Racist. Is there a more explosive word in the English language? It conjures some of the darkest images from human history. One hears it and is reminded of genocide and slavery. One thinks of an irrational, virulent hatred. One sees fools wearing swastikas or fools in white sheets. People fear the word because they know it can sink the unsinkable and break the unbreakable. Careers have crashed and burned over it. Reputations have been ruined. ...
Pets are an important part of many Santa Clarita residents' lives and, for many of us, pets are no less than bona fide members of the family.
More than 10 years ago, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers certified the Environmental Impact Report for Newhall Land and Farming's euphemistically titled "Natural River Management Plan."
The media is brimming full of commentary on "President Obama's First 100 Days." Most folks have already tired of the build-up.
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About six months ago a grass-roots effort started with a few folks at the city of Santa Clarita and various Santa Clarita Valley business owners, business organizations and media outlets. The basic idea was a good one: Help to promote shopping locally to boost the economic well-being of Santa Clarita.
In ancient Roman mythology, a beautiful youth named Narcissus spurned the love of a nymph named Echo, who consoled herself by pining away in barren glens until only her voice remained. Sounds rather like a Republican in Sacramento.
What's in a name? Quite a bit, if you're crafting a marketing campaign that's intended to boost the local economy on both sides of Santa Clarita's municipal border. Pick the wrong name and you shoot yourself in the foot. The lesson came home Friday when city and community leaders heard from representatives of the unincorporated parts of our valley who weren't comfortable with the slogan "Think Santa Clarita." That's not the message the city or ...
Would anybody like more tea? On "tax day" thousands of Californians took to the streets to protest high taxes and irresponsible government spending. Californians - as well as Americans from other states - are deeply concerned about the crushing weight of debt the government is putting on our children and grandchildren. For those of you who attended and spoke out at your local "tea party," I thank you and agree with you wholeheartedly. Californians are ...
In a day and age when it's very easy to judge a book by its cover, (especially if that cover is canvassed in tattoos and piercings), I have to say that I think tweens and teens get a bad rap.
You shall not make for yourself an idol. ... You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me.
On Jan. 31, 1996, I published an essay in The Wall Street Journal titled "A Magnificent Misfit." The article eulogized my father, a European physician who dedicated his life to his craft and died poor but debtless.
We live in an information age where the world is at our fingertips. We pay our bills, balance our checkbooks, diligently manage our credit and even do our taxes without help. In an instant, however, our personal information can be stolen, ruining years of hard work. Social Security and credit card numbers, bank account information, driver's licenses and other valuable data can be used against us if they fall into the wrong hands.
Having a couple of days to clear my mind regarding tax time and the "tea parties," I thought about the unbelievable good fortune and bounty many of us have.
We humans have a natural inclination to be tolerant. A normal, healthy individual is wired physiologically and psychologically to adapt to his or her environment. When our eyes encounter bright light, for example, the pupils will constrict automatically to reduce the offensive assault on our senses. Similarly, when we see an object of interest, the eye will dilate to take in more of the desirable image. On a different level, the body adapts more slowly. ...
Does any American believe that Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance, 28, should remain in a military prison for the next 20 years for "murder" after giving a legitimate order to his soldiers to fire at three Afghan men on motorcycles, killing two in the process?
"Libraries are community treasure chests, loaded with a wealth of information available to everyone equally, and the key to that treasure chest is the library card. I have found the most valuable thing in my wallet is my library card." - Former First Lady Laura Bush
Right now we have an economy in transition, with close attention paid to job reports and which business sectors are hiring.
As President Obama considers retaliating against the Syrian government for the alleged use of chemical weapons against its people, I couldn't help but think about the lessons we should have learned following the Iraq War.