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Lynne Plambeck: Stand up for those who dare to lead

One choice that must be made by anyone in public life is whether to lead or follow. It is a legitimate question, since in a democracy an elected public official, of course, wants to stand for the ideas and goals of the people he or she represents.

December 24, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


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


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Laurene Weste: Events with benefits: fun for a cause in the SCV

The city of Santa Clarita is home to numerous nonprofit organizations that benefit residents from all walks of life.

June 13, 2014 | By Laurene Weste Live from city hall | Columnists


Scott Wilk: Raising awareness to DIPG

Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or DIPG, is a terminal brain disease that affects children aged 5 to 10 years.

June 13, 2014 | By Scott Wilk Right here right now | Columnists


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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