenever Obama's pastor, wife, terrorist friends, corrupt cronies or other assorted glimpses into his personal life are mentioned, Obama tries to change the subject by suggesting that these references are distractions or snippets and/or efforts to tarnish his otherwise impeccable character with gestures of "guilt by association"?
Dear Friends, Family and Parole Officer Detective Bartell: This can't be 20 years I've been sending out the Xmas letter. But I checked 'cause 20 years ago November I was birthing Bobby Dale behind the Antelope Valley Grange. I can't believe I'm nearly 34. I can't say 2008's been a kind year to our Antelope Valley kin, but we've relished some small moral victories. As you may already have seen from the windows of Walmart, ...
This year, worries over the economy have slowed us all down a bit. For many, there's that nagging concern about whether we will have a job next year or just how slow our business will get.
For many years, water agencies used polluted water from wells contaminated with ammonium perchlorate to calculate the water supply for new development in Santa Clarita. After a successful lawsuit by the Sierra Club and the Friends of the Santa Clara River, Castaic Lake Water Agency had to disclose the quantity of polluted water and when it would be cleaned up. Of course, future projections do not always pan out. Development has proceeded, but the clean-up ...
Oh, the weather outside is frightful Highway Five is not delightful We're stopped and parked with nowhere to go When it snows, when it snows, when it snows ... Last week, Winter Wonderland descended on our previously warm and cozy SCV. Far and wide across the valley, all donned boots and scarves and beanies, braving the blustery weather to school, to work - or the coffee shop. A stiff chill every now and again makes ...
My husband Vince was so cute out in the front yard with his grey hoodie and gold coat trying to dig our car out of its snow wedgy.
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.