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."
Parents, do you know where your teachers are?
When someone wins an election narrowly, probably one should never overanalyze the results. Especially in the Santa Clarita Valley, once a former and future candidate puts on the armor of incumbency, the race that placed them in that rarified place probably carries little meaning.
On Oct. 30, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger stood beside Vice President Joe Biden as he announced that nearly 1 million jobs had either been created or retained, as a result of the approximately $160 billion that had thus far been appropriated to state and local governments, businesses, school districts and other nonprofit organizations from the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
This past Monday, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger estimated that on top of the existing $7.4 billion budget shortfall projected for fiscal year 2010-11, California will suffer a budget gap of $5 billion to $7 billion this fiscal year.
The acronym NIMBY (Not in My Backyard) is often used in a pejorative sense by developers and others trying to promote one project or another over the legitimate concerns of local residents.
"Why can't Barack make up his mind in Afghanistan? What's taking him so long?"
Hey, all you Democrats and liberals out there! Are you happy now? The vile and insidious budget trick put in place by the state of California is now coming to fruition.
"Life without liberty is like a body without a spirit."
In the kick-butt second Star Trek movie installment, "The Wrath of Khan" Captain Kirk introduced the Star Fleet Academy simulation exercise "Kobayashi Maru."
On your mark, get set - go!
On Nov. 10, 1775, the Continental Congress passed a resolution stating that "two battalions of Marines be raised" for service as landing forces with the fleet. Their first amphibious raid into the Bahamas took place in March 1776 under the command of Capt. (later Major) Samuel Nicholas. Nicholas, the first commissioned officer in the Continental Marines, is considered to be the first Marine Commandant.
For many years the Whittaker-Bermite facility made ordnance in the Santa Clarita Valley for the military. This 996-acre property, located off Soledad Canyon Road in the center of our city, is still polluting our groundwater with the chemicals used to make those bombs.
One of the most profound rights we have as citizens is the right to petition. The First Amendment of our Constitution "prohibits Congress from abridging or prohibiting the right of the people ... to petition the government for a redress of grievances."
I read Gary Horton's April 30 column on his experience with the Affordable Care Act ("American Medicine has become a joke") and decided to share a story.
In every ordered and civilized society the rule of law plays an essential role. Given that human nature is too often selfish and sometimes even cruel, laws are enacted to declare the boundaries between right and wrong. Laws form the lens through which society views the actions of those individuals who choose to live in the group.
Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.
Someone has rightly said that a true friend is one who walks in when everyone else is walking out. In most areas of life, tragedy and trial bring truth to the surface. Your true character is best seen in the worst of situations, when the façade falls away and you no longer can hide who you are. When it comes to friendships, hard times bring out the reality of the relationship.
Ever since I moved to Santa Clarita nearly 28 years ago, I've always appreciated our community's clean streets, wide open spaces and active lifestyle.
In the 1976 movie "Network," Peter Finch delivers the famous line, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore."