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Condescending, not persuading

Diana Shaw's column ("Two-thirds or not two-thirds," The Signal, Jan. 19) takes on a more condescending than persuasive tone with statements like "the People of Arkansas are eminently more rational than Californians" and "Guess what? We live in a democracy."

February 26, 2010 | John Fortman Valencia | Columnists


Lynne Plambeck: Stand up and protect the taxpayer

"The public is not your credit card!"

February 25, 2010 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Phil Rizzo: Nostalgia makes you feel good

Don't read this unless you're over 50 years old.

February 24, 2010 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Cary Quashen: Keep your kids drug-free

Community leaders nationwide have come together in a weeklong effort to curb the biggest drug problem facing our youth today - prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse.

February 24, 2010 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Patricia Sulpizio: Shame on you, Mr. McKeon

Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon could have reached across the aisle and made his first women's conference a truly excellent nonpartisan event, but his choice of keynote speakers made it clear who he represents.

February 23, 2010 | Patricia Skinner Sulpizio Democratic Voices | Columnists


David Gauny: An imperfect man vs. a well-oiled machine

Editor's note: This is the first in a series of columns from candidates in the 2010 Santa Clarita City Council race. David Gauny: Imperfect man vs. well-oiled machine

Scott Wilk declared in his Jan. 29 column that he could "outperform Nostradamus" by predicting that all three City Council incumbents would be re-elected in 2010.

February 22, 2010 | David Gauny Candidate Forum | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Politics playing 'Schneider!'

My kids used to play this incredibly dorky game in their earlier years. When they were traveling in the car, they would look for the big, orange container trucks that have the name "Schneider" emblazoned across the front.

February 22, 2010 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Cameron Smyth: The uproar obscures the issues

In recent weeks, Santa Clarita has been the focus of national news stories over the comments of City Councilman Bob Kellar. I have known Kellar for more than a dozen years and spent six years serving with him on the Santa Clarita City Council.

February 21, 2010 | Cameron Smyth SCV Voices | Columnists


Terry Comp: Help is on the way

As a regular follower of The Signal, I read with great interest Linda Malerba's opinion column on Feb. 12 about homelessness.

February 21, 2010 | Terry Comp SCV Voices | Columnists


W.E. Gutman: Strangers in 'paradise'

It is in a genteel, lily-white Connecticut town, where old-moneyed gentry and upstarts coexist in mutual disdain, that I met and befriended six "illegals."

February 21, 2010 | W.E. Gutman The Long View | Columnists


Scott Wilk: Even an imperfect man ought to know the truth

I wasn't feeling the love Valentine's Day morning when I read City Council candidate David Gauny's column ("An imperfect man vs. a well-oiled machine," Feb. 14). Gauny, in his mea culpa for his past indiscretions, made several factually incorrect statements about me, City Councilwoman Laurie Ender and City Councilman Frank Ferry.

February 21, 2010 | Scott Wilk SCV Voices | Columnists


Tim Myers: My vote for the Hart district ‘super’? The meanest person alive

I can only conclude the job of pubic school superintendent must rank in the bottom 10 of worst jobs in the world. School principal would rank much higher.

February 21, 2010 | Tim Myers Myers' Musings | Columnists


Laurene Weste: Tough times call for steady leadership

Editor's note: This is one in a series of columns from candidates in the 2010 Santa Clarita City Council race.

It seems the world is imploding. When the financial markets had a meltdown, Washington's politicians bailed out Wall Street but ignored Main Street.

February 21, 2010 | Laurene Weste Candidate Forum | Columnists


Henry Schultz: Making Santa Clarita an even better place to live

Editor's note: This is one in a series of columns from candidates in the 2010 Santa Clarita City Council race.

Santa Clarita is a great place to live. It is so good that we retired here. Is it perfect? No.

February 21, 2010 | Henry Schultz Candidate Forum | Columnists


Frank Ferry: I would be honored to have your vote

Editor's note: This is one in a series of columns from candidates in the 2010 Santa Clarita City Council race.

When I made the decision to run for City Council, it was because I wanted to make a difference in the community I call home. I wanted to make sure that our city residents received the highest level of police services; that graffiti was cleaned up quickly; that new roads and state-of-the-art traffic systems were being added; and that our community's youth and seniors received the services and facilities they needed.

February 20, 2010 | By Frank Ferry Candidate Forum | Columnists


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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


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


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