I developed a minor reputation over the years in the SCV for what some thought an impressive ability to prognosticate on the outcome of local elections.
Using the carrot rather than the stick
Increasing water use efficiency is anything but a pipe dream - and Santa Clarita Valley residents have already proven it.
According to the Alliance for Health Reform, a non-partisan group, health care costs tripled between 1990 and 2007, and with no changes will account for 25 percent of the nation's economy by the year 2025.
As the Los Angeles County Fire Department reportedly set back fires to burn even some of the beloved natural area parks in La Canada neighborhoods, we at SCOPE wondered about our own city's efforts to surround our urban area with green spaces.
One of the people who responded to Buck McKeon's August telephone town hall, as reported in The Signal, asked the Congressman, "Where in the Constitution does it say I have to be this compassionate and provide people these things?"
Watching a "60 Minutes" segment in March on the Remote Area Volunteer Medical Corp greatly moved me. I researched RAM for my summer communications class at College of the Canyons.
There are times when partisan politics needs to be set aside. What has happened to the funding for our Santa Clarita Valley Domestic Violence Center, and other such centers statewide, is a good example.
His calls usually come in the dead of night, around 2 a.m. His clever reasoning is that no one is awake and he can speak to me confidentially.
Next month, California will recognize October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Unfortunately, we will also recognize the disastrous impacts that recent budget cuts have had on domestic violence centers here in the Santa Clarita Valley, and throughout California.
Recently, a local blogger "discovered" the Santa Clarita Valley Facilities Foundation and its connection to school site acquisition for the William S. Hart Union High School District.
Last year the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation named the city of Santa Clarita the "most business friendly city in Los Angeles County."
We live in an information age where the world is at our fingertips.
Tiffany and Ryan didn't do well on the SAT's. Sure, teens have distractions like e-mail and texting, coping with surging hormone levels, distancing themselves from their uncool parents and siblings, honing social skills, and experimenting with newfound independence.
Regarding her starving subjects, Marie Antoinette is popularly reported as having said, "Let them eat cake."
You're familiar with the noise America has heard for a long time. It will continue, but it's easily unmasked.
The official arrival of summer is just weeks away. If you listen closely, you will soon be able to hear kids all over town chanting that classic phrase: "school's out for summer!"
Pulled out the paper this bright Monday morning and started reading. Of course, I have my bagel with strawberry cream cheese, oat bran cereal and tall glass of orange juice at the ready. I know how to start my holiday day.
While I was not yet living when it was fought, World War II has shaped so much of the world in which I have lived. It framed the whole idea of valor and courage and sacrificial service. And it wasn't only those who served in uniform who experienced the war, and felt that they played a vital part in bringing about a good and swift conclusion to it. In truth, we were a nation at war. Soldier and civilian were on the same team, working for a common goal, with mutual respect and honor.
I have watched helplessly in recent weeks and months with a growing sense of alarm, fearing that our generation is witnessing the death of one of the most vital pillars of liberty: the freedom of individual thought and the free exchange of ideas. While it's true that the First Amendment only protects people from government reprisals for speaking freely, social media and mass media lynch mobs are just as much a danger in a free society as any oppressive government.
Memorial Day is almost here and that means a three-day weekend for most Americans. The annual holiday in honor of the brave men and women who've died serving our country to keep us safe and free is also considered the unofficial start of summer! Flags will be raised in honor of those we've lost, while families and friends will gather for backyard barbeques, lawn games, and poolside fun.
Followers of this column know that five weeks ago my daughter Katie was struck by a motorcycle in India. Katie suffered severe traumatic brain injury; required emergency cranial surgery, was comatose two days, spent six days in the ICU, and subsequently required 16 further days of hospitalization to recover sufficiently well for the 24 hour jet trip back home. Landing at LAX, Katie immediately spent two days at UCLA for a thorough work up, followed by one month of outpatient cognitive and occupational rehab. Five days ago, virtually fully recovered,