So how did we get into this financial mess? Simple. We thought housing prices would go up forever. I didn't. I vividly remember the housing bubble of the late '80s. People bought houses like they were stocks. Easily available credit allowed my neighbors to buy five or more houses. Prices rose, and young couples like myself and my husband, who would have really liked to buy a house, were priced out of the market, at ...
It seems to me that all the experts evaluating this economic crisis are generally in agreement that everything is going to be OK.
Let me tell you about our house. Carrie and I bought our 2,955-square-foot Summit house from Newhall Land and Farming Co. some 22 years ago. The Summit development had been long awaited with great anticipation in the Valencia/Santa Clarita community. Like West Ranch of three years ago, The Summit was the Next Big Thing. We'd lived in a small 1,400-square-foot home just to the west of the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital for five years. ...
I have written that this national election is one of the most historic and important in modern history, and that is still true. However, recent events have conspired to turn this presidential campaign into either farce or tragedy.
"Show me a young conservative and I'll show you someone with no heart. Show me an old liberal and I'll show you someone with no brains."
As many families across the state know first hand, our economy is in crisis. Households are increasingly finding it hard to make ends meet with spikes in the price of gas ticking $5 a gallon, grocery bills that are taking up more and more of the family budget, home prices that are dropping, and the mortgage crunch affecting us all.
Why did I not support a Republican candidate for president in 2008? Anyone with a fully functioning brain would conclude we needed to turn away from eight years of "Bushenfreude." (Sorry, Sen. McCain.) Why did I not support Hillary Clinton? Simple. From earliest days she and/or her handlers based their primary campaign not on any enthusiasm for the actual candidate but a kind of Mafioso-type thuggery of complete arrogance: "I deserve this so get on ...
"The world is dying from a lack of love." - Barbara Mary Muhl Bullies form us. It ought not to be so. It is. In a seeming universe away this week, 10 gunmen inflicted their sick will on the ancient jewel once known as Bombay. At last count, 171 were murdered in Mumbai, India, some 300 more injured. At home, our outlying friends in Acton are famous for nearly becoming the state capital. Today, the ...
There is a groundswell of support up and down California for an electric transmission project that promises to move the state toward greater reliance on renewable, "green" energy.
I am an educator. My intent in founding Monticello Preparatory School has been to provide an alternative quality education for the students and families of a community that I have come to admire and love.
Providing a wide variety of avenues for residents to communicate with their city has long been a hallmark of Santa Clarita.
Historians certainly like to second-guess the bad thing. The most frequent example revolves around avoiding World War II by subverting the rise of Adolf Hitler.
In 2004, when I made my first trip to the Painted Turtle Camp in Lake Hughes, I knew I was in for something special.
I'm glad to feel the taste of fall in the air. It would be nice if the weather stayed this mild!
Each year around this time I devote a column to the Santa Clarita Chapter of Pet Assistance Foundation. I do it because I love dogs (and other pets), and I wholly support the good work that Pet Assistance does, including its seasonal tradition of more than 15 years, Pet Photos with Santa. I hope that you'll embrace that cause as well.
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.