Monday was the celebration day of St. Claire, namesake of our Santa Clara River. St. Claire was a follower of St. Francis of Assisi, the Catholic saint known for his caring and kindness for the animals, as well as his human charges. St. Francis is the monk we often see in garden statues with a bird on his shoulder and small animals at his feet. His day in October is lovingly celebrated in many nations ...
An allegory: Pretend you're a lucky duck and live at - say, Lake Tahoe. You have a wonderful cabin, perched right on the shore of that crystal-clear lake. Your enchanting backyard features a cool green lawn sloping down to your own sandy beach. The lake's renowned cool water laps with small wavelets on your shore, as your own motorboat bobs playfully on the water, secured to your very own mooring just off shore. Your lakeside ...
I opened my last two columns with my thoughts on this being the best presidential election ever.
As my loyal fans (all two of them - thanks mom and dad!) are aware, when I'm not writing for The Mighty Signal I work as a labor and employment attorney, almost exclusively on the part of management.
One of our favorite folks in the SCV, Duane Harte has been named the 2008 Zonta Club of SCV Tribute honoree. The event will be held Nov. 7 at the Odyssey Restaurant in Mission Hills (a refreshing change from the Hyatt). Duane is an Un-Zon (the husband of a Zonta member) and the 2003 SCV Man of the Year. I'm sure the evening's tributes will feature Harte's 23 years of service with the U.S. Naval ...
Remember the good ol' days of summer when spending time with family and friends was the ultimate escape? Children filled the streets until after dark playing hide-and-seek, neighbors came together for potluck block parties, and Friday and Saturday nights included the faint whispers and laughter of kids camping in their backyards.
In certain far corners of the right, it is a near matter of patriotism to be a come-hell-or-high-water hyper-critic of the Clintons. Tales of the former president gallivanting about like an unzipped frat boy, and the seamless Clinton truth-bending, have empowered Republicans to do their part raising partisanship and spin to dizzying heights.
Candidates for public office must demonstrate they deserve the public's trust, and if elected, they must maintain that trust if they expect to stay in office. Or at least, that's the theory.
Reactive 1: of, relating to, or marked by reaction or reactance 2a: readily responsive to a stimulus b: occurring as a result of stress or emotional upset (reactive depression) Proactive 2 (pro- + reactive): acting in anticipation of future problems, needs, or changes - Merriam Webster Online Dictionary Two stories stand out in my memory regarding development during our family's 12-plus years in the Santa Clarita Valley. The first came from a former city editor ...
Last Friday, Aug. 1, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats ended debate on energy issues by abruptly adjourning.
As a lifelong outdoor lover, as well as a person who works in the environmental compliance arena, I've watched "Being Green" go through cycles of popularity. Sometimes caring for the planet is all the rage, and a few years later it's an afterthought.
When you're single, everyone asks when you're going to get a steady dating partner. When you're in a serious relationship, they ask when you're going to get married.
I had lunch with a very frustrated Republican the other day. The gentleman is a construction bond agent.
For some of you who have just returned from an alternate universe, we are holding our national elections this coming November.
Whine: To complain peevishly; to utter something in a high-pitched sound. A nation of whiners.
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.
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.