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Why President Obama failed the Syria test

While a lot about Syria remains unsettled, one fact is clear: President Obama has failed to convince the public and the Congress, that attacking the Assad regime is a good idea.

September 19, 2013 | Cokie and Steve V. Roberts Commentary | Columnists


Dana L. Stern Sr.: You’re right, President Putin, Americans are exceptional

Recently, Vladimir Putin said something about Americans thinking that we are exceptional.

September 18, 2013 | Dana L. Stern Sr. SCV Voices | Columnists


You must shoes wisely, young grasshopper

Those first few steps in the morning are surprisingly painful. It feels as if someone has hammered a 10-pound nail into the middle of your heel.

September 18, 2013 | Jim Mullen The Village Idiot | Columnists


California and Texas agree on school testing

California and Texas are the Red Sox and Yankees of interstate rivalries. The biggest blue state and the big, bad red state love to hate each other, but they are fighting on the same side against the expensive and useless burden of over-testing.

September 18, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Kevin Buck: Good civics vs. politics

It appears as if there is some confusion among conservatives regarding how our government works and its role in the lives of Americans, as well as its role in the world in general.

September 17, 2013 | Kevin Buck Democratic Voices | Columnists


It’s true: health really is everything

His neck and underarms were swollen. His skin itched, particularly on his arms. Sleeping at night was impossible.

September 17, 2013 | Tom Purcell Commentary | Columnists


Danny Tyree: Can/should we save AM radio?

I don't think my relationship with AM radio is particularly unique.

September 16, 2013 | Danny Tyree Tyrades! | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: What’s our role in the Middle East?

My family spent many years in the Middle East because of my Dad's occupation. He was a hydro-geologist, which means he's a guy who found water. Think divining stick with a little bit of science.

September 16, 2013 | Steve Lunetta Right About Now | Columnists


Laurene Weste: Register today for 19th River Rally Cleanup

We all know Santa Clarita is a great place to live, but what makes it special is different for everyone.

September 13, 2013 | Laurene Weste Live from City Hall | Columnists


Betty Arenson: America is lacking leadership

Leadership is an essential component in a president, especially when facing military conflict.

September 13, 2013 | Betty Arenson Right Here, Right How | Columnists


Jason Stanford: Political opportunism on Syria

There is a danger in being as glib as Sen. Ted Cruz, the winner of several national debating awards in college.

September 12, 2013 | Jason Stanford Commentary | Columnists


Tom Purcell: Jeep quickly going the way of the buffalo

I became upset when I got word.

September 12, 2013 | Tom Purcell Commentary | Columnists


Want free books? I know a place

Think about the last time you were in a giant chain bookstore, with its aisles of best-sellers, its huge children's section, its walls of mysteries and rooms of romances. It's got all the classics, along with stacks of photo and art books you can flip through, page-turners that will keep you up all night, books you will read through in one sitting, business books, self-help books, spiritual books, how-to books - something for everyone.

September 11, 2013 | Jim Mullen The Village Idiot | Columnists


Santa Clarita needs tougher enforcement of noise laws

Recently I alerted both the Mayor's and Sheriff's office of the growing nuisance of modified mufflers both by motorcycles and vehicles in the Santa Clarita area. My first draft to the Mayor's office was asking why isn't the SB 435 law not being enforced. The law requires that every motorcycle registered in California bear the required applicable Federal EPA label which states that the motorcycle emissions equipment is in compliance with federal noise standards.

September 11, 2013 | James White SCV Voices | Columnists


Gary Horton: War: what is it good for?

So here are two old war protest songs that again have become timely for our day:

September 11, 2013 | Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


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Tammy Messina: Election integrity matters

Elections have consequences. It's a phrase we often hear. Getting the right people in office to represent us is a critical function of our citizen-led government.

February 07, 2014 | By Tammy Messina | Columnists


Holly Schroeder: Santa Clarita Valley’s myths debunked

Working to recruit new businesses to the Santa Clarita Valley, I come across a lot of misconceptions about our valley.

February 06, 2014 | By Holly Schroeder SCV Voices | Columnists


Gary Horton: Our hearts are not with our children

Most folks understand that the tax policies of the past 30 years have created a great wealth disparity in the United States.

February 05, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Charlie Vignola: The bare minimum

Republicans think they get unfairly labeled as the party of the wealthy, a party that tricks working-class voters into voting against their own economic self-interest by exploiting cultural wedge issues.

February 04, 2014 | By Charles Vignola Democratic Voices | Columnists


Tom Purcell: Why Groundhog Day should be outlawed

Punxsutawney Phil must be stopped. The lovable little groundhog must be stopped.

February 01, 2014 | By Tom Purcell Commentary | Columnists


Tina Dupuy: The GOP psyche: an explainer

I believe the Republican Party's psychic break happened the moment their "compassionate conservative" economic philosophy melted the world's economy. President George W. Bush, the champion of deregulation, bailed out the banks and then offered: "I've abandoned free market principles to save the free market system."

February 01, 2014 | By Tina Dupuy Commentary | Columnists


David Hegg: Manning, Wilson: brothers of Christ

Today millions around the world will gather with jersey-clad friends and family to eat and cheer their way through the Super Bowl. This championship of professional football in America has been the darling of the sports media for several weeks now, and finally the hoopla will give way to actual athletic competition.

February 01, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Frank Ferry: There’s nothing cool about graffiti

As a principal, father, and member of the City Council, I can tell you firsthand that environment and behavior go hand in hand. If we want the best students, we must provide an environment that supports learning, connectivity with quality educators and opportunities to study.

January 31, 2014 | By Frank Ferry Live from city hall | Columnists


Scott Wilk: ‘State of the State’ report

Last week Governor Jerry Brown tied Earl Warren for the number of State of the State addresses any governor has given. While that is a personal milestone that he can be proud of, the content of his vision for California is infinitely more important.

January 31, 2014 | By Scott Wilk Right here right now | Columnists


Jonathan Kraut: Beyond the Olympics and terrorism

The Sochi Winter Olympic Games, commencing February 7, are but a few days away. In 1896 the First Modern Olympics resurrected the ancient Greek tradition of bringing together the most talented athletes. Since then the Modern Olympics have managed to survive world conflicts and have endured WWI, WWII, the Cold War, and hopefully the War on Terror.

January 28, 2014 | By Jonathan Kraut Democratic Voices | Columnists


Rick Jensen: Conservative ideas are gaining more support

Why do people like Rev. Jeremiah Wright travel across America to exhort audiences to denigrate tea party Americans as racist?

January 27, 2014 | By Rick Jensen Commentary | Columnists


Andrew G. Fried: Concerning crosses and county seals

The First Amendment of our nation's Constitution establishes five rights that the founding fathers considered so important, they listed them first in the Bill of Rights.

January 27, 2014 | By Andrew G. Fried SCV Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: Today’s choices determine tomorrow’s opportunities

While the proverbial advice to "take each day as it comes" has some validity, it also masks the dangerous assumption that the choices we make today won't have consequential carry-over tomorrow. In fact, while it is both harmful and a waste of time to worry about the unknowns of the future, it is always wise to consider what effect my decisions today will have on the options available to me later.

January 26, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Laurene Weste: Centered on fun: SCV community centers

As a former parks commissioner for the city of Santa Clarita, I am deeply passionate about ensuring our residents enjoy quality recreation facilities, beautiful outdoor space and a healthy way of life.

January 24, 2014 | By Laurene Weste Live from city hall | Columnists


Betty Arenson:Affordable Care Act in practice

Ask yourself the honest question: Did you truly believe The Patient Protection Affordable Care Act, or ACA, was going to work as promised? If the answer is "yes," then did you earnestly think through the practical workings of the program?

January 24, 2014 | By Betty Arenson Right here right now | Columnists


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