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Tom Pattantyus: My life as a 12-year-old billionaire, Part 1 of 2

The worst economic downturn since the Great Depression and the ballooning deficit we face have heightened the risk of hyper-inflation to levels not seen since post-World War II Europe, when many bank notes weren't worth the paper on which they were printed virtually overnight.

August 23, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Dr. Bruce Hector: Health care reform inching toward consensus

As of mid-August 2009, the health care insurance reform debate has produced as much vocal public response as any recent social problem - and rightfully so, since it will affect us all sooner or later.

August 23, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tim Myers: ‘Yes, even Republicans probably do a good job’

Assemblyman Cameron Smyth does an incredibly good job of speaking in front of small groups, particularly young people.

August 23, 2009 | Tim Myers | Columnists


Marsha McLean: How to contact the city

While you can still pick up the telephone and reach the city of Santa Clarita at (661) 259-CITY Monday through Friday, there is a host of new options to communicate with the city and find out the information you need, 24-7.

August 21, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Suzette Martinez-Woodruff: Latina not a liberal?

A particular assumption that I often hear leave the lips of yapping Liberals in California irks me at my core. The assumption is that a Hispanic woman should automatically identify herself as a Democrat because the Republican Party is racist and sexist.

August 21, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Lynne Plambeck: The ethics of water ownership

In 2003, a Superior Court judge ruled for Newhall Land allowing the Newhall Ranch Specific Plan. He made this ruling based on the assertion that the developer had purchased water from elsewhere in the state to supply these housing units, and that this purchased water and the groundwater used for farming there would supply enough water to serve this 21,000-unit proposal.

August 20, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: Fear shouldn’t be a pre-existing condition

American conservatives project the myth of the "rugged individualist" - America as part-Marlboro Man blowing smoke at the American Cancer Society and part-Sarah Palin gutting a caribou and flinging the bloody entrails at PETA.

August 19, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Jonathan Kraut: Reformers vs. hate and rage

Now, for the umpteenth time since our great nation was founded, the level of rage and hate has reached a fevered pitch.

August 18, 2009 | Jonathan Kraut | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Climate change Nazis

As I have admitted before, I am a nerd. Unabashed, unapologetic and unwashed nerd-dom at its finest.

August 17, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Tim Myers: L.A. County solves binary political problem

Today, we discuss the issue of the binary approach to resolving problems or issues that exist on a continuum - the absolute favorite of the partisan politician.

August 16, 2009 | Tim Myers | Columnists


Sherryan' Lima: It's a health care option, not 'socialized medicine'

I am writing in regards to the recent attempts at thwarting real health care reform. The idea that the president's health care package is a death sentence is ludicrous.

August 16, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Laurene Weste: New streetscape enlivens Old Town Newhall

The city of Santa Clarita is getting ready to roll out the red carpet and welcome the community to celebrate the completion of Phase One of the Old Town Newhall streetscape project.

August 14, 2009 | Laurene Weste | Columnists


F. Andre Hollings: Reagan and political reality

Contrary as truth often is to the exaggerated bluster of liberal condemnations and popular fantasy, the Republican Party is alive and well, particularly in California.

August 14, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Cam Noltemeyer: Of fish and lawsuits

This week, Castaic Lake Water Agency announced they have filed litigation to challenge the Federal National Marine Fisheries Agency Opinion for Delta fish species.

August 13, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: Engorged on medical insurance in Fat City

"I'm busy, doc," deflecting my doctor's scolding for missing my annual checkup for three years.

August 12, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


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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


Tom Purcell: Little nuns vs. Goliath

It's a story about how freedom is all.

January 20, 2014 | By Tom Purcell Commentary | Columnists


Joe Gandelman: Don’t count Chris Christie out (yet)

People waiting to get New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's last pound of flesh may have a long wait, and not for the obvious reason.

January 20, 2014 | By Joe Gandelman Independent's Eye | Columnists


Byron York: Jobs should stay in focus

There was a lot to talk about when House Speaker John Boehner appeared before reporters recently for the first time since the holiday break. There are continuing fights over Obamacare. Immigration reform. Appropriations bills. The debt ceiling. The Democratic push for the president's "inequality agenda."

January 20, 2014 | By Byron York Commentary | Columnists


Danny Tyree: Winter Olympics: untold story

Hundreds of millions of people will be following the 2014 Winter Olympics, even though the underwhelming motto ("Hot. Cool. Yours.") sounds less like a paean to athletic excellence than the sort of progression that accompanies a court-ordered paternity suit.

January 18, 2014 | By Danny Tyree Tyrades | Columnists


David Hegg: Environment will shape your thinking

It is rare when we think deeply anymore. In too many ways, and in too many instances, we are becoming a people who let others do our thinking for us.

January 18, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Alice Khosravy: Role of government on display

Recently, the community of Santa Clarita has been buzzing over potential billboard removals and the possibility of sign ordinance changes. It began when the Metro Group, who owns the land on which the billboards in question reside, approached the city with a proposal to remove every billboard in the Metro (railroad) right-of-way, within the Soledad Canyon Road and Railroad Avenue corridors, in the center of the city. This amounts to the permanent removal of 118 billboards on 62 structures along the Metro right-of-way in exchange for a change to the current sign ordinance that would allow them to build three ...

January 17, 2014 | By Alice Khosravy Right here right now | Columnists


Marsha McLean:Santa Clarita transit is your ticket to better transportation

The demand for public transportation continues to increase as Americans enjoy the freedoms provided by commuter buses and railways.

January 17, 2014 | By Marsha McLean Live from city hall | Columnists


Cher Gilmore: Ignorance is not bliss

Fracking has captured the headlines recently, but another, less well-known technique for extracting oil trapped in rock cavities deep underground is increasingly being used in California and is an even bigger threat to health and the environment.

January 16, 2014 | By Cher Gilmore | Columnists


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