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Snowbound: Escaping the SCV

When my teenage daughter, Brandie, called Wednesday and told me our car had a "snow 'fro" from snow piling up on its rooftop, I didn't believe her. Like most Southern Californians, my husband Vince and I commute to work. We knew when we left our high desert home in Pinon Hills Wednesday morning we'd likely get trapped in sunny Santa Clarita. But our much-appreciated jobs at The Signal awaited and we enjoyed an exciting serendipity creeping along Highway 14 nearly alone.

December 21, 2008 | By Michelle Lovato Signal Staff Writer | Columnists


Michele Buttelman: Holidays are for everyone

The holiday countdown is now at single digits. Hanukkah begins tonight at sundown, Christmas is a mere four days away and Kwanzaa begins Friday. I rather think the British and the Canadians have it nicely thought out with Boxing Day celebrated on the day after Christmas. The day after Christmas should be a holiday! Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and Joyous Kwanzaa!

Menorah lighting at Town Center Mall

December 21, 2008 | By Michele E. Buttelman | Columnists


Tim Myers: On missing menorahs and upside-down flags

Chris Dickerson changed my outlook. The unapologetic liberal and Baltimore transplant who served in the capacity of Signal city editor during the late 1990s, at one of our several lunches at the Way Station, opened my eyes to an epiphany.

December 21, 2008 | By Tim Myers | Columnists


Willy Gutman: An open letter to the people of Palestine

This letter should have been written years ago, when the incident that prompts its belated publication took place.

December 21, 2008 | By Willy Gutman | Columnists


John Boston: The SCV's December War, Part II

"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

December 21, 2008 | By John Boston | Columnists


Who should be our nation’s next president?

A local Democratic activist confided to me several months ago that his own dear mother told him, "America is not ready for a black president."

December 20, 2008 | By Tim Myers | Columnists


Sip wine and stroll

It's now less than two weeks until Halloween ... though with the recent ups and downs on Wall Street it seems we've had plenty of scary stuff to keep us awake at night!

The Wine Affair

December 20, 2008 | By Michele E. Buttelman Signal Features Editor | Columnists


Keep yourself informed during major emergencies

In the digital world, people's need to access real-time information transcends simply 24-hour national and world news sources and must include local happenings.

December 20, 2008 | Signal Staff | Columnists


We pay taxes — we deserve marriage

We fled the San Fernando Valley - unfortunately theft, drugs and prostitution moved into our neighborhood, and we just didn't feel as though we were safe anymore.

December 20, 2008 | By Kelly Greene | Columnists


Let’s not reward incompetence

Just as there were a lot of hushed conversations about the election, people now mutter about the financial bailouts. We stand off to the side and speak quietly. We watch the news of families struggling, losing their jobs and homes.

December 20, 2008 | By Maria Gutzeit SCV Voices | Columnists


Why Obama need not speak

I was struck by CNN correspondent Campbell Brown's recent column in which she recommends that Barack Obama be more forthright with the American people about his connection to thoroughly disgraced Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

December 20, 2008 | Dan Rhys SCV Voices | Columnists


Common cents for the holidays

I'm greedy when it comes to Christmas presents. And this year, I wanna give more presents than anyone else gives.

December 20, 2008 | By Michael Picarella Picarella Family Report | Columnists


Plundering of the American taxpayer

I was recently talking with a friend about Washington's (the Democrat-controlled House and Senate) latest approach to solving all our problems with the massive automaker bailout legislation.

December 19, 2008 | By Lynn Vakay Right Here, Right Now | Columnists


Free rides on Santa Clarita’s holiday trolley

All around the Santa Clarita Valley, shopping centers are decked out in their seasonal best with colorful decorations and a lot of holiday cheer. If you are looking to jump right into the holiday spirit this year, we encourage you to catch a ride aboard the city's festively decorated trolley to make the rounds at a few Santa Clarita shopping centers, free of charge.

December 19, 2008 | By Laurene Weste Live from City Hall | Columnists


John Boston: American booty, stay away from me

When Rodents Attack. Sounds like a Discovery Channel end-o'-the-world special. Actually, it's the latest chapter in the ongoing Santa Clarita saga of Yuppies vs. Rodents.

December 19, 2008 | By John Boston | Columnists


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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


Gary Horton: Something to which we can all agree

Kathy Norris of the Valley Industry Association paid me a visit a few weeks ago as part of a local business survey.

July 09, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Kevin Buck: The pols and the pendulum

The political world is never static. The never-ending battles for power, prestige, policy and the perceived moral high ground are endless and endlessly fascinating.

July 08, 2014 | By Kevin Buck Democratic Voices | Columnists


Castaic Lake’s long launch ramp means it’s time to conserve water

If you've been to Castaic Lake recently, you may have noticed you're seeing a lot more of the launch ramp than usual. These days, that launch ramp is loooooong.

July 07, 2014 | Tom Campbell SCV Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: The cul-de-sac of bad choices

Part of the joy, and most of the misery, of my job as a pastor is being with folks when they in trouble, surrounded by the carnage of poor choices, and facing what appear to be insurmountable obstacles.

July 06, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


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