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Business retention is key to job growth in the SCV

A key role of the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation is to attract new companies to the Santa Clarita Valley that bring high-quality jobs.

June 30, 2014 | Holly Schroeder SCV Voices | Columnists


The IRS is far from earning back our trust

John Koskinen is the commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, arguably the most powerful and feared bureaucracy in the federal government.

June 30, 2014 | Brian Baker SCV Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: How reliable is the information on the internet?

With the advent of the Internet we have experienced an information explosion unprecedented in human history.

June 29, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Bob Kellar: Fourth of July in the SCV

Independence Day is one of America's greatest holidays.

June 27, 2014 | By Bob Kellar Live from city hall | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: The carbon tax has flaws

A recent column by Cher Gilmore touted the brilliance and benefits of taxing carbon output from business as a way to reduce global climate change.

June 26, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right about now | Columnists


Gary Horton: Obama is the most boring president ever

I have a good friend who takes marching orders through the tin foil hat atop his head perpetually tuned to Fox and Friends and all else owned and distributed by Rupert Murdoch.

June 25, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Jonathan Kraut: Government workers duck responsibility

We are used to hearing about large awards being presented to those harmed, abused or injured by school teachers, police, firefighters, and other government employees.

June 24, 2014 | By Jonathan Kraut Democratic Voices | Columnists


Steve Petzold: City Council: repeal the billboard deal

The Santa Clarita City Council meeting this Tuesday will be the first chance for council members to consider the implications of the referendum against Ordinance 14-02.

June 22, 2014 | By Steve Petzold SCV Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: Some advice for graduates

As graduation season comes to a close, I have some advice for those who are entering a new phase of life called adulthood. And, the advice is good for the rest of us as well.

June 22, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Dante Acosta: Explore SCV’s open spaces

There is something special about getting out and enjoying the open-space areas of Santa Clarita.

June 20, 2014 | By Danta Acosta Live from city hall | Columnists


Maria Gutzeit: What we need now on chloride

Someone recently asked me to summarize the chloride issue in really simple terms.

June 20, 2014 | By Maria Gutzeit SCV Voices | Columnists


James P. de Bree Jr.: Setting the tax record straight

I am responding to the op-ed article that Gary Horton wrote ("Oh, the places our tax money goes") that was published in the June 11 edition of The Signal.

June 19, 2014 | By James P. de Bree Jr Valencia | Columnists


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


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Gary Horton: You can save lives now in the SCV

I almost can't stand opening The Signal anymore out of empathy pain.

October 01, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


SCV goes international

Foreign investment into the United States is nothing new. Recent media coverage shows that such investments take many forms: purchases of hotels in Studio City, starting new high-rise construction in downtown L.A., gobbling up of homes in the San Gabriel Valley.

October 01, 2014 | By Holly Schroeder and Jia-Yi Cheng-Levine SCV Voices | Columnists


Kevin Buck: Six of one­– half dozen of the other

I have been writing these diatribes for a long, long time, and for the most part they have been hyper partisan political opinions, which purposefully rile the opposition and give succor to my fellow travelers on the left.

September 30, 2014 | By Kevin Buck Democratic Voices | Columnists


Hussein Rashid: More than a military response required to beat ISIS

As ISIS appears to be gaining ground in Iraq, there seems to be a lack of a grand strategy coming out of the White House. The low hum of drone warfare, as opposed to coordinated decisive victories like in Irbil, creates a greater potential for feeding ISIS' propaganda machine. The United States must think more comprehensively than a military intervention.

September 28, 2014 | By Hussein Rashid Commentary | Columnists


Gene Lyons: Cotton's claims about Obama

Tell your Mama.

September 28, 2014 | By Gene Lyons Commentary | Columnists


Donna Brazile: Reforming our party system

John Heaney was a political reporter for United Press when he was allowed to accompany the governor of Oklahoma, Raymond Gary, to a meeting with President Harry Truman. After small talk, Truman asked Gary if he remembered when Truman's campaign train had made a prolonged stop in Oklahoma City.

September 28, 2014 | By Donna Brazile Commentary | Columnists


David Hegg: Let’s not waste our minds in nonsense

Years ago a slogan became popular exhorting us to support college education because "a mind is a terrible thing to waste." The assumed bias behind this advertising campaign was that universities were the best place to help keep minds from being wasted. But, as I have interacted with the product of some of our best universities I have wondered just what is happening in our educational system today. If we're agreed on the value of the mind, then it is also important for us to agree on what is the best way to train a mind. The question is ...

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


Steve Knight: Preparing our youth for the future

The youth of today need to be prepared for the world of tomorrow, on this I think we can all agree.

September 26, 2014 | By Steve Knight Right here, right now | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: NFL drops the ball

I am very torn by the current scandals rocking the National Football League. Besides the incredibly stupid rules change that makes every kickoff go out the back of the end zone, the behavior of several players has badly tarnished the NFL's reputation.

September 25, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right about now | Columnists


Richard Myers: An endangered species

There is no doubt that television and the Internet have made the children of today more knowledgeable than the children of yesteryear, but this has come at a price.

September 25, 2014 | By Richard Myers SCV Voices | Columnists


Gary Horton: We’re marching off to war again

Don't you know we got smart bombs?

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


Charlie Vignola: Putting the blame on government

On Facebook last week, I happened upon a post in the SCV Forum that triggered a lively debate over the "threat" big government poses to American business.

September 23, 2014 | By Charlie Vignola Democratic Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: Model courtesy and generosity

Growing up, I heard my parents talk often about certain actions being "common courtesy."

September 21, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | 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


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