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On April 8, recall voter apathy in SCV

Did you see the massive coverage of the five Santa Clarita City Council candidates splashed across The Signal's Sunday Opinion page last weekend? How could you miss it?

May 24, 2008 | By Roger Gitlin | Columnists


The SCV welcomes springtime!

Yes, spring HAS sprung in the Santa Clarita Valley. The hills are a beautiful, beckoning green, wildflowers adorn the hillsides with a blaze of color. It is the most wonderful time of the year! Thursday marked the official start of spring, but we've been celebrating spring in the SCV now for a few lovely weeks.

Symphony's Family Concert

May 24, 2008 | Michele E. Buttelman | Columnists


How to talk politics and influence people

Because of the wide variety of friends that I have made over the years, I often find myself in the company of people who do not necessarily agree with my politics. Whether it is hanging out at a Super Bowl party or at fundraising events for elected officials, I always seem to attract people to conversation about politics. And many times these people are my political opposites.

May 23, 2008 | By Kevin D. Korenthal | Columnists


'Upscale' babes don't do it for dough

During a recent trip to San Francisco, I accidentally discovered that a vast array of eager, pleasure-oriented female (and male) "dates" is easily available through that city's Yellow Pages.

May 23, 2008 | By Diana Sevanian Out of My Head | Columnists


Don't use prisoner release to balance California budget

Probably the most eye-opening aspect of the governor's 10 percent across-the-board state budget cuts is the immediate release of 22,000 dangerous felons onto the streets of California. If Gov.Schwarzenegger's intention was to scare our state legislators into action, let's hope the action taken doesn't initiate abject pandemonium.

May 22, 2008 | By Paul B. Strickland Sr. | Columnists


Protect our urban forests

Santa Clarita has an oak on its city seal and has long been a "Tree City, USA," holding annual arbor day events to promote local tree planting. This year's Arbor Day celebration will be held on April 12, and we hope to see you there again at our Friends of the Santa Clara River booth. It is wonderful that the city promotes this event and acknowledges the importance of urban forests. Now the city needs to be more proactive about protecting our native trees during the land-use process.

May 21, 2008 | By Ron Bottorff | Columnists


The tragedy of Macbush

This past Friday, Carrie and I made a quick trip to Brooklyn to visit our two sons living in New York. Jon had kindly arranged for us all to see Patrick Stewart playing Macbeth at the incredible Brooklyn Academy of Music. So it was to be a wonderful weekend, full of fun with our boys and with seeing fabulous Stewart in that riveting Shakespeare play.

May 20, 2008 | By Gary Horton | Columnists


Congress needs to pass 'Protect America Act'

Another week of governmental inactivity in Washington D.C. has passed. Granted, 2008 is a presidential election year, and substantive legislation traditionally takes a backseat to politics, but the United States House of Representatives has literally fallen asleep at the switch.

May 18, 2008 | By Paul B. Strickland | Columnists


City's biggest issue: Allow residents to enjoy their lives

As we heard in the debates, there are many "hot button" issues this campaign season. Having been elected twice by the voters to work on tough issues like water supply and the cleanup of the Whittaker-Bermite property, I respectfully offer that public office isn't about one issue, it's about handling everything so residents can enjoy their daily lives.

May 17, 2008 | By Maria Gutzeit Candidate, Santa Clarita City Council | Columnists


City's biggest issue: Quality of life

Quality of life is the key issue in this election for city council. My campaign is about not only maintaining but continually improving our quality of life here in Santa Clarita which is why I have earned the endorsements of Congressman Buck McKeon, Council member Marsha McLean and Mayor Pro-Tem Frank Ferry.

May 17, 2008 | By Laurie Ender Candidate, Santa Clarita City Council | Columnists


City's biggest issue: Keeping Santa Clarita safe

I had the honor of spending 25 years protecting the public as an LAPD officer. While serving in the San Fernando Valley I witnessed the deterioration of a place that had a strong sense of community to one that is now gang-infested, fear-ridden and in many areas lacking hope.

May 17, 2008 | By Bob Kellar Candidate for Re-election, Santa Clarita City Council | Columnists


City's biggest issue: Public safety from ground up

When we think about local public health and safety, we picture our sheriff and fire departments, our hospital, and the county health department. We check the county's health ratings before we enter our restaurants; we count on first responders to be there for us when emergencies strike; and we need sufficient operating rooms and hospital beds to provide timely health services.

May 17, 2008 | By Diane Trautman Candidate, Santa Clarita City Council | Columnists


City's biggest issue: A better and safer Santa Clarita

Given a chance to write about a single issue of importance, what do I choose? Is there one single issue facing our city that transcends all others, or are we just faced with a number of important issues?

May 17, 2008 | By Bob Spierer Candidate, Santa Clarita City Council | Columnists


Great wall of ambition surrounds Washington, D.C.

After listening to what seems like a decade's worth of presidential debates and after having come of age, politically, during the blow-out sale at Bush's big government bonanza, I was recently taken by the chin and clued in that before impressive speeches about health care reform or nuanced discourses on entitlements reform are given, a more vital subject must be addressed.

May 17, 2008 | By Andre Hollings | Columnists


How to help slay a monster: CPS-3

Do you care about your health? Do you care about the health of your children and generations that follow beyond them?

May 16, 2008 | By Diana Sevanian | Columnists


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David Hegg: The resurrection of Jesus is proof that God exists

Every year as the "spring break" scene is played out with unfettered passion on the beaches of Florida we are treated to news footage of college students throwing caution – and restraint – to the wind. For a week they act out their core ethic, that the best life is one without care or constraint.

April 20, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Marsha McLean: Cowboy Festival continues to grow

Gene Autry is best known as "America's favorite singing cowboy." He is an American legend, former Santa Clarita Valley resident, and the only entertainer to have five stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

April 18, 2014 | By Marsha McLean Live from city hall | Columnists


Scott Wilk: Keep the cameras rolling

California is home to world class universities and technology giants such as Amgen, Google and Facebook. But our most famous industry that we export throughout the globe is television and film.

April 18, 2014 | By Scott Wilk Right here right now | Columnists


Kim Jones: GMO dangers: fact or fiction?

I was recently listening to one of my favorite radio shows when I heard the hosts saying there was absolutely no evidence genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, in the food supply were harmful or create health problems.

April 17, 2014 | By Kim Jones SCV Voices | Columnists


Cary Quashen: Teens need to say ‘no’ to alcohol

April is National Alcohol Awareness Month, and this year's theme is "Help For Today, Hope For Tomorrow."

April 15, 2014 | By Cary Quashen SCV Voices | Columnists


Kevin Buck: November mid-term elections

I consider every election an important election. Presidential elections deservedly get a lot of attention, but presidents can only do so much on their own, despite the opposition wailing and whining otherwise.

April 15, 2014 | By Kevin Buck Democratic Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: Please help me understand

Have you ever encountered this scenario? Someone comes to you with a gripe. There are really mad at you for something and as they begin berating you it is apparent they just don't have the facts.

April 13, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Susana Coronel: Volunteer opportunities in Santa Clarita

Volunteers are superstars in the city of Santa Clarita.

April 11, 2014 | By Susana Coronel Live from city hall | Columnists


Betty Arenson: A special thanks to Mom and Dad

A surprising and extraordinary handwritten letter from an acquaintance arrived at my home last week thanking me for the reminder of the true values America was built upon; referencing my "Is this your America?" commentary (March 28, The Signal).

April 11, 2014 | By Betty Arenson Right here right now | Columnists


Anne Marie Whalley: Visas, not amnesty for immigrants

In response to Joe Guzzardi's column about immigrants titled "Slippery road ahead as Congress reconvenes," published March 31 in The Signal:

April 10, 2014 | By Anne Marie Whalley SCV Voices | Columnists


Don Robinson: Be spiritual on Earth Day

We tend to think of Earth Day as a physical thing - a time to celebrate Earth's beauty and provision and to recognize some of its needs for maintenance. This is a good thing.

April 10, 2014 | By Don Robinson SCV Voices | Columnists


Gary Horton: Why not live your life fuller?

Followers of this column know that five weeks ago my daughter, Katie, was struck by a motorcycle in Jaipur India while visiting with family and friends for what was to be a special Indian wedding and 14 day tour. Katie was hit on the 2nd day and suffered severe traumatic brain injury (TBI.) She required cranial surgery, was comatose two days, spent six days in the ICU, and subsequently required 16 days of hospitalization to recover sufficiently well for the 24 hour jet trip back home.

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


David Hegg: Where does health care really start?

I imagine we're all caught up in the great paradox that is the current dialogue on health care. It seems to be everywhere, on every broadcast and Internet news show, with pundits and anchors analyzing every number and statement that becomes available.

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


Bob Kellar: Grow green at Earth Arbor Day festival

It's no secret that, in Santa Clarita, we take our trees seriously. Our city is home to more than 50,000 trees, including the majestic oaks that have stood tall in our valley for hundreds of years.

April 04, 2014 | By Bob Kellar Live from city hall | Columnists


Steve Knight: Clean-up on aisles 35, 30 and 8!

We are often told that the public has a less-than-favorable opinion of its government representatives. Recent scandalous behavior by several California senators has only emboldened that sentiment.

April 04, 2014 | By Steve Knight Right here right now | Columnists


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