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Some People Need a Dictator

| Opinion | 3 hours ago

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By Robert Patrick Lewis
As politically incorrect as that is to say, I just can’t find another way to put it. My old Army buddies and I have said that amongst ourselves and behind locked doors for years since my first deployment to the Middle East, and the news today just solidifies those words.

It went into the open-source media available to the public today that Iraqi tribal chiefs are pleading for more U.S. aid (again), asking us to assist them in the fight against ISIS, or ISIL, or IS, or whatever they want to call that ragtag group of goat herders these days. Really? Color me not-so-surprised.
When people ask about my experiences in combat and deployments to the Middle East, I’m quick to answer that, as strange as it may sound, I actually enjoyed my time in Afghanistan. Sure, I got blown up and shot at quite a bit and still have metal fragments in my body from those trips. But I would still look back on that part of my life and say I enjoyed it.

Not because I’m some strange sado-masochist who enjoys living my days in fear and pain, but because the people of Afghanistan were generally good people. They were nice, hospitable, appreciative and thankful to us for what we were trying to do for them and their country, and never hesitated to invite my friends and me into their homes for some tea and a conversation. And then people ask me about my time in Iraq and whether I enjoyed it as much as Afghanistan. Not so much.

Although many people try to lump both countries into the same “invaded by America” group, they couldn’t be more different. The weather (Afghanistan is more Southern California weather, while Iraq feels like the warm side of the sun), people and their attitudes are almost polar opposites in those two countries. While I was a little sad both times, I left Afghanistan for the people and experiences I had, I was overjoyed to climb on the plane out of Iraq both times.

The news that Iraq is once again asking for the U.S. to come back and help comes as no surprise, and is just a reflection of that country. I often compare my time in Iraq and the people I had to interface with there to dealing with a room full of children who are tired and need their naps: ornery, ungrateful and never satisfied.

And while I can’t justify that the groups of people I came in contact with during my trips to Iraq accurately represent the entire population, one could argue that their legislative bodies do, as they are created in the parliament to do, just that (represent the entire population). And seeing that the same people who, over the past few years, have changed their minds, from jumping up and down screaming and demanding that we leave to asking us to come back and help at least a half-dozen times, are once again pleading with us to come back is almost laughable.

Much like the tired children, they pay no mind to the millions of dollars, countless time and logistical nightmare of moving troops & equipment back to their country (which is why we gave them so long to make sure they really wanted us gone before closing down our bases and sending our troops home).

We tried to give them democracy and allow them to sit at the big kids’ table of world politics, but all they did is prove that very unfortunate fact about humanity: some people just need a dictator. Some people prove the age old saying that “if you give them an inch, they’ll try to take a mile,” and either will never make up their mind or will make a snap judgment and change their decision immediately and repeatedly.

As a veteran of OIF I was overjoyed when I saw the cell phone video of Saddam Hussein being hanged in a dirty basement, glad that we had ridden the world of an evil dictator who had rivers of blood on his hands. But, watching the Iraqi parliament act like spoiled, tired children unable to come to agreement on anything and blaming us no matter what we do, I’ve come to the cold realization that, like much of humanity’s dark history, he may have just been what that country needed.

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Sand Canyon Citizens Seek Completion of Trails

| News | 3 hours ago

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by Martha Micheal

A public meeting was held Wednesday in Canyon Country to address the stalled plans to complete the Sand Canyon Trail. Residents of the area gathered at Sulphur Springs Community School to discuss a strategy to get the project completed.

The Sand Canyon Community Board of Directors called the meeting, hoping to pressure officials to finish the Sand Canyon Master Trail Plan, which the City of Santa Clarita adopted more than 15 years ago. Both construction and maintenance are the responsibilities of the City.

The first trail segment, which was built beside the Robinson Ranch Golf Course, was dedicated November 9, 2000. The second segment starting at Valley Ranch Road going south a short distance was dedicated on September 6, 2003. There has been no progress since that year, and Sand Canyon Community Board members are unaware of the reasons for the interruption, while in other parts of the SCV there have been multi-purpose trails built and maintained.

trailThe Sand Canyon Trail is a dirt surface, designed for use by pedestrians, bicycles and horses. The rural sector of the SCV was deemed by L.A. County as a “special standards district” prior to the incorporation of the City of Santa Clarita in 1987, according to an email sent by the Sand Canyon Community Board. That designation kept the area less urban, minimizing the use of street lights and rejecting the installation of stoplights, for instance.
The growth in housing and traffic in the area made the need for trails greater, offering safe alternatives for residents to walk to school or otherwise navigate the main roads for hikers and equestrians.
With the imminent arrival of Disney Ranch in Placerita Canyon and Vista Canyon in the Lost Canyon edge of Sand Canyon, residents agree that completion of the trails project will mitigate the possibility of an even greater set of safety issues.

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Additional Volunteers Sought for Homeless Charity

| News | 4 hours ago

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Family Promise SCV is currently seeking volunteers who are interested in providing meals to homeless families in the Santa Clarita community.

The growing non-profit organization works with dozens of local congregations that provide temporary overnight stays at their facilities. Each night, a meal is provided at the congregation site to the families, prepared by volunteers. Right now, Family Promise is seeking volunteers to be part of a list that can be called upon to provide dinner on occasion to families in the program.
“At any given time there are between one and four families that we are hosting. These families stay overnight at local congregations and during the day they are at our Center working their individual plans that will take them out of homelessness. Having a list of volunteers who are willing to provide dinners on occasion for these families is a huge help and very welcome,” explains Laurie Ender, President of Family Promise SCV.

Family Promise works to achieve sustainable independence for its guests while offering hope, compassion, and preserving individual dignity.

For more information about Family Promise or to sign up as a volunteer to provide meals to homeless families, contact the Center at 661-251-2868 or via email at: contact@FamilyPromiseSCV. You can visit Family Promise SCV online at: www.familypromisescv.org.

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New Chamber Board Members and Henry Mayo and Others Recognized at Banquet

| News | 5 hours ago

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Members of the Santa Clarita Chamber of Commerce gathered at the Hyatt Regency Valencia last weekend for the organization’s 91st Banquet. In addition to the installation of new members to the Chamber’s Board of Directors, awards were granted to member businesses for service to the community.

Winner of the Large Business of the Year Award was Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

“We were thrilled to honor Henry Mayo tonight, they represent everything that is good in our community,” said Terri Crain, president/CEO of the Chamber.

Henry Mayo was recognized again when the hospital’s director of marketing public relations, Patrick Moody, was sworn in as a board member. Fast Frame took home the award for Small Business of the Year for the owners’ ongoing commitment and dedication to the Chamber. Randy and Rose-Marie Burzynski donate all the custom framing for Chamber grand opening certificates. Signal Multi-Media took the spotlight for Medium Business.

“They have been a great supporter of the Chamber over the past year and continue to give more than they are asked for,” said Sue Nevius, 2015 chairman of the board.

Ambassador of the Year went to Tobias Anne Skelly, owner of GitNoticed Marketing. When asked about Toby, Chamber Membership Director Cheryl Ramirez said, “Toby is everywhere. She runs committees, volunteers for everything! She has earned this prestigious award, hands down!”

For more information about the Chamber visit the website, www.scvchamber.com or call 661-702-6977.

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Male Athlete of the Week – Malik McCowan

| Scene in SCV | 5 hours ago

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malikNow in his senior year at Valencia High School, the Vikings Boys Basketball team is benefiting from Malik McCowan’s skills as a guard. In a game against cross town rival Canyon High School, Malik scored 22 points, 17 in the second half, in his team’s 56-43 win in Foothill League play. Canyon and Valencia were tied for second place in the league standings with 3-1 records after the game.

“Malik has so much passion for the game of basketball,” said Valencia High School Boys Basketball Coach Chad Phillips. “He plays the game hard and smart. But, mostly his leadership on and off the court is what separates him from other players. Valencia Basketball is blessed to have Malik McCowan leading the way.”

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Band of the Week – Untitled Project (Help Name Them)

| Scene in SCV | 6 hours ago

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Musical talent has been the glue keeping a group of longtime friends together and bringing them onstage at events throughout the Southland. They are still undecided about a name (and are entertaining suggestions), but it doesn’t get in the way of booking gigs for a broad spectrum of events.

Michael McCully (Trombone), Mitch Cooper (Trumpet), Matt Lilley (Tenor Sax), Jon LaCroix (Keys)

Michael McCully (Trombone), Mitch Cooper (Trumpet), Matt Lilley (Tenor Sax), Jon LaCroix (Keys)

The most unusual aspects of the group include its makeup. There is actually a horn section, which is somewhat rare at parties and fundraisers, where size (and expense) is kept to a minimum – often limited to guitars, keyboard and drums, for instance.

Then there’s the band’s style, which is a pretty big range – jazz, pop, rock, rhythm & blues – but also customized for the client, to include rare mixes.
“We’ve taken a lot of the classics and we do those, but we’ve also done some custom things, like implemented a horn section into a Led Zeppelin song,” said Jon LaCroix, the band’s keyboard player. “Or an updated version of a song which has only been performed in concert or at the Grammys, which people aren’t used to hearing. A new twist on some already great tunes.”
When the band finds a song the members want to perform, but it doesn’t have an arrangement for the horns, LaCroix and his group will write one. Because the group is flexible and still gaining an identity, if you ask the keyboardist about the pieces in the band, he begins with, “Right now there are drums, bass, guitars, vocals, keyboards and a horn section, made up of a trumpet, trombone and a tenor saxophone.” The full group is 10-11 people and a couple members of the sound crew.

A couple of decades ago, LaCroix and his friends formed a band that played on the back of a semi-truck each year in the Newhall Fourth of July Parade, known as the “Uh Oh Band.” They got great feedback, but moved on, getting careers and forming their own families. A few of the members work in the music field, including LaCroix, who owns a production company, doing licensing and production for commercials and TV shows.

When hiring the group, the members bring a whole experience, said LaCroix. They are bringing “deluxe sound, staging and lighting,” partnering with one of the group’s members, Rob Cruikshank, from A-1 Events and 24/7 Productions. At a recent Santa Clarita Chamber of Commerce event, the band created a up scale club style atmosphere. An upcoming gig is a 1920s Gatsby themed event.

For more information, contact Rob Cruikshank at (661) 857-1494.

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Canyon Country Bake Shop Hosts Demos Saturday

| News | 7 hours ago

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Canyon Country’s Kake Kreations 2 has some sweet opportunities for the community. This weekend, on Saturday, January 31, the store is hosting a Cookie Demonstration from 12 Noon to 3:00 p.m. Stop by to watch the experts at work. There will be another Cookie Demonstration on Valentine’s Day, February 14 from 12 Noon to 3:00 p.m.

For those of you who want to become more expert yourselves, Kake Kreations is holding cookie classes. A talented expert will teach attendees some basic skills so they can create professional cookies. Each student will receive about half a dozen cookies to decorate and will walk step-by-step with the teacher, learning techniques for shaping and icing the cookies. Reserve a seat for one of the classes by calling the store at (661) 252-1272.

Classes will be held on the following dates:
Monday, Feb 2 from 7-9 p.m.- Royal Icing 101 
Friday, Feb 6 from 7-9 p.m. – Cookie Decorating Class Beginner Part 1 (Valentine’s Day Theme)

Friday, February 13 from 7-9 p.m. – Cookie Decorating Class Beginner Part 2 (Valentine’s Day theme with St. Patrick’s Day Preview)

Kake Kreations 2 is located at 18986 Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country; (661) 252-1272. Visit www.kakekreations.com.

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Super Bowl Sunday – Time for Celebration and Playing it Safe!

| Police Blotter | 9 hours ago

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by Robin Sandoval
At the end of this week (or the beginning of next week, depending on how you look at it) the Seattle Seahawks will be appearing along with the New England Patriots for Super Bowl XLIX. For some it will be just another Sunday, but for football fans, especially those of the teams who are appearing, it’s a holiday; and like most other holidays, there will be celebrations aplenty! 

This is the second Super Bowl appearance in a row for the Seattle Seahawks, and the sixth Super Bowl appearance for the New England Patriots with Tom Brady as their starting quarterback. Speaking of the Patriots, they’ve been under fire recently as an investigation has been under way after the discovery that 11 of the 12 balls the Pats used in the AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts were found to have been under-inflated by about two pounds, PSI. Earlier in the week, some of the players, along with head coach Bill Belichik, were questioned about it and nobody had any idea as to why so many of the balls were turned out that way. 

Recently, however, it has been discovered that a locker room attendant may have taken the balls from the officials’ locker room (where they are routinely given a thorough check before every game) to another location. It is believed that when these balls were removed, they may have been tampered with by the locker room attendant. At this time, no accusations have been made official. 

For those of us watching the Super Bowl, we’ll likely see plenty of spikes on the field. For law enforcement officials who watch the roads, though, the only spikes they see are in DUI-related crashes and arrests. According to a study published in the LA Times, in California the numbers of alcohol-related car crashes are 75 percent greater than on comparable Sundays in January and February. The same study said that from 2002 to 2011, there were 642 alcohol-related fatalities resulting from car collisions on Super Bowl Sunday.
As a result of the higher incidences of drunk driving, the CHP, LAPD and LASD will be out in force this year, as they are every year, on Super Bowl Sunday in an attempt to catch those who choose to drink and drive. Last year, several DUI checkpoints were conducted in high-traffic areas, and saturation patrols were enacted all over the County. 

Southern California law enforcement wants everyone to enjoy the Super Bowl, and the celebration, but they also want citizens to use caution and play it safe. They advise everyone to set up a designated driver before the festivities begin, or to look to other methods of transportation and leave the keys at home. 

A taxi may cost anywhere from $20 – $50, depending on how far you plan to go, but it’s a lot less than $10,000 in fees and fines associated with getting a DUI. For those of you who will be hosting parties, don’t let people leave who have been drinking, and remember to serve non-alcoholic drinks and food alongside the alcoholic ones.

Additionally, BeMyDD.com, (Be My Designated Driver), announced two new Super Bowl promotions. The national designated driver company will provide all new customers who book a reservation for Super Bowl Sunday $20 off their first reservation and award one lucky new customer a free designated driver for one month. Now, you can’t beat that!

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Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | 11 hours ago

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From the Land of Stressed, Yet Blessed:

I Just Can’t Help It!

This past Sunday the pastor at church gave an assignment to show love for someone that won’t return any of it to us, you know, like Jesus did. I figured if I didn’t rip on Obama this week that would count, right? Well, I’m going to have to find someone else to complete my assignment, because this guy just drives me nuts (or, as I like to say, bat crap crazy!).

In his State of the Union speech, the President said: “And no challenge – no challenge – poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change … and that’s why I will not let this Congress endanger the health of our children by turning back the clock on our efforts.”

When I heard this I almost choked on my meatloaf! I had to rewind the TV to make sure I heard it right. You have got to be freaking kidding me, Sir! If you truly believe this, you are one dumb sh*# (whoops, I don’t think that’s what the pastor had in mind). No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change? First of all, climate change is not a proven fact. Second of all, quit trying to play God and let him take care of his creation – he knows what he’s doing and you don’t!

How in the world can the man say this is such a crisis when we have terrorism increasing on a daily basis? He doesn’t think this possesses a greater danger to our kids and grandkids than climate change? And, Mr. President, what about the $18 trillion debt (which will probably be $20 trillion by the time he’s done)? Do you happen to think that maybe this could pose a bit of a problem for generations to come? If the economic collapse occurs, as many experts predict it will, this will cause much more scary pain than some climate change B.S.!

Speaking of Tree Huggers:

Lynn Plambeck, Santa Clarita’s very own environmental extremist, said: “If we don’t change things, we don’t survive.” You know what she was referring to? The planned development on the east side of town called Vista Canyon, which will be a huge boon to our city. The developers spent years jumping through every city, county, state and federal environmental hoop to get approval for the development. Suffice to say, if all of those government entities and even the court system say it’s environmentally sound, then Miss Plambeck should let God take care of stickleback fish in the river bed and let prudent free enterprise reign!

More State of the Union Fun!

Later on in the speech, Mr. Obama said this: “And to everyone in this Congress who still refuses to raise the minimum wage, I say this: If you truly believe you could work full-time and support a family on less than $15,000 a year, go try it. If not, vote to give millions of the hardest-working people in America a raise.”

I’ve made it ranting clear my absolute disdain for any sort of wage enforcement by the government. If someone is willing to work for my company at three dollars an hour, why shouldn’t I have the right to pay that wage? Anyway, a gentleman who recently purchased the Color Me Mine franchise here in town passed along this letter he wrote to the Mayor of Los Angeles, and did he ever nail it!

Open Letter to Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti:

Dear Mr. Mayor,
I am shocked and dismayed at your proposal to manipulate private sector wages by suggesting an incremental increase in the minimum wage to $13.25. With California again ranked last in business friendliness and Los Angeles lagging the state in economic recovery – unemployment over 8%, your proposal is the worst possible solution to stimulate economic growth and real wages. When minimum wages are increased they cause a whole string of consequences in business. As a small business employer I am not going to hire an inexperienced person; their lack of experience does not justify the wage. The door to entry level positions will slam shut with your proposal. California has the highest rate of poor people at 26% in the nation. Do you want more poor people in the state?
An increase in the minimum wage will force me to increase my prices. No one will pay the prices I will need to charge; therefore, I will be forced to reduce my staff or close the business- increasing unemployment.
Look at the unemployment for teens today. It’s over 20% in many cities. Why? With no experience or job skills, employers who are forced to pay a minimum wage look for experienced people to fill the jobs. If people in an industry need workers for a particular job employers are best suited to determine the wage that job shall pay not the government.
The market is a dynamic place. People move with their job skills where they can maximize their potential. As an employer I am aware of that and pay the most productive people more to stay with me. With a minimum wage the amount of money I have to give to a new employee is taken from the more experienced and productive worker.
If you want to grow real wages and expand the economy start with repeal of the gross receipts tax today.
Reduce the costs to start up a business in Los Angeles. Reduce the costs of permits and business licenses.
Unleash the potential of small business in LA. We are the employers of LA. Watch employment grow and real wages. Watch tax revenues grow as small business grows. You have an opportunity to turn LA around, but not with this proposal.
Larry Parsons
Owner,
Color Me Mine, Porter Ranch

Wonderful Movie! (Screw you, Moore, Rogen, Maher & Dean)
It wasn’t the easiest movie to watch, there wasn’t a lot of warm fuzziness to it, but if you haven’t seen “American Sniper,” please do so. To me it really represented the greatness, courage, agony and sprit of what the men and women of our armed forces go through to keep our country protected and free (it also gave me a greater appreciation of what our son went through during his nine months in Afghanistan). The movie showed how important the families of these military folks are to the process and the emotional hell they go through while their loved ones are at war and even when they return.

If you’re like me, this film will cause you to have the reaction I did – as I stated in the headline of this section – in regards to the gentlemen who exercised their right to free speech and came off as completely unpatriotic, leftwing idiots. How they can have a reaction such as they did to this film is way beyond me. See the movie and let me know what you think.

Recent Headlines Catching My Attention:

Feinstein: Obama’s ISIS Strategy Has Failed and it’s Time for Special Forces. Diane, are you sure it’s you? You go, girl!
Michigan Steakhouse Owner Officially Bans Michael Moore and Seth Rogen: Hey! You forgot Bill Maher and Howard Dean.
Fox’s Todd Starnes to Michael Moore: Jesus Would Love “American Sniper”: I have a feeling Mr. Moore doesn’t believe in Jesus.
Arab Group Calls on Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper to Denounce Islamophobic Threats: Are we sure it wasn’t Obama asking this?
Rick Perry Says Unemployment Rate is “Doctored”: Rick, you can’t possibly mean or believe that, can you?
House Speaker Boehner Acknowledges Stumbles: John, as long as you continue on the road to being a moderate, you’re going to stumble all over the conservative side of your caucus.

Quotes of the Week:

“The cost of a college education has increased by more than 1,000 percent only since 1978. Nothing else has gone up that much – not health care, consumer goods or home prices. The explosion in college tuition bears no relation to anything happening in the economy. The government is chasing its tail every time it increases student financial aid. If the government hiked college loans and subsidies by $1 million per student, colleges would promptly raise tuition to [current tuition] plus $1 million.” (Ann Coulter)
“Scott Walker is the blueprint for the Republican Party if they are serious about beating the Left. He’s been tested like few others in the field; the Left threw everything it had at this guy and he’s still going strong.” (Rush Limbaugh)
“What makes America amazing is that there have always been men & women of courage who were willing to think more about the future of their children and grandchildren than they did about their own political careers.” (Scott Walker)
“If people feel lost and alone and helpless and broken and hopeless today, what will it be like if the world really begins to come apart at the hinges?” (Author Brandon Andress)
“We Conservative Constitutionalists have a hella’va (sic) lot of work ahead of us to learn how to identify a RINO under that thin election veneer of a phony, pretend Conservative …” (Internet Blogger)

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Buy a Book, Save a Dog – “Monty” by Janet Squires

| News | January 26, 2015

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One of the SCV’s most prolific authors just released a book that even dogs will love. Proceeds from the sale of “Monty” will benefit dog rescue centers, thanks to the passion of Janet Squires, an animal activist with a 35-year career in professional writing.
“I am a big animal lover. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have a dog,” said Squires, a Saugus resident. “I’ve done a lot with animal welfare issues.”
“Monty” is not Squires’ first book, nor her first children’s book. “The Gingerbread Cowboy,” published by HarperCollins, was the Arizona Governor’s 2007 First Grade Book.The Gingerbread Cowboy That means every Arizona first-grader received a free copy of the book.
The reach of her latest book is international. Released by Dog Ear Publishing, “Monty: The Courageous Survival of a Rescue Dog” tells the true story of a canine that was abused, shot and left for dead in the desert. He was taken in by dedicated animal rescuers who launch an 18-month campaign via social networking that saves his life and makes him a world-wide celebrity.
“I’m an animal welfare advocate, particularly with dogs, with issues of abandonment, abuse, dog fighting. That’s why Monty’s story rang such a bell for me,” said Squires. “It’s something I’ve seen before. It really tugged at my heart strings, and I knew I had to run with it.”
After Monty’s multiple surgeries, and the loss of one leg, he became a healthy ambassador for other abused and abandoned dogs. His story inspires readers, and helps to fund such charities as the Brittany Foundation in Acton.
Squires and her husband, Richard, moved to Santa Clarita more than 30 years ago, when residents were still surrounded by onion fields.
“We wanted a rural lifestyle,” said the author, who has enjoyed horseback riding for her whole life. “I would definitely consider myself a cowgirl. I put myself through college training horses. My dad put me on my first pony at three.”
Squires comes from a storied line of pioneers in the Southwest, including Texas Rangers.
But her work keeps her in the stories found in books – both as a writer and as a reader. She works part-time as a library media specialist for the Saugus Union School District, in addition to blogging and reviewing books online.
Desperate Straits CoverSquires’ next project is a sequel to an adult historical fiction book that was recently released on Amazon Kindle and coming up in hardback. “Desperate Straits” is a story set in Arizona territory in 1887, where an ex-lawman and a female Irish immigrant join forces in a battle for justice and their lives. The Western tale includes issues of kidnap and murder, duty and desire, as well as other human forces.
“Desperate Straits” is released by Whiskey Creek Press, but “Monty” was self-published by Squires, using a national company, Dog Ear Publishing.
“I tried to get my editor at Harper’s to jump on board, she told me she isn’t a dog person,” said Squires. “There was definitely a learning curve, because I’d never self-published before. Actually, it took about the same time. I’m a perfectionist, so it took a good year to get the book out. We went through a lot of versions of the book.”
She attributes her caution to the fact she is a book reviewer and a writer and a person who works with professionally published books.
“I set pretty high standards for the book,” said Squires. “It has to sit right next to a book published by HarperCollins.”
The author’s promotion of “Monty” has taken her to numerous animal events, including the “Waggin’ Walk.”
“It was animal rescue volunteers at the Waggin’ Walk who rescued Monty and covered all of his medical expenses, so I did their event last year and our local ‘Bow Wows & Meows’ in October,” she said.
Squires believes that learning the story of Monty can inspire readers toward action.
“I hope that they will make a difference – that’s a big part of the book,” she said. “It’s not just Monty’s story, but how a caring group of people can come together and make a difference.”
The story offers broader awareness than just the limited options most people consider.
“You can always do something – you can foster, you can volunteer, you can donate, you can get on social media,” said Squires. “That’s something I’d like people to take from the book, the fact that if you persevere, anything’s possible.”
The book is available on Amazon, and there are autographed copies at Barnes & Noble in Valencia.

Janet Squires

Janet Squires

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