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Steve Lunetta: The king of hypocrisy

For one column, I turn Dem-o-crat. I know it is difficult to accept, but I'm going to sit with Gary Horton at the Koffee Klatch and kibitz about another failed Republican.

June 29, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


George Runner: ‘Do as I say, not as I do’

One of the founding principles in America is equality under the law. No one, not even our leaders, are above the law.

June 28, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tim Myers: I guess turnout was worse than I had expected

Assemblyman Cameron Smyth used to tell a self-deprecating story concerning his first (unsuccessful) effort to run for a seat on the Santa Clarita City Council.

June 28, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gloria Locke: More than just the King of Pop

Michael Jackson's music eased my pain more than anything else on earth.

June 28, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Shot upon capture

Regarding Bruce McFarland's Opinion column, "Issues and answers: It's as simple as that" (The Signal, June 23):

June 27, 2009 | By Bob Comer Valencia | Columnists


Glad Obama won

Our president, Barack Obama, is trying to help the U.S. come out of an economical downturn.

June 27, 2009 | By Philip Elterman Canyon Country | Columnists


Roger Gitlin: What makes America so special

I just wrote a check to Steve Petzold of Saugus.

June 27, 2009 | Roger Gitlin | Columnists


Bill Kennedy: Ready, fire, aim

I still vividly remember my first experience with a military marksmanship instructor. As a cadet officer candidate, my assigned weapon was a handgun.

June 26, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Laurene Weste: Celebrate the Fourth of July, Santa Clarita-style

On July 4, 1776, nearly 233 years ago, representatives from 13 sovereign states gathered at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pa. a to sign a document declaring the United States of America independent from tyrannical rule.

June 26, 2009 | Laurene Weste | Columnists


Cam Noltemeyer: Wastewater solution or more delays?

It was a raucous hearing of the Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District on May 26. Our Los Angeles County Sanitation District representatives, Santa Clarita City Council members Frank Ferry and Laurene Weste, heard Santa Claritans say that they refuse to pay to fix the chloride (salt) problem in the Santa Clara River.

June 25, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Phil Rizzo: Profit motive haunts healthy health care

When I was a kid waaaay back in the late 1920s and early '30s, when you were sick of all crazy things - you just went to your doctor.

June 24, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Humans at fault

First, I want to compliment Mr. Frank Ray on his description of the world as we know it today ("Question of trust," Letters, The Signal, June 14).

June 23, 2009 | By Earl M. Madery Santa Clarita | Columnists


Bruce McFarland: Issues and answers: It's as simple as that

It's been two months since my last column. I really want to thank everyone for reading the editorial pages of our illustrious Signal. I especially want to thank everyone who felt compelled to comment on my last column. Isn't this a great country?

June 23, 2009 | Bruce McFarland | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Don't bring back 'The Fairness Doctrine'

"It's just not fair." As the parent of any teenager knows, these words are often used by a child whenever a perceived injustice has occurred in their lives.

June 22, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Carl Boyer: Avast, ye robber barons!

Brian Charles' story in Tuesday's Signal (June 16) mentioning a "revenue neutral" payment of perhaps $3 million annually, perhaps in perpetuity - in exchange for westside unincorporated communities being allowed to have some measure of local government - leaves me outraged.

June 21, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


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Tammy Messina: Election integrity matters

Elections have consequences. It's a phrase we often hear. Getting the right people in office to represent us is a critical function of our citizen-led government.

February 07, 2014 | By Tammy Messina | Columnists


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


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