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Myers' Musings: The suburban conceit of charter and magnet schools

Back in the late 1990s when two of our children attended Helmers Elementary School in Valencia's Northbridge tract, a group of activist parents along with the administration decided the school needed a uniform policy.

February 07, 2010 | By Tim Myers Myers' Musings | Columnists


W.E. Gutman: Rewarding silence filled with guilt

Last December, spurning the raw feelings and grievances of world Jewry, Pope Benedict XVI signed an edict proclaiming Pope Pius XII, who reigned from 1939 to 1958, "venerable." The pre-beatification formality is intended to hype the late pontiff's "heroic virtues."

February 07, 2010 | W.E. Gutman The Long View | Columnists


CLWA: The SCV's water scene for 2010

If you'll pardon the expression, 2010 has the potential to be a watershed year for California's water supply.

February 07, 2010 | R.J. Kelly Castaic Lake Water Agency | Columnists


Corporate spending: Here come the corporations

Although the exact future impact of the Supreme Court's decision to allow unlimited political spending by corporations is unknown, the wide-reaching detrimental effects on local election campaigns will be inescapable. That is, unless something is done to change it.

February 07, 2010 | Bruce McFarland Democratic Voices | Columnists


Corporate spending: So much for judicial restraint

Americans have long fought against corporate abuses.

February 07, 2010 | Diana Shaw Democratic Voices | Columnists


Nathan Imhoff: Fewer signs, more thoughts are needed

"Political extremism involves two prime ingredients: an excessively simple diagnosis of the world's ills, and a conviction that there are identifiable villains back of it all." - John W. Gardner

February 06, 2010 | Nathan Imhoff SCV Voices | Columnists


Andy Pattantyus: Give me your best and brightest

"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses,"

February 05, 2010 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Frank Marion: Remembering the way things were

I moved into my home in the Santa Clarita Valley in 1964. I was the first one in my tract and watched it being built.

February 04, 2010 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Barbara Cogswell: Community gardens could improve city

As a condominium dweller concerned with the planting restrictions that come with that I have been reading a lot about community gardens lately.

February 04, 2010 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: Blind to our own blindness

One day I'm sitting at this bar when a blind man walks in with his seeing-eye dog. The dog leads the man straight to the bar and the man pulls up a chair. All of a sudden, the blind man yanks the dog up by the leash and starts spinning him around and around over his head.

February 03, 2010 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Bruce McFarland: Bob Kellar should step down now

What is wrong with Santa Clarita City Councilman Bob Kellar?

February 02, 2010 | Bruce McFarland Democratic Voices | Columnists


Ron Ippolito: The truth about our immigration problem

Starting in the early 1820s, Stephen Austin led a group of 300 Americans into the land we know as Texas. At the time, the land was owned by Mexico.

February 02, 2010 | Ron Ippolito SCV Voices | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: The great glacier hoax

What in the name of heaven are you doing at the computer, Uncle Earl?"

February 01, 2010 | By Steve Lunetta Right About Now | Columnists


W.E. Gutman: Injustice under law and disorder

On June 28, 2009, as half the world awoke to a new round of fiscal woes, civil unrest and war, in another part of the globe, under the cover of darkness, a constitutionally elected leader was rudely stirred from bed and, still in his pajamas, abducted at gunpoint and flown out of the country.

January 31, 2010 | W. E. Gutman The Long View | Columnists


Tim Myers: Honey, I'll be home after my 175th house party

So the citizens of Santa Clarita, or at least the 13 percent of eligible voters (about 11,000 to 12,000 people) find themselves in the midst of a City Council election campaign, and those probably 800 discrete people who made themselves fans or friends of three candidates' social networking sites can monitor the every move of David Gauny, TimBen Boydston and Harrison Katz, the three challengers to the power of incumbency who look to mount an actual campaign.

January 31, 2010 | Tim Myers Myers' Musings | 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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