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Archive By Section - Columnists


Byron York: 2016: Yes, it’s early, but pay attention now

It's conventional wisdom that the 2016 Republican presidential race is at such an early stage that the polls don't matter. They're just a measurement of name recognition at this point, some observers say, and the only people really paying attention to the campaign are reporters and hard-core party activists.

May 01, 2015 | Byron York | Columnists


David W. Hegg: Why I Get Up In The Morning

If you're like me, you sometimes lay in bed after the alarm has sounded, theoretically debating the benefit of leaving the warm comfort of the bed to get up and take on the day. That 30 seconds turns out to be a microcosm of the way we look at life. I suppose many folks get up because of obligations. They simply have to get up because their commitments obligate them to do so, whether they like it or not. On the other hand, some of us get up because we can hardly wait to get a jump on the ...

May 01, 2015 | David W. Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Cokie & Steven V. Roberts: Current system of criminal justice is broken

"In this time of increased political polarization," writes Bill Clinton, "there is one area where we have a genuine chance at bipartisan cooperation: the over-imprisonment of people who did not commit serious crimes."

April 30, 2015 | By Cokie & Steven V. Robertsa COMMENTARY | Columnists


Cameron Smyth: High-speed rail: time to pull the plug

OK, I admit it. ... There was a time when I thought the California high-speed rail project was a good idea.

April 30, 2015 | By Cameron Smyth Right Here, Right Now | Columnists


Jim Mullen: $156 Million for your thoughts

I'm sure you've heard the argument that if we raise the minimum wage, the cost of that raise will just get passed along to you, the paying customer.

April 29, 2015 | By Jim Mullen THE VILLAGE IDIOT | Columnists


Phil Kerpen: Bipartisan Obamacare fraud in Congress

One of the most outrageous but least reported ongoing scandals in Washington is that the House and Senate have both falsely certified themselves as small businesses in order to fund health insurance for themselves and their staff with taxpayer dollars, sidestepping provisions of Obamacare.

April 29, 2015 | By Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Roger Gitlin: Deputy David March: EOW April 29,2002

Today marks the 13th anniversary of the day Santa Clarita lost one of its finest sons: Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff David March.

April 28, 2015 | By Roger Gitlin SCV Voices | Columnists


Gary Horton: Save the trees, not just the water

This coming Friday I'm doing a walk-through with a field manager for the Oxnard Parks and Recreation, a community that's fully surrounded by a unique common-area park.

April 28, 2015 | By Garyt Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Donna Brazile: The poor prefer king crab?

We all have our stereotypes. They circulate because each contains a kernel of truth.

April 28, 2015 | Donna Brazile | Columnists


Charles Vignola: Evidence for minimum wage increase

Raising the minimum wage is back in the news again after nationwide protests from fast-food workers who have had it with being exploited by billionaire corporations. And once again, where you come down on this has a lot to do with which side of the political fence you're on.

April 27, 2015 | Charles Vignola Democratic Voices | Columnists


Betty Arenson: History’s lessons

Maybe it was the time or maybe it was the place. I cannot pinpoint how I came to know it, but the fact that my family, neighbors and friends were living in the best country on this earth was a fact I simply knew and shared.

April 23, 2015 | By Betty Arenson Right Here, Right Now | Columnists


Danny Tyree: Are you ready for a diet of insects?

When I was a 6-year-old lad lusting over the "ant farm" advertisements in 12-cent comic books, I had no idea how ahead-of-their-time those ads were.

April 23, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: A better way of dealing with minimum wage

When I was a kid, I used to work as a parts chaser in my grandfather's truck and trailer shop. Whenever a driver or mechanic came in, I had to go find the parts he needed and write up the sale.

April 23, 2015 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Scott Kanaowsky: When Madrid slows down

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.

April 20, 2015 | By Scott Kanaowsky An American Abroad | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Welcome, new and improved Hillary Clinton

Three years ago we bought a fixer-upper house on Meadview Avenue right by The Master's College in Placerita Canyon.

April 16, 2015 | By Steve Lunetta Right about now | Columnists


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Wyatt Woodson: Fight with me for the future

A great man died in March this year. Tens of thousands of people lined the streets of his home country and more than a million ...

August 01, 2015 | By Wyatt Woodson SCV Voices | Columnists


David W. Hegg: Time to wake up and reassert “In God We Trust”

An old Elton John song said it so well: "It's sad, so sad; It's a sad, sad situation; And it's getting more ...

August 01, 2015 | By David W. Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


George Runner: State moonlights as slumlord

If a recent study to determine the safety of 29 state-owned buildings tells us anything, it's that the state is a terrible landlord.

July 30, 2015 | By George Runner COMMENTARY | Columnists


Gary Horton: Culture wars are weapons of mass distraction

If I were to ask, "Quick, list the five biggest issues facing America today," how might you respond?

July 29, 2015 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Kevin Buck: Trump just using GOP playbook

The current frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination is Donald Trump. That is a sentence I never thought I would write, and I believe it ...

July 28, 2015 | By Kevin Buck Democratic Voices | Columnists


David W. Hegg: Time will tell

As I approach the golden age of 60, I am finding more and more pleasure in a few simple things.

July 25, 2015 | By David W. Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Betty Arenson: Roberts’ tortured reasoning on Obamacare

One component of President Obama's January 2010 State of the Union address was his deliberate dress-down of Supreme Court attendees concerning their Citizens United ...

July 24, 2015 | By Betty Arenson Right Here, Right Now | Columnists


Gordon Risser: DNA or choice? It’s not that simple

The other day one Signal Opinion section writer chastised another about whether same-gender attraction occurs by choice, insisting that it's imprinted in the DNA ...

July 24, 2015 | By Gordon Risser SCV Voices | Columnists


Our View: Laemmle vote result of vision, determination

It has been a long time coming, but it looks like Santa Clarita is finally going to get a Laemmle Theatre in downtown Newhall. The ...

July 18, 2015 | By The Signal Editorial Board | Columnists


David W. Hegg: Learning how to handle critics and criticism

We all receive criticism. Maybe it's the driver behind you or your kids who never miss a chance to let you know just how ...

July 18, 2015 | By David W. Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Joe Guzzardi: The future of california’s 50 million residents

As California heads into high summer in the midst of its fourth year of a punishing drought, the question most residents ask is whether the ...

July 17, 2015 | By Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Anne Marie Whalley: Where is the world going?

Greece in crisis; European Union unraveling? China fearing the Western influences; its economical growth slowing, but expanding in Africa and the western Pacific.

July 17, 2015 | By Anne Marie Whalley SCV Voices | Columnists


Terri Lovell: Do American lives matter?

In sanctuary cities across the United States, federal, state and local officials are colluding with criminal illegal aliens and allowing them to have the run ...

July 17, 2015 | By Terri Lovell Right Here, Right Now | Columnists


Gary Horton: Don’t smoke the grass

I've got a secret to share, but I've got to be discrete about it. There's folks out there watching us, and we ...

July 15, 2015 | By Garyt Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Jonathan Kraut: Three reasons for illegal immigration

The Supreme Court just ruled gay marriage is now the law of the land. The issue of gay marriage is now settled.

July 14, 2015 | By Jonathan Kraut Democratic Voices | Columnists


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