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Charlie Vignola: Bordering on madness

This past Saturday morning, angry local conservatives gathered on one side of the Valencia Boulevard overpass of Interstate 5 to protest the child immigrants seeking refuge in the United States, and a counter-protest of progressives sympathetic to the plight of these poor kids gathered on the other side of the overpass.

July 22, 2014 | By Charlie Vignola Democratic Voices | Columnists

Michelle Boehm: Response to Signal editorial 'The high speed rail hoodwink'

The Signal's opinion piece titled "The high speed rail hoodwink" (Opinion, July 13) recycles many of the myths and misinformation about the California High-Speed Rail Program that have been put forward by opponents.

July 20, 2014 | By Michelle Boehm SCV Voices | Columnists

David Hegg: Hard work and winning

I learned early the mantra that "hard work pays off." My father was a hard worker and was determined not to have any sons who were slackers.

July 20, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists

Tammy Messina: Protecting Second Amendment

Does anyone else find it interesting that our Founding Fathers made no mention of establishing a police force to protect the citizenry of the country?

July 18, 2014 | By Tammy Messina Right here right now | Columnists

Gary Horton: Got our new street, now onto the landscape

We're finally getting our new street today. It took civic action by many in our neighborhood over the course of two full years, but the city has finally come around and allocated resources to maintain the assets for which we pay the taxes for them to maintain - in the first place.

July 16, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists

Jonathan Kraut: Meanwhile at the courthouse

For more than 15 years, several times a week, I find myself standing in line at the "criminal window" at one of our local county courthouses.

July 15, 2014 | By Jonathan Kraut Democratic Voices | Columnists

David Hegg: Cause, effect and satisfaction

I grew up working odd jobs to earn money. In the winter I would go from house to house with my snow shovel, and in the summer you could find me wheeling my gas lawn mower down the block to service the five families that paid me to mow their lawns weekly. It was a great operation, and kept me in soda, sunflower seeds, and fishing bait throughout my summer vacation from school.

July 13, 2014 | By David Hegg | Columnists

Christine Korenthal: Immigrants deserve a timely answer

The news has been dominated for several weeks now with coverage of our rapidly deteriorating border security and the influx of children, in particular, traveling alone and coming into our country illegally.

July 11, 2014 | By Christine Korenthal Right here right now | Columnists

Steve Lunetta: The crisis with illegal immigrant kids

I have written in this column in the past that I support illegal immigration. This position has earned me the ire of my fellow conservatives.

July 10, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right about now | Columnists

Gary Horton: Something to which we can all agree

Kathy Norris of the Valley Industry Association paid me a visit a few weeks ago as part of a local business survey.

July 09, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists

Kevin Buck: The pols and the pendulum

The political world is never static. The never-ending battles for power, prestige, policy and the perceived moral high ground are endless and endlessly fascinating.

July 08, 2014 | By Kevin Buck Democratic Voices | Columnists

Castaic Lake’s long launch ramp means it’s time to conserve water

If you've been to Castaic Lake recently, you may have noticed you're seeing a lot more of the launch ramp than usual. These days, that launch ramp is loooooong.

July 07, 2014 | Tom Campbell SCV Voices | Columnists

David Hegg: The cul-de-sac of bad choices

Part of the joy, and most of the misery, of my job as a pastor is being with folks when they in trouble, surrounded by the carnage of poor choices, and facing what appear to be insurmountable obstacles.

July 06, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists

Amer Aziz: Fourth of July has meaning for those who found freedom

As a Muslim-immigrant to the United States of America, I find special meaning in the Fourth of July, an occasion symbolizing the struggle for freedom.

July 04, 2014 | By Amer Aziz SCV Voices | Columnists

Marsha McLean: Respect is a two-way street

By now, the phrase "Respect is a Two-Way Street" may be a familiar one to Santa Clarita residents. That's because this is the main message behind the city's new safety campaign to help keep bicyclists, motorists and pedestrians safe on our roadways.

July 04, 2014 | By Marsha McLean Live from city hall | Columnists

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Larry McClements: The price of Measure S is too steep for our valley

As a 28-year resident of the SCV, I could not disagree more with those arguing a "yes" vote on Measure S.

October 22, 2014 | By Larry McClements SCV Voices | Columnists

Kevin Buck: The long and short of it

Back in 2012, Mitt Romney was on a mission from God and the GOP to save America and the world from the Kenyan, secret Muslim, fascist, socialist and wimp dictator, President Barack Obama. Mittens touted his business background as a successful vulture capitalist and promised that his White House would help the besieged top 1 percent, just like Reagan and the Bush family had during the Republican glory days.

October 21, 2014 | By Kevin Buck Democratic Voices | Columnists

William L. Blowers: Why I'm voting NO on S

After having read and heard many arguments pro and con on this controversial issue, I have concluded that the entire thing is fishy at best. I am voting against it for several reasons, but my overriding reason is an aspect of the entire idea that I have not heard anyone address. As a retired businessman who operated a very successful manufacturing corporation in Valencia for 12 years, I have some credentials on the subject.

October 20, 2014 | SCV Voices: William L. Blowers | Columnists

David W. Hegg: The necessity of prizing the uphill climb

Years ago I listened as a world-champion bicycle rider was being interviewed following one of the Tour de France stages. When asked his strategy he explained, "I always try to make up time when going uphill. While most riders are just trying to keep their position, I really press to advance. Of course, it means I have to train extra hard to take advantage of the greatest challenges on the course."

October 19, 2014 | By David W. Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists

Tammy Messina: How free is our free press?

I have to ask the question, how free is the press these days? Two months after the initial incident in Ferguson, there's still on-going news coverage. Yet there is little mention of Andrew Tahmooressi, the U.S. Marine who accidentally crossed into Mexico and has been imprisoned for 199 days now or the "workplace violence" little over a month ago in Oklahoma where a woman was beheaded by an anti-American Islamic extremist? And then there's the Bowe Bergdahl investigation that's stalled for no apparent reason.

October 17, 2014 | By Tammy Messina Right here, right now | Columnists

Steve Lunetta: The tempest in a teapot

Do you ever think that some people sit around looking for something to be angry at? It's a little bit like the old man who sits in his front yard and yells at the kids to "hey, stay off my lawn!"

October 16, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right about now | Columnists

Measure S: Vote Yes

I sincerely believe had there not been a city council election soon after ordinance 14-02 (billboard deal) was approved by a 3 to 1 council vote, with one member abstaining, this matter would have moved forward with little or no opposition.

October 13, 2014 | By Santa Clarita Councilman Bob Kellar | Columnists

Measure S: Vote No

If you don't want 6 giant digital billboards lighting up the sky 24/7 in Santa Clarita vote No on Measure S.

October 13, 2014 | By Santa Clarita Councilman TimBen Boydston | Columnists

Our View: Vote yes on Measure EE

There are many things our community can boast about, and right at the top of the list is our public schools.

October 12, 2014 | Our View | Columnists

David Hegg: Marriage makes a comeback in society

By virtue of a happy providence, my wife and I were in Venice, Italy, when George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin got married.

October 10, 2014 | By David Hegg | Columnists

Terri Lovell: The malaise of the golden bear

Every year, more Americans leave the Golden State in search of a lower cost of living, lower taxes and better employment opportunities.

October 10, 2014 | By Terri Lovell Right here, right now | Columnists

Steve Lunetta: What I did this summer

My wife and I just got back from a trip to Lake Tahoe. Before your eyes completely gloss over as I pull out the slides of our vacation, I hope to slip in a few meaningful observations.

October 09, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right about now | Columnists

Gary Horton: Oh brother, what’s going on?

Mother, mother

October 08, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists

Jonathan Kraut: Primer of November propositions

Most of us will shortly receive an absentee ballot in the mail for the upcoming Nov. 4 election. Other than the continuous and deceptive ranting by health care lobbies about threats of higher medical costs if we pass Propositions45 and 46, this election seems under the radar. I always read the actual language of any bill or proposition.

October 07, 2014 | By Jonathan Kraut | Columnists

TimBen Boydston: Measure S ‘Impartial Analysis’ is not telling the truth

Why didn't the city attorney do as he said he would and tell the public the truth about the billboard deal on the November ballot?

October 07, 2014 | By TimBen Boydston SCV Voices | Columnists

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