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Bill Kennedy: Unintended consequences

Frobisher Bay, Canada, just south of the Arctic Circle on Baffin Island, November 1982: My wife and I were standing on hard-packed snow in frigid weather beside the aircraft that had just deposited our party of some 50 international delegates sent to get a view of the unintended consequences of socialism run amok.

August 28, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Frank Ferry: Magic Mountain-Interstate 5 expansion ready

For those of you who regularly travel the areas around Six Flags Magic Mountain, the Valencia Industrial Center and The Old Road, the completion of the expansion of the intersection of Magic Mountain Parkway and Interstate 5, including the freeway on and off ramps, is welcome news indeed.

August 28, 2009 | Frank Ferry | Columnists


Lynne Plambeck: Condors and confidentiality

A recent press release touted a success for the Center for Biological Diversity's long-fought battle to release confidential documents on the endangered condor.

August 27, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Decoro bike lanes a mistake

Regarding the new bicycle lanes on Decoro between Seco Canyon and McBean Parkway: Can anyone please tell me in what infinite wisdom our city engineers designed this atrocity?

August 27, 2009 | By Sandie Allaway Valencia | Columnists


Phil Rizzo: These word riots do not serve the country well

Whoever yells the loudest wins. In the early days of my voting career, life was very simple.

August 26, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tom Pattantyus: My life as a 12-year-old billionaire, Part 2 of 2

In Part 1, published in Sunday's opinion section, I described how I became a Hungarian billionaire at the age of 12 due to record-setting hyper-inflation in post-World War II Hungary, where I was born and partly raised, because currency wasn't worth the paper on which it was printed.

August 24, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: What I did on my summer vacation

As our kids head back to school, they are invariably confronted with the age-old "what I did on my summer vacation" writing assignment. So, in honor of that tradition, I respectfully submit my vacation essay to you.

August 24, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Bruce McFarland: Are you a nut job?

Please sit down, relax, take a few minutes and ask God for the courage to hear and accept the truth.

August 24, 2009 | Bruce McFarland | Columnists


Tom Pattantyus: My life as a 12-year-old billionaire, Part 1 of 2

The worst economic downturn since the Great Depression and the ballooning deficit we face have heightened the risk of hyper-inflation to levels not seen since post-World War II Europe, when many bank notes weren't worth the paper on which they were printed virtually overnight.

August 23, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Dr. Bruce Hector: Health care reform inching toward consensus

As of mid-August 2009, the health care insurance reform debate has produced as much vocal public response as any recent social problem - and rightfully so, since it will affect us all sooner or later.

August 23, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tim Myers: ‘Yes, even Republicans probably do a good job’

Assemblyman Cameron Smyth does an incredibly good job of speaking in front of small groups, particularly young people.

August 23, 2009 | Tim Myers | Columnists


Marsha McLean: How to contact the city

While you can still pick up the telephone and reach the city of Santa Clarita at (661) 259-CITY Monday through Friday, there is a host of new options to communicate with the city and find out the information you need, 24-7.

August 21, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Suzette Martinez-Woodruff: Latina not a liberal?

A particular assumption that I often hear leave the lips of yapping Liberals in California irks me at my core. The assumption is that a Hispanic woman should automatically identify herself as a Democrat because the Republican Party is racist and sexist.

August 21, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Lynne Plambeck: The ethics of water ownership

In 2003, a Superior Court judge ruled for Newhall Land allowing the Newhall Ranch Specific Plan. He made this ruling based on the assertion that the developer had purchased water from elsewhere in the state to supply these housing units, and that this purchased water and the groundwater used for farming there would supply enough water to serve this 21,000-unit proposal.

August 20, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: Fear shouldn’t be a pre-existing condition

American conservatives project the myth of the "rugged individualist" - America as part-Marlboro Man blowing smoke at the American Cancer Society and part-Sarah Palin gutting a caribou and flinging the bloody entrails at PETA.

August 19, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


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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


Gary Horton: The Buck now stops

Energizer Bunnies keep going and going and going – and for a time, it looked like Buck McKeon would be equally perpetual in motion to those furry little drumbeaters. The man is after all, 75, and still beating war drums while running circles around most of us. Yet now it seems that both Buck the man, and his underlying message of perpetual militarism may be running down, with time well deserved for some R and R away from the military industrial complex.

January 22, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


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