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Kevin Buck: Reasons why conservatives are upset

There is a reason that conservatives in general and conservative Republicans specifically are angry and upset.

June 17, 2014 | By Kevin Buck Democratic Voices | Columnists


Brian Richards: Softball or science?

I am told that my kids go to a good elementary school, Stevenson Ranch Elementary. Not only have I been told that, but from the various awards located in the front of the building, I must assume that this school is a good one.

June 16, 2014 | By Brian Richards | Columnists


Cher Gilmore: Tax carbon, help the economy

For years, policy-makers have assumed that any program to address global warming by cutting carbon emissions would be a drag on the economy and cause massive job losses.

June 16, 2014 | By Cher Gilmore SCV Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: Our freedom of speech is being taken away

One of our most necessary freedoms as Americans is the freedom of speech, as protected in the Bill of Rights. Yet, today, while much is being shouted and written supporting this prized privilege, the fact is the freedom to speak is being taken away.

June 15, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Laurene Weste: Events with benefits: fun for a cause in the SCV

The city of Santa Clarita is home to numerous nonprofit organizations that benefit residents from all walks of life.

June 13, 2014 | By Laurene Weste Live from city hall | Columnists


Scott Wilk: Raising awareness to DIPG

Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or DIPG, is a terminal brain disease that affects children aged 5 to 10 years.

June 13, 2014 | By Scott Wilk Right here right now | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Earl’s graduation speech

My Uncle Earl was recently invited to give the commencement speech at the Robert Oppenheimer School for Really Smart Kids, a charter school approved by the Newhall School District but located in Lancaster.

June 12, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right about now | Columnists


Gary Horton: Oh, the places our tax money goes

Dr. Seuss is among the most beloved in the pantheon of American writers. Ostensibly written for children, most of his stories also carry deeply meaningful lessons for those adults reading along with their kids.

June 11, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Charlie Vignola: G.O.P. smears P.O.W.

Just when you think Fox News and the right-wing scandal machine can sink no further, they wallow in a new level of filth that just boggles the mind.

June 10, 2014 | By Charlie Vignola Democratic Voices | Columnists


Embracing a fire that still burns us today

A friend of mine surprised me with an unexpected opinion the other day. Like me, he had recently traveled to India and came away stunned by the immensity poverty prevailing there.

June 04, 2014 | By Gary Horton | Columnists


The tragedy in Isla Vista

By now, most of us have heard of the terrible tragedy that happened in Santa Barbara before Memorial Day. A very confused young man committed a series of violent acts that resulted in the deaths of six college students.

June 02, 2014 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


A courageous and magnificent misfit

My late father, a European-trained physician, did everything himself without benefit of nurses, clerical staff or drafty assembly-line consultation cubicles.

June 02, 2014 | By W.E. Gutman | Columnists


Dante Acosta: Camp Clarita provides summer fun

The official arrival of summer is just weeks away. If you listen closely, you will soon be able to hear kids all over town chanting that classic phrase: "school's out for summer!"

May 30, 2014 | By Dante Acosta Live from city hall | Columnists


Betty Arenson: The counterfeit mask

You're familiar with the noise America has heard for a long time. It will continue, but it's easily unmasked.

May 30, 2014 | By Betty Arenson Right here right now | Columnists


God bless our veterans

Pulled out the paper this bright Monday morning and started reading. Of course, I have my bagel with strawberry cream cheese, oat bran cereal and tall glass of orange juice at the ready. I know how to start my holiday day.

May 26, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right About Now | Columnists


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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


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


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


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


Gary Horton: Plight of Iraqi Christians

"Oops!" Gov. Rick Perry infamously uttered during the 2012 Republican primaries.

August 27, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | 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


Ferguson events raise troubling concerns

Smoke slinks across pavement in the darkness, cries from gassed citizens fill the air, people break into a McDonald's to provide milk-based relief to a person hit with tear gas, sound weapons pass levels that cause permanent damage, police shoot pellets at journalists.

August 25, 2014 | By Mallory Fencil SCV Voices | Columnists


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