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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


Next president must reach across the aisle

Does partisanship have a date with death in November of this year? In addition to all being members of the U.S. Senate, presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, John McCain and Barack Obama all have a history of working in a bipartisan fashion.

May 15, 2008 | By Michael Cruz | Columnists


Drugs in our drinking water?

Water quality has been a concern for quite some time in California and in our community. As our population increases and we improve our technological capability to detect contaminants, water providers and water consumers are made ever more aware of real and potential new problems.

May 14, 2008 | By Lynne Plambeck | Columnists


America: Land of the incarcerated

You might have missed the otherwise important story well buried on page C3 in the Feb. 29 Signal. America, having lost so much ground to international competitors in manufacturing, education, and strength of currency, has found a way to make it back to the top of the global heap.

May 13, 2008 | By Gary Horton | Columnists


'Maybe' isn't good enough

While our 4-year-old son is one little boy, and my wife and I are two grown adults, the kid is winning the energy battle here. After a full day, he's like the Energizer Bunny having downed a Red Bull energy drink, and we're like the runner who just finished two back-to-back marathons and is in dire need of medical assistance.

May 12, 2008 | By Michael Picarella Local Commentary | Columnists


'All politics is local'

We are currently in the midst of the most interesting and one of the most important presidential campaigns in my lifetime. Normally this column would be devoted to rehashing conventional wisdom, divining the meaning of polls, spinning the spin and turning it all into good news for the resurgent Democratic Party.

May 12, 2008 | By Kevin Buck | Columnists


What you need to know about plastic bags

The use of plastic bags is getting a lot of publicity these days.

May 12, 2008 | By Marsha McLean | Columnists


Oops - it worked

The silence from the left is deafening. The War on Terror and Iraq appear to have disappeared from public discourse and are rarely mentioned by our friends on the left. Other than the occasional shrill cry of "Get the U. S. out," hearkening back to the hippie glory days of the '60s, Democratic presidential candidates and their supporting cronies have obtained a collective amnesia about the topic. I wonder why.

May 11, 2008 | By Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Viva Las Vegas for SCV Senior Center

Happy Daylight Savings Time! (However, I'm not a huge fan and I rather resent the extra time we've been stuck with it this year!) I survived my zip line adventure over the flora and fauna filled valleys above Kaanapali, Maui. It was a wonderful experience, despite my bruised toe and sore muscles! I highly recommend it! In fact, I recommend a Maui vacation anytime!

Celebrity waiter dinner

May 10, 2008 | Michele E. Buttelman | Columnists


Why you should vote for Ender

Congressman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon has endorsed my candidacy because he believes I am the most qualified candidate to work with him to stop the Cemex megamine and because I am strongly advocating an expansion of the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

May 10, 2008 | By Laurie Ender Candidate for City Council | Columnists


Why you should vote for Gutzeit

You hear it all over town - we are so lucky to have five great candidates for the upcoming April City Council election. In the debates, all the candidates were agreeing more than disagreeing. We all love the city and want to make it better. However, once you get past our resumes, there are some distinct differences that set me apart from the other candidates.

May 10, 2008 | By Maria Gutzeit Candidate for City Council | Columnists


Why you should vote for Kellar

Recently our city celebrated its 20th birthday. Like a child prodigy, we have accomplished much in our city's brief history, including being named "Best City in California to live in" by CNN/Money Magazine.

May 10, 2008 | By Bob Kellar Candidate for Re-election | Columnists


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Betty Arenson: Vote smart in every election

It's one thing to know you and your wallet have been the victims of a legal money-grabbing scam, but to get repeatedly sucker-punched while you are still reeling is the second atrocity.

April 24, 2014 | By Betty Arenson SCV Voices | Columnists


Gary Horton: Save our tax base birthright

Religious folks are familiar with the biblical story of Esau selling his birthright to Jacob for a "mess of potage."

April 23, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Randy Wrage: Trip exceeded my expectations

In January of this year, I was invited to be a part of a trade delegation visiting Shenzhen, a city in China. The trip was being organized by a gentleman who had worked at the county's economic trade council and had now moved on to greener pastures.

April 23, 2014 | By Randy Wrage SCV Voices | Columnists


Cher Gilmore: Let’s see our climate as half full on Earth Day

It's true that we received pretty bad news last month from the latest report of the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

April 22, 2014 | By Cher Gilmore SCV Voices | Columnists


Jonathan Kraut: Forgiving our failed justice system

The Easter season for many of our Christian brothers and sisters is a time of year that prompts us to reflect on the concept of redemption.

April 22, 2014 | By Jonathan Kraut Democratic Voices | Columnists


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


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