ElectionsVote I don’t know about your experience in 2016, but you probably shared enough of the year with me to know what my headline here is talking about. Now is our chance to finally flee from 2016 In fa(more..)


ElectionsVote Over most of the past decade, the Beacon in this space has at this time of year honored an American or a group of Americans as a Profile in Courage as a standard bearer for the rest of us.  This (more..)


ElectionsVote May I put on my hat this Christmas season as an erstwhile certified history teacher to tell you about America’s most difficult holiday season?  That would indeed be the Battle of the Bulge (more..)


ElectionsVote Believe it or not, in the 19th century, reading was one of the most active activities to be hand.  And it wasn’t all because of the great authors that came out of that literary century.&nbs(more..)


ElectionsVote Doubtless, we all extend our peak experiences into the realm of legend in our own mind.  On a long voyage, a sailor will likely begin to think of the adventures of Sinbad the Sailor.  And a (more..)


ElectionsVote This incoming presidency is the last chance for our two-party system to be a representative democracy in our nation.  Actually I just lied.  My real belief is more that the two-party system (more..)


ElectionsVote Moving toward this Thanksgiving of 2016, I have been thinking that there must be something --- something! -- I could do to make myself useful for this holiday season.  Then I found it.  That(more..)


ElectionsVote Being a teacher in my second life in Southern California, after I was a journalist in my first life in New York City, my baggage is now full of systems to help draw the best work possible from young m(more..)


ElectionsVote Santa Clarita Mayor Bob Kellar has already served as mayor of the city several times and has belonged to the Santa Clarita City Council since the year 2000 -- for most of its existence.  A former(more..)


ElectionsVote Here now is a profile of another of this year’s Santa Clarita City Council, incumbent TimBen Boydston, who first came to City Hall ten years ago. Long known as the executive director of the feis(more..)