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Archive By Section - Columnists


John Zaring: The politics of guns in the wake of terrorist attack

Wednesday around noon, over 50 Democrats led by civil rights icon and longtime Georgia Congressman John Lewis ignored decorum and staged an old-fashioned sit-in. In the process, they shut down the U.S. House of Representatives.

June 25, 2016 | By John Zaring The Rational Center | Columnists


David W. Hegg: Living in a broken world

No matter how good we may have it, sooner or later things break.

June 25, 2016 | By David W. Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Erik Werner: Fear not! Millennials will save America

Martin Luther King Jr,, President Kennedy then President Johnson - men of different ethnic and political backgrounds - were able to utilize their differences to achieve the common goal of advancing American civil rights.

June 24, 2016 | By Erik Werner Right Here, Right Now | Columnists


Gary Horton: Ashes over the sea

I think I need to take the day off.

June 22, 2016 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Charles Vignola: Trump fails his first test

On June 12 a deranged Muslim-American walked into a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, armed with a SIG Sauer MCX semi-automatic rifle and a Glock 9mm semi-automatic pistol, slaughtering 49 people and injuring 53 more before the gunman was killed himself.

June 21, 2016 | By Charles Vignola Democratic Voices | Columnists


John Zaring: Trump hits new lows

Donald J. Trump is a moron. Okay, there, I've said it.

June 21, 2016 | By John Zaring The Rational Center | Columnists


David W. Hegg: The ethics of fatherhood

Over my years as an adult male I have worked at many different jobs, especially during college, grad school, and our first years of marriage.

June 20, 2016 | By David W. Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Lynne Plambeck: Water grab in the Santa Clarita Valley

Why should Valencia Water customers have to pay $2.4 million in dividends to Castaic Lake Water Agency - and still have their rates raised?

June 17, 2016 | By Lynne Plambeck SCV Voices | Columnists


Scott Wilk: Jailed felons shouldn’t vote

One of the cornerstone principles of this country is personal responsibility and self-determination.

June 17, 2016 | By Scott Wilk Right Here, Right Now | Columnists


James P. de Bree: Measure E post-mortem

The battle over Measure E is over. By a margin of 1,105 votes, Measure E exceeded the requisite 55 percent passing threshold.

June 17, 2016 | By James P. de Bree SCV Voices | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: The 5 ‘whys’ hit a wall

I consider myself a reasonable person. I pride myself on thinking and listening before speaking.

June 16, 2016 | By Steve Lunetta Right About Now | Columnists


Gary Horton: Four feet and a curb from death

Last week Tiana Savaikie wrote a column in The Signal urging city planners to reduce speed limits throughout our city. She told the story of how her own brother, Wyatt, was killed walking through a crosswalk at Bouquet and Seco canyon roads.

June 15, 2016 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Jonathan Kraut: Candidates, show us why we should vote for you

This is an open letter to the top two candidates in each local race who just won a place in the runoffs in November.

June 14, 2016 | By Jonathan Kraut Democratic Voices | Columnists


John Zaring: ‘Oh, what a week!’

For many Republicans, supporting presumptive nominee Donald J. Trump is like being strapped to the tip of a North Korean missile - you have no idea where it's going or when it will blow up, but hey, you're stuck, so you might as well enjoy your last few minutes on earth.

June 11, 2016 | By John Zaring The Rational Center | Columnists


David W. Hegg: Return to essentials of a functioning democracy

I continue to be stunned at how rapidly moral fractures are occurring in our precious democracy. Most recent are the wholesale redefinitions of marriage, sexuality, gender, and the extent of governmental power.

June 11, 2016 | By David W. Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


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Joe Mathews: Diversity protects against disaster

In California, diversity is not just about embracing demographic change. It's about protection against disasters, natural and manmade.

September 25, 2016 | By Joe Mathews Connecting California | Columnists


John Zaring: We are better than this

America. Our Constitution guarantees us all the right to peaceful assembly and protest.

September 23, 2016 | By John Zaring The Rational Center | Columnists


Erick Werner: The value of work

What are rights?

September 23, 2016 | By Erick Werner Right Here, Right Now | Columnists


Jim de Bree: The interference of partisanship

I recently attended a conference where one of the speakers discussed the outlook for tax legislation in the next session of Congress.

September 22, 2016 | By Jim de Bree SCV Voices | Columnists


Richard La Motte: Some fog in the Kool-Aid

Regarding Robert Crone's Sept. 9 column in The Signal, "Don't drink the Kool-Aid," just a few thoughts. He said:

September 20, 2016 | By Richard La Motte SCV Voices | Columnists


John Kunak: Be heard on county's Pitchess plan

I was a bit concerned to return from a weekend outing and read Saturday's Signal where the headline stated: "More inmates heading to Pitchess?"

September 20, 2016 | By John Kunak SCV Voices | Columnists


Gary Horton: Here’s the real threat

Just before I got off the plane, a bomb went off in New York and nobody knows exactly what's going on," Trump said.

September 20, 2016 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Elizabeth Makous: Awesome SCV support saved the life of my son

Istarted writing this on 9/11/16. I was, of course, feeling deeply sad for the country and all those who lost loved ones on ...

September 19, 2016 | By Elizabeth Makous SCV Voices | Columnists


Jonathan Kraut: Interview with candidate Christy Smith

As part of a series on candidates, I am reaching out to our local, county and state candidates to report their views.

September 19, 2016 | Jonathan Kraut | Columnists


Steve Griffith: Finish the job on the Export-Import Bank

After four straight years of record-setting foreign sales for California businesses, we slipped last year, with exports dropping 5 percent.

September 16, 2016 | By Steve Griffith SCV Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: Be for a cause, not just against something

We are becoming a nation of protest, and that is something near and dear to my heart simply because I am considered a Protestant.

September 16, 2016 | By David W. Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Jim de Bree: Don't deplete the goodwill reservoir

I have a theory about what I call the "spousal goodwill reservoir." The way it works is, as a husband, you have to work hard ...

September 16, 2016 | By Jim de Bree SCV Voices | Columnists


Vanessa Wilk: Vote GOP in election in November

About once a month I try to go to Sacramento to visit my husband, Assemblyman Scott Wilk.

September 16, 2016 | By Vanessa Wilk Right Here, Right Now | Columnists


Anne Marie Whalley: Solving traffic problems

Ihave a question for Mayor Bob Kellar about traffic: "What can we do to resolve the traffic congestion in Santa Clarita?"

September 15, 2016 | By Anne Marie Whalley | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Is it really always racism?

Something has been rumbling around in the back of my mind and I wonder if other people feel the same way.

September 15, 2016 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


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