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Archive By Section - 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


David Hegg: Ethical vitamins for the New Year

Since we live in a world enamored with vitamins and supplements, I'd like to suggest 4 suggestions for a better ethical life in 2015. As I have viewed the public discussions regarding justice, race, politics, and progress in America, it has been discouraging to see just how poorly we are as a people in carrying on a civil, intellectually honest, and beneficial conversation. We had better improve in our ability to take in facts, push them through an informed logical and ethical grid, and propose useful and workable answers and solutions. Apart from this we will continue to foster ...

December 28, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Gary Horton: Joy to America - now return the favor

A business friend of mine sent me a photo of a large blue ARCO sign the other day. "$2.49 $2.59 $2.69, it called out joyously to all with eyes to see! I considered all the money you and I and everyone else is saving and somewhat sacrilegiously exuberated, "Joy to the World!"

December 24, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Black Lives Do Matter

In a twist of unbelievable irony, Planned Parenthood recently joined the #BlackLivesMatter Twitter protest, tweeting that they were "standing in solidarity with" the #Ferguson protestors in Washington, D.C.

December 23, 2014 | Right Here, Right Now By Terri Lovell | Columnists


Tina Dupuy: Tale of two Christmases

Last Saturday, I found myself sharing a New York City subway train with protesters from the Millions March and drunken revelers from SantaCon. Both events drew comparable-sized crowds, hovering around 25,000 participants each. Both ended up on the tiny island of Manhattan on the same day. And this coincidence is a perfect metaphor for Christmas this year.

December 22, 2014 | By Tina Dupuy Commentary | Columnists


Donna Brazile: Lame duck Congress not all lame

The "lame duck" Congress limped to an end and was able, despite gridlock, to make some accomplishments.

December 22, 2014 | By Donna Brazile Commentary | Columnists


David Hegg: The three essential components of a good life

It doesn't happen often but recently I ran into someone who reads this column regularly. After thanking her for some encouraging comments, I asked "what would like to read about in my column?" She replied, "tell us what makes life good for you." So here it is. But I'm going even further and suggesting these three loves as the essential components of any healthy, satisfying, and significant life.

December 21, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Kevin Korenthal: Calif. roads still vital to transportation

I applaud Assemblyman Scott Wilk's introduction of AB 6, that if passed, would allow the voters to decide in November 2016 if they want to terminate the High-Speed Rail Project and re-purpose $8 billion in approved funds to address the $12 billion deficit in school construction for K-12 and higher education.

December 19, 2014 | By Kevin Korenthal Right here, right now | Columnists


Gary Horton: Try torture architects to protect US honor

On "Meet the Press" on Sunday, a snarling and smirking Dick Cheney defended his part of America's slide to from Shining City on a Hill to Renowned International Torture State.

December 17, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


David Hegg:Why Traditions Matter

I almost didn't put Christmas lights on the house this year.

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


Donald Robinson: What gift will you give?

A lump of coal? Maybe a jar of crude?

December 16, 2014 | By Donald Robinson SCV Voices | Columnists


Charlie Vignola: United States of torture

When is torture not torture? When Dick Cheney redefines the word to defend his own disgraceful legacy.

December 16, 2014 | By Charlie Vignola Democratic Voices | Columnists


Keith Smith: Brown, Garner’s cases widely shared

I wish to comment on Donna Brazile's op-ed in The Signal on Dec. 8 entitled "What will it take to rebuild trust?"

December 11, 2014 | By Keith Smith SCV Voices | Columnists


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Articles by Section - Columnists


Danny Tyree: It’s not a war on the Easter holiday, but ...

As my family prepares to celebrate Easter 2015, I feel overwhelmed by the changes the holiday has undergone in both religious and secular terms.

March 29, 2015 | By Danny Tyree | Columnists


Byron York: The conundrum of the H-1B

Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, believes passionately that the United States needs more skilled foreign workers.

March 29, 2015 | By Byron York Commentary | Columnists


Cokie and Steven Roberts: U.S. more fun through women's eyes

As Women's History Month wraps up at the end of March, there's something we want to know: Why should half of the human race be relegated to one month a year?

March 29, 2015 | By Steven and Cokie Roberts Commentary | Columnists


David Hegg: Essentials of ethical leadership

The ramifications of ethical ideology are important in every area of life, but nowhere more so than in positions of leadership.

March 29, 2015 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


No deep well brine injection in SCV

We oppose deep well injection as a solution to chloride reduction anywhere in the Santa Clarita Valley, as deep well injection of large volumes of fluid has been scientifically linked to induced earthquakes.

March 29, 2015 | Stop DWI: SCV Voices | Columnists


Betty Arenson: A failure to communicate

The phrase "What we've got here is a failure to communicate" originated in the 1967 film "Cool Hand Luke." It was spoken by a warden to a rebellious chained prisoner.

March 27, 2015 | By Betty Arenson Right here, right now | Columnists


Bill Blowers: Of radio towers, ignorance and fear

Let me be so bold as to bring some common sense to this argument. There is a group of well-meaning people who are vociferously opposing the use of a radio tower in their local neighborhood for fear that the electromagnetic radiation (radio waves) it will emit will cause a host of health problems.

March 25, 2015 | By Bill Blowers SCV Voices | Columnists


Kevin Buck: The show must go on

To the casual observer, this should be a slow period for political news and events. But just because there is not a national election until November 2016 does not mean the political world goes dormant.

March 24, 2015 | By Kevin Buck Democratic Voices | Columnists


Scott Kanowsky: The staid hamburger

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.

March 23, 2015 | By Scott Kanowsky An American abroad | Columnists


David Hegg: Life is about finding your true identity

The more years I log, the more I understand the benefit of identifying myself in the right way.

March 22, 2015 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Kevin Korenthal: Calif. high-speed rail dilemma

I have been closely following the happenings related to California high-speed rail since before it was passed in a voter referendum in 2008.

March 20, 2015 | By Kevin Korenthal Right here, right now | Columnists


Charles L. Byers:Climate change and analytic thinking

Regarding my previous Signal column "Don't teach global warming to kids," published March 4, I don't want Omar Escobedo, or anyone else, to think I was taking him "to task."

March 19, 2015 | By Charles L. Byers SCV Voices | Columnists


Gary Horton: A drive through avocados and mega mines

Anyone in the SCV not suffering Mad Cow Disease knows of the two long-running Great Threats aimed at our bucolic Santa Clarita Valley.

March 18, 2015 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Charlie Vignola: Of letters, scandals and emails

This past week, two different scandals appeared at opposite ends of the political spectrum, so no matter which side you were on you had something to be furious about.

March 17, 2015 | By Charlie Vignola Democratic Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: Privilege, power, and the public good

Fundamental to the ethics of democratic governing is the proposition that privilege and power are to be used for the public good. Unfortunately, the consistent outworking of this ideal is more and more lacking in our day. Rather than use their privilege and power to serve the public interest it too often seems our elected officials end up using their power to preserve their own privilege at public expense.

March 15, 2015 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


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