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Archive By Section - Columnists


Gary Horton: Lobbyists aren’t your friends

A funny story hit the news back in 2011. "Congress declares pizza is a vegetable." Seemingly outlandish, there was more truth than not to the story. The Obama Administration and USDA had proposed new dietary standards for school lunches in an effort to address America's growing childhood obesity problem. Previously, just two tablespoons of tomato paste spread thinly on a cheesy, doughy, fat-inducing pizza pie was considered sufficient to quality pizza literally as a vegetable to meet school lunch guidelines. The Agriculture Department wanted to get real, insisting that one-half cup of tomatoes makes a true serving, but the ...

April 01, 2015 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Jonathan Kraut: Down the dark road

The very recent passage of Indiana State Bill 568 permits neighbor to exclude neighbor, provider to deny services to client, and vendors to deny a sale based on "freedom of religion."

March 31, 2015 | By Jonathan Kraut Democratic Voices | 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


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


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


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


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Gary Horton: Gay marriage about owning up to reality

Long ago, I belonged to a church that - until the rather belated year of 1978 - disallowed people of any black descent to join its priesthood or marry in its temples.

July 01, 2015 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Charlie Vignola: Obama’s historic week

Well, anyone who predicted that Obama would be a lame duck president after the 2014 elections must be wiping a whole lot of egg off their face right now.

June 30, 2015 | By Charles Vignola Democratic Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: From fun to previews of heaven

It appears to me that the great American pastime is no longer baseball, or for that matter, anything even remotely related to a sport.

June 27, 2015 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Scott Wilk: Tax grab with no benefit

When California passed AB 32, the so-called "Global Warming Solutions Act," in 2006, it was praised as first-of-its-kind legislation, a model that the world would follow.

June 26, 2015 | By Scott Wilk Right Here, Right Now | Columnists


Brian Baker: OMG! My feelings are hurt! Kill the First Amendment!

We've all heard the buzzwords, the new encyclical of the Left.

June 26, 2015 | By Brian Baker SCV Voices | Columnists


Gary Horton: Change ourselves or face groundhog day every day

You've hit the same potholes on the Interstate 5 dozens or hundreds of times. Over and again, you roll your eyes, grit your teeth, or even curse yourself for forgetting that moonscape southbound between Rye Canyon and Valencia - or its pothole sibling, northbound between McBean and Highway 126.

June 24, 2015 | By Garyt Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Jonathan Kraut: The price being paid for poor policy

At 1:30 a.m., as a local dance club was closing, a lot of commotion and yelling was coming from a crowd that had begun to gather a few hundred yards away in the middle of a side street.

June 23, 2015 | By Jonathan Kraut Democratic Voices | Columnists


Jonathan Kraut: The price being paid for poor policy

At 1:30 a.m., as a local dance club was closing, a lot of commotion and yelling was coming from a crowd that had begun to gather a few hundred yards away in the middle of a side street.

June 23, 2015 | By Jonathan Kraut Democratic Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: Just say it

We're all aware of the iconic Nike slogan "Just do it."

June 20, 2015 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Terri Lovell: The fast track to lost sovereignty

While Americans are being distracted by endless footage of crimes and civil disturbances in major cities across the country, our nation's sovereignty hangs in the balance in Congress as House members debate the merits of the Trade Promotion Authority, better known as Fast Track.

June 19, 2015 | By Terri Lovell Right Here, Right Now | Columnists


Bill Blowers: Man-made global warming – really?

The following rebuttal is offered in response to Cher Gilmore's column in the June 13 issue of The Signal.

June 17, 2015 | By Bill Blowers SCV Voices | Columnists


Kevin Buck: A day at the races

The race for the White House is now in full swing. The Republicans already have 19 candidates and counting, and they promise to be just as entertaining as the 2012 primary clown car.

June 15, 2015 | By Kevin Buck Democratic Voices | Columnists


Cher Gilmore: Climate science and professional deniers

The reality of climate change is clear and agreed upon by 97 percent of published, peer-reviewed climate scientists.

June 12, 2015 | By Cher Gilmore SCV Voices | Columnists


David W. Hegg: Telling the truth

Here is an interesting ethical question that will tell you a lot about your own view of truth telling. Which bothers you more: being lied to? or telling a lie?

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


Sen. Sharon Runner: Improving roads without imposing additional taxes

California's transportation infrastructure is a key part of our economic growth and stability. Our state has over 175 thousand miles of public roads that allow goods to be transported up and down the state and, for almost all of us, provide a way to get to work every morning. Unfortunately, California is failing when it comes to taking care of these public roads.

June 12, 2015 | By Sen. Sharon Runner Right Here, Right Now | Columnists


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