Editor's note: This editorial originally appeared in the April 7, 2008, edition of The Signal. With Tuesday marking the 40th anniversary of the Newhall Incident, we thought these words were worth repeating. They were just four men. Four men who went to work like they did every day, never expecting it would be their last.
The community was abuzz last week over the decision to eliminate eighth-grade promotion ceremonies in the Hart district.
There is strength in numbers, and Santa Clarita's movers, shakers and decision-makers stood side-by-side in Sacramento last week to flex their muscles.
Spring is in the air, and the winds of change are sweeping through the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.
At approximately 1:30 p.m. on March 13, Santa Clarita fell silent. It was a day in which our city was ensconced in exquisite spring colors and the warmth of a comforting sun, as if nature itself was trying to console the loved ones of fallen hero Sgt. Ian Gelig, and the thousands who lined the streets to pay tribute. As the funeral procession moved through the sea of American flags, we became one ...
Of all the editorials we've published over the past year, none struck a chord as resoundingly as "No one goes back to Sacramento," in which we satirized California's woefully inept Legislature and called on voters to throw the bums out at the next opportunity.
Editor's note: The Signal's editorial board invited each of the candidates for April's City Council election to meet with us and answer a series of questions about their candidacy. Here, encapsulated, are their responses. We thank each candidate who took the time to meet with us. Candidates Harrison Katz and Kenneth Mann did not respond to our requests for an interview. TimBen Boydston
TimBen Boydston Age: 54 Community: Newhall Time in SCV: 34 years Occupation: Executive director of the Canyon Theatre Guild Education: AS in medical technology; bachelor's in theater. Role models: Jesus Christ, Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Ronald Reagan, Michael Antonovich, Jan Heidt Frank Ferry Age: 44 Community: Santa Clarita Time in SCV: 20 years Occupation: City councilman; principal of Bishop Alemany High School Education: bachelor's, governmental communications; BSL, law; juris ...
Dearest Google, We love you, we want you and we'll do just about anything to have you. There. We said it. You've already made yourself a vital part of our lives. Heck, you've even made yourself a verb. We want more. We're ready to commit. So why do you tease us? You say you're scouring the nation for a "small number of trial locations" to test your latest, greatest innovation - an experimental fiber-optic network ...
Sometimes, we mess up. Such was the case with last Sunday's editorial in which we warned readers that a Signal headline about crime would likely appear in some campaign smear mail as the City Council race enters its feverish last weeks. Trouble is, we didn't use the word "likely" in our opening scenario. Apparently, our editorial touched off a flurry of phone calls, including candidates querying each other, "Did you send out this mailer?" and ...
The handwriting is on the wall. In the near future, you will open your mailbox and there, screaming at you from an obnoxious piece of junk mail, will be Tuesday's Signal headline, "Crime on the rise in SCV," complete with the subtext: "2009 saw increase in reports of several serious crimes ..." It will have come from a disingenuous Santa Clarita City Council candidate who wants you to think the incumbents in the April 13 ...
If nothing else, working in the news business quickly teaches one to develop a thick skin. We've gotten used to name-calling, accusations and death threats - and we don't obsess too much over them, because it comes with the territory.
Real leaders know that when good people come together with a good idea and a good plan to make it work, the right thing to do is support it and help bring it to fruition.
If you lasted through the more-than-hour-long State of the Union speech last week, you heard President Barack Obama put a high priority on supporting small businesses and creating jobs.
Praise be to the voters of Massachusetts who filled Ted Kennedy's vacant Senate seat with - gasp - a Republican.
Redemption. That's what 2013 was for the Santa Clarita Valley as a football community.
One of the great things about the holiday season is that most people, no matter their circumstances, tend to step back a little bit and realize they should be thankful for many things in their lives.
The initial failure of the Affordable Care Act's enrollment website has let the genie of Obamacare out of the bottle.
We have long acknowledged San Francisco's ability to give us a break from the norms of sanity and force us to react to some new oddity that defies or defiles conventional wisdoms.
An important moment in Santa Clarita Valley's history is at hand. With the retirement of Sheriff's Department Capt. Paul Becker after serving our Sheriff's Station since 2010, a new law enforcement leader will be selected.
The Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District - representing the sewer-using residents of this valley - has decided which option it will pursue to clean up chloride from the Santa Clara River so that water will be cleaner going downstream to our neighboring farmers in Ventura County.
No matter how you look at it, it's bad public policy.
Enough is enough.
The "thank yous" are pouring in.
One of the things that sets the Santa Clarita Valley apart from other demographically similar communities is our desire to serve others. The concrete evidence of that desire is the plethora of nonprofits in this community.
NASA announced recently that the Voyager 1 space probe has become the first spacecraft to leave our solar system and enter interstellar space. Launched September 5, 1977, Voyager was originally designed to photograph Jupiter, Saturn and the Jovian moons. It accomplished that task in 1980 but the "Little Engine That Could" has kept on chugging to now over 11 billion miles of space travel.
The contract dispute between Time Warner Cable and CBS which resulted in a month-long blackout of CBS in Los Angeles and other major markets may be over, but there is much to be addressed concerning the dysfunctional way Americans get their television.
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