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Cam Noltemeyer: Fair elections for a clean environment

SCOPE began promoting clean money and fair elections with its float in Santa Clarita's 2006 Fourth of July parade. We joined with the local Clean Money campaign to bring a message to Santa Clarita: the need to reduce special interest influence on our electoral process.

January 21, 2010 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: We’ve been there twice before: We understand

The magnitude 6.6 Sylmar earthquake struck the San Fernando Valley 6 a.m. Feb. 9, 1971. I remember that morning like it was today.

January 20, 2010 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Diana Shaw: Two-thirds or not two-thirds

This year's hottest state issue will be an initiative to change Sacramento's two-thirds budget vote rule to a simple majority.

January 19, 2010 | Diana Shaw Democratic Voices | Columnists


Nathan Imhoff: Obama should make decisions proudly, not politically

"A majority ... united by a common interest or a passion cannot be constrained from oppressing the minority, what remedy can be found?"

January 19, 2010 | Nathan Imhoff SCV Voices | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Acoustic cakes and apparel

Stories about good kids and good programs get routinely ignored by most of the mainstream press and the majority of the news-consuming public.

January 18, 2010 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Concerned parents: Saugus officials moving too fast

The editorial "No one said this would be easy," (Jan. 10) is correct that the decision to close a school should not be easy.

January 17, 2010 | SCV Voices | Columnists


W.E. Gutman: Season's gratings and other pet peeves

As predictable as death and taxes, the yearly Social Security Administration "benefits update" reached millions of Americans in mid-December. Most knew they would not be granted a raise in 2010 and that the freeze might even extend to 2011.

January 17, 2010 | W.E. Gutman The Long View | Columnists


Tim Myers: Are school-age demographics the SCV's 'Black Swan'?

In his seminal work "The Black Swan," Nicholas Taleb lays much blame on the tendency to attempt to project out the future on Bill Gates and Microsoft.

January 17, 2010 | Tim Myers Myers' Musings | Columnists


Andre Hollings: The taking of America

Admittedly, President Barack Obama is a man of sterling qualities. He has a temperament and charm befitting one probed by the glare of history's contemplation; an intellect suited to the complexities of a seamless 21st century world; and a big-speech eloquence worthy of the historian's pen.

January 15, 2010 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Frank Ferry: Blue Ribbon Task Force celebrates 10th anniversary

January marks the 10th anniversary of the Santa Clarita's Blue Ribbon Task Force. Formed in 2000 in response to concerns voiced by our community, elected officials and advocates about the use of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco by local teens, the Task Force has grown to become an important community resource in helping to educate parents and address key teen issues.

January 15, 2010 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Lynne Plambeck: Overstating water supplies won't make it rain, people

State legislators have long seen an urgent need to provide adequate water supply information to planners. It was obvious to everyone that increased population in California would escalate pressure on the state's water resources.

January 14, 2010 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: Not too late to give thanks

The season of good cheer has come and passed. Time to pull down the tree, pack up the ornaments and savor that last glass of eggnog cluttering the refrigerator.

January 13, 2010 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Jonathan Kraut: Looking ahead with hindsight

To all of you I wish a very healthy, happy, prosperous new year. 2009 was clearly a year of political change, but there were no dramatic upheavals or surprises, just a president doing what he said he would do.

January 12, 2010 | Jonathan Kraut Democratic Voices | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Be grateful for what we have here

It's easy to be negative. That pothole in the street in front of your house that jars your teeth in the morning as you start the daily commute can make it seem like the city does not care.

January 11, 2010 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


W.E. Gutman: When the rich play, the poor pay

Parallel universes (or alternate realities in which the laws of physics are not only dissimilar but in conflict) is the stuff of science fiction and quantum mechanics. Brought down to earth, the concept takes on sinister dimensions.

January 10, 2010 | W.E. Gutman The Long View | Columnists


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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


Betty Arenson: The counterfeit mask

You're familiar with the noise America has heard for a long time. It will continue, but it's easily unmasked.

May 30, 2014 | By Betty Arenson Right here right now | Columnists


Dante Acosta: Camp Clarita provides summer fun

The official arrival of summer is just weeks away. If you listen closely, you will soon be able to hear kids all over town chanting that classic phrase: "school's out for summer!"

May 30, 2014 | By Dante Acosta Live from city hall | Columnists


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