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Will Durst: Is the NSA blown, burnt and compromised?

In here. Pssst. Don't look. Okay. Sit down. Pretend you're reading the International Herald Tribune. Order a coffee. Make it a decaf. Two Sweet and Lows. Pass them to me. Take this Splenda. Pay no attention to the man with the hearing aid. Give the waiter a five and leave through the kitchen. Don't forget an extra twenty for me.

November 04, 2013 | By Will Durst Commentary | Columnists


The feds and state haunt us

What a month! Was it good for you?

November 02, 2013 | By Betty Arenson Right here right now | Columnists


Very expensive pumpkin

There's been a lot of press coverage and commentary lately about the absurdly disastrous Keystone Cops rollout of Obamacare.

November 01, 2013 | By Brian Baker SCV Voices | Columnists


Democrats operate on bias

I am often asked by my liberal friends how it is that I could care so little for my fellow man by being registered and voting as a Republican.

November 01, 2013 | Kevin Korenthal Right here right now | Columnists


Mark your calendar to help light up Main Street

The holidays are right around the corner, and nothing welcomes the spirit of the season like bright holiday lights and a 23-foot-tall Christmas tree.

November 01, 2013 | Bob kellar Live from city hall | Columnists


When awesome lacks, go downtown

Don't hang around and let your problems surround you

October 30, 2013 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


NFL sees green in pink

Most of us expect about 90 percent of our charitable contributions to go toward funding any charitable cause to which we give.

October 29, 2013 | By Rick jensen | Columnists


Columnist’s advice should not be misconstrued

Not every fundamentalist is a right-winger. Crackpot utopianism and black-and-white thinking infect all social, political and religious movements.

October 29, 2013 | Gene lyons | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Government by crisis

With the stroke of a pen, President Obama ended both the government shutdown and raised the debt ceiling, allowing national parks to re-open and the government to borrow more money to finance its spending.

October 28, 2013 | Steve Lunetta Right About Now | Columnists


Steve LunettaGovernment by crisis

October 27, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Be true to your own self

This weekend will mark 496 years since a young monk strolled to the university church in Wittenberg, Germany, and tacked a list of 95 statements to the door intending to start a conversation about abuses in the church.

October 27, 2013 | David W. Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Creating new water sources

Water is scarce in the Santa Clarita Valley. We live in a desert, so our region must import half of all its supply from northern California, increasing costs and decreasing reliability.

October 27, 2013 | Stephen L. Cole SCV Voices | Columnists


America fights back

Is America's center rising again? It certainly seems that way. After months of looking as if it was being prepared for embalming by a political mortician, several things have happened.

October 24, 2013 | By Joe Gandelman Independent's Eye | Columnists


Tea Partiers only see sin

Today's tea partiers often use Christian-speak to build consensus and corral the faithful into panting the hard right's party line. Issues of church are manipulated and abused into issues of state.

October 23, 2013 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


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


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Betty Arenson: The counterfeit mask

You're familiar with the noise America has heard for a long time. It will continue, but it's easily unmasked.

May 30, 2014 | By Betty Arenson Right here right now | Columnists


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


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