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.
We've now spent almost two weeks taking in the sight of absolute devastation in Haiti, caused by a magnitude 7 earthquake that took seconds to radically disrupt life in that poor island nation.
Picture, if you will, the Santa Clarita Valley in 1974. The valley floor was carpeted with vast fields of onions, carrots and alfalfa. The population stood at less than 80,000. Sparse tract housing peppered pockets of the community. Traffic was at a minimum. College of the Canyons had a little more than 1,000 students. Now take a mental snapshot of the SCV as it is today, swelled to a population of some 250,000 people. Industrial ...
The economic crisis that started more than a year ago and continues to squeeze California is rife with stories of hardship and how people and organizations are responding to it.
"Trust, but verify." That bit of wisdom was made famous by Ronald Reagan in reference to the Soviet Union, but he's not credited with originating it. We won't claim credit for it, either, but it's our new mantra for the opinion page. Today we welcome local columnists back to The Signal with a pledge to both them and to our readers that we will verify their work to ensure its originality. Regular readers of this ...
You almost certainly know the tune. You might even know the opening line: "Should old acquaintance be forgot. ..." After that things may be hazy.
We are disappointed. Disappointed in those local columnists who saw fit to "borrow" other people's ideas. Disappointed in ourselves, as well. In both cases of plagiarism uncovered among our columnists so far, it was outside sources who discovered the breaches of trust, the violations of honesty. We should have been more vigilant ourselves. Once again, we find ourselves apologizing to our readers. The role of community newspapers in providing a public forum is one we ...
It's likely many residents of the Santa Clarita Valley can't relate to the charm of fresh-fallen holiday snow, but we beg your indulgence.
Cemex. The name used to strike fear into the hearts of politically conscious Santa Clarita Valley residents.
Van Thomas Barfoot's story reads like a lost scene from "Saving Private Ryan." Born one-quarter Choctaw, a 21-year-old Barfoot enlisted in the United States Army in 1940. The Mississippi native served in non-combat roles until 1943, when he shipped off to Europe. He landed with the invasion force at Sicily in July and Salerno in September. Early 1944 found him on the beachhead at Anzio - the battle that gave "Gunsmoke's" James Arness his signature ...
The city of Santa Clarita says it could mean the death of the local movie industry as we know it.
Since Santa Clarita's incorporation in December 1987, our city has seen much change, and that will continue.
Consider this a Thanksgiving postcript. If there's one thing that's a standout about Santa Clarita Valley residents, it's that they're a pretty giving bunch, in both good times and lean times. Early last week, this paper reported on the sparse shelves at the Church of Hope's food pantry. On Tuesday, it was down to one turkey to give away for Thanksgiving. It didn't take long for a group of members of Copperhill Community Church and ...
"In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich."
Despite the recent news that jobless rates are falling, these are still difficult times. Nearly everyone agrees at some level that America is still struggling economically but why and what should we do?
Last week the Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District released two big binders full of information about four different plans for removing chloride from the Santa Clara River.
We here in the Santa Clarita Valley tend to elect fiscally prudent local government leaders whom we expect to be responsible with our hard-earned tax money.
A recent announcement by the U.S. Forest Service about altering its approach to fighting fires has caught our attention albeit for reasons different than theirs.
Our Founding Fathers in their profound wisdom created a constitutional government whose central document intended not to grant people power but to protect them from it. The formation of a checks and balances system between the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches stipulated separate powers that would protect each from the power of the other two.
Santa Clarita received some disappointing news last week: A brand-new conference center that could help put the city on the business and tourism map would cost up to $27.5 million to build - not including the cost of land to put it on.
We're all in this together when it comes to freeway traffic. It seems to get worse and worse. There's not enough money to build more efficient freeways and when there's money it takes years and years to complete improvements.
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