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Cam Noltemeyer: Wastewater solution or more delays?

It was a raucous hearing of the Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District on May 26. Our Los Angeles County Sanitation District representatives, Santa Clarita City Council members Frank Ferry and Laurene Weste, heard Santa Claritans say that they refuse to pay to fix the chloride (salt) problem in the Santa Clara River.

June 25, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Phil Rizzo: Profit motive haunts healthy health care

When I was a kid waaaay back in the late 1920s and early '30s, when you were sick of all crazy things - you just went to your doctor.

June 24, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Humans at fault

First, I want to compliment Mr. Frank Ray on his description of the world as we know it today ("Question of trust," Letters, The Signal, June 14).

June 23, 2009 | By Earl M. Madery Santa Clarita | Columnists


Bruce McFarland: Issues and answers: It's as simple as that

It's been two months since my last column. I really want to thank everyone for reading the editorial pages of our illustrious Signal. I especially want to thank everyone who felt compelled to comment on my last column. Isn't this a great country?

June 23, 2009 | Bruce McFarland | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Don't bring back 'The Fairness Doctrine'

"It's just not fair." As the parent of any teenager knows, these words are often used by a child whenever a perceived injustice has occurred in their lives.

June 22, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Carl Boyer: Avast, ye robber barons!

Brian Charles' story in Tuesday's Signal (June 16) mentioning a "revenue neutral" payment of perhaps $3 million annually, perhaps in perpetuity - in exchange for westside unincorporated communities being allowed to have some measure of local government - leaves me outraged.

June 21, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Cameron Smyth: And the Democratic spending continues

Recently, the Legislature completed the traditional "House of Origin" deadline, during which literally hundreds of bills are voted on over a five-day period.

June 21, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Joe Messina: Hart District choosing rough road to a high school in Castaic

When you keep hitting "bumps" in the road, eventually you'll get to a point where you have to ask, "Is it the road's fault or the driver's?"

June 21, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tim Myers: Hey, what happened to proportional representation?

Since no one ever spends serious money doing actual statistically sound polls around a Santa Clarita City Council election, the entire process since city formation stands fraught with apocryphal tales that achieve mythic status.

June 21, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Bob Werner: Vakay’s Gitmo: Just some more right-wing fear-

Lynn Vakay's "It's all about Gitmo, stupid" opinion column (The Signal, June 18) calls for a direct response.

June 20, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Laurie Ender: Escape the coming heat with a Summer Fun Pass

It's no secret that Santa Clarita goes above and beyond to provide residents with quality, state-of-the-art recreational facilities and opportunities.

June 20, 2009 | Laurie Ender | Columnists


What are these reports supposed to show?

Tonight marks the second of two community meetings that will disseminate the findings of the community-commissioned and county-funded Initial Feasibility Analysis for incorporation of communities in the northwest Santa Clarita Valley.

June 18, 2009 | Ron Mechnsner & Dave Bossert | Columnists


Lynne Plambeck: Something's missing here

Last Thursday, community members filled a large local school auditorium to talk to the Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Fish and Game about their proposed Newhall Ranch permit.

June 18, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: The greatest thing you'll ever learn

The greatest thing you'll ever learn

June 17, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Diana Shaw: The tortured logic of John Yoo

On March 14, 2003, John Yoo of the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel wrote a memo addressing military interrogation of alien unlawful combatants held outside the United States.

June 16, 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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