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Tom Purcell: Why I sometimes get nostalgic for the Cold War

I've been thinking about the sorry state of American culture, and that made me reminisce about the Cold War.

August 14, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists

Byron York: Liberals gear up for Obamacare fight

While Republicans argue among themselves over what to do about Obamacare - Defund it? Delay it? Give up the fight to repeal it? - a coalition of wealthy and determined liberal groups is preparing to strike back at GOP efforts to stop the president's health care scheme.

August 13, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists

Peter Funt: A chilling report on climate change

SAN JOSE - All I know about climate, some say, is what's outside my window.

August 13, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists

Steve Lunetta: Dept. of Dumb Ideas Part Deux

I could not resist it. After my son and I found the Department of Dumb Ideas at Los Angeles City Hall, we had to find the corresponding office at the city of Santa Clarita.

August 12, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists

Joe Guzzardi: Thousands of prisoners return to the streets

he Supreme Court recently refused to delay the release of thousands of inmates from California state prisons. Severe overcrowding in the prison system has, in the court's eyes, led to substandard medical and mental health treatment.

August 12, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists

David Hegg: Ethical parenting and unconditional love

As I write this column my oldest and her husband are winging their way across the Pacific to vacation in Maui.

August 11, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists

Danny Tyree: Childless couples: Do they really deserve to live?

Whether you're arising from a long, luxurious sleep or frantically cleaning up melted crayons, surely you have a strong opinion on the cover story in the Aug. 12 "Time" magazine: "The Childfree Life: When Having It All Means Not Having Children."

August 10, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists

Laurene Weste: Live from City Hall

Good health for the mind and body dictates that everyone should get outside every day and enjoy a little play. Getting families moving and incorporating healthy food choices into everyday life is exactly what the fifth annual Youth Sports and Healthy Families Festival is designed to do.

August 10, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists

Tim Myers: The great college admission scam revealed - part II

So in the last column I exploded several myths concerning college admission including false selectivity and shortage, inflated but not actually paid tuition rates, and the "value" of extracurricular activities on college applications.

August 10, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists

Tammy Messina: It is about ideology, not ethnicity

Two residents have filed lawsuits against local governing boards claiming "civil rights discrimination" and "denied voter access" in local elections.

August 09, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists

Peggy Stabile: Not everyone gets admitted...

Having spent 20 years as a counselor at both Valencia and Hart high schools, an adjunct counselor at College of the Canyons and, most recently, a college application specialist with Pegasus2edu, I have had the pleasure of guiding countless students and their parents through the college application process.

August 09, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists

Maria Gutzeit: Newhall County Water District celebrates 60th

Water has shaped the history of cities and communities across the West. If you want to get an idea how water influenced the Santa Clarita Valley, start by looking at the Newhall County Water District, the first water agency to be established by residents of the valley.

August 08, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists

Cher Gilmore: The costs of climate inaction

One of the major arguments against investing in renewable energy is the cost, but let's examine a few costs of NOT switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy resources.

August 08, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists

Gary Horton: Without a vision the people perish

Eighty-three year old Sam Danny walks slowly away from the table outside the coffee shop toward the Ralphs, where he will do his morning shopping. Sam doesn't move as well as he did in years past.

August 07, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists

Nat Hentoff: What Obamacare can do to you - not for you

r. Tom Delbanco, a professor of general medicine and primary care at Harvard Medical School, approves of certain sections of Obamacare, but raises a critical matter that has been largely unreported about primary care doctors, whom he describes as "the pediatricians, family doctors and internists who constitute the foundation of our medical system" ("Will Obamacare help primary care?" Delbanco,, July 23).

August 07, 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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