Why the Pledge of Allegiance matters

There is a great principle at the heart of the movement to strike the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance – and from our national customs, our currency, and our public ceremonies. It has very little to do with atheism. It has a great deal to do with authoritarianism.The philosophy of the American […]

PROM: I never stood a chance

It’s that time of year. They are saying that word again. The one that almost makes me break out in hives. Prom. It’s been two years since my daughter’s Senior Prom and I’m still in recovery. The kid is finishing her second year of college and it seems like yesterday that we were trying to […]

Nosy neighbors not needed

Your article about “curb appeal” in the April 2, 2004 edition set all kinds of flags off in my mind.First, of all I don’t understand anyone being surprised by the fact that surrounding homes affect property values.Second, most of us moved into this area knowing it was a risk, because we all knew there were […]

A special thank you

I want to thank all of our new subscribers and welcome you to the Valley News. Positive response to our subscription program with the weekend Los Angeles Times has been so overwhelming that we have had the challenge of starting delivery for over 5,000 new subscribers in just a few weeks. We want to apologize […]

John Kerry supports Byron’s position on housing for Pendleton families

Dr. Mike Byron’s campaign to represent California’s 49th Congressional District received a strong endorsement from Democratic presidential challenger John Kerry this past weekend when the Senator publicly stated his support for reopening 1,000 housing units at the El Toro Marine Base, which was closed in 1999, to accommodate the approximately 1,000 marine families at Camp […]

Welfare Fraud Fraud

I have been losing my hair since I joined the Legislature. It is not because of age; it is because of frustration. The more I hear about government, the more frustrated I get, and the more hair I lose. Let me give you an example. In the last several weeks, the Legislature, for the first […]

Borrowing Our Way Out of Debt

By conventional analysis, the stunning and overwhelming passage of Propositions 57 and 58 has placed California on the road to fiscal recovery. The unprecedented $15 billion bond gives the legislature and the administration the time they need to put the state’s finances in order. The stern spending limits in Proposition 58 will give the governor […]

Fear and Budgeting in Sacramento

What a field-day for the heat. A thousand people in the street. Singing songs and carrying signs. Mostly say, “Don’t you dare cut any of our programs!”With apologies to the Buffalo Springfield song I ripped off above, the annual summer budget fight has started early in Sacramento. Welfare mothers, students, and a myriad of others […]

For a good time call: C-A-L-I-F-O-R-N-I-A

Sometimes, a story is just too good to pass up. Dateline—San Rafael—a local massage parlor, busted several times for prostitution, is located in a building owned by the state of California.That is right. The state leases land to a massage parlor, and from what I hear about its Internet web site and police record, it […]

Haynes chastises legislature for failing to act on Workers Comp

Democrats Ignore Governor’s Call for ActionSACRAMENTO-Assemblyman Ray Haynes (R-Murrieta) has called the Democrat majority in Sacramento to task for failing to act on workers compensation reform, as demanded by Governor Schwarzenegger in his State of the State address.California’s workers compensation system, widely regarded as the worst in the nation, has been one of the largest […]