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Tim Myers: Looking back on 2008, looking forward to 2009

Last year I made semi-bold predictions on local events. Not to brag, but I did poorly. Let's review those predictions:

December 28, 2008 | By Tim Myers Myers’ Musings | Columnists


Michele E. Buttelman: A look at things to come

Happy New Year and here's hoping for a fine 2009.

December 28, 2008 | By Michele E. Buttelman SCV Scene | Columnists


I no longer shop after-Christmas sales

I abstain from this annual shopping obsession to appease that devilish side of me that is magnetized by clearance racks throughout the year.

December 28, 2008 | By Michelle Lovato | Columnists


Paranoia rampant on both Right and Left

One of the funniest lines ever in the "All in the Family" sitcom resided in a flashback episode that showed the first meeting of the left-wing Michael (portrayed by Rob Reiner) and Gloria, the daughter of right-wing Archie Bunker, during a blind date in late 1968.

December 27, 2008 | By Tim Myers | Columnists


At-home DNA kits tell 'Who's your daddy?'

After many years of unbridled supermarket spending, I have begun linking scissors with thrifty shoppers across the U.S. of A.

December 27, 2008 | By Diana Sevanian Out of My Head | Columnists


Countdown to Halloween

Do you know what you're going to be for Halloween? Halloween arrives on Friday with costumes, treats and spooky fun. However, the "ghoulish" season will soon be over and instead of pumpkins we'll be carving a turkey and decorating the tree. Where did the time go?

Last chance for Ghoul Mines

December 27, 2008 | By Michele E. Buttelman Signal Features Editor | Columnists


Sarah Palin fails as veep choice for McCain run

Many have long surmised that Ronald Reagan's choice of George H.W. Bush as his running mate in 1980 was unadorned political posturing as the purported war-hungry, right-wing extremist sought to annul that perception by picking the more conciliatory, moderate Bush as his No. 2.

December 27, 2008 | By Andre Hollings SCV Voices | Columnists


The story goes on: Vote ‘Yes' on Measure SA

On Election Day Nov. 4, the people of the Santa Clarita Valley will be making their voices heard on national and statewide matters.

December 27, 2008 | By Gloria Mercado-Fortine | Columnists


Discuss victim in civility lessons

A 14-year-old special-needs student with developmental issues commits suicide in his high school bathroom. This was a tragic story recently reported in the local newspapers, heard on the radio and whispered over lunch tables.

December 27, 2008 | By Thresa Katz SCV Voices | Columnists


Fake Santa, Real Santa, Noise and Thanks

Boy doesn't fall for my Santa Claus

December 27, 2008 | By Michael Picarella | Columnists


On dangerous liaisons, hatred and hope

There I was, perched atop my father's shoulders, from where I caught my one fleeting glimpse of John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

December 26, 2008 | By Diana Sevanian Out of My Head | Columnists


Hasley Canyon no place for a school

Though it read like an advertisement, Rebecca Cranert's three-quarter-page "Myths vs. facts, Hasley Canyon Private School" was in The Signal's Oct. 5 opinion pages, so I am moved to respond regarding the points raised by Mrs. Cranert.

December 26, 2008 | By Michael Murphy Local commentary | Columnists


The sounds of Halloween

It was a dark and stormy night.

December 26, 2008 | By Michael Picarella Picarella Family Report | Columnists


Michelle Lovato: The ‘How to Look Like a Movie Star Diet’

My favorite button-up blouse betrayed me on Christmas morning me and spit what was once a delicately located button into the mirror and back at my face.

December 26, 2008 | By Michelle Lovato Signal Staff Writer | Columnists


John Boston: Skunkashave & Tweedie’s mutant sweater

Smugly we've watched National Geographic Specials. We've giggled at primitive peoples with bones through their noses and yard-long skinny gourds covering unmentionables as they argue about pig festivals.

December 26, 2008 | By John Boston | Columnists


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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


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


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 Petzold: Santa Clarita billboard blues

As a resident of Santa Clarita and keen observer of the governmental process, I am still puzzled why council members Kellar, Acosta, and McLean voted to play poker with more than $200,000 of your taxpayer dollars.

August 06, 2014 | By Steve Petzold SCV Voices | Columnists


Gary Horton: Sensibly conserve water now

Author's note: In writing this week's column, let me disclose that I own a large regional landscape firm and am knowledgeable in both water conservation and landscape water requirements. Also important is that our firm does not perform public landscape construction or maintenance for the city of Santa Clarita or elsewhere.

August 06, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


David Hegg: The choices we make will make an impact tomorrow

It has long been understood that we always choose according to our best interests. That's the way our minds work.

August 03, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Scott Wilk: Where’s the balance?

I believe all Californians are environmentalists. Who doesn't want clean air and clean water?

August 01, 2014 | By Scott Wilk Right here, right now | Columnists


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