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Let’s keep our institutions out of politics

Politics is tribal, often built on difference and division. Success can depend on how effectively opponents are cast as somehow "impure" or "the other."

August 22, 2013 | Donna Brazile | Columnists

Gary Horton: Freeway signs are good but aren’t functioning democracy

As Carrie and I passed over the McBean-I-5 bridge heading to a scrumptious lunch at In-N-Out, (by the way, get your fries well-done for a real treat), we passed a smattering of folks engaged in a grass-roots protest on the bridge above to the drivers below.

August 21, 2013 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists

Steve Lunetta: An ode to diving

Scuba diving. The word SCUBA itself is an acronym for "self contained breathing apparatus" - a reference to the gizmo that makes breathing underwater a possibility.

August 19, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists

David M. Shribman: Finding a touch of greatness

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine - Two old men, neither particularly grumpy, have been in the news in recent weeks, and their re-emergence in the public eye is a sobering reminder of how different is our civic life than even a few years ago.

August 19, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists

David Hegg: Each ethical act builds consistency

Almost 20 years ago I suffered a freakish breakdown of my knees. As I pushed off to hit an overhead in a tennis match my left patella fractured and the patella tendon ruptured.

August 18, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists

Doug Patton: PC orthodoxy is destroying America

"We have met the enemy, and he is us." - Pogo

August 18, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists

Tom Purcell: Marriage is alive and well - for some

Boy, are some Americans losing interest in marriage these days.

August 17, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists

Tim Myers: Exiting the SCV: Not easy, but exciting

We built 17 years of our life based on a book and a recommendation from a law school classmate.

August 17, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists

Bob Kellar: Live from City Hall

Civic engagement is at the heart of the democratic process in Santa Clarita, and the public's involvement is essential for a well-run city.

August 17, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists

Alice Khosravy: Taxpayers Left Out of the Obamacare Special Exemption Boat — Again

During the past few weeks, I found myself remembering something from a childhood book: "Laws control the lesser man. Right conduct controls the greater one."

August 16, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists

Kathryn Lopez: Transformation through charitable work

SAN ANTONIO - The talk of the Knights of Columbus convention here, which I attended as an invited speaker, were missionaries from the Philippines. The Marikina Valley Council in Luzon traveled by foot for an hour and a half, each way, to establish a relationship with an indigenous Dumagat tribe living in the remote mountains, despite the physical and language challenges.

August 16, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists

Danny Tyree: MLK’s ‘I have a dream’ speech celebrates 50th anniversary

Mark your calendar for Aug. 28, the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's iconic "I Have A Dream" speech, which was delivered to more than 250,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

August 16, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists

Brian Baker: Snowden did the right thing and here's why

Edward Snowden exposed the NSA's program of massive monitoring of American citizens' electronic communications.

August 15, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists

Joe Gandelman: Sex, lies and the Bob Filner headlock

SAN DIEGO - This tourist Mecca has long been loved for the gleaming beaches along its 70-mile coastline where the sea caresses the sand. Now it's becoming known as the city where its mayor allegedly gave unwanted caresses, butt pats and playful chokeholds to more than a dozen women.

August 15, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists

Gary Horton: Blown into the future

This week Elon Musk presented his vision for the future of mid-range transportation in America. His "Hyperloop" is a futuristic, nifty system of giant stainless steel tubes running up and down the state, either over or under Interstate 5.

August 14, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists

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Articles by Section - Columnists

Tammy Messina: Election integrity matters

Elections have consequences. It's a phrase we often hear. Getting the right people in office to represent us is a critical function of our citizen-led government.

February 07, 2014 | By Tammy Messina | Columnists

Holly Schroeder: Santa Clarita Valley’s myths debunked

Working to recruit new businesses to the Santa Clarita Valley, I come across a lot of misconceptions about our valley.

February 06, 2014 | By Holly Schroeder SCV Voices | Columnists

Gary Horton: Our hearts are not with our children

Most folks understand that the tax policies of the past 30 years have created a great wealth disparity in the United States.

February 05, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists

Charlie Vignola: The bare minimum

Republicans think they get unfairly labeled as the party of the wealthy, a party that tricks working-class voters into voting against their own economic self-interest by exploiting cultural wedge issues.

February 04, 2014 | By Charles Vignola Democratic Voices | Columnists

Tom Purcell: Why Groundhog Day should be outlawed

Punxsutawney Phil must be stopped. The lovable little groundhog must be stopped.

February 01, 2014 | By Tom Purcell Commentary | Columnists

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

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