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Archive By Section - Columnists


James P. de Bree Jr.: Use tax is hard to enforce

The Aug. 15, 2015, edition of The Signal contained an op-ed piece by Phil Kerpen entitled "A big new tax coming."

August 21, 2014 | By James P. de Bree Jr. SCV Voices | Columnists


Gary Horton: Water rationing is old thinking

Ah, the 1973–1974 oil crisis. I was 17, driving my blue 1968 VW Bug back and forth from high school and work.

August 20, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Charlie Vignola: Bye bye Benghazi

Here's a question: when politicians or public figures are dead wrong about a claim they've repeatedly made, what expectations does the public reasonably have to either an apology or even an acknowledgement that they were wrong in the first place?

August 19, 2014 | By Charlie Vignola Democratic Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: What writing really does

By my count, this column is #211. Two hundred eleven times I have put my thoughts into writing and offered them up to the public conversation and critique. I must admit, when I first suggested a column on ethics to the leadership of the Signal I never dreamed it would come to this. This column has become part of my weekly routine. More than that it has become a bit of a master. It has me under its thumb, always reminding me another 750 words will be required, and should make at least some sense.

August 17, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Steve Knight: Right stuff for California

Undoubtedly, we've all heard it said before: the future is STEM.

August 15, 2014 | By Steve Knight Right here, right now | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: In defense of school accountability

"People who run ball clubs, they think in terms of buying players. Your goal shouldn't be to buy players. Your goal should be to buy wins and in order to buy wins, you need to buy your runs."

August 14, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right about now | Columnists


Gary Horton: Water conservation must be just

In California, water is life. Water access and rights have always been a fight for life, with farming interests warring against consumer water districts, while end consumers demand abundant water to maintain a lush Southern Californian suburban lifestyle.

August 13, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


David Hegg: Lessons I learned from a high school reunion

I just returned from my 40th high school reunion. It was great, but I must admit I didn't realize how many old people would be there!

August 10, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


In need of a bond measure

For years California has had a model school facility program that is a partnership between the state, local school districts and developers to share funding for new school construction and classroom renovation.

August 07, 2014 | By Brian Walters and Marc Winger | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: The RAN mailbag

We here at the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, also known as the Party of No (or is that "Know"?) often get letters from our loyal readers. Several are reproduced here for your reading enjoyment.

August 07, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right about now | Columnists


Steve Petzold: Santa Clarita billboard blues

As a resident of Santa Clarita and keen observer of the governmental process, I am still puzzled why council members Kellar, Acosta, and McLean voted to play poker with more than $200,000 of your taxpayer dollars.

August 06, 2014 | By Steve Petzold SCV Voices | Columnists


Gary Horton: Sensibly conserve water now

Author's note: In writing this week's column, let me disclose that I own a large regional landscape firm and am knowledgeable in both water conservation and landscape water requirements. Also important is that our firm does not perform public landscape construction or maintenance for the city of Santa Clarita or elsewhere.

August 06, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


David Hegg: The choices we make will make an impact tomorrow

It has long been understood that we always choose according to our best interests. That's the way our minds work.

August 03, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Scott Wilk: Where’s the balance?

I believe all Californians are environmentalists. Who doesn't want clean air and clean water?

August 01, 2014 | By Scott Wilk Right here, right now | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Getting out of control

I don't usually write consecutive columns about the same topic, but this situation seems to be careening out of control and our government seems impotent to stop it.

July 31, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right about now | Columnists


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Articles by Section - Columnists


Gary Horton: Old guys rule – and more should

"I see dead people. ...

November 19, 2014 | By Gary Horton | Columnists


Brian Baker: GOP needs to wield its power

If you keep up with the political scene, you know that in the wake of the political massacre the Dem/socialists suffered in this year's midterm elections, Obama has vowed to take unilateral action on several issues, most notably illegal immigration, by granting illegal aliens de facto amnesty through executive order.

November 19, 2014 | By Brian Baker SCV Voices | Columnists


Jonathan Kraut: Contented with gridlock

Our local midterm elections resulted in the appointment of some very competent representatives.

November 18, 2014 | By Jonathan Kraut Democratic Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: Building on trust

There is a plague in our land that the Centers for Disease Control have no way of handling. It is the plague of divisiveness, the attitude responsible for the growing division in our marriages, our politics, and our personal relationships. We've become a nation of oversensitive crybabies who will take our ball and go home over the smallest infraction. In fact, we seem poised to jump on anything we can use to undermine our opponents or criticize our friends. And it's killing us.

November 16, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Christine Korenthal: Ineffective gun-control bill signed

At the beginning of this month, Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB1014, the most far-reaching and, in my opinion, most unconstitutional anti-gun bill in history.

November 14, 2014 | By Christine Korenthal Right here, right now | Columnists


The Way Forward on Billboards

As the Principal Officer for the No on Measure S Committee I want to extend my thanks and gratitude to the voters who were not fooled by the deceptive Yes S campaign and decided to cast their ballot in opposition to Measure S. The result was decisive and unambiguous, 16,284 (56%) voted no, 12,697 voted yes (44%). In the world of politics, that is a mandate.

November 13, 2014 | By Steve Petzold SCV Voices | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: The pendulum swings back

"Next year has to be the year to expand the universe of people who vote. I'm concerned that eligible voters did not vote in the election this year."

November 13, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right about now | Columnists


Andy Fried: End of the road for SCV and Cemex?

Time is running out. We're in the final scenes of a decades-long drama, the outcome of which will determine whether Santa Clarita Valley residents must tolerate a massive, dust-spewing, traffic-clogging gravel mine on the east end of town for decades to come.

November 12, 2014 | By Andy Fried SCV Voices | Columnists


Kevin Buck: Keep calm and strive on

Republicans won a big victory in the 2014 mid-term elections. They should be very pleased, winning is fun. I remember how it felt to be a Democrat on Election Day in 2008 and 2012. Despite Republicans gloating about a mandate and the claims that their policies and stances on the issues have been validated, nothing of the sort is true.

November 11, 2014 | By Kevin Buck Democratic Voices | Columnists


Gary Horton: In the age of a misinformed society

Yesterday we held elections - and regression likely moved forward. America remains bitterly divided, almost as two countries warring between progressivism engaging our common future and the fear of that future, seeking an ever-elusive, falsely manipulated "return to things past."

November 05, 2014 | By Gary Horton | Columnists


Charlie Vignola: The real voter fraud

Today, Americans head to the ballot box to participate in the democratic process and shape our political discourse for the next two years.

November 04, 2014 | By Charlie Vignola Democratic Voices | Columnists


Dick Polman: What happened to Boehner suing Obama

Hey, remember the House GOP's big summer announcement that it intended to sue President Obama for his purportedly tyrannical behavior?

November 03, 2014 | By Dick Polman Commentary | Columnists


Steve Cole: What saving water means to the SCV

Take a moment to think about 112,000,000 gallons of water. What does it mean? What does it even look like? That's a lot of liquid!

November 03, 2014 | By Steve Cole SCV Voices | Columnists


Roberts: If Republicans gain control

If Republicans gain control of the Senate, what will that mean for the last two years of the Obama administration?

November 03, 2014 | By Steven and Cokie Roberts Commentary | Columnists


Kevin Buck: Guide to Calif. Propositions

Proposition 1: Water Bond (2014). Vote yes

November 02, 2014 | Kevin Buck | Columnists


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