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Steve Lunetta: Just call me the governor

Once the recall of the Governator is complete, we're going to need a new governor. I know there are a lot of political hacks out there who think they can do the job. But, if an actor can run the ninth largest economy in the world, why not me?

June 01, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Tim Myers: The (API) numbers game

Let me say at the outset to all the teachers and staff at Helmers Elementary School in the Saugus Union School District: "I love you all!"

May 31, 2009 | Tim Myers | Columnists


Scott Thomas Wilk: I choose God

When Councilman Bob Kellar's proposal to place "In God We Trust" on the city logo made it onto the City Council's agenda, I confess I was ambivalent.

May 29, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Bob Kellar: City, sheriff, COC launch motorcycle safety program

It's a sobering fact. Santa Clarita has seen a 39 percent increase in motorcycle-related accidents since 2007, with five incidents resulting in fatalities. Motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to die in a traffic collision than someone riding in a passenger car.

May 29, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Alison Maulhardt: The value of wildlife corridors

John Muir once said, "When one tugs at a single thing in nature he finds it attached to the rest of the world."

May 28, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tony Strickland: The people have spoken, but will politicians listen?

Voters overwhelming voted down Proposition 1A on the May 19 Special Election which would have extended the crippling $16 billion tax increases on all Californians.

May 27, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Phil Rizzo: Torture — made in the good ol’ USA

I have some favorite icons that I tie up with America and Americans.

May 27, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Steve Maguin: Federal regulations mandate costly chloride cleanup

Editor's note: The following column was submitted as a response to Sen. George Runner's May 17 column about water softeners and Measure S.

The directors and staff of the Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District share Sen. George Runner's frustration with the significant rate increase currently proposed for wastewater service in the Santa Clarita Valley over the next three years, with estimated increases four years beyond, primarily to comply with chloride regulations imposed by the state Regional Water Quality Control Board.

May 24, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Michael D. Antonovich: Supervisor’s prescription for the state budget

Editor's note: Below is an open letter from Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proposing solutions to the state budget deficit.

May 22, 2009

May 24, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tim Myers: “Get ready for the Great Santa Clarita ‘Religious Test’”

I never thought I could agree with Dave Bossert on the issue of annexation.

May 24, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Marsha McLean: Water cleanup mandate too expensive, maybe unnecessary

There is much confusion out there regarding a state-mandated fee that our residents are being asked to pay.

May 24, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


TimBen Boydston: Just say no to $250M salt tax

For out-of-control government spending plans, one does not need to look as far as Sacramento.

May 24, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Willie L. Pelote: Special election II flops; battle for the budget begins anew

Now that California voters have handed Arnold Schwarzenegger and his cadre of special interests another resounding special-election defeat, proponents of public services, fiscal responsibility, child care and mental health programs are gearing up for the battle over the 2010 state budget.

May 24, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Cam Noltemeyer: It’s not just sanitation rates going up

Too bad no one wants to tell our community what is really going on. For the past 10 years, everyone has known that the effluent emitted by Santa Clarita's sanitation districts is too high in salt (chlorides).

May 21, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Maria Gutzeit: The delta needs to be fixed

Nearly three years ago, I wrote an opinion piece in these pages about the lack of technical merit in the Regional Water Quality Control Board's (RWQCB) decision to set new lower chloride limits.

May 21, 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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