The holidays are upon us once again and a host of fantastic opportunities perfectly suited to the season are available to all of Santa Clarita in downtown Newhall.
At first celebrated only sporadically in remembrance of the gift of food by native Americans to the new settlers at Plymouth Rock in the winter of 1621, Thanksgiving was not permanently established until 1863.
Last week, all-around good guy and Signal business columnist Frank Norton wrote that perhaps it's time we give up on our Golden State for the greener pasture "low tax" states of Texas, Nevada and locales further afield.
I'm cheering for health care reform, even though I'm resigned to a debate heavily influenced by special interests. This chapter of American history would turn Jimmy Stewart's Mr. Smith into a die-hard cynic.
Bad decisions. We all make them. Some have limited consequences while others are far-reaching.
Organized Labor has a long and storied history in America. Approximately 1 in 10 Americans claim they are a member of one. But as the economy that tanked in late 2007 continues to resist a rebound, Americans are beginning to ask themselves if labor unions are part of the solution or a big part of the problem.
On Nov. 3, persons living in the parts of the Santa Clarita Valley outside the city limits of Santa Clarita could exercise their right to vote yes or no on three separate initiatives relating to governance.
The axiom that the world's destiny is in the hands of bankers and industrialists is never more evident than in wartime. The lords of capital and the cannon merchants thrive on the menace of conflict and the conduct of war. They prosper when the first shots ring out. No sooner do hostilities cease than they itch for another war, another opportunity to pillage the national treasury.
I have a dream that one day this valley will rise up and unite the historic assets that encircle it.
The city of Santa Clarita's Sports Complex buzzes with activity every day, as residents enjoy its numerous quality recreational facilities and programs.
Recently the governor signed new water legislation that hopefully will help solve California's growing water problem.
If you study the United States' budget since the end of WWII, it is clear that it has gradually become dominated by the military. Defense Department expenditures will exceed three quarters of a trillion dollars this year alone.
Santa Clarita residents will have the opportunity to select three City Council members early next year. If our last election is any indication, we may be doomed to empower some of the wrong officials once again.
"Steven, I don't care what they say, I'm not going to change."
Hillel the Elder, the first-century BCE rabbi, summed up the legal and ethical foundation of Judaism with the command, "What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor." Luke 6:31 preaches: "Treat others as you want them to treat you." The Koran instructs: "No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself."
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,