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The fallout of politics

It's been almost a week now since the government shutdown was lifted and the debt ceiling was raised, and since Republicans played political limbo with their own party's approval ratings - how low can they go?

October 22, 2013 | By Charles Vignola Democratic Voices | Columnists


Michael Reagan: Republicans are growing weaker by the week

A lot of people are asking what the heck is wrong with the Republican Party.

October 21, 2013 | Michael Reagan Commentary | Columnists


Joe Guzzardi: Jerry Brown defies laws on immigration

When Gov. Jerry Brown signed the Trust Act, he ended the partnership established between local law enforcement and Immigration and Customers Enforcement authorities that the federal Secure Communities program established.

October 21, 2013 | Joe Guzzardi Commentary | Columnists


David Hegg: Ethical cause and effect thinking

In logic there is a fallacy known as non sequitur. This Latin phrase simply means "does not follow" and describes a situation where a supposed "effect" actually "does not follow" from its supposed cause. Here is an example – absurd to be sure – of a non sequitur: Where does wind come from? It obviously is caused by the leaves of the trees waving. When the leaves wave, the movement causes the wind to blow. We know this to be true because, when we landed men on the moon there was no wind because there were no trees!

October 20, 2013 | By David Hegg | Columnists


The great SCV salt scam

Editor's note: The following column represents City Councilman Boydston's stance on the chloride issue. He does not speak for the entire City Council.

October 20, 2013 | By TimBen Boydston SCV Voices | Columnists


Cemex mine puts federal agencies at odds

Even after a decade and a half of debate, we're still learning new things about the proposed Cemex gravel mine in Soledad Canyon.

October 18, 2013 | By Andrew Fried | Columnists


Gary Horton: National Parks Are Closed; So Are National Minds

This past weekend I took a group of young employees on a boating trip to Santa Cruz Island for an overnight adventure and island hike.

October 16, 2013 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Cher Gilmore: While Rome burns...

Yes, our legislators in Washington are indeed fiddling while Rome (in today's parlance, our planet) burns.

October 15, 2013 | Cher Gilmore | Columnists


Tom Purcell: Hard to comprehend trillions in debt

I remember when a billion used to be a number so big nobody could comprehend it, though it is still a massive number.

October 14, 2013 | Tom Purcell Commentary | Columnists


David W. Hegg: Shame no longer exists in today’s society

At the ground level of ethics is the understanding that living ethically is honorable while unethical behavior is shameful. This fundamental recognition of shame and honor can be found in every society. Even the idea of guilt and innocence has ties to what that society considers right or wrong, honorable or shameful. When you transgress a societal law or moral standard the unavoidable consequence is supposed to be personal shame. And when a society reaches the place where egregious action fails to produce shame it is time to consider the reality that its ethical standards have been incrementally, but substantially ...

October 14, 2013 | David W. Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Susan Stamper Brown: Reasonable people make compromises

Reasonable people compromise. Unreasonable people do not. Instead, they trample over those around them to selfishly get their way.

October 14, 2013 | Susan Stamper Brown Right Here, Right Now | Columnists


Byron York: Pushing immigration

Recently the pharmaceutical giant Merck announced it will cut 8,500 jobs in an effort to remain competitive in a rapidly changing drug industry. Earlier this year, Merck announced plans to cut 7,500 jobs, bringing the total of workers let go to 16,000. In all, Merck intends to lay off one out of every five of its employees.

October 14, 2013 | Byron York Commentary | Columnists


The Huckleberry Girls: International Day of The Girl

Editor's note: This student column was submitted as part of a group project to commemorate Day of the Girl in the Santa Clarita Valley on Friday. The students from Huckleberry Learning Center have requested a proclamation from the city, and their art work has been featured on the national DayoftheGirl.org website.

October 09, 2013 | The girls at Huckleberry Learning Center SCV Voices | Columnists


Kevin Buck: Government by Crisis

On Oct. 1, 2013, the Republican Party shut down the United States government. On Oct. 1, 2013, the Democratic Party expanded the availability of health insurance for millions of Americans.

October 09, 2013 | By Kevin Buck Democratic Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: Optimism is the refuge in reason

A friend of mine was recently asked to address a group of business people on the theme of optimism. His very successful career in both the video game and television industries was often summarized in terms of his seemingly unconquerable optimism. He asked me what I thought about the subject and it got me thinking.

October 07, 2013 | David W. Hegg Ethically Speaking | 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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