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Archive By Section - Columnists


Betty Arenson: Obama’s blind eye

It's very difficult to have a dispassionate conversation about the actions of a president without taking a political side.

February 27, 2015 | By Betty Arenson Right here, right now | Columnists


High speed rail: dead in its tracks?

Stakeholders from the Bay Area, San Joaquin Valley, Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita Valley and, now, San Fernando Valley are uniting and fighting to stop damaging high-speed rail plans "dead in their tracks."

February 25, 2015 | S.A.F.E. Coalition Commentary | Columnists


Gary Horton: Giuliani’s love is hate in sheep’s clothing

"What's love got to do with it, got to do with it?

February 25, 2015 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Charlie Vignola: The crisis of ISIS

While Democrats and Republicans are more polarized than ever, their shared repulsion at the murderous activities of ISIS is one of the few things both sides can agree on.

February 24, 2015 | By Charlie Vignola Democratic Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: Finding an ethical starting place

At some point we all ask the big questions. Who am I? Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going?

February 22, 2015 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Terri Lovell: Who has right to work?

Who has a greater right to work; illegal aliens or lawful immigrants and American citizens?

February 20, 2015 | By Terri Lovell Right here, right now | Columnists


Steve Lunetta:Why register?

"I've often asked myself why you should have to register to vote."

February 19, 2015 | By Steve Lunetta Right about now | Columnists


Gary Horton: Hugs, not hate, to relate

Hate radio. Hate speech. Hate websites. Hate politics. Hate crimes. Hate's gone big time and big business and big politics in America.

February 18, 2015 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Lakshan Fonseka: Advice to this year’s graduating class

"My work is a feeble attempt to understand and respond to the guttural cry that erupts from the depths of the soul of each of us."

February 18, 2015 | By Lakshan Fonseka SCV Voices | Columnists


Jonathan Kraut: The difference between can and should

Last Saturday one individual was shot in the head and two police officers were wounded in an attack on a synagogue in central Copenhagen, Denmark.

February 17, 2015 | By Jonathan Kraut Democratic Voices | Columnists


"La crisis" in Spain

Editor's note: This is the first in a series of columns by Santa Clarita Valley native Scott Kanowsky, who is currently living in Madrid, Spain.

February 16, 2015 | An American Abroad | Columnists


David Hegg: Please stop pretending

The continuous stream of insightful comments made by our pre-school granddaughters never ceases to amaze and delight me. Last week our daughter recounted an exchange with her 3-year old:

February 15, 2015 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Scott Wilk: Realignment Plan is a failure

A few weeks back, while driving up Newhall Avenue, I witnessed a flurry of activity that included a TV news truck, police cars and an area quarantined by police caution tape.

February 13, 2015 | By Scott Wilk Right here, right now | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Integrity in journalism

I was at a Democratic Party Central Committee meeting the other day when a full-sized Hereford cow came flying through the window!

February 12, 2015 | By Steve Lunetta Right about now | Columnists


Gary Horton: Beloved slice of Americana fades away

It's safe for me to say that Radio Shack helped form my adolescent life - and might have even saved it. An odd statement, yet true.

February 11, 2015 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


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Betty Arenson: Why elect Democrats?

It's campaign season, But then, nowadays, when isn't it campaign season?

May 28, 2015 | By Betty Arenson Right Here, Right Now | Columnists


Scott Kanowsky: Bike sharing system right for Santa Clarita?

Spaniards went to the polls last weekend in a crucial round of regional and municipal elections. In Madrid the city's embattled mayor, Ana Botella, stepped down after nearly four years in office.

May 26, 2015 | By Scott Kanaowsky | Columnists


Donna Brazile: More than just remembrance

This Memorial Day, with David Letterman retiring the week before the holiday and the recent death of legendary bluesman B.B. King, I began to think about ways to honor our servicemen and women beyond the traditional parades and prayers of Memorial Day weekend.

May 26, 2015 | By Donna Brazile | Columnists


Steve and Cokie Roberts: Answer the tough questions

It's a start. A small one.

May 26, 2015 | By Steven and Cokie Roberts Commentary | Columnists


Jim Mullen: Longing for the old typewriter

I just spent two hours writing a letter on my computer that would have taken me a minute and a half on a typewriter. It took another hour to print the envelope.

May 25, 2015 | By Jim Mullen Village Idiot | Columnists


Proper honor and remembrance for the real heroes of our country

This weekend we pause to honor the memory of those who gave their lives in defense of America during our many armed conflicts. Originally proposed and celebrated in 1868, the day was known as Decoration Day. General John Logan commanded that the day was "for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country …" President Lyndon Johnson conferred national holiday status on the day in 1966.

May 22, 2015 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Kevin Korenthal: Regions need to unite against train

Last month, the City of Santa Clarita in partnership with surrounding cities and towns hosted a community meeting to solicit support for an effort to approach the local (not so) high-speed rail alignment issue from a regional perspective. This rally was the result of an evolving set of alignments being proposed for the section of rail from Palmdale to Burbank. The City of Santa Clarita has maintained that since it does not receive a stop it should not be adversely affected by the system.

May 21, 2015 | By Kevin Korenthal Right Here, Right Now | Columnists


Gary Horton: Citizenship stays vigilant as well as local

Last week I wrote on the challenge of motivating the good folks over at LA County Parks and Recreation to address their disregard leading to the utter devastation of our street medians at Commerce Center Drive in the otherwise shiny Valencia Industrial Center.

May 21, 2015 | By Garyt Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


David Hegg: Growing better, not just older

Our society is obsessed with many things, but none more so than aging. I don't think a day passes but that I hear someone complaining about the consequences of getting older.

May 15, 2015 | David W. Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Steve Knight: Defense bill essential to our country and our communities

In the early hours of the morning on April 30, after a full day of debate and deliberation, the House Armed Services Committee passed the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2016.

May 15, 2015 | By Steve Knight SCV Voices | Columnists


Scott Wilk: Fighting California’s illegal fire tax

In the next few months, more than 800,000 California homeowners, including residents of some areas in unincorporated Santa Clarita Valley, will get a bill in the mail requiring them to pay a state fee for fire prevention and safety services.

May 15, 2015 | By Scott Wilk Right Here, Right Now | Columnists


Vincent Titiriga: The Drought: More than a resident problem

Rolling hills, a plethora of parks and green landscapes throughout the community draw people into the Santa Clarita Valley.

May 13, 2015 | By Vincent Titiriga SCV Voices | Columnists


Gary Horton: California Sinks Into The Desert

As long as I can remember, alarmists have bleated and prophesied, "The Big One is coming and California will sink into the ocean depths!"

May 13, 2015 | By Garyt Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Jonathan Kraut: Rediscovering our political backbone

Just about every local news broadcast, whether by radio or via cable, reminds us that we are in a drought. The social theme being pushed is "to conserve water."

May 11, 2015 | By Jonathan Kraut Democratic Voices | Columnists


Estelle Foley: SCV Sheriff’s Station 43rd anniversary

As I travel through life I try to remember to be grateful for the things that have been important to me, and one is my long friendship with the Sheriff's Department as historian for the station, an appointment made in 1996 by Lt. Bob Elson, now retired.

May 07, 2015 | Estelle Foley SCV Sheriff’s Station historian | Columnists


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