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The fallout of politics

It's been almost a week now since the government shutdown was lifted and the debt ceiling was raised, and since Republicans played political limbo with their own party's approval ratings - how low can they go?

October 22, 2013 | By Charles Vignola Democratic Voices | Columnists


Michael Reagan: Republicans are growing weaker by the week

A lot of people are asking what the heck is wrong with the Republican Party.

October 21, 2013 | Michael Reagan Commentary | Columnists


Joe Guzzardi: Jerry Brown defies laws on immigration

When Gov. Jerry Brown signed the Trust Act, he ended the partnership established between local law enforcement and Immigration and Customers Enforcement authorities that the federal Secure Communities program established.

October 21, 2013 | Joe Guzzardi Commentary | Columnists


David Hegg: Ethical cause and effect thinking

In logic there is a fallacy known as non sequitur. This Latin phrase simply means "does not follow" and describes a situation where a supposed "effect" actually "does not follow" from its supposed cause. Here is an example – absurd to be sure – of a non sequitur: Where does wind come from? It obviously is caused by the leaves of the trees waving. When the leaves wave, the movement causes the wind to blow. We know this to be true because, when we landed men on the moon there was no wind because there were no trees!

October 20, 2013 | By David Hegg | Columnists


The great SCV salt scam

Editor's note: The following column represents City Councilman Boydston's stance on the chloride issue. He does not speak for the entire City Council.

October 20, 2013 | By TimBen Boydston SCV Voices | Columnists


Cemex mine puts federal agencies at odds

Even after a decade and a half of debate, we're still learning new things about the proposed Cemex gravel mine in Soledad Canyon.

October 18, 2013 | By Andrew Fried | Columnists


Gary Horton: National Parks Are Closed; So Are National Minds

This past weekend I took a group of young employees on a boating trip to Santa Cruz Island for an overnight adventure and island hike.

October 16, 2013 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Cher Gilmore: While Rome burns...

Yes, our legislators in Washington are indeed fiddling while Rome (in today's parlance, our planet) burns.

October 15, 2013 | Cher Gilmore | Columnists


Tom Purcell: Hard to comprehend trillions in debt

I remember when a billion used to be a number so big nobody could comprehend it, though it is still a massive number.

October 14, 2013 | Tom Purcell Commentary | Columnists


David W. Hegg: Shame no longer exists in today’s society

At the ground level of ethics is the understanding that living ethically is honorable while unethical behavior is shameful. This fundamental recognition of shame and honor can be found in every society. Even the idea of guilt and innocence has ties to what that society considers right or wrong, honorable or shameful. When you transgress a societal law or moral standard the unavoidable consequence is supposed to be personal shame. And when a society reaches the place where egregious action fails to produce shame it is time to consider the reality that its ethical standards have been incrementally, but substantially ...

October 14, 2013 | David W. Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Susan Stamper Brown: Reasonable people make compromises

Reasonable people compromise. Unreasonable people do not. Instead, they trample over those around them to selfishly get their way.

October 14, 2013 | Susan Stamper Brown Right Here, Right Now | Columnists


Byron York: Pushing immigration

Recently the pharmaceutical giant Merck announced it will cut 8,500 jobs in an effort to remain competitive in a rapidly changing drug industry. Earlier this year, Merck announced plans to cut 7,500 jobs, bringing the total of workers let go to 16,000. In all, Merck intends to lay off one out of every five of its employees.

October 14, 2013 | Byron York Commentary | Columnists


The Huckleberry Girls: International Day of The Girl

Editor's note: This student column was submitted as part of a group project to commemorate Day of the Girl in the Santa Clarita Valley on Friday. The students from Huckleberry Learning Center have requested a proclamation from the city, and their art work has been featured on the national DayoftheGirl.org website.

October 09, 2013 | The girls at Huckleberry Learning Center SCV Voices | Columnists


Kevin Buck: Government by Crisis

On Oct. 1, 2013, the Republican Party shut down the United States government. On Oct. 1, 2013, the Democratic Party expanded the availability of health insurance for millions of Americans.

October 09, 2013 | By Kevin Buck Democratic Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: Optimism is the refuge in reason

A friend of mine was recently asked to address a group of business people on the theme of optimism. His very successful career in both the video game and television industries was often summarized in terms of his seemingly unconquerable optimism. He asked me what I thought about the subject and it got me thinking.

October 07, 2013 | David W. Hegg Ethically Speaking | 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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