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Archive By Section - Columnists


Scott Wilk: A missed opportunity

Gov. Jerry Brown keeps declaring the "California Comeback." Whether I talk to small business owners, students or seniors, no one else shares that view.

September 19, 2014 | By Scott Wilk Right here, right now | Columnists


Jonathan Kraut: A well-funded government

It is with great concern that I am writing about the demands the tea party, Libertarians, and the conservative wing of the Republican Party call "ending big government."

September 16, 2014 | By Jonathan Kraut Democratic Voices | Columnists


Fix for global warming is not either/or

For several decades, climate scientists have been amassing a vast amount of evidence that we are in an unprecedented period of global warming, all life forms on this planet are in extreme danger, and humans bear the greatest responsibility for producing the greenhouse gases at the heart of the problem.

September 15, 2014 | Lynne Girdlestone SCV Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: Leaders who put their fingers in the wind

We've all heard of leaders who put their fingers in the wind to determine which way the political breeze is blowing before deciding what to do. And while this smacks of pragmatism, it also describes one theory of ethical behavior.

September 14, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Amer Aziz: Honoring the lives we lost

On this anniversary of 9/11, it seems there is more to be concerned about now than to alleviate us from the wounds inflicted 13 years ago.

September 11, 2014 | By Amer Aziz SCV Voices | Columnists


Dilyse Diaz: I could have done something differently

This week is National Suicide Prevention Week. Locally, suicide has been a prevalent topic in Santa Clarita for several months now, and with good reason.

September 10, 2014 | By Dilyse Diaz SCV Voices | Columnists


Gary Horton: The coolness of “And then what?”

It so happened that this last Friday, Carrie and I had a chance to visit the Stonehenge site in England. Stonehenge is, of course, that ancient collection of giant stone pillars all arranged in a wide circle about half a football field wide standing all alone in a vast expanse of farmland in the middle of nowhere.

September 10, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Kevin Buck: A tale of two cities

We have recently seen illustrative reactions to behavior by Americans with perceived grievances against the government, first in the aptly named Bunkerville, Nevada, and then in Ferguson, Missouri.

September 09, 2014 | By Kevin Buck Democratic Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: Picking up pennies and letting dollars float by

There is an old statement that goes like this: "He's picking up pennies and letting the dollars float by." It refers to the tendency of some to pay attention to little things while the big things escape their notice.

September 07, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Maria Gutzeit: Nature: teacher extraordinaire

Did you get out this summer? "Out" as in outside in some of the great natural areas in the West.

September 05, 2014 | By Maria Gutzeit SCV Voices | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: A European history lesson

Last Sunday, our pastor asked members of the congregation to raise their hands if they were interested in history.

September 04, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right about now | Columnists


David Hegg: Get ready, elections are coming!

With just over two months until the mid-term elections in November, it's time to talk about voting choices. No, I won't be endorsing candidates, issues, or parties. What I will do is suggest some strategies for getting factual information and making wise choices before you enter the voting booth.

August 31, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Tammy Messina: Not a state problem

Three million dollars. It's a drop in the bucket for a $100-plus-billion budget.

August 29, 2014 | By Tammy Messina Right here, right now | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: How to deal with police per Earl

"I just don't get it!" Being on the receiving end of many of my Uncle Earl's tirades, I am now familiar with the lead-in to one of his standard diatribes.

August 28, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right about now | Columnists


Scott Wilk: Be sure your voice is heard

I have opposed the high-speed rail project since its inception and am troubled by Gov. Jerry Brown's single-minded pursuit of it since he took office in 2011.

August 27, 2014 | By Scott Wilk Right here, right now | Columnists


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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


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


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


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


Gary Curtis: Subterfuge should not be used on Cemex

I understand our community leaders' desire to protect the area from a "truck-clogged Highway 14 commute punctuated by occasional bits of flying gravel and scented with a big dose of diesel exhaust" caused by an open Cemex sand-and-gravel mine proposed for Canyon Country, as The Signal Editorial Board described Sunday.

December 10, 2014 | By Gary Curtis SCV Voices | Columnists


Jonathan Kraut: Hackers are the biggest threat

Several months ago my friends, and even those whom I barely know, asked if I was really in Turkey and had lost my wallet and ID.

December 09, 2014 | By Jonathan Kraut Democratic Voices | Columnists


Anne Marie Whalley: Socialism has destroyed people

My husband and I came back not long ago from our vacation in Europe.

December 09, 2014 | By Anne Marie Whalley SCV Voices | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Artificial intelligence

"Hasta La Vista, Baby." Governor Arnold Schwarzeneggar in "Terminator 2"

December 04, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right about now | Columnists


Gary Horton: Obama can’t satisfy Burger King voters

"Have it your way." That's the classic Burger King pitch permanently ingrained in American minds.

December 03, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Do the right thing: free the orcas

As a kid growing up in the Santa Clarita Valley, I always enjoyed making the 2 1/2-hour drive down to San Diego to go to SeaWorld and interact with the animals.

December 01, 2014 | By Davis Koppenhaver SCV Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: Listen up people

Some of the most intelligent and attractive people I know spend most of their conversational time listening. They take in what is being said by others, while being engaged in what has been called "active listening." That means they are actually hearing what is being said, analyzing its cogency, forming correct conclusions, and – where needed – responding with a modicum of insight. Simply said, those who listen well more often than not think before speaking, and offer their world more benefit than blather.

November 30, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Tom Campbell: Thanks for conserving water - but please don’t stop!

Remember way back in 1991, when four years of drought were seemingly brought to a screeching halt by the so-called "March Miracle," a month of persistent rain that joyously drenched California?

November 30, 2014 | By Tom Campbell SCV Voices | Columnists


Scott Wilk: Thankful for a year of accomplishments

The holiday season is in full swing, and it is time for us all to gather with our family and friends. Many of us are continuing long-standing family traditions, while others are starting new traditions of their own.

November 28, 2014 | By Scott Wilk Right here, right now | Columnists


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