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Scott Wilk: Be sure your voice is heard

I have opposed the high-speed rail project since its inception and am troubled by Gov. Jerry Brown's single-minded pursuit of it since he took office in 2011.

August 27, 2014 | By Scott Wilk Right here, right now | Columnists

Gary Horton: Plight of Iraqi Christians

"Oops!" Gov. Rick Perry infamously uttered during the 2012 Republican primaries.

August 27, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists

Ferguson events raise troubling concerns

Smoke slinks across pavement in the darkness, cries from gassed citizens fill the air, people break into a McDonald's to provide milk-based relief to a person hit with tear gas, sound weapons pass levels that cause permanent damage, police shoot pellets at journalists.

August 25, 2014 | By Mallory Fencil SCV Voices | Columnists

David Hegg: It is what it is

Recently I read a study on English language clichés that named "it is what it is" as the most annoying.

August 24, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists

Betty Arenson: California’s crazy train

Gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari pegged it: The high-speed rail is Jerry Brown's Crazy Train. Equally, The Signal named it "the high speed hoodwink" (July 13, 2014).

August 22, 2014 | By Betty Arenson Right here, right now | Columnists

James P. de Bree Jr.: Use tax is hard to enforce

The Aug. 15, 2015, edition of The Signal contained an op-ed piece by Phil Kerpen entitled "A big new tax coming."

August 21, 2014 | By James P. de Bree Jr. SCV Voices | Columnists

Gary Horton: Water rationing is old thinking

Ah, the 1973–1974 oil crisis. I was 17, driving my blue 1968 VW Bug back and forth from high school and work.

August 20, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists

Charlie Vignola: Bye bye Benghazi

Here's a question: when politicians or public figures are dead wrong about a claim they've repeatedly made, what expectations does the public reasonably have to either an apology or even an acknowledgement that they were wrong in the first place?

August 19, 2014 | By Charlie Vignola Democratic Voices | Columnists

David Hegg: What writing really does

By my count, this column is #211. Two hundred eleven times I have put my thoughts into writing and offered them up to the public conversation and critique. I must admit, when I first suggested a column on ethics to the leadership of the Signal I never dreamed it would come to this. This column has become part of my weekly routine. More than that it has become a bit of a master. It has me under its thumb, always reminding me another 750 words will be required, and should make at least some sense.

August 17, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists

Steve Knight: Right stuff for California

Undoubtedly, we've all heard it said before: the future is STEM.

August 15, 2014 | By Steve Knight Right here, right now | Columnists

Steve Lunetta: In defense of school accountability

"People who run ball clubs, they think in terms of buying players. Your goal shouldn't be to buy players. Your goal should be to buy wins and in order to buy wins, you need to buy your runs."

August 14, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right about now | Columnists

Gary Horton: Water conservation must be just

In California, water is life. Water access and rights have always been a fight for life, with farming interests warring against consumer water districts, while end consumers demand abundant water to maintain a lush Southern Californian suburban lifestyle.

August 13, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists

David Hegg: Lessons I learned from a high school reunion

I just returned from my 40th high school reunion. It was great, but I must admit I didn't realize how many old people would be there!

August 10, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists

In need of a bond measure

For years California has had a model school facility program that is a partnership between the state, local school districts and developers to share funding for new school construction and classroom renovation.

August 07, 2014 | By Brian Walters and Marc Winger | Columnists

Steve Lunetta: The RAN mailbag

We here at the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, also known as the Party of No (or is that "Know"?) often get letters from our loyal readers. Several are reproduced here for your reading enjoyment.

August 07, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right about now | Columnists

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Charlie Vignola: Bridging the gap on immigration

Prior to the midterms, everyone was accusing President Obama of being spineless.

November 25, 2014 | By Charlie Vignola Democratic Voices | Columnists

It’s time for alternative ideas in U.S. health care

When Obamacare was presented to me, I would have paid $900 a month to be insured, and this year I would have paid 15 percent more to be taken care of by my insurer.

November 24, 2014 | Anne Marie Whalley SCV Voices | Columnists

David Hegg: The importance of Thanksgiving

On Oct. 3, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared a national day of thanksgiving take place on the fourth Thursday in November.

November 23, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists

Steve and Cokie Roberts: Taxes and trade are the test

The economic news from abroad is not good. Japan has plunged into a recession and Europe could soon follow.

November 23, 2014 | Steve and Cokie Roberts Commentary | Columnists

Peter Funt: My mother's success

I set out to write an obituary about my mother, who died Nov. 15, and was taken aback by how much she never accomplished in her 94 years.

November 23, 2014 | By Peter Funt Commentary | Columnists

Betty Arenson: Truth about Obamacare

It was October 2013 at the University of Pennsylvania. PennLDI (Leonard Davis Health Institute of Economics) hosted the 24th annual Health Economics Conference.

November 21, 2014 | By Betty Arenson Right here, right now | Columnists

Gary Horton: Old guys rule – and more should

"I see dead people. ...

November 19, 2014 | By Gary Horton | Columnists

Brian Baker: GOP needs to wield its power

If you keep up with the political scene, you know that in the wake of the political massacre the Dem/socialists suffered in this year's midterm elections, Obama has vowed to take unilateral action on several issues, most notably illegal immigration, by granting illegal aliens de facto amnesty through executive order.

November 19, 2014 | By Brian Baker SCV Voices | Columnists

Jonathan Kraut: Contented with gridlock

Our local midterm elections resulted in the appointment of some very competent representatives.

November 18, 2014 | By Jonathan Kraut Democratic Voices | Columnists

David Hegg: Building on trust

There is a plague in our land that the Centers for Disease Control have no way of handling. It is the plague of divisiveness, the attitude responsible for the growing division in our marriages, our politics, and our personal relationships. We've become a nation of oversensitive crybabies who will take our ball and go home over the smallest infraction. In fact, we seem poised to jump on anything we can use to undermine our opponents or criticize our friends. And it's killing us.

November 16, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists

Christine Korenthal: Ineffective gun-control bill signed

At the beginning of this month, Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB1014, the most far-reaching and, in my opinion, most unconstitutional anti-gun bill in history.

November 14, 2014 | By Christine Korenthal Right here, right now | Columnists

The Way Forward on Billboards

As the Principal Officer for the No on Measure S Committee I want to extend my thanks and gratitude to the voters who were not fooled by the deceptive Yes S campaign and decided to cast their ballot in opposition to Measure S. The result was decisive and unambiguous, 16,284 (56%) voted no, 12,697 voted yes (44%). In the world of politics, that is a mandate.

November 13, 2014 | By Steve Petzold SCV Voices | Columnists

Steve Lunetta: The pendulum swings back

"Next year has to be the year to expand the universe of people who vote. I'm concerned that eligible voters did not vote in the election this year."

November 13, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right about now | Columnists

Andy Fried: End of the road for SCV and Cemex?

Time is running out. We're in the final scenes of a decades-long drama, the outcome of which will determine whether Santa Clarita Valley residents must tolerate a massive, dust-spewing, traffic-clogging gravel mine on the east end of town for decades to come.

November 12, 2014 | By Andy Fried SCV Voices | Columnists

Kevin Buck: Keep calm and strive on

Republicans won a big victory in the 2014 mid-term elections. They should be very pleased, winning is fun. I remember how it felt to be a Democrat on Election Day in 2008 and 2012. Despite Republicans gloating about a mandate and the claims that their policies and stances on the issues have been validated, nothing of the sort is true.

November 11, 2014 | By Kevin Buck Democratic Voices | Columnists

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