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Bribery in politics unacceptable

An American tourist might be appalled by the way police take bribes throughout much of Asia, Africa and Latin America. Local customs in these parts of the world not only permit but condone payoffs to the police.

October 27, 2008 | Jonathan Kraut | Columnists


Idealism vs. realism in politics

It was November 1979. I was a major in the U.S. Air Force assigned to the office of the Secretary of Defense and had just been ordered by my boss to report to the Joint Operations Center in the bowels of the Pentagon to join a Crisis Action Team - or CAT, as we called it.

October 26, 2008 | Bill Kennedy | Columnists


The things you learn when you tear apart our dropout numbers

Let us return to the topic of dropout rates in the Hart District.

October 25, 2008 | By Tim Myers | Columnists


On Michael Phelps and the latest Breakfast of Champions

The Summer Olympics has always made for favorite family viewing at our house.

October 25, 2008 | By Diana Sevanian | Columnists


Old time fun at Silents

Is there a finer event in the Santa Clarita Valley than Silents Under the Stars? Where else can you have some of the tastiest barbecue (from Rattler's) and watch a silent Western starring Bill Hart set to an original score, while munching popcorn as the gentle breezes caress you as they move across La Loma de los Vientos (the Hill of the Winds)?

October 25, 2008 | By Michele E. Buttelman Signal Features Editor | Columnists


Life stranger than fiction

In one of the greatest cinematic accomplishments of the 20th century, "Men in Black" (1997), J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) are chasing dangerous aliens around New York City. At one point, they lose the trail of their nemesis and are forced to consult the "hot sheets" - supermarket tabloids.

October 23, 2008 | Steve Lunetta Right Here, Right Now | Columnists


What’s found at the park stays

At the park the other day my 5-year-old son found a pine cone that he wanted to take home. I told him that what we find at the park stays at the park. Without even asking why, he dropped the pine cone, and we went home. Good boy.

October 23, 2008 | Michael Picarella | Columnists


Steelhead could return to local river

On July 25, the National Marine Fisheries Service issued a document that could eventually return steelhead salmon to the Santa Clara River.

October 22, 2008 | By Ron Bottorff | Columnists


Bush may create new Cold War

The far right neoconservatives continue to get what they absolutely need to satisfy their basic needs: An enemy!

October 21, 2008 | Phil Rizzo | Columnists


‘Assuming facts not in evidence’

Law school only teaches three things that one cannot learn elsewhere: The Rule Against Perpetuities, the Hearsay Rule, and my personal favorite: "Assuming Facts not in Evidence."

October 18, 2008 | By Tim Myers | Columnists


Buyoff or bunkum? Try buyoff

Well, folks, if you're not outraged by the buying of Councilwoman Laurie Ender's election seat, then we're all in trouble.

October 18, 2008 | By David Gauny SCV Voices | Columnists


ISO: A magic wand for Santa Clarita’s seniors

Among the numerous reporter note pad destinations I've known through the years, one has always held a special place in my heart: The Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center.

October 18, 2008 | By Diana Sevanian | Columnists


Our son’s in kindergarten

My 5-year-old son started kindergarten on Wednesday, and my wife and I were among the 2 million parents there to say goodbye forever to our precious little offspring.

October 16, 2008 | By Michael Picarella For The Signal | Columnists


My stimulus check right about now

This never happens to me. I got $1,800 from the U.S. Treasury as part of the "Economic Stimulus" program that was recently enacted. But it is still sitting in our checking account. I've been thinking about it, and I'm not sure why it is still there.

October 16, 2008 | By Steve Lunetta For The Signal | Columnists


Endangered Species Act declared extinct

Monday was the celebration day of St. Claire, namesake of our Santa Clara River.

October 15, 2008 | By Lynne Plambeck For The Signal | Columnists


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David Hegg: Get ready, elections are coming!

With just over two months until the mid-term elections in November, it's time to talk about voting choices. No, I won't be endorsing candidates, issues, or parties. What I will do is suggest some strategies for getting factual information and making wise choices before you enter the voting booth.

August 31, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Tammy Messina: Not a state problem

Three million dollars. It's a drop in the bucket for a $100-plus-billion budget.

August 29, 2014 | By Tammy Messina Right here, right now | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: How to deal with police per Earl

"I just don't get it!" Being on the receiving end of many of my Uncle Earl's tirades, I am now familiar with the lead-in to one of his standard diatribes.

August 28, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right about now | Columnists


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


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