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Frank Ferry: Libraries are a powerful resource

As a principal and former teacher, I put great stock in the power of education. The city of Santa Clarita shares this value and makes a point to provide quality educational programs for the entire community.

January 03, 2014 | By Frank Ferry Right here right now | Columnists


Gary Horton: Happy New Year of action

I want to wish you a very happy New Year. We all deserve it. Well, most do, I suspect.

January 01, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: My resolutions for 2014

Time for the annual New Year's column. I always write these things after the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy staff has left the offices for the day following the Christmas party.

December 30, 2013 | By Steve Lunetta Right About Now | Columnists


What happens when statements cross the line?

The famous philosopher Daffy Duck had a saying: "Consequences, schmonsequences. ..."

December 30, 2013 | By Joe Gandelman | Columnists


David Hegg: The truth two nights can tell

This morning finds our society sitting right in the middle of two important nights. Just seven days separate them, but how we see them couldn't be more different.

December 29, 2013 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Revelations of Obamacare

Christmas' respite with feelings of joy, good spirit and warmth of home, hearth and family have passed, and now we face the reality of much uncertainty focused on our families' health care.

December 27, 2013 | By Betty Arenson Right here right now | Columnists


Celebrate safely: don’t drink and drive

By the time you read this column, Christmas will have passed and we will be looking forward to celebrating the New Year.

December 27, 2013 | By Marsha McLean Live from city hall | Columnists


The best and worst of 2013

The year 2013 was a roller coaster of contrasts with some surprises. Here's a best and worst list:

December 26, 2013 | By Joe Gandelman Commentary | Columnists


A deep descent into the bowels of password hell

As the new year approaches, many of us in the dimly lit brotherhood of computer clumsoids (and our number is legion) feel the sharp prod of IT experts who blow themselves blue encouraging we Luddites to change passwords once a year like smoke alarm batteries or high school girlfriends or underwear on "Duck Dynasty."

December 26, 2013 | By Will Durst Raging Moderate | Columnists


Iowa caucuses won’t lead Paul Ryan to the presidency

Paul Ryan is now polling first in Iowa for the next presidential election. If Ryan is encouraged by this news, he is not much of a student of recent political history. Polling first in Iowa more than two years prior to the state's overhyped, first-in-the-nation caucuses is a bit like being told by the guy at the convenience store that the lottery ticket he just sold you is the winner. Take it with a huge grain of salt.

December 26, 2013 | By Doug Patton Commentary | Columnists


Losing today for the unknown

I find comfort and inspiration in music -- all kinds of music. So when I see how obsessed the media have become with the 2016 U.S. presidential election -- barely a year after the last one -- I'm reminded of the Steve Miller Band's "Fly Like an Eagle." The chorus goes, "Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin' into the future."

December 25, 2013 | By Donna Brazile Commentary | Columnists


Some things that could make the world a better place

In this season of fighting over the true meaning of the season, I offer my short (and admittedly incomplete) list of things which could make the world a better place all year round:

December 25, 2013 | By Tina Dupuy | Columnists


Gary Horton: The enduring message of Christmas

Another Christmas.

December 25, 2013 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


The Arctic is ice-free!

This just in from the North Pole: Santa says that his home is ice free!

December 23, 2013 | By Steve Lunetta Right here right now | Columnists


Plagiarism in our culture

One of the hardest things in life is being ignored, bypassed, or dismissed. We all appreciate being appreciated, and when we contribute we ought to be acknowledged as having been part of making something meaningful happen.

December 22, 2013 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | 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


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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