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Pledges: Leadership or ideology?

Candidates for public office must demonstrate they deserve the public's trust, and if elected, they must maintain that trust if they expect to stay in office. Or at least, that's the theory.

October 11, 2008 | By Bruce McFarland | Columnists


Proactive versus reactive

Reactive

October 11, 2008 | By Tim Myers | Columnists


The night the lights went out

Last Friday, Aug. 1, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats ended debate on energy issues by abruptly adjourning.

October 09, 2008 | By Paul Strickland For The Signal | Columnists


County’s green building rules will benefit us

As a lifelong outdoor lover, as well as a person who works in the environmental compliance arena, I've watched "Being Green" go through cycles of popularity. Sometimes caring for the planet is all the rage, and a few years later it's an afterthought.

October 09, 2008 | By Maria Gutzeit For The Signal | Columnists


Everyone wants our babies

When you're single, everyone asks when you're going to get a steady dating partner. When you're in a serious relationship, they ask when you're going to get married.

October 09, 2008 | By Michael Picarella For The Signal | Columnists


The one who’s too light

I had lunch with a very frustrated Republican the other day. The gentleman is a construction bond agent.

October 07, 2008 | By Gary Horton For The Signal | Columnists


Republican platform: A sinking ship

For some of you who have just returned from an alternate universe, we are holding our national elections this coming November.

October 06, 2008 | By Jonathan Kraut For The Signal | Columnists


Days of whines and roses

Whine: To complain peevishly; to utter something in a high-pitched sound.

A nation of whiners.

October 06, 2008 | By Diana Sevanian For The Signal | Columnists


Letters to the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy office

We here at the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy get numerous letters in the course of a political season. Some are kind and some are profane, but all of them are worthy of review and reflection.

October 05, 2008 | By Steve Lunetta | Columnists


There is no water conservation conundrum

Why conserve?

October 05, 2008 | By R.J. Kelly Castaic Lake Water Agency | Columnists


Leaders of Character in our valley

Welcome to August! One month closer to summer being over and temperature sanity returning! I'm really done with the "heat waves."

October 04, 2008 | Michele E. Buttelman | Columnists


Let's make the proper comparison

Last month the California Department of Public Instruction released revised numbers revealing the dropout rate of public and charter schools within the state.

October 04, 2008 | By Tim Myers Myers' Musings | Columnists


Drilling best way out of oil crisis

There is a huge debate over drilling for additional oil right now that is confusing at best.

October 04, 2008 | By Jeff Miladin | Columnists


Take a night out of crime Tuesday in Santa Clarita

Imagine a night when the entire nation could come together to stand up against crime. If only for one night out of the year, this united front would cause crime rates to drop, morale and people's sense of security would increase, and the nation as a whole would seem like a safer place.

October 04, 2008 | By Laurene Weste | Columnists


Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

"You wanna go on something really fast and really scary?" I asked my 4-year-old son during a recent trip to Disney's California Adventure Park. He seemed to think that every ride we rode at the park was too slow and too boring. So I wanted to excite him.

October 02, 2008 | By Michael Picarella | Columnists


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Tina Dupuy: The GOP psyche: an explainer

I believe the Republican Party's psychic break happened the moment their "compassionate conservative" economic philosophy melted the world's economy. President George W. Bush, the champion of deregulation, bailed out the banks and then offered: "I've abandoned free market principles to save the free market system."

February 01, 2014 | By Tina Dupuy Commentary | Columnists


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


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