In 1999, dreams were coming true all over Santa Clarita.
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.
Don't ask, don't tell. The policy is pretty self-explanatory.
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."
"Optimism Sweeps Nation."
We Dodger fans are a peculiar lot. Rooting for one of the great, storied franchises in Major League Baseball, Dodger fans are often victims of disappointment and frustration - but we always hope that next year will be better.
As Israel defends itself against Hamas terrorist attacks, critics are having a field day with the Jewish state.
Today millions around the world will gather with jersey-clad friends and family to eat and cheer their way through the Super Bowl. This championship of professional football in America has been the darling of the sports media for several weeks now, and finally the hoopla will give way to actual athletic competition.
As a principal, father, and member of the City Council, I can tell you firsthand that environment and behavior go hand in hand. If we want the best students, we must provide an environment that supports learning, connectivity with quality educators and opportunities to study.
Last week Governor Jerry Brown tied Earl Warren for the number of State of the State addresses any governor has given. While that is a personal milestone that he can be proud of, the content of his vision for California is infinitely more important.
The Sochi Winter Olympic Games, commencing February 7, are but a few days away. In 1896 the First Modern Olympics resurrected the ancient Greek tradition of bringing together the most talented athletes. Since then the Modern Olympics have managed to survive world conflicts and have endured WWI, WWII, the Cold War, and hopefully the War on Terror.
Why do people like Rev. Jeremiah Wright travel across America to exhort audiences to denigrate tea party Americans as racist?
The First Amendment of our nation's Constitution establishes five rights that the founding fathers considered so important, they listed them first in the Bill of Rights.
While the proverbial advice to "take each day as it comes" has some validity, it also masks the dangerous assumption that the choices we make today won't have consequential carry-over tomorrow. In fact, while it is both harmful and a waste of time to worry about the unknowns of the future, it is always wise to consider what effect my decisions today will have on the options available to me later.
As a former parks commissioner for the city of Santa Clarita, I am deeply passionate about ensuring our residents enjoy quality recreation facilities, beautiful outdoor space and a healthy way of life.
Ask yourself the honest question: Did you truly believe The Patient Protection Affordable Care Act, or ACA, was going to work as promised? If the answer is "yes," then did you earnestly think through the practical workings of the program?
Energizer Bunnies keep going and going and going – and for a time, it looked like Buck McKeon would be equally perpetual in motion to those furry little drumbeaters. The man is after all, 75, and still beating war drums while running circles around most of us. Yet now it seems that both Buck the man, and his underlying message of perpetual militarism may be running down, with time well deserved for some R and R away from the military industrial complex.
It's a story about how freedom is all.
People waiting to get New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's last pound of flesh may have a long wait, and not for the obvious reason.
There was a lot to talk about when House Speaker John Boehner appeared before reporters recently for the first time since the holiday break. There are continuing fights over Obamacare. Immigration reform. Appropriations bills. The debt ceiling. The Democratic push for the president's "inequality agenda."
Hundreds of millions of people will be following the 2014 Winter Olympics, even though the underwhelming motto ("Hot. Cool. Yours.") sounds less like a paean to athletic excellence than the sort of progression that accompanies a court-ordered paternity suit.
It is rare when we think deeply anymore. In too many ways, and in too many instances, we are becoming a people who let others do our thinking for us.