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Steve Lunetta: Obama, the Modern Prometheus

"Abhorred monster! Fiend that thou art! The tortures of hell are too mild a vengeance for thy crimes. Wretched devil! You reproach me with your creation; come on, then, that I may extinguish the spark which I so negligently bestowed."

March 08, 2010 | Signal Staff | Columnists


W.E. Gutman: Whiners, killjoys and curmudgeons

"No one likes the bearer of bad news." - Antigone, Sophocles (496-406 B.C.)

Journalists and whistleblowers share common traits. They are perceived as arrogant, insensitive and vexing meddlers. Their exposés are seldom appreciated. Both seek the truth, one in the interest of history, the other in the service of justice.

March 07, 2010 | W.E. Gutman | Columnists


Tim Myers: It all comes down to manners

While I spoke to him by phone on Feb. 26, he sounded really shook up.

March 07, 2010 | Tim Myers | Columnists


Bob Kellar: One stop, less stress at new city Permit Center

The city of Santa Clarita works hard to continue a high quality of life for residents and foster a healthy economic climate for businesses.

March 06, 2010 | Bob Kellar | Columnists


Tom Pattantyus: A true immigrant entrepreneur

In the June 19, 1969, Congressional Record we can read a message by then-Gov. Ronald Reagan: "Colonel Ágoston Haraszthy can well be called the father of the wine industry in California. ... Ever since that time, from the 300 varieties he brought to California and planted, the wine industry in our Golden State has been improving until in the last few decades California wines have become renowned around the world as second to none."

March 05, 2010 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Graham Silver: Making the most of the time I’ve been given

Two weeks ago, I fell down the stairs and broke my back as I tried to stop my 2-year-old daughter from tumbling down head-first toward our tile floor.

March 05, 2010 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Cam Noltemeyer: One valley, one water agency — is bigger really better?

At a February meeting, the Castaic Lake Water Agency announced its decision to expand its retail authority to encompass its full boundaries. Currently it can only provide retail service for the Santa Clarita Water Co.

March 04, 2010 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: It’s what you don’t see that matters most

In marketing it's called "negative space." That is, the space that's not expressly part of a graphic image that communicates a marketing message as forcefully as the image itself.

March 03, 2010 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Jonathan Kraut: We do have choices

As long as we supply tax revenues, elect officials to manage funds and public contracts and allow imperfect humans to make decisions, we can anticipate that greed and personal gain will take advantage of our free society.

March 02, 2010 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Jami Kennedy: Don't let them get you down

I have read all the letters in The Signal, Daily News and the Los Angeles Times regarding comments made by Santa Clarita City Councilman Bob Kellar about illegal immigrants. Wow, I've never heard or seen such a brouhaha on a subject before.

March 02, 2010 | Jami Kennedy SCV Voices | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: A Fairy Tale

Once upon a time in the land of Nutsnfruits, lived the very wise and good King Arnold. The people loved King Arnold and the king loved them. Well, they used to until he knuckled under to the ogre and troll union a few years ago and gave away the goose that lays the golden (state) egg.

March 01, 2010 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Holly Schroeder: Greener and greener buildings

Just what does it mean to call a building a "green building?"

February 28, 2010 | Holly Schroeder SCV Voices | Columnists


W.E. Gutman: Voyage of the damned

Last Tuesday marked the 68th anniversary of a now-forgotten event, the first of two incomprehensible acts of mass murder. Both would be eclipsed by the convulsions of a world at war then trivialized by the passage of time.

February 28, 2010 | W.E. Gutman The Long View | Columnists


Tim Myers: Something different - a positive story

For the past many weeks, against the backdrop of a local election with accusations of secret cabals and unholy triumvirates - including a candidate's revelation of past misdemeanors that might disqualify them for certain security clearances and result in a red flag on most employer background checks - the engaged community got numbed with a tidal wave of bad news.

February 28, 2010 | Tim Myers Myers' Musings | Columnists


Marsha McLean: I'll do the best I can for Santa Clarita

Editor's note: This is one in a series of columns from candidates in the 2010 Santa Clarita City Council race.

You elected me four years ago and I have been your full-time city councilwoman, available every day to personally answer your e-mail, speak to you by phone, visit with you at City Hall or stop to chat with you while out and about in our community.

February 28, 2010 | Masha Mclean Candidate Forum | Columnists


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David Hegg: Our freedom of speech is being taken away

One of our most necessary freedoms as Americans is the freedom of speech, as protected in the Bill of Rights. Yet, today, while much is being shouted and written supporting this prized privilege, the fact is the freedom to speak is being taken away.

June 15, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


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


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