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Cameron Smyth: ‘It didn’t have to work out this way’

Next month, California will recognize October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Unfortunately, we will also recognize the disastrous impacts that recent budget cuts have had on domestic violence centers here in the Santa Clarita Valley, and throughout California.

September 20, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tim Myers: ‘Facilities Foundation redux’

Recently, a local blogger "discovered" the Santa Clarita Valley Facilities Foundation and its connection to school site acquisition for the William S. Hart Union High School District.

September 20, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Chris Aldieri: City’s accommodation strikes positive chord with Hyatt

Last year the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation named the city of Santa Clarita the "most business friendly city in Los Angeles County."

September 20, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Marsha McLean: Protect your identity and the environment

We live in an information age where the world is at our fingertips.

September 18, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Dr. Gene Dorio: Low SAT scores? Hold your breath

Tiffany and Ryan didn't do well on the SAT's. Sure, teens have distractions like e-mail and texting, coping with surging hormone levels, distancing themselves from their uncool parents and siblings, honing social skills, and experimenting with newfound independence.

September 17, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: McKeon: SCV's Marie Antoinette of health care

Regarding her starving subjects, Marie Antoinette is popularly reported as having said, "Let them eat cake."

September 16, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Decorum

"You LIE."

September 14, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Surgeon backs Marines

I can not thank Dr. Pechter in Valencia enough for the way he supported military on Aug. 31.

September 14, 2009 | By Daniel Franklin Sylmar | Columnists


Cary Quashen: Silence isn’t golden

September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. Substance use disorders have taken an enormous toll on the health and well-being of too many Americans. It has also taken its toll on Santa Clarita Valley residents, especially teens.

September 13, 2009 | Cary Quashen | Columnists


Tim Myers: We got a bond upgrade in the worst circumstances ever

A short review: In the first part of this series we explored the absolutely astounding news that the city of Santa Clarita received a bond upgrade during these times of incredible financial and fiscal turmoil.

September 13, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


F. Andre Hollings: Going the way of the L.A. Times

On Aug. 1, the Editorial Board of The Signal dealt its hand at debunking the increasingly démodé and apparently juvenile notion that truth in journalism demands study, nuance and reason.

September 11, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Frank Ferry: Surviving the teen years

Every parent worries about the well-being of his/her children, as do grandparents and involved community members.

September 11, 2009 | Frank Ferry | Columnists


R.J. Kelly: A sense of urgency, equality to address Delta goals

Part 2 of 2

September 10, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Lynne Plambeck: Re-thinking ‘let it burn’ philosophy

The Station Fire is still burning in the Angeles National Forest.

September 10, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: A time for every season

Ecclesiastes 3: 1, 2:

September 09, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


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David Hegg: Our freedom of speech is being taken away

One of our most necessary freedoms as Americans is the freedom of speech, as protected in the Bill of Rights. Yet, today, while much is being shouted and written supporting this prized privilege, the fact is the freedom to speak is being taken away.

June 15, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


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


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