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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

Jim de Bree: Stop playing with the IRS

As a CPA nearing retirement, today marks the conclusion of my 41st tax season. I have seen a lot in my career. But until recently, one thing that I could always count on is the ability of the IRS to properly administer the tax laws.

April 15, 2015 | By Jim de Bree SCV Voices | Columnists

Gary Horton: California’s most important resource

Californians, not water, and certainly not almonds, are our state's most valuable resource.

April 15, 2015 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists

Kevin Buck: Lessons in history

Contrary to the opinion held by the many conservatives who live inside the partisan media bubble, Democrats do not want to quash their opinions.

April 14, 2015 | By Kevin Buck Democratic Voices | Columnists

David Hegg: Why it’s important to rediscover tolerance

Unless you've been sleeping under a rock somewhere you're acutely aware we are becoming an increasingly touchy society. It seems the new national sport is overreaction to issues that, while not unworthy of discussion, are certainly not worthy of vitriolic outbursts and mean-spirited acts of violence.

April 12, 2015 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists

Marybelle Knight: Getting a grip on water crisis

Thank you Signal Editorial board for calling our local water districts to task, but why are the solutions so complex?

April 12, 2015 | By Marybelle Knight SCV Voices | Columnists

Scott Wilk: Budget process needs more sunshine

A few weeks ago the state Assembly passed a resolution celebrating "Sunshine Week," touting the Legislature's commitment to transparency.

April 10, 2015 | By Scott Wilk Right here, right now | Columnists

Gary Horton: Let my people go

"When Israel was in Egypt Land, 'Let My People Go!'

April 08, 2015 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists

Charlie Vignola: Declaring war on radicals

A common sticking point for hawkish conservatives recently has been President Obama's seeming reluctance to state declaratively that we are at war with "radical Islam," and they see his failure to take this "obvious" step as some sign of appeasement or cowardice that gives aid and comfort to our enemies.

April 07, 2015 | By Charlie Vignola Democratic Voices | Columnists

Climate change: myth vs. fact

Climate is defined as "a measure of the average pattern of variation in temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, wind, precipitation, atmospheric particle count and other meteorological variables in a given region over long periods of time."

April 06, 2015 | Cher Gilmore SCV Voices | Columnists

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Articles by Section - 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 decision.

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. From what I've read, the idea of a DNA determinant is still being debated.

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 City Council voted this week to move forward with a plan for one.

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 lame you are.

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 state has hit the limits of growth.

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 of this country to prey on American citizens.

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've got to be very careful, lest we be caught wet-handed.

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

David Hegg: Testing the strength of our pluralism

If you look closely at a dollar bill, or any place the great seal of the United States of America is found, you'll see the words "e pluribus unum." This Latin phrase translates to "out of many, one."

July 11, 2015 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists

Gary Horton: Support our troops, not sales pitches

A red, white, and blue pinwheel turned up, stuck in our lawn ahead of the Fourth of July holiday. It spun steadily in the 100-degree heat, calling one's eye to its realtor-marketing message.

July 08, 2015 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists

Kevin Buck: More joy over recent court rulings

I fully understand that I am a week late to the progressives' political victory celebration, but that is the by-product of abiding by an orderly Signal op-ed-writing schedule.

July 07, 2015 | By Kevin Buck Democratic Voices | Columnists

David W. Hegg: American responsibility of freedom

Somewhere along the line, freedom went through a tragic redefinition. What once was understood, and provided the basic foundation stone of our democracy, has now become a primary cause of our societal demise.

July 04, 2015 | By David W. Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists

Cameron Smyth: The brave men who signed the declaration

The 4th of July has forever been my favorite holiday in Santa Clarita. Old traditions like the parade and pancake breakfast now merge perfectly with newer ones like the 5/10k run and the numerous firework shows. Like many of us who grew up in Santa Clarita, I am now able to enjoy the day through the eyes of my own children and nothing beats it.

July 03, 2015 | By Cameron Smyth Right Here, Right Now | Columnists

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