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Steve Lunetta: Getting out of control

I don't usually write consecutive columns about the same topic, but this situation seems to be careening out of control and our government seems impotent to stop it.

July 31, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right about now | Columnists


Kevin Buck: The eye of the beholder

I am old enough to remember a time when political arguments revolved around policy differences, and the solutions to the major issues of the day were often hammered out in smoke-filled back rooms.

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


David Hegg: How to take a vacation

It is vacation season, and many of us are facing that age-old problem: We find it hard to relax!

July 27, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Keith Smith: Restoring a sense of responsibility

Gary Horton's op-ed in The Signal ("Something to which we can all agree," July 9) was on the mark. Yes, this is something to which we can all agree.

July 25, 2014 | By Keith Smith SCV Voices | Columnists


Betty Arenson: Citizens are not safe in this country

A country and its citizens are not safe when the country lacks leadership. When that lack is repeatedly punctuated with one scandal and crisis after another, there is valid reason for grave concern.

July 25, 2014 | By Betty Arenson Right here, right now | Columnists


Brian Baker: Pondering a runaway presidency

In my last column ("The IRS is far from earning back our trust," June 30), I discussed the arrogance and lawlessness of the Obama administration and its bureaucrats, practiced on a scale unprecedented in American history.

July 24, 2014 | By Brian Baker SCV Voices | Columnists


Gary Horton: Friendships are the glue of our lives

Katie sat anxiously in the salon chair this past Tuesday afternoon. We were in Seattle visiting Katie - it was our first visit to see her since she left Southern California after recuperating from a traumatic brain injury she suffered in India.

July 23, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


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


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Betty Arenson: Dispelling the parables

Republicans must do more for electoral successes than stand idly and watch Democrats self-destruct. They need to buck up, get their voices heard and stop allowing Democrats to define them.

October 31, 2014 | By Betty Arenson Right here, right now | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Uncle Earl’s voter’s guide

My uncle is a wonderful curmudgeon. He can be crusty, abrasive, and annoying but his opinions are often worth listening to.

October 30, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right about now | Columnists


Bob Kellar: Why Measure S must pass

In just a few days, we will vote on Measure S, the referendum on Santa Clarita's plan for reducing the number of billboards in the city.

October 30, 2014 | By Bob Kellar SCV Voices | Columnists


Gary Horton: Election season is spookier than Halloween

Ah, election time. Wedged between Halloween and Thanksgiving, elections are an evil mix of the two, where a scary assortment of creatures from the political underworld thank us if we'd not scream and run, but rather treat them with our votes.

October 29, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


PAID ENDORSEMENT: Actions speak louder than words: Vote for Knight

Editor's note: The following column is a paid endorsement.

October 29, 2014 | By Jonathan Kraut Democratic Voices | Columnists


Measure S is a socialist power grab by the city

I have watched closely and attended Santa Clarita City Council meetings regarding the digital billboard deal appearing on the Nov. 4 ballot as Measure S, and I have come to understand the "S" may be intended to stand for socialism.

October 27, 2014 | Ethan Jewell SCV Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: Falling into joy this season

It's finally happening. The long, hot summer at last has succumbed to our hopes for the cool breath of autumn.

October 26, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Gary Horton: America’s misplaced security

When I hold you in my arms

October 23, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


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


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