After they got their clocks cleaned in the 2012 election, the Republican Party held a well-documented post-mortem on their losses: they analyzed how they'd miscalculated so badly and turned off so many different segments of the electorate and tried to figure out how to move forward so they could recapture those lost votes.
I don't understand what they are thinking. I speak of the nearly 37 million Americans who owe roughly $1 trillion total in student-loan debt - most of it federal student-loan debt. And that's for loans taken out before the interest rate on new, federally subsidized student loans doubled a little over a week ago. The numbers are staggering. According to the informational nonprofit American Student Assistance, the average student-loan balance stands at around $24,300. A ...
I just received a notice in the mail letting me know that Santa Clarita water customers have an additional 30 days to write and send comments in on the Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District Chloride Compliance Facilities Plan and Environmental Impact Report. My comment is this: It's not needed and even if it were, it's not solely Santa Clarita ratepayers that are responsible for allegedly higher than acceptable chloride levels.
Thursday, July 11 is World Population Day. The annual observation grew out of the "Day of Five Billion" July 11, 1987, recognized as the date human population reached that staggering number.
In the course of human events it is necessary, now and again, to reaffirm some of the thoughts and principles we have lost sight of.
"We got a thousand points of light For the homeless man We got a kinder, gentler, Machine gun hand We got department stores and toilet paper Got styrofoam boxes for the ozone layer Got a man of the people, says keep hope alive Got fuel to burn, got roads to drive. Keep on rockin' in the free world, Keep on rockin' in the free world" - Neil Young Well, that was a poignant piece of ...
Have you ever thrown something out, like a Rembrandt etching or an old Tiffany lamp, only to find out later that it was worth tens of thousands of dollars?
I wrote a Signal piece in May about supporting our Santa Clarita Valley Domestic Violence Center. I had asked our readers to consider donating, supporting, and even being trained as "domestic violence advocates" and help put an end to this secret American epidemic. Our center serves thousands of victims a year.
It was graduation weekend at George Washington University, where Steve has taught for the last 23 years. At a brunch for students and their families, one group stood out: a half-dozen women in brightly colored hijabs, traditional Muslim headscarves.
I hope you enjoy your watermelon, fireworks and parades this Independence Day. I'm sort of burned out on the holiday.
John Roberts is a very patient man. Thirty years ago, as a young lawyer in Ronald Reagan's Justice Department, he wrote memos attacking a landmark civil rights law that was enacted to ensure that all Americans, regardless of color, had the right to vote.
While everyone wants to engage in an employment situation that is satisfying, noble, and even fun, the sad truth is that most end up on jobs that are just plain work.
There are many things I look forward to each summer in Santa Clarita, and the Concerts in the Park series is on my list of favorite ways to enjoy a Saturday evening.
I don't know what President Obama was thinking. Speaking recently in Northern Ireland, he said Catholic schools are divisive: "If towns remain divided - if Catholics have their schools and buildings and Protestants have theirs, if we can't see ourselves in one another and fear or resentment are allowed to harden - that too encourages division and discourages cooperation." Begorrah! What was he thinking? I was lucky to attend a Catholic elementary school through the ...
Before speaking to the issue at hand, let us review the sad state of affairs of the California Republican Party, to wit:
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.
While a lot about Syria remains unsettled, one fact is clear: President Obama has failed to convince the public and the Congress, that attacking the Assad regime is a good idea.
Recently, Vladimir Putin said something about Americans thinking that we are exceptional.
Those first few steps in the morning are surprisingly painful. It feels as if someone has hammered a 10-pound nail into the middle of your heel.
California and Texas are the Red Sox and Yankees of interstate rivalries. The biggest blue state and the big, bad red state love to hate each other, but they are fighting on the same side against the expensive and useless burden of over-testing.
It appears as if there is some confusion among conservatives regarding how our government works and its role in the lives of Americans, as well as its role in the world in general.
His neck and underarms were swollen. His skin itched, particularly on his arms. Sleeping at night was impossible.
I don't think my relationship with AM radio is particularly unique.
My family spent many years in the Middle East because of my Dad's occupation. He was a hydro-geologist, which means he's a guy who found water. Think divining stick with a little bit of science.
We all know Santa Clarita is a great place to live, but what makes it special is different for everyone.
Leadership is an essential component in a president, especially when facing military conflict.
There is a danger in being as glib as Sen. Ted Cruz, the winner of several national debating awards in college.
I became upset when I got word.
Think about the last time you were in a giant chain bookstore, with its aisles of best-sellers, its huge children's section, its walls of mysteries and rooms of romances. It's got all the classics, along with stacks of photo and art books you can flip through, page-turners that will keep you up all night, books you will read through in one sitting, business books, self-help books, spiritual books, how-to books - something for everyone.