Uncle Earl is probably my favorite relative. His penchant for seeing through the political haze and grasping the reality of a situation is an endearing trait that makes him fascinating to listen to - and read.
Sitting by the beautiful waters of the Colorado River, I should be serene. But I was foolish enough to read the July 16 edition of The Signal, containing Hart district Superintendent Jaime Castellanos' disingenuous statement to the Castaic community: "I've gone as far as I can go," a frustrated Castellanos told The Signal in an interview. "Now I need the support of the (Castaic Area) Town Council and the community to make this happen."
Editor's note: The House Committee on Education and Labor voted 26-22 Friday in favor of the Democratic-sponsored America's Affordable Health Choices Act. Congressman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, who serves on the committee, voted against the act. The legislation must clear the House Committee on Energy and Commerce before being voted on by the full House of Representatives.
In all the debate over what should be done to resolve the crisis in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, it's important the end result is an ecosystem solution that protects a variety of species - including people.
So you say you want a Castaic high school?
Every Sunday morning and Thursday afternoon our city hosts a real farmers market. Visiting the market in Newhall has become an enjoyable Thursday afternoon ritual for me.
As the May 19 special election made clear, Californians are fed up with the budget shenanigans in Sacramento.
This column isn't about Sarah Palin. It's about us and how we dysfunctionally relate to her dysfunctions.
There was a time in the past when a continental power rose to world dominance.
When I was a younger fellow, I learned about a unique little marketing trick called "bait and switch."
I have, on occasion, been told the ending to a movie I wanted to see or a book I was reading.
Say what you will about Carrie Prejean - the former, then reinstated, and again former - Miss California, but I must grant kudos for her on the fly invention of the term "opposite" marriage to describe traditional marriage between a man and a woman.
In the July 2, 2009, Signal, local environmental activist Lynne Plambeck urges us to support the Democrat "cap and trade" legislation that would put energy utilization under government control.
I am writing to correct a verifiable and completely incorrect statement made by Carole Lutness in her most recent Opinion column ("Conflicts of interest and other sorts," July 7).
The city of Santa Clarita's Concerts in the Park series is one of the most popular summertime traditions year after year. Spanning multiple genres, the 2009 talent lineup features returning favorites and first-time bands including popular tribute bands and high-energy performers, ensuring eight weeks of non-stop fun for the whole family.
Working to recruit new businesses to the Santa Clarita Valley, I come across a lot of misconceptions about our valley.
Most folks understand that the tax policies of the past 30 years have created a great wealth disparity in the United States.
Republicans think they get unfairly labeled as the party of the wealthy, a party that tricks working-class voters into voting against their own economic self-interest by exploiting cultural wedge issues.
Punxsutawney Phil must be stopped. The lovable little groundhog must be stopped.
I believe the Republican Party's psychic break happened the moment their "compassionate conservative" economic philosophy melted the world's economy. President George W. Bush, the champion of deregulation, bailed out the banks and then offered: "I've abandoned free market principles to save the free market system."
Today millions around the world will gather with jersey-clad friends and family to eat and cheer their way through the Super Bowl. This championship of professional football in America has been the darling of the sports media for several weeks now, and finally the hoopla will give way to actual athletic competition.
As a principal, father, and member of the City Council, I can tell you firsthand that environment and behavior go hand in hand. If we want the best students, we must provide an environment that supports learning, connectivity with quality educators and opportunities to study.
Last week Governor Jerry Brown tied Earl Warren for the number of State of the State addresses any governor has given. While that is a personal milestone that he can be proud of, the content of his vision for California is infinitely more important.
The Sochi Winter Olympic Games, commencing February 7, are but a few days away. In 1896 the First Modern Olympics resurrected the ancient Greek tradition of bringing together the most talented athletes. Since then the Modern Olympics have managed to survive world conflicts and have endured WWI, WWII, the Cold War, and hopefully the War on Terror.
Why do people like Rev. Jeremiah Wright travel across America to exhort audiences to denigrate tea party Americans as racist?
The First Amendment of our nation's Constitution establishes five rights that the founding fathers considered so important, they listed them first in the Bill of Rights.
While the proverbial advice to "take each day as it comes" has some validity, it also masks the dangerous assumption that the choices we make today won't have consequential carry-over tomorrow. In fact, while it is both harmful and a waste of time to worry about the unknowns of the future, it is always wise to consider what effect my decisions today will have on the options available to me later.
As a former parks commissioner for the city of Santa Clarita, I am deeply passionate about ensuring our residents enjoy quality recreation facilities, beautiful outdoor space and a healthy way of life.
Ask yourself the honest question: Did you truly believe The Patient Protection Affordable Care Act, or ACA, was going to work as promised? If the answer is "yes," then did you earnestly think through the practical workings of the program?
Energizer Bunnies keep going and going and going – and for a time, it looked like Buck McKeon would be equally perpetual in motion to those furry little drumbeaters. The man is after all, 75, and still beating war drums while running circles around most of us. Yet now it seems that both Buck the man, and his underlying message of perpetual militarism may be running down, with time well deserved for some R and R away from the military industrial complex.