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Archive By Section - Columnists


Today’s ‘liberals’

In politics, we often refer to today's Democrats as "liberals," and the terms "liberal" and "progressive" are used interchangeably.

January 16, 2015 | By Terri Lovell Right here, right now | Columnists


Gary Horton: We’re paying them to watch us

Paranoia strikes deep

January 13, 2015 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Charlie Vignola: Terror in Paris

The year 2015 started off with a bang last week: from the Republican-dominated 114th Congress taking office and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell claiming Republicans deserve some credit for the robust economic recovery they had nothing to do with; to Gen. David Petraeus facing felony charges from the FBI for leaking state secrets to his mistress.

January 13, 2015 | By Charlie Vignola Democratic Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: Over time, criticism can help you in your life

We live in an increasingly critical world. With the explosion of social media, our natural tendencies to be critical about everything have an inexhaustible outlet that offers both immediate gratification and anonymity.

January 11, 2015 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Our View: Make water conservation a lifestyle

We learned last week that Santa Clarita Valley residents and businesses are doing well in the water-saving department, at least compared to numbers last fall, and that we're doing better than most other communities in California.

January 11, 2015 | Our View | Columnists


Scott Wilk: Legislators should be under the same law

As California legislators, we are responsible for developing and implementing laws that society must abide by. But every now and then, elected officials get the perceived notion that they are above the law.

January 09, 2015 | By Scott Wilk Right here, right now | Columnists


Laura Mathieson: SeaWorld’s animals are happy

Having grown up in the Antelope Valley and graduated from Antelope Valley High School, I try to keep up with my hometown news.

January 08, 2015 | By Laura Mathieson SCV Voices | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Are we numb?

I've been wondering about a question for quite some time. This question concerns me greatly since it has significant implications for our future and our nation.

January 08, 2015 | By Steve Lunetta Right about now | Columnists


Gary Horton: Texas is America’s Russia

"It's three agencies of government that are gone when I get there. ... Commerce, Education, and the what's the third one. ... I can't name the third, 'Oops.'"

January 07, 2015 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


David Hegg: A pair of paradoxes for 2015

During one of our many family times this past Christmas season, my eldest daughter, now a happily married woman and mother of two, expressed a very thoughtful sentiment.

January 04, 2015 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Gary Curtis: A New world view needed for 2015

Radio and culture commentator Kerby Anderson believes the government "gridlock" we often hear about is essentially a clash of worldviews.

January 01, 2015 | By Gary Curtis SCV Voices | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Predictions for 2015

As the annual Vast Right Wing Conspiracy Christmas Party begins to wind down, thoughts turn to the coming year and what 2015 holds for us.

January 01, 2015 | By Steve Lunetta Right about now | Columnists


Jonathan Kraut: A nation of compromise

Assembly Bill 60, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown this year, authorizing undocumented California residents to be eligible to obtain state-issued driver licenses. Starting this January, even those without proof of legal residency can obtain a license to operate a vehicle.

December 30, 2014 | By Jonathan Kraut Democratic Voices | Columnists


Merry Christmas, North Korea

"We aren't going to discuss, you know, publicly operational details about the possible response options. As we implement our responses, some will be seen, some may not be seen."

December 28, 2014 | Right About Now By Steve Lunetta | Columnists


The Senate Democrats’ torture(d) report

In 1941 America was at peace while other significant parts of the world were embroiled in World War II. That is until December 7, 1941; "A date which will live in infamy" said then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt as he asked Congress for a declaration of war.

December 28, 2014 | Right Here, Right Now By Betty Arenson | Columnists


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Evidence for minimum wage increase

Raising the minimum wage is back in the news again after nationwide protests from fast-food workers who have had it with being exploited by billionaire corporations. And once again, where you come down on this has a lot to do with which side of the political fence you're on.

April 27, 2015 | Charles Vignola Democratic Voices | Columnists


History’s lessons

Maybe it was the time or maybe it was the place. I cannot pinpoint how I came to know it, but the fact that my family, neighbors and friends were living in the best country on this earth was a fact I simply knew and shared.

April 23, 2015 | By Betty Arenson Right Here, Right Now | Columnists


Are you ready for a diet of insects?

When I was a 6-year-old lad lusting over the "ant farm" advertisements in 12-cent comic books, I had no idea how ahead-of-their-time those ads were.

April 23, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


A better way of dealing with minimum wage

When I was a kid, I used to work as a parts chaser in my grandfather's truck and trailer shop. Whenever a driver or mechanic came in, I had to go find the parts he needed and write up the sale.

April 23, 2015 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


When Madrid slows down

Editor's note: This is one of a series of columns by Santa Clarita Valley native Scott Kanowsky, who is currently living in Madrid, Spain.

April 20, 2015 | By Scott Kanaowsky An American Abroad | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Welcome, new and improved Hillary Clinton

Three years ago we bought a fixer-upper house on Meadview Avenue right by The Master's College in Placerita Canyon.

April 16, 2015 | By Steve Lunetta Right about now | Columnists


Gary Horton: California’s most important resource

Californians, not water, and certainly not almonds, are our state's most valuable resource.

April 15, 2015 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Jim de Bree: Stop playing with the IRS

As a CPA nearing retirement, today marks the conclusion of my 41st tax season. I have seen a lot in my career. But until recently, one thing that I could always count on is the ability of the IRS to properly administer the tax laws.

April 15, 2015 | By Jim de Bree SCV Voices | Columnists


Kevin Buck: Lessons in history

Contrary to the opinion held by the many conservatives who live inside the partisan media bubble, Democrats do not want to quash their opinions.

April 14, 2015 | By Kevin Buck Democratic Voices | Columnists


Marybelle Knight: Getting a grip on water crisis

Thank you Signal Editorial board for calling our local water districts to task, but why are the solutions so complex?

April 12, 2015 | By Marybelle Knight SCV Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: Why it’s important to rediscover tolerance

Unless you've been sleeping under a rock somewhere you're acutely aware we are becoming an increasingly touchy society. It seems the new national sport is overreaction to issues that, while not unworthy of discussion, are certainly not worthy of vitriolic outbursts and mean-spirited acts of violence.

April 12, 2015 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Scott Wilk: Budget process needs more sunshine

A few weeks ago the state Assembly passed a resolution celebrating "Sunshine Week," touting the Legislature's commitment to transparency.

April 10, 2015 | By Scott Wilk Right here, right now | Columnists


Gary Horton: Let my people go

"When Israel was in Egypt Land, 'Let My People Go!'

April 08, 2015 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Charlie Vignola: Declaring war on radicals

A common sticking point for hawkish conservatives recently has been President Obama's seeming reluctance to state declaratively that we are at war with "radical Islam," and they see his failure to take this "obvious" step as some sign of appeasement or cowardice that gives aid and comfort to our enemies.

April 07, 2015 | By Charlie Vignola Democratic Voices | Columnists


Climate change: myth vs. fact

Climate is defined as "a measure of the average pattern of variation in temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, wind, precipitation, atmospheric particle count and other meteorological variables in a given region over long periods of time."

April 06, 2015 | Cher Gilmore SCV Voices | Columnists


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