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Wyatt Woodson: Universities play the college ranking game

It's about that time of year again: Prospective high school students, or their parents on their behalf, are flooding the maws of university admission boards across the country.

November 13, 2015 | By Wyatt Woodson SCV Voices | Columnists

Terri Lovell: The $50,000 daycare center

Imagine a quiet room furnished with pillows, blankets, and soothing music. A video of frolicking puppies is playing in the background, and trays of cookies are served for your enjoyment.

November 13, 2015 | By Terri Lovell Right Here, Right Now | Columnists

Betty Arenson: Whose voting rights are violated?

Great! I got to exercise my constitutional right last week to vote at my local polling place. Sadly, showing up was the end of my "right."

November 12, 2015 | By Betty Arenson SCV Voices | Columnists

Gary Horton: America loves its guns more than its kids

Many a thinking person has long bemoaned the excess of gratuitous violence in American culture and media.

November 11, 2015 | By Gary Horton | Columnists

Kevin Buck: Red whine over blue

Considering the low esteem conservatives hold of my opinions, I am flattered that they ever bother reading my forays into political palaver.

November 10, 2015 | By Kevin Buck Democratic Voices | Columnists

David W. Hegg: Embrace changes

It is common to hear people hate change. Leaders are cautioned to go slowly, to manage expectations, and to lead change strategically.

November 07, 2015 | By David W. Hegg | Columnists

Cameron Smyth: Big night for GOP

As much as the mainstream media will try to ignore the election results from Tuesday, it is undeniable that Republicans scored big, and in some cases historic, victories across the country.

November 06, 2015 | By Cameron Smyth Right Here, Right Now | Columnists

Steve Lunetta: We will break you

I received an odd letter the other day. It came in a beaten-up manila envelope with a postmark from Moscow. Strange. I don't know anyone in Russia.

November 05, 2015 | By Steve Lunetta Right About Now | Columnists

Kevin Eliason: Saugus and proud of it

An open letter to our "neighbors," Villa Metro (regarding The Signal's A1 story Oct. 31, "Center to move?"):

November 04, 2015 | By Kevin Eliason SCV Voices | Columnists

Gary Horton: The audacity of dope

How many of us would have purchased three Ford Pintos, one after the other? How about three Chevy Vegas?

November 04, 2015 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists

Cher Gilmore: A climate change solution

As we hurtle toward December's United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, events seem to be pressing us toward achieving an agreement on an effective solution - one that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions enough to limit the global temperature increase to 2 degrees centigrade above pre-industrial levels. That is the largest temperature increase scientists say is endurable, if not safe.

November 03, 2015 | By Cher Gilmore SCV Voices | Columnists

David W. Hegg: The danger of self-identification

The most recent issue of New York magazine features a lengthy series of short articles describing the rampant culture of hooking up on our nation's university campuses.

October 31, 2015 | By David W. Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists

Sharon Runner: Capturing El Niño rainfall important for drought relief

On Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, a severe thunderstorm hit northern Los Angeles County resulting in flooding and catastrophic mudslides that caused significant property damage, closed down major roadways and trapped people in their vehicles.

October 30, 2015 | By Sharon Runner Right Here, Right Now | Columnists

Jonathan Kraut: Support candidates with solutions

Many of us in our fair valley would boast that humankind is right now at the pinnacle of civilization.

October 27, 2015 | By Jonathan Kraut Democratic Voices | Columnists

David W. Hegg: Civility and the courteous society

As I write this I am on a flight from Dallas back home to Los Angeles. And, due to the obnoxious fellow sitting next to me typing is almost impossible. You see, he is an armrest hog. Yes, he is hogging the entire armrest, as well as at least two inches of airspace on my side. The nerve! I am outraged, and as soon as I finish this column on civility I'm gonna slam my elbow into his and take back what is rightfully mine.

October 26, 2015 | By David W. Hegg | Columnists

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Cher Gilmore: Love your mother

On Valentine's Day, why not do something different this year and show some love for that great living being whom we so often take ...

February 12, 2016 | By Cher Gilmore SCV Voices | Columnists

Jonathan Kraut: Our place in the universe

I have often wondered how the world would react if extra-terrestrials decided to introduce themselves to us and describe their notions of God, politics and ...

February 09, 2016 | By Jonathan Kraut Democratic Voices | Columnists

David W. Hegg: The nature of trust

Few character qualities rank with being trustworthy. Competency without moral consistency is often the definition of a wasted life.

February 06, 2016 | By David W. Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists

Cameron Smyth: Busy election season on all levels

Well, so far the 2016 political season is living up to the hype. Let's just hope the Super Bowl does the same!

February 04, 2016 | By Cameron Smyth Right Here, Right Now | Columnists

Gary Horton: Slow down, you’re moving too fast

Slow down, you move too fast

February 03, 2016 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists

David W. Hegg: Corruptio optimi est pessima

Lest any think I know Latin, let me first admit to hearing this phrase - Corruptio optimi est pessima - while watching old episodes of "The West ...

January 30, 2016 | By David W. Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists

Sharon Runner: Let’s ditch single-candidate ballots

In March 2015 I was elected to my current state Senate term in a special election to replace Steve Knight after he was elected to ...

January 29, 2016 | By Sharon Runner Right Here, Right Now | Columnists

Steve Lunetta: Appliance purgatory

As many of you know, my wonderful bride of 30 years and I moved into a fixer-upper house on Meadview Avenue over in Newhall about ...

January 28, 2016 | By Steve Lunetta | Columnists

Charles Vignola: Hillary: Scandal queen

Ever since gaining national prominence back in the 1990s, Bill and Hillary Clinton have been the targets of a well-financed, well-organized and well-documented conservative cottage ...

January 27, 2016 | By Charles Vignola Democratic Voices | Columnists

Gary Horton: It’s the mama, not Obama

The day before Sarah Palin returned to the "Lame Street Media" endorsing Donald Trump, Palin's son Track went on a drunken tear, beating up ...

January 27, 2016 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists

Dennis Fuerst: Let the moviegoers underwrite Laemmle

Much has recently been written on the pages of the Mighty Signal about how great it would be for our community if the city would ...

January 26, 2016 | By Dennis Fuerst SCV Voices | Columnists

Betty Arenson: Our upside-down America

A couple of poignant topics come to mind when recognizing that America's downside continues to get more remarkable.

January 25, 2016 | By Betty Arenson Right Here, Right Now | Columnists

David W. Hegg: Disarming the army of outrage

If America were a pot of water we would say we're steaming, if not already beginning to boil. Anger is everywhere, and – at times ...

January 23, 2016 | By David W. Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists

Tom Campbell: Looking Ahead: Still saving water

As 2016 gets under way, Santa Clarita Valley residents and, indeed, the rest of the state have been looking at the weather reports with great ...

January 23, 2016 | By Tom Campbell Cataic Lake Water Agency | Columnists

B.J. Atkins & Tom Campbell: The future of water governance in the SCV

During the past year, representatives of Newhall County Water District (NCWD) and Castaic Lake Water Agency (CLWA) have been meeting to settle ongoing litigation and ...

January 22, 2016 | By B.J. Atkins & Tom Campbell SCV Voices | Columnists

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