Those who criticize the U.S. for some of the few blemishes that our form of democracy exhibits are essentially un-American.
One of the games we play upon reaching a certain age is "where were you when ...?"
The Republican Party has raised objections to the health care idea of a public option which would allow individuals and companies to purchase insurance from a federal entity, presumably similar to Medicare for seniors.
We can all agree it has taken far too long for the William S. Hart Union High School District to find a site upon which to build a high school in Castaic.
The William. S. Hart Union High School District includes land from Castaic on the west all the way to the Agua Dulce border on the east side of the valley.
My parents were both self-employed, small-business owners.
Dutifully, the Southland Association of Realtors publishes the monthly real estate statistics for the Santa Clarita Valley.
In its editorial The Signal asked, "How committed are Strickland, Messina, Solomon and Jensen to keeping the Hart District's No. 1 promise to the community (a Castaic high school)?
There's a natural series of reactions people have when they are told they will soon be asked to pay more for something.
I'm Bob Jensen, candidate for the William S. Hart Union High School board of education, and I'm prepared to honor my commitments, along with the commitments made to this community by the Hart district.
Imagine serving your country overseas in the Armed Forces for months or years, in Afghanistan, Iraq or anywhere around the world, away from family and surrendering yourself to your country for the protection of American freedoms and liberties.
Recently, we have seen several opinion pieces summarizing Joe Messina's chances for election to the Hart district school board. As a result, we now have projected numbers about the potential votes and estimates of the campaign coffers. Even the best pollsters know that predicting the outcome of elections is fraught with hazards.
While Sacramento lawmakers are busy patting themselves on the back for finally passing their past-due annual budget, local governments throughout California are busy figuring how to absorb the new cuts to their budgets made by the state to achieve the state's "balanced" budget.
Yet another well-organized citizen's group recently challenged a project from the Planning Commission to the Santa Clarita City Council.
Most know my landscaping business is closely tied to the housing industry.
My late father, a European-trained physician, did everything himself without benefit of nurses, clerical staff or drafty assembly-line consultation cubicles.
By now, most of us have heard of the terrible tragedy that happened in Santa Barbara before Memorial Day. A very confused young man committed a series of violent acts that resulted in the deaths of six college students.
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.