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It’s cryogenics time again

I recently saw a show on TV about cryogenics - the science of freezing your brain after you die so that someday, when they find the cure for whatever killed you, they can insert your brain into a new body and you can pick up where you left off. Riding that motorcycle.

August 06, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists

Donna Brazile: ‘A people’s contest’ for better lives

With the Civil War raging, Abraham Lincoln addressed the U.S. Congress on July 4, 1861, and talked about the stakes involved:

August 06, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists

Kathryn Lopez: A new spin on an old message

eople won't remember what you said as much as how you made them feel." My friend Austen Ivereigh, co-founder of Catholic Voices in England (full disclosure: I am the director of the American branch), writes in his book, "How to Defend the Faith without Raising Your Voice."

August 05, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists

Tina Dupuy: Stop the 'poor-shaming'

You've heard the term "slut-shaming." It's a tactic used by those fighting to repeal the 20th century.

August 05, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists

Christine Korenthal: Feds influence standards for student testing

The gift of knowledge is, without a doubt, one of the most precious things that we can offer to a child. Not only does it help to insure that they become a productive member of society, but education and, more importantly, a love of learning and creativity make a person's potential for success at whatever venture they seek much greater.

August 04, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists

David Hegg: Daring to talk honestly about sin

Back in 1988 Karl Menninger released a provocative book entitled "Whatever Became of Sin?" The public conversation regarding this unpopular subject was further energized by the "look alike" 1995 Newsweek article by Kenneth Woodward entitled "What Ever Happened to Sin?"

August 04, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists

Timothy Myers Sr.: The great college admission scam revealed - part I

With the graduation of our youngest child from Valencia High School and his upcoming matriculation at San Diego State University, I can finally conclude one of my many "careers" over the last decade: that of unwilling expert in the area of college admissions.

August 03, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists

Tom Purcell: What could happen at Camp Political Correctness

Dear Mom and Dad,

August 03, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists

Marsha McLean: Live from City Hall

Santa Clarita works hard to garner grant and other funding for city improvements, but the fact remains we don't always have discretion to spend it however we want.

August 03, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists

Danny Tyree: Are pigs smarter than dogs?

My son Gideon, age 9, is hog wild about the classic CBS sitcom "Green Acres," which counts the super-intelligent pig Arnold Ziffel among its characters.

August 02, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists

Byron York: Republicans are fooling themsleves about Obamacare

When Washington conservatives gather to talk among themselves, and the discussion turns to Obamacare - it happens pretty frequently - it's not unusual to hear predictions that the president's health care law will "collapse of its own weight." It's a "train wreck," many say, quoting Democratic Sen. Max Baucus. It's unworkable. It's going to be a big, smoking ruin.

August 02, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists

Gene Lyons: The surprise villian in the Weiner saga

Everybody loves a good sex scandal, and these days nobody's disappointed.

August 02, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists

Joe Gandelman: Obstruction is now a political policy

SARGENT, Neb. - They thought it was dead, but now it's coming back.

August 01, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists

Joe Guzzardi: Immigration advocacy still continues

Paul Ryan, U. S. representative, chairman of the House Budget Committee and former vice presidential candidate, recently declared that the federal war on poverty "has failed miserably."

August 01, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists

Morally right and good economics, too

A little more than six months into his second term, President Obama returned to the theme of his presidency, and perhaps his entire political career: carrying out the promise made in the preamble to the Constitution.

July 31, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists

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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

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

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