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Tom Pattantyus: Happy 234th birthday to the U.S. Marine Corps

On Nov. 10, 1775, the Continental Congress passed a resolution stating that "two battalions of Marines be raised" for service as landing forces with the fleet. Their first amphibious raid into the Bahamas took place in March 1776 under the command of Capt. (later Major) Samuel Nicholas. Nicholas, the first commissioned officer in the Continental Marines, is considered to be the first Marine Commandant.

November 06, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Cam Noltemeyer: Where has our little CAG gone?

For many years the Whittaker-Bermite facility made ordnance in the Santa Clarita Valley for the military. This 996-acre property, located off Soledad Canyon Road in the center of our city, is still polluting our groundwater with the chemicals used to make those bombs.

November 05, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: Change happens, so should you

So, it's my last week away at Wharton. I've been away on a five-week immersion advanced management course in Pennsylvania.

November 04, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Until death to us part

There are death penalty arguments aplenty. The common ones are: Does it deter crime, is it moral, equitable, more costly than life imprisonment - is it "cruel and unusual punishment?" People don't usually consider what happens after an execution. These and other death penalty issues will be addressed in an upcoming symposium. The death penalty's greatest issue is finality. Executions cannot be undone.

November 03, 2009 | Patricia Sulpizio Democratic Voices | Columnists


Unions are rising like a phoenix

The burst of flame that consumes the bird momentarily blinds me.

November 02, 2009 | Steve Lunetta Right About Now | Columnists


Is Boydston a game-changer?

Make no mistake. If Joe Messina gains a seat on the William S. Hart Union High School District board after the Tuesday election, it could represent a true sea change in the local politics of the Santa Clarita Valley.

November 01, 2009 | Tim Myers Myers' Musings | Columnists


Preserving a civil war of words

"He who is different from me does not impoverish me - he enriches me. Our unity is constituted in something higher than ourselves - in Man. ... For no man seeks to hear his own echo, or to find his reflection in the glass."

- Antoine De Saint-Exupery

November 01, 2009 | Josh Premako The Way I See It | Columnists


Laurie Ender: What does Santa Clarita want for the holidays?

Living in Santa Clarita, it is sometimes easy to forget there are people in need. As a community, Santa Clarita residents are some of the most giving people you'll ever meet.

October 30, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Scott Thomas Wilk: Castaic High — Getting to the Promised Land

It took Moses 40 years to lead the Children of Israel across the desert to the Promised Land. So why should we be surprised, in an era of environmental impact reports and NIMBYism, that the William S. Hart Union High School District has yet to finalize its 10-year search for a home for the proposed Castaic high school?

October 30, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Responding to Laura Pearson's claims

First and foremost, I would like to thank The Signal's Editorial Board for endorsing my candidacy for the Castaic Union School District's Governing Board. I am humbled.

October 29, 2009 | By John Zaring SCV Voices | Columnists


Lynne Plambeck: One Valley, One Vision deserves unbiased review

A few years ago, the legislature tried to pass a law that would make environmental review for projects less biased. It seems developer-funded environmental impact reports (EIRs) often left something to be desired in the areas of accuracy and full disclosure.

October 29, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: Maybe we're the strangers

Luke Skywalker walks tentatively into the Mos Eisley Cantina on pirate planet Tatooine, his faithful golden droid by his side. "We don't serve droids here," a gnarly bartender barks out, and C-3PO gets rudely tossed out.

October 28, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Kevin Buck: A tale of core conservative values

I freely choose to put my political opinions out among the public, so I accept I will elicit a fair share of protest for holding said opinions.

October 27, 2009 | Democratic Voices | Columnists


Laura Pearson: Clearing the air about my campaign

Let me introduce myself, what I stand for and why I am running again for a seat on the Castaic Union School District Board of Trustees.

October 27, 2009 | SCV Voices | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Lessons in advanced liberalism

One of my esteemed and talented fellow columnists has taken a sabbatical to spend time learning to be a better business leader. In a recent column, he learned to "be silent and listen."

October 26, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


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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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