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On houseguests and $50 soap

An old friend from bachelorhood called and said he'd be in town on business, asked if he could stay at my place so he wouldn't have to pay for a hotel room. The guy was financially struggling. My wife and I said no.

November 07, 2008 | By Michael Picarella Picarella Family Report | Columnists


It is time to reinvent ourselves

Ryan Leaf was one of the most highly rated college quarterbacks in history. Along with his contemporary, Peyton Manning, Leaf was heralded as a sure-fire hit in the NFL: the stuff of legends.

November 07, 2008 | By Steve Lunetta Right About Now | Columnists


Fun is a ‘drag’

When I was a kid, I never got tired of playing with my Matchbox and Hot Wheels cars. When my mom dragged me to the store, I always had at least two toy vehicles tucked in my pocket for a race down the cashier's two-lane countertop.

November 06, 2008 | By Michael Picarella | Columnists


Politics both here and abroad

Staring at the wreckage of the 2008 political process, I wonder how we got into this situation.

November 06, 2008 | By Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Here's hoping for some change

Today we have a new president-elect and a new direction. In our own uniquely American way, we have had quite an amazing bloodless revolution for change in our government. The opposing parties, instead of shooting it out at each other to kill every last rival, praised each other in genuinely heartfelt and eloquent concession and victory speeches meant to heal rifts and bring our country back together. What an incredible process we have.

November 06, 2008 | By Lynne Plambeck Environmentally Speaking | Columnists


Power pole giants need to be stopped

As giant power lines come marching through the north end of our valley, and even those who lobby consistently for more and more growth cry foul at the loss of their views and damage to their neighborhoods, maybe it is time to look at the bigger picture.

November 05, 2008 | By Lynne Plambeck | Columnists


Voting - a cathartic experience

On Monday morning, syndicated columnist Reg Henry predicted, in his humorously folksy fashion, a tidy victory for Barack Obama.

November 05, 2008 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


A bad call, calling us to reconsider

For a moment, let's all suppose we're all young soccer moms. And let's suppose that we've got four kids, three at home - one is a newborn with profound disabilities.

November 04, 2008 | By Gary Horton | Columnists


‘Swiftboating’ comes to Senate District 19 race

When it comes to political campaigns, informed voters pay attention to the media - but herein lies the problem. How do voters know if certain patterns of persuasion/fallacies are being used by pundits in the media and politics to sway their opinions?

November 03, 2008 | Cal Planakis Democratic Voices | Columnists


Belcaro vs. Edison: People over profits

I'm usually not one for conspiracies, but the evidence shows that Southern California Edison and the California Public Utilities Commission are in cahoots to destroy the visual landscape of Santa Clarita Valley.

November 02, 2008 | Scott Thomas Wilk Right Here, Right Now | Columnists


Heart of the West: Thanks to those who made it happen

Happy last day of August to the Santa Clarita Valley. I hope everyone is enjoying the official "last" weekend of summer, although school has been in session in the SCV for a few weeks. A special Happy Birthday wish to my husband, Keith, who celebrates his "double nickle" birthday today!

November 01, 2008 | By Michele E. Buttelman | Columnists


Welcome to county regulation

Question: How can one get approval for a 110-student private school in a converted six-bedroom house in Castaic in four to five months without notifying the neighbors or the quisling town council?

November 01, 2008 | By Tim Myers Myers' Musings | Columnists


Let’s all go to the river

The Santa Clara River is a part of of Santa Clarita in more ways than one.

November 01, 2008 | By Frank Ferry | Columnists


Whistle while you work (or at least hum a nice tune)

As a kid I often wondered, "If it's called 'Labor Day,' how come everyone gets to be off work?"

November 01, 2008 | By Diana Sevanian | Columnists


Aiding our students

As much as I appreciate and respect my third graders' responses when I ask them about their future careers and they provide me with ... firefighter, police officer, teacher, professional basketball player, veterinarian, movie star and president, I know that their minds will likely change several times throughout their school years.

November 01, 2008 | By Linda Valdes | Columnists


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Dante Acosta: Camp Clarita provides summer fun

The official arrival of summer is just weeks away. If you listen closely, you will soon be able to hear kids all over town chanting that classic phrase: "school's out for summer!"

May 30, 2014 | By Dante Acosta Live from city hall | Columnists


God bless our veterans

Pulled out the paper this bright Monday morning and started reading. Of course, I have my bagel with strawberry cream cheese, oat bran cereal and tall glass of orange juice at the ready. I know how to start my holiday day.

May 26, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right About Now | Columnists


David Hegg: We need to change perspective

While I was not yet living when it was fought, World War II has shaped so much of the world in which I have lived. It framed the whole idea of valor and courage and sacrificial service. And it wasn't only those who served in uniform who experienced the war, and felt that they played a vital part in bringing about a good and swift conclusion to it. In truth, we were a nation at war. Soldier and civilian were on the same team, working for a common goal, with mutual respect and honor.

May 25, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Christine Korenthal: Free speech on life support

I have watched helplessly in recent weeks and months with a growing sense of alarm, fearing that our generation is witnessing the death of one of the most vital pillars of liberty: the freedom of individual thought and the free exchange of ideas. While it's true that the First Amendment only protects people from government reprisals for speaking freely, social media and mass media lynch mobs are just as much a danger in a free society as any oppressive government.

May 23, 2014 | By Christine Korenthal | Columnists


Laurene Weste: Stay cool and safe this summer in the SCV

Memorial Day is almost here and that means a three-day weekend for most Americans. The annual holiday in honor of the brave men and women who've died serving our country to keep us safe and free is also considered the unofficial start of summer! Flags will be raised in honor of those we've lost, while families and friends will gather for backyard barbeques, lawn games, and poolside fun.

May 23, 2014 | By Laurene Weste Live from city hall | Columnists


Gary Horton: Personal determination and a village

Followers of this column know that five weeks ago my daughter Katie was struck by a motorcycle in India. Katie suffered severe traumatic brain injury; required emergency cranial surgery, was comatose two days, spent six days in the ICU, and subsequently required 16 further days of hospitalization to recover sufficiently well for the 24 hour jet trip back home. Landing at LAX, Katie immediately spent two days at UCLA for a thorough work up, followed by one month of outpatient cognitive and occupational rehab. Five days ago, virtually fully recovered,

May 21, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Charlie Vignola: Sensible about gun control

Gun owners are passionate about their guns, and there's nothing wrong with that – but wouldn't it be refreshing if they were just as passionate about reducing all the needless deaths caused by gun violence every single year?

May 20, 2014 | By Charlie Vignola Democratic Voices | Columnists


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