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Frank Ferry: City’s cultural celebration

This month the city of Santa Clarita will bring its "A Season of Diversity" program to a close with an essay and poster contest award ceremony slated for Feb. 23 at the city's Activity Center.

February 20, 2009 | Santa Clarita events | Columnists


Cam Noltemeyer: When enough is enough

Last Wednesday, the Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission held a hearing on two projects in the Haskell Canyon area that would add yet another 500 units to the huge backlog of housing units either lying empty or unbuilt in the Santa Clarita Valley.

February 19, 2009 | Development | Columnists


Thanks for the balanced reporting

I would like to take this opportunity to thank The Signal for providing an article regarding the creation/evolution seminar at The Masters College Feb. 21. It is refreshing to see a newspaper report on such things.

February 18, 2009 | By Mike Jones Santa Clarita | Columnists


Gary Horton: Who’s the real sap?

"We lost, so we're taking our bats and balls and going home! And there's nothing you can do to make us come back!"

February 18, 2009 | Politics | Columnists


David Cetra: State will offer IOU’s

Now that it is official that the state will be issuing IOUs instead of sending out state income tax refund checks to those taxpayers who have determined that they should receive one, I have a few questions and comments for those who are supposed to represent us in our state government, as well as the California taxpayer, to ponder.

February 17, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tim Myers: Drug testing by the numbers

So the William S. Hart Union High School District board of education unanimously approved a final version of a "random" and "voluntary" drug-testing plan for students after one year of debate - during which the supporters of the plan seem to include only the five members of the board, some administration toadies and a local individual who makes his living getting youths into a residential drug rehabilitation plan.

February 15, 2009 | Tim Myers | Columnists


Howard P. "Buck" McKeon: Stimulus or spending?

I don't want to sound like an alarmist, but it's important that I am precise and clear about my view of the Democrats' American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

February 15, 2009 | By Howard P. "Buck" McKeon Congressman, 25th District | Columnists


Brian Koegle: Message for American businesses

Message for American businesses

Twenty-four days into the new Obama administration, a clear message is being sent out to small businesses across the nation - "Watch out!"

February 13, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Bob Kellar: Amgen rolls into Santa Clarita

On Saturday, Feb. 21, the Amgen Tour of California returns to the city of Santa Clarita for the third consecutive year. The race has grown to be the largest cycling event in North America.

February 13, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: Reflections of the 1930s

After a hard day's work I'm finally back home, collapsed into a favorite chair next to our 22-year-old Valencia company-built favorite fireplace. A restful reprieve after battling gale force recession headwinds all day.

February 11, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Kevin Buck: Let’s talk post partisan partisans

Change. That is what was promised by the campaign of Barack Obama, and it is one of the main reasons he defeated Hillary Clinton and John McCain.

February 10, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Roger Gitlin: How much is a trillion?

As the Senate signs off on its version of the stimulus package of almost $1 trillion ($780 billion Senate version, $820 billion House version), who could disagree that the United States of America has moved dramatically to the left?

February 10, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: A bailout for small businesses

When the federal government hands out billions of dollars to large corporations that have severely mismanaged their businesses, one begins to question the process by which these bailouts are administered.

February 09, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


R.J. Kelly: CLWA prioritizes for 2009

As proud as we are of our successes in meeting a variety of challenges in 2008, we at the Castaic Lake Water Agency are equally determined and confident about 2009, despite a daunting set of continuing challenges and some new issues we'll need to confront.

February 08, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tim Myers: Everyone is willing to spend someone else's money

I believe I attended my last State of the City meeting in 2004. These luncheons constituted an opportunity for local elected officials to "speechify" concerning the many predictable accomplishments of the year, from new roads to shiny new recreation facilities.

February 08, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


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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


Tom Purcell: Little nuns vs. Goliath

It's a story about how freedom is all.

January 20, 2014 | By Tom Purcell Commentary | Columnists


Joe Gandelman: Don’t count Chris Christie out (yet)

People waiting to get New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's last pound of flesh may have a long wait, and not for the obvious reason.

January 20, 2014 | By Joe Gandelman Independent's Eye | Columnists


Byron York: Jobs should stay in focus

There was a lot to talk about when House Speaker John Boehner appeared before reporters recently for the first time since the holiday break. There are continuing fights over Obamacare. Immigration reform. Appropriations bills. The debt ceiling. The Democratic push for the president's "inequality agenda."

January 20, 2014 | By Byron York Commentary | Columnists


Danny Tyree: Winter Olympics: untold story

Hundreds of millions of people will be following the 2014 Winter Olympics, even though the underwhelming motto ("Hot. Cool. Yours.") sounds less like a paean to athletic excellence than the sort of progression that accompanies a court-ordered paternity suit.

January 18, 2014 | By Danny Tyree Tyrades | Columnists


David Hegg: Environment will shape your thinking

It is rare when we think deeply anymore. In too many ways, and in too many instances, we are becoming a people who let others do our thinking for us.

January 18, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


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