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Jose de la Isla: Drugs and border violence are also American issues

Mexico's biggest national security problem stems from its fight with drug cartels. Its domestic body count of nearly 6,000 people last year sounded the alarm. Prominently listed among the grizzly assassinations were gangsters, police, journalists, members of the military and government officials, plus a multitude of collateral victims.

March 05, 2009 | Jose de la Isla Hispanic News Link | Columnists


Gary Horton: Can the Buck be passed?

I did something Thursday night that I've never done before in my 52 years on earth. I finally, formally embraced compassionate humanity. I stopped looking through that glass darkly. I turned away from childish things. I shed the snaky, scaly skin of corruption and greed. Yes, after 34 years as a registered Republican, I officially changed my political party affiliation to Democrat. Mild-mannered, moderate columnist Gary Horton made the long-overdue formal switch to the Democratic Party in pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness - for all people, not just sum (Sic).

March 04, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Jonathan Kraut: Blue Dogs wanted

Despite his campaign promises of fiscal accountability and supporting smaller government, I know many of you are quite disturbed that President Barack Obama has promoted the greatest increase in government spending in human history.

March 03, 2009 | Jonathan Kraut | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: The path we're on

In business schools, students are taught important lessons about business that will hopefully help them avoid common pitfalls that destroy fledgling companies and major multinational corporations alike.

March 02, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Roger Gitlin: Support E-Verify

Some months back, I was visiting a friend who was entertaining other guests at his home at the time. One of those individuals owned a fast-food franchise in Santa Clarita.

March 01, 2009 | Roger Gitlin | Columnists


Laurie Ender: Anti-Gang Task Force fights to keep streets, youth safe

As community members, we value the safety of our city and understand that it takes a great deal of collaboration to make Santa Clarita a great place to live, work and play. Our world today is riddled with crime, gangs and individuals who see our possessions, lifestyle and even children as a means to their gain. The city works hard to keep this kind of criminal activity off our streets and away from our community, and the City/Sheriff Anti-Gang Task Force proved this in its 2008 yearly report.

February 27, 2009 | Santa Clarita City Council | Columnists


Bill Kennedy: Denial led to state budget crunch

It was January 1966 and 2nd Lt. Larry Arnold, one of my USAF pilot training classmates, had just lifted off from our base in Texas for his initial solo in a twin-engine jet, when he was confronted by one of a pilot's worst nightmares - a cockpit warning light indicating a fire in the right engine.

February 27, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Dr. Gene Dorio: A healthier, cleaner, safer Santa Clarita

As a doctor, I am particularly concerned about the health of our community and how it affects the health of the individuals who live here, especially our children and seniors.

February 26, 2009 | Dr. Gene Dorio | Columnists


Joe Messina: Paying the high cost of illegal immigration

"All they want to do is work!"

February 26, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: Vision big for California

The fun part is when you're so close to the windshield you can see the incredulous look on drivers' faces just as they're about to run you down.

February 24, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tim Myers: Congressman McKeon and the 'rump' party

Rump: A small or inferior remnant or offshoot; especially a group ... carrying on in the name of the original body after the departure or expulsion of a large number of its members.

February 22, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Don Gately: Frustrating thingamajigs

It came in a "blister pack" that required a hacksaw or blowtorch to open.

February 22, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Kevin Korenthal: Diversity or discrimination?

It would appear that Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor under President Clinton, knows little about the reality of racial diversity in the union building trades.

February 22, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Cameron Smyth: Tax credit will create local jobs

Throughout my time in the Legislature, I have worked closely with my colleagues - both Republicans and Democrats - in an effort to stem the flow of runaway film production that takes so many jobs out of our community.

February 22, 2009 | Assemblyman, 38th District | Columnists


Michael Picarella: The great Bear scare

Clutching his favorite teddy bear - appropriately named Bear - my 5-year-old son showed me a long rip across the furry stuffed animal's right armpit.

February 21, 2009 | Mike Picarella | Columnists


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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


Steve Lunetta: The crisis with illegal immigrant kids

I have written in this column in the past that I support illegal immigration. This position has earned me the ire of my fellow conservatives.

July 10, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right about now | Columnists


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