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Steve Lunetta: The stench coming from ACORN

We've all had the experience. We go to the refrigerator looking for something cool to drink and when we open the door, our nostrils are assaulted by a hideous odor.

October 12, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Michele Buttelman: SCV Scene: Light the night at Bridgeport

Finally, we've had nice, cooler weather. One can almost sense fall in the air... almost!

Light the Night

October 11, 2009 | Michele E. Buttelman | Columnists


Laurene Weste: It’s Oaktober time again

Santa Clarita is home to tens of thousands of beautiful oak trees. They blanket our local mountains, line our streams and add a charming aesthetic to our natural landscape.

October 09, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Andre Hollings: Messina: Right man, right time

Presently, the Golden State's K-12 public schools suffer abysmally low rankings in math and science scores, graduation and college-going rates, and the like when compared to the nation's K-12 public schools.

October 09, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: Say goodbye for their own good

Last week I wrote that I'd be sending my upcoming columns from the University of Pennsylvania.

October 07, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Kevin Buck: Politics: A cynic’s view

I have a theory about politics and the role that the liberals on left and the conservatives on the right play in our form of government.

October 06, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


P. Michael Freeman: What an ‘uninformed and irresponsible’ column

I am writing in response to Cam Noltemeyer's "Environmentally Speaking" guest editorial, "Buyer Beware in Fire Country," published on Sept. 23, 2009.

October 05, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Never forget: World War II Marine Merchants

I am always fascinated by untold stories from our nation's past that illustrate, entertain and cause reflection.

October 05, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Tim Myers: The preferred answer is not always the right one

I make my living with numbers. When one spends nearly 25 years in this pursuit, one becomes more and more adept at predicting numerical outcomes.

October 04, 2009 | Tim Myers | Columnists


Doree Baklash: 'We don’t want to go from an oligopoly

The town hall meeting held Sept. 26 at College of the Canyons, hosted by Congressman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, is the stuff our Founding Fathers participated in and advocated, consisted of average Americans standing up to be counted and heard.

October 04, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Lovin’ Picarella

I'm lovin' the Picarella Family Report on Saturday's page 2 of The Signal. In tough economic times, it's nice to know that everyday family life still prevails.

October 03, 2009 | By Paul B. Strickland Sr. Santa Clarita | Columnists


State needs medic

California is worse than on life support. When a patient is on life support, at least there may be a chance of hope someone is working to save them.

October 03, 2009 | By Walter Fife Agua Dulce | Columnists


Laurie Ender: Festival of Arts brings Main Street to life

Since 2005, the Santa Clarita Street Art Festival brought Newhall's Main Street to life with vivid artwork, color and design. This year, the event has been re-imagined to include a variety of artistic talent in countless media, with a focus on the process of art.

October 02, 2009 | Laurie Ender | Columnists


Tom Pattantyus: Protection of private property

Since 2008, the U.S. economy has been buffeted with one crisis after the other.

October 02, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Lynne Plambeck: One Valley, One Vision: A closer look

As the city and county work together to update our General Plan, it is imperative for the future of our valley and our neighborhoods that residents get involved.

October 01, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


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Holly Schroeder: Santa Clarita Valley’s myths debunked

Working to recruit new businesses to the Santa Clarita Valley, I come across a lot of misconceptions about our valley.

February 06, 2014 | By Holly Schroeder SCV Voices | Columnists


Gary Horton: Our hearts are not with our children

Most folks understand that the tax policies of the past 30 years have created a great wealth disparity in the United States.

February 05, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Charlie Vignola: The bare minimum

Republicans think they get unfairly labeled as the party of the wealthy, a party that tricks working-class voters into voting against their own economic self-interest by exploiting cultural wedge issues.

February 04, 2014 | By Charles Vignola Democratic Voices | Columnists


Tom Purcell: Why Groundhog Day should be outlawed

Punxsutawney Phil must be stopped. The lovable little groundhog must be stopped.

February 01, 2014 | By Tom Purcell Commentary | Columnists


Tina Dupuy: The GOP psyche: an explainer

I believe the Republican Party's psychic break happened the moment their "compassionate conservative" economic philosophy melted the world's economy. President George W. Bush, the champion of deregulation, bailed out the banks and then offered: "I've abandoned free market principles to save the free market system."

February 01, 2014 | By Tina Dupuy Commentary | Columnists


David Hegg: Manning, Wilson: brothers of Christ

Today millions around the world will gather with jersey-clad friends and family to eat and cheer their way through the Super Bowl. This championship of professional football in America has been the darling of the sports media for several weeks now, and finally the hoopla will give way to actual athletic competition.

February 01, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Frank Ferry: There’s nothing cool about graffiti

As a principal, father, and member of the City Council, I can tell you firsthand that environment and behavior go hand in hand. If we want the best students, we must provide an environment that supports learning, connectivity with quality educators and opportunities to study.

January 31, 2014 | By Frank Ferry Live from city hall | Columnists


Scott Wilk: ‘State of the State’ report

Last week Governor Jerry Brown tied Earl Warren for the number of State of the State addresses any governor has given. While that is a personal milestone that he can be proud of, the content of his vision for California is infinitely more important.

January 31, 2014 | By Scott Wilk Right here right now | Columnists


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


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