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Gary Horton: Wooden boats and steel sailors

Carrie and I own a little battery-powered boat out in Oxnard. It's a dinky thing, commonly referred to as a "cocktail cruiser." Good enough for plying the channels inside the harbor, but suicide for anything else.

December 23, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


How to write an Opinion column for The Signal

Political commentary is the backbone of The Signal's Opinion page. While syndicated columnists who address state, national or world issues are part of our mix, our focus as a community newspaper is on local columnists who address local issues, and we welcome your contributions.

December 22, 2009 | By Lila Littlejohn Signal Managing Editor | Columnists


Cheney's double standard

It looks like former Vice President Dick Cheney lives a double standard.

December 22, 2009 | Bob Kerman Valencia | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Life imitating art imitating life

A new administration arrives. The nation and the world become enamored with these intriguing "visitors." Led by a mysteriously charismatic leader who seems able to sway public opinion by uttering a few words on television, these visitors seem incapable of doing wrong.

December 21, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


W.E. Gutman: America's checkerboard war policies

As the United States discovered in Korea, Vietnam and Iraq, it's easy to wage war and difficult to triumph. As witnessed in Afghanistan, where Washington is now being held hostage, a stalemate is often worse than defeat.

December 20, 2009 | W.E. Gutman The Long View | Columnists


R.J. Kelly: Landmark water package an investment in our future

It may end up being the most important investment Californians will make in their water system since the State Water Project was created nearly 50 years ago.

December 20, 2009 | R. J. Kelly Castaic Lake Water Agency | Columnists


Tim Myers: Tempted to bullet-vote for Harrison Katz

This year I started watching the new Fox comedy/musical "Glee" to possess something to talk about with my college freshman daughter.

December 20, 2009 | Tim Myers Myers' Musings | Columnists


Marsha McLean: The city of Santa Clarita supports local seniors

Sometimes peopleare not aware of the level of support the city provides to the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, and I would like to explain how the city is involved.

December 18, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Lynne Plambeck: Turn the global warming tide

It is a mystery to me why some people continue to deny the evidence of climate change. While climate and temperature variations may occur from year to year, or decade to decade, the frightening rise of CO2 in our atmosphere is simply undeniable.

December 17, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Nathan Imhoff: Starbucks' save-the-world marketing scam

During a recent trip to a local Starbucks, I noticed a sign on the bulletin board that stated Starbucks has helped provide 6 million days of medicine for people with AIDS in Africa.

December 17, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: When budget runs low, just shut it down

The current financial plight of the U.S. Postal Service is becoming well known. The situation exposes the difficulties government institutions face when forced to confront fiscal challenges and downsizing.

December 16, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Kevin Buck: Mid mid-term political musings

Election years are the highlight for those of us who follow politics for our own edification and amusement.

December 15, 2009 | Kevin Buck Democratic Voices | Columnists


W.E. Gutman: Conspiracies? Nah, just what comes naturally

Used with discretion, the Internet is a fount of information. It can also be a cesspool of lies, gossip, partisan humbug and propaganda, crafted not to enlighten but to skew reality - or bury it - in the pursuit of mischief or ideology.

December 13, 2009 | W.E. Gutman The Long View | Columnists


Cameron Smyth: 'Race to the top' plan leaves students behind

Recently, legislators were called back to Sacramento to vote on legislation to make California more competitive for "Race to the Top," a $4 billion federal program announced by President Barack Obama earlier this year to encourage innovation in our public schools.

December 13, 2009 | Cameron Smyth SCV Voices | Columnists


Tim Myers: The neighborhood school funding conundrum

So the latest instance of dire public finances to rear itself in the Santa Clarita Valley relates to the Saugus Union School District, the elementary school district that serves the North River Valencia tracts, the Suncal development of Tesoro del Valle, the areas of Saugus proper and into Canyon Country on the Plum/Whites Canyon corridor.

December 13, 2009 | Tim Myers Myers' Musings | Columnists


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Steve Knight: It’s time for a new approach

In the 1976 movie "Network," Peter Finch delivers the famous line, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore."

May 02, 2014 | By Steve Knight Right here right now | Columnists


Michael Antonovich: Realignment : a dangerous ruse

Editor's note: The following column was written in response to a news story reporting that Gov. Jerry Brown, after touring California counties to determine effects of prisoner realignment, declared, "I can report ... that realignment is working."

May 01, 2014 | By Michael Antonovich SCV Voices | Columnists


Amer Aziz: Seeking religious freedom

The United States government recently launched the Ahmadiyya Muslim Caucus chaired by veteran Republican Congressman Frank Wolf.

May 01, 2014 | By Amer Aziz SCV Voices | Columnists


Anne Marie Whalley: The world can be a beautiful place

The world as we see it in our own eyes can be stressful, enigmatic, or blessed. Mine is a wonderful place to be.

April 30, 2014 | By Anne Marie Whalley SCV Voices | Columnists


Gary Horton: American medicine has become a joke

Let me let you in on a joke I recently experienced.

April 30, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Steve Knight: VA medical centers need oversight

When veterans return home, their fighting days should be over. They put their lives on the line for their country and fought the good fight.

April 29, 2014 | By Steve Knight Commentary | Columnists


Holly Schroeder: Importance of foreign relations

We live in a global world with a global economy. Never did that concept become so clear to me than on the Trade and Investment Mission to China led by Supervisor Antonovich earlier this month.

April 29, 2014 | By Holly Schroeder Commentary | Columnists


The big myth about the Soledad Canyon mine

You would think that a big push to develop a massive gravel mine would at least be backed up by one significant factor:

April 28, 2014 | Andrew Fried SCV Voices | Columnists


For whom the lane tolls

I just got back from a series of business trips in the east. I was able to visit the garden spots of Pittsburgh, Topeka, Kansas City, and Philadelphia. I was never so glad to get back home.

April 28, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right About Now | Columnists


Let’s take our airwaves back from the advertisers

I've always heard that the airwaves belong to the people.

April 28, 2014 | Richard Myers SCV Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: Making sense of your success

I often attend conferences where the attendees are given name tags that boldly announce who they are. This creates a phenomenon rarely seen elsewhere. As we walk the halls of the conference center or hotel, our eyes are fixed on the name tags of those we pass. We're anxious to see if they are "somebody." Is he a well-known speaker?

April 27, 2014 | By David Hegg | Columnists


Bob Kellar: Santa Clarita will continue to thrive

Now that our city has survived another local election, I thought it would be appropriate to make some comments regarding elections and city hall. After all, things can get pretty exciting, or should I say concerning around election time in Santa Clarita.

April 27, 2014 | By Bob Kellar SCV Voices | Columnists


Laurene Weste: City and county host low-cost dog vaccination

In many American households, and certainly in my home, pets are members of the family. According to a survey by the American Veterinary Medical Association, our dogs are the nation's favorite pet, with approximately 43 million households owning one or more of our four-legged friends.

April 25, 2014 | By Laurene Weste Live from city hall | Columnists


Tammy Messina: Time to exercise those rights

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." ~ U.S. Constitution, Amendment 1.

April 25, 2014 | By Tammy Messina Right here right now | Columnists


Betty Arenson: Vote smart in every election

It's one thing to know you and your wallet have been the victims of a legal money-grabbing scam, but to get repeatedly sucker-punched while you are still reeling is the second atrocity.

April 24, 2014 | By Betty Arenson SCV Voices | Columnists


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