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Decoro bike lanes a mistake

Regarding the new bicycle lanes on Decoro between Seco Canyon and McBean Parkway: Can anyone please tell me in what infinite wisdom our city engineers designed this atrocity?

August 27, 2009 | By Sandie Allaway Valencia | Columnists


Phil Rizzo: These word riots do not serve the country well

Whoever yells the loudest wins. In the early days of my voting career, life was very simple.

August 26, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tom Pattantyus: My life as a 12-year-old billionaire, Part 2 of 2

In Part 1, published in Sunday's opinion section, I described how I became a Hungarian billionaire at the age of 12 due to record-setting hyper-inflation in post-World War II Hungary, where I was born and partly raised, because currency wasn't worth the paper on which it was printed.

August 24, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: What I did on my summer vacation

As our kids head back to school, they are invariably confronted with the age-old "what I did on my summer vacation" writing assignment. So, in honor of that tradition, I respectfully submit my vacation essay to you.

August 24, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Bruce McFarland: Are you a nut job?

Please sit down, relax, take a few minutes and ask God for the courage to hear and accept the truth.

August 24, 2009 | Bruce McFarland | Columnists


Tom Pattantyus: My life as a 12-year-old billionaire, Part 1 of 2

The worst economic downturn since the Great Depression and the ballooning deficit we face have heightened the risk of hyper-inflation to levels not seen since post-World War II Europe, when many bank notes weren't worth the paper on which they were printed virtually overnight.

August 23, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Dr. Bruce Hector: Health care reform inching toward consensus

As of mid-August 2009, the health care insurance reform debate has produced as much vocal public response as any recent social problem - and rightfully so, since it will affect us all sooner or later.

August 23, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tim Myers: ‘Yes, even Republicans probably do a good job’

Assemblyman Cameron Smyth does an incredibly good job of speaking in front of small groups, particularly young people.

August 23, 2009 | Tim Myers | Columnists


Marsha McLean: How to contact the city

While you can still pick up the telephone and reach the city of Santa Clarita at (661) 259-CITY Monday through Friday, there is a host of new options to communicate with the city and find out the information you need, 24-7.

August 21, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Suzette Martinez-Woodruff: Latina not a liberal?

A particular assumption that I often hear leave the lips of yapping Liberals in California irks me at my core. The assumption is that a Hispanic woman should automatically identify herself as a Democrat because the Republican Party is racist and sexist.

August 21, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Lynne Plambeck: The ethics of water ownership

In 2003, a Superior Court judge ruled for Newhall Land allowing the Newhall Ranch Specific Plan. He made this ruling based on the assertion that the developer had purchased water from elsewhere in the state to supply these housing units, and that this purchased water and the groundwater used for farming there would supply enough water to serve this 21,000-unit proposal.

August 20, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: Fear shouldn’t be a pre-existing condition

American conservatives project the myth of the "rugged individualist" - America as part-Marlboro Man blowing smoke at the American Cancer Society and part-Sarah Palin gutting a caribou and flinging the bloody entrails at PETA.

August 19, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Jonathan Kraut: Reformers vs. hate and rage

Now, for the umpteenth time since our great nation was founded, the level of rage and hate has reached a fevered pitch.

August 18, 2009 | Jonathan Kraut | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Climate change Nazis

As I have admitted before, I am a nerd. Unabashed, unapologetic and unwashed nerd-dom at its finest.

August 17, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Tim Myers: L.A. County solves binary political problem

Today, we discuss the issue of the binary approach to resolving problems or issues that exist on a continuum - the absolute favorite of the partisan politician.

August 16, 2009 | Tim Myers | Columnists


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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


God bless our veterans

Pulled out the paper this bright Monday morning and started reading. Of course, I have my bagel with strawberry cream cheese, oat bran cereal and tall glass of orange juice at the ready. I know how to start my holiday day.

May 26, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right About Now | Columnists


David Hegg: We need to change perspective

While I was not yet living when it was fought, World War II has shaped so much of the world in which I have lived. It framed the whole idea of valor and courage and sacrificial service. And it wasn't only those who served in uniform who experienced the war, and felt that they played a vital part in bringing about a good and swift conclusion to it. In truth, we were a nation at war. Soldier and civilian were on the same team, working for a common goal, with mutual respect and honor.

May 25, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Christine Korenthal: Free speech on life support

I have watched helplessly in recent weeks and months with a growing sense of alarm, fearing that our generation is witnessing the death of one of the most vital pillars of liberty: the freedom of individual thought and the free exchange of ideas. While it's true that the First Amendment only protects people from government reprisals for speaking freely, social media and mass media lynch mobs are just as much a danger in a free society as any oppressive government.

May 23, 2014 | By Christine Korenthal | Columnists


Laurene Weste: Stay cool and safe this summer in the SCV

Memorial Day is almost here and that means a three-day weekend for most Americans. The annual holiday in honor of the brave men and women who've died serving our country to keep us safe and free is also considered the unofficial start of summer! Flags will be raised in honor of those we've lost, while families and friends will gather for backyard barbeques, lawn games, and poolside fun.

May 23, 2014 | By Laurene Weste Live from city hall | Columnists


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