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Dave Bossert - Status quo is the way to go Nov. 3

With two weeks until the Nov. 3 election and the absentee ballots already out, the election is practically over at this point. That is the usual mantra from those who say their vote won't really make a difference. I don't believe that. With this advisory vote for the westside unincorporated communities, every vote matters.

October 25, 2009 | SCV Voices | Columnists


Tony Strickland - We must protect our state's businesses

Owning and operating your own business has never been easy. Start-up capital, office space, equipment, employees, payroll, fierce competition and endless paperwork mean never resting as an owner of a small business. And yet, 99.2 percent of the businesses in California fall into the category of "small" and employ more than half of our state's workforce.

October 25, 2009 | SCV Voices | Columnists


Tim Myers - The happy warriors in the CSU system

During the lean times of the Great Recession we get used to certain images: The sad sign of the foreclosure notice on the vacant house. A closure notice on a factory that once made cars. The dejected and somewhat caged looks of recently laid off workers in an unemployment line. These images make us sad.

October 25, 2009 | Myers' Musings | Columnists


Leon Worden - Local control is within your reach

Eleven million dollars.

October 25, 2009 | SCV Voices | Columnists


Bill Kennedy: Development or dependency?

"Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime."

October 23, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Cam Noltemeyer: Polluted water: Only time will tell

Water and soil pollution continues to be a huge issue in the Santa Clarita Valley, as it has been for more than a decade. The problem is not limited to the Whittaker-Bermite site.

October 22, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: Time to shut up and listen

It wasn't too many hours into the Wharton management program in which I'm self-reclused that I recognized my first personal improvement goal: Shut up and listen.

October 21, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tim Myers: David Gauny & the voter gap

So David Gauny announced his candidacy for the Santa Clarita City Council on Oct. 9 in front of Santa Clarita City Hall. Notables stood by his side; most interestingly Councilman Bob Kellar, who offered his endorsement in a hagiography posted on Gauny's campaign Web site.

October 20, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Bruce McFarland: Remembering my mother, the activist

Where do activists come from? Are they just born, or are children sent to training camps and returned to their families versed in the ways of the movement?

October 20, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: The end of days

When we were living in Chicago, we had to get used to many unusual things that you don't typically see in California living. Snow was a big one. A huge body of water that wasn't an ocean (Lake Michigan). Friendly people who didn't shoot at you on the tollway.

October 19, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


R. J. Kelly: CLWA flush with success

It was high on the list of things for local water professionals to do in 2009: Complete construction of a treatment plant to remove perchlorate from local groundwater, thus stopping the spread of contamination caused by a former munitions manufacturing plant.

October 18, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Frank Ferry: Teen Driving Safety Fair

Did you know traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers across the United States?

October 16, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Paul Brotzman: Setting the record straight on the ‘One Valley One Vision’ effort

It is not only unfortunate, but also a disservice to the community that Lynne Plambeck's Environmentally Speaking column ("One Valley, One Vision: A closer look," Oct. 1) contains numerous inaccuracies.

October 15, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Lynne Plambeck: One Valley, One Fantasy?

Many of the proposed General Plan updates for both the city of Santa Clarita and surrounding areas are based on a projected huge population increase - more than double our current population - in the next decade. Such a projection will require densification and subsequent zoning changes that will increase property values for developers, but could destroy the quality of life in many neighborhoods.

October 15, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Phil Rizzo: Always in a hurry to speed things up

There's a book review in the latest issue of The New Yorker magazine entitled, "Not so fast. Scientific management started as a way to work. How did it become a way of life?" It is fascinating in the details of the origins of scientific management.

October 14, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


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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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