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Improving academic performance and environment

It was one of those moments we educators thrive upon - receipt of test scores that placed our students at the top of the heap in a state that bears a reputation for underachievement in education.

November 22, 2008 | By Jaime Castellanos The Signal | Columnists


Credit where credit is due: Hart district compares well

The Signal recently reported on the Academic Performance Index results for the William S. Hart District and elementary school districts in the Santa Clarita Valley, so it's time to once again tear into the numbers to see what really happened and how the Hart district stacks up against other suburban high school districts in Southern California.

November 22, 2008 | By Tim Myers The Signal | Columnists


New club in town

Welcome to Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

November 22, 2008 | By Michele E. Buttelman | Columnists


Uncle Earl’s view on the election

My Uncle Earl has voted for every Republican since Barry Goldwater in '64.

November 21, 2008 | By Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Palin: the chink in the Dems’ armor

We are renovating our house. Any of you who have lived through this experience know what a horrible thing this is. What was once a nice, comfortable retreat from daily struggles is now a nightmare of dust, debris, and detritus.

November 20, 2008 | By Steve Lunetta Right Here, Right Now | Columnists


Is a water monopoly a good thing?

Recently, Castaic Lake Water Agency has begun promoting itself to become a water monopoly in the Santa Clarita Valley.

November 20, 2008 | By Lynne Plambeck | Columnists


Inclusionary housing the way to go

Affordable housing is quite the buzzword these days.

November 19, 2008 | By Cam Noltemeyer Environmentally Speaking | Columnists


Schools remember, honor 9/11

The thousand of lost lives and heartbreak from the 9/11 tragedy are something students and teachers in the Santa Clarita Valley will always remember.

November 19, 2008 | By Jothi Chad | Columnists


We should not 'stay the course'

Bush's recent speech to the G20 was mostly a plea to stay the course and avoid the temptation of too much government intervention in the economy.

November 19, 2008 | By Phil Rizzo | Columnists


Pick the smartest guy at the BBQ

Oh, boy. Monday's stock market crash signaled a resounding kiss goodbye to the Great Lipstick Debate. The worst day in finance since 9-11. A 500-point crash on top of a real estate and mortgage meltdown of epic and unprecedented proportions.

November 18, 2008 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Reflection on the election

This presidential election is one for the history books. Around-the-clock political analyzing and second-guessing had as its downsize the tendency for pundits to misconstrue or blow out of proportion every word, gesture, deed, acquaintance and faux pas of politicians. Whether the commentators appear malicious or simply attention-grabbing, the influence of the news organizations played a pivotal role in America's democratic journey.

November 18, 2008 | By Leigh Hart Democratic Voices | Columnists


Don’t let them fool you with their lies

With less than two months until the election, I believe we are on the verge of some significant and very-much-needed change.

November 17, 2008 | By Todd Hoover Democratic Voices | Columnists


Spending cuts and tax increases

Well, here we go again with another version of the Sacramento budget crisis.

November 17, 2008 | By Paul Strickland Right Here, Right Now | Columnists


Welcome Ian Lamont

We're edging up on the middle of September - already! Wasn't it just yesterday that SCV children were heading back to school? Yet, here it is, its been nearly a month!

Welcome Ian Lamont

November 16, 2008 | By Michele E. Buttelman SCV Scene | Columnists


A solution for top notch high schools

We are seven weeks and one day away from what is the most important election in American history. Of particular importance to Santa Clarita Valley residents is an item at the end of a very lengthy ballot. It is Measure SA, the William S. Hart Union High School District bond.

November 16, 2008 | By Paul Strickland Right Here, Right Now | Columnists


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David Hegg: Our freedom of speech is being taken away

One of our most necessary freedoms as Americans is the freedom of speech, as protected in the Bill of Rights. Yet, today, while much is being shouted and written supporting this prized privilege, the fact is the freedom to speak is being taken away.

June 15, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Laurene Weste: Events with benefits: fun for a cause in the SCV

The city of Santa Clarita is home to numerous nonprofit organizations that benefit residents from all walks of life.

June 13, 2014 | By Laurene Weste Live from city hall | Columnists


Scott Wilk: Raising awareness to DIPG

Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or DIPG, is a terminal brain disease that affects children aged 5 to 10 years.

June 13, 2014 | By Scott Wilk Right here right now | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Earl’s graduation speech

My Uncle Earl was recently invited to give the commencement speech at the Robert Oppenheimer School for Really Smart Kids, a charter school approved by the Newhall School District but located in Lancaster.

June 12, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right about now | Columnists


Gary Horton: Oh, the places our tax money goes

Dr. Seuss is among the most beloved in the pantheon of American writers. Ostensibly written for children, most of his stories also carry deeply meaningful lessons for those adults reading along with their kids.

June 11, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Charlie Vignola: G.O.P. smears P.O.W.

Just when you think Fox News and the right-wing scandal machine can sink no further, they wallow in a new level of filth that just boggles the mind.

June 10, 2014 | By Charlie Vignola Democratic Voices | Columnists


Embracing a fire that still burns us today

A friend of mine surprised me with an unexpected opinion the other day. Like me, he had recently traveled to India and came away stunned by the immensity poverty prevailing there.

June 04, 2014 | By Gary Horton | Columnists


A courageous and magnificent misfit

My late father, a European-trained physician, did everything himself without benefit of nurses, clerical staff or drafty assembly-line consultation cubicles.

June 02, 2014 | By W.E. Gutman | Columnists


The tragedy in Isla Vista

By now, most of us have heard of the terrible tragedy that happened in Santa Barbara before Memorial Day. A very confused young man committed a series of violent acts that resulted in the deaths of six college students.

June 02, 2014 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


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