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Willy Gutman: Perhaps Obama can succeed where Clinton failed

On Jan. 31, 1996, I published an essay in The Wall Street Journal titled "A Magnificent Misfit." The article eulogized my father, a European physician who dedicated his life to his craft and died poor but debtless.

April 26, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Laurie Ender: Keep your identity and information safe

We live in an information age where the world is at our fingertips. We pay our bills, balance our checkbooks, diligently manage our credit and even do our taxes without help. In an instant, however, our personal information can be stolen, ruining years of hard work. Social Security and credit card numbers, bank account information, driver's licenses and other valuable data can be used against us if they fall into the wrong hands.

April 24, 2009 | Laurie Ender | Columnists


Taxes make the country work

Having a couple of days to clear my mind regarding tax time and the "tea parties," I thought about the unbelievable good fortune and bounty many of us have.

April 24, 2009 | By Dennis C. Bartash Canyon Country | Columnists


Bill Kennedy: Taxation vs. tolerance

We humans have a natural inclination to be tolerant.

April 24, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Cam Noltemeyer: A perfect storm for water woes in the SCV

Managers of Castaic Lake Water Agency have often stated that drought does not occur in northern and southern California at the same time, so we would always have an adequate water supply. And for this year anyway, they were right. The Santa Clarita Valley has enjoyed slightly better than average rainfall, while diminished snow packs in Northern California have severely reduced our access to water from the State Water Project.

However, a massive building spree that ignored future water supply problems and a polluted ground water source has created a "perfect storm" of problems.

April 23, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: Outstretched hands both shake & punch

At the very moment photos snapped of President Obama shaking hands with Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, conservative commentators blood-letted and vented of Obama bespoiling the dignity of the office of U.S. President. FOXies might prefer Obama acting as high school prom bully, but Obama told us during the campaign he intended to employ diplomacy over bravado.

April 22, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


W. E. Gutman: Another reminder of man’s inhumanity toward man

Genocide is the "premeditated expulsion and mass-murder of a people because of its indelible identity - race, ethnicity, religion, culture and language."

April 22, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Bruce McFarland: America: Love it or leave it

There was an amazing sight on Valencia Boulevard April 15: Hundreds of well-off, well-fed, whining white folks lined up, carrying signs, complaining about their alleged desperate plight in life - paying taxes. There was so much unpatriotic hate on the street during the so-called "TEA" party, I thought I was in a Texan secessionist meeting - maybe those folks who hate America so much should all just move to Texas and get the hell out of the United States.

April 21, 2009 | Bruce McFarland | Columnists


Jeff Moir: There goes the neighborhood

In response to Saturday's article by Josh Premako regarding the development along Lyons Avenue ("Developer offers project," April 18), I happen to reside next to the proposed project at Lyons Avenue and Arcadia Street. While the concept drawing shown in The Signal is indeed a beautiful building, it is at best only an artist's rendering and does not show any of the detrimental effects that will be brought to the neighborhood on the Arcadia side of the project.

April 21, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: The SCV 'TEA' party

From the smoldering wreckage that was the Republican Party, a Phoenix is rising with wide-spread wings and a mighty resolve.

April 20, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Michelle Sathe: Doggone disappointing

The nation's top dog has deeply disappointed the homeless dogs of America and their supporters.

April 19, 2009 | Michelle Sathe | Columnists


Our View: Time to put Sacramento on the wagon

California voters are fed up. And they should be.

April 19, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tim Myers: Two different ways of attracting attention

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April 19, 2009 | Tim Myers | Columnists


Roger Gitlin: Prop 1A will create more taxes

The official sample ballot for the state special election on the propositions just arrived in my mail. The Proposition 1A spending measure and five other propositions are up for vote May 19.

April 19, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Matthew Diggory: Creativity in Hollywood makes exit

What was once an oasis of new and exciting ideas is now a desolate wasteland.

April 19, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


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Jonathan Kraut: Petitions are the people’s remedy

One of the most profound rights we have as citizens is the right to petition. The First Amendment of our Constitution "prohibits Congress from abridging or prohibiting the right of the people ... to petition the government for a redress of grievances."

May 13, 2014 | By Jonathan Kraut Commentary | Columnists


My Obamacare experience

I read Gary Horton's April 30 column on his experience with the Affordable Care Act ("American Medicine has become a joke") and decided to share a story.

May 12, 2014 | Valeria Tippy SCV Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: We don’t have to think alike

In every ordered and civilized society the rule of law plays an essential role. Given that human nature is too often selfish and sometimes even cruel, laws are enacted to declare the boundaries between right and wrong. Laws form the lens through which society views the actions of those individuals who choose to live in the group.

May 11, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


The Sterling dilemma

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.

May 05, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right About Now | Columnists


David Hegg: Toward ethical friendship

Someone has rightly said that a true friend is one who walks in when everyone else is walking out. In most areas of life, tragedy and trial bring truth to the surface. Your true character is best seen in the worst of situations, when the façade falls away and you no longer can hide who you are. When it comes to friendships, hard times bring out the reality of the relationship.

May 04, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Dante Acosta: Santa Clarita laces up for Wings for Life run

Ever since I moved to Santa Clarita nearly 28 years ago, I've always appreciated our community's clean streets, wide open spaces and active lifestyle.

May 02, 2014 | By Dante Acosta Live from city hall | Columnists


Steve Knight: It’s time for a new approach

In the 1976 movie "Network," Peter Finch delivers the famous line, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore."

May 02, 2014 | By Steve Knight Right here right now | Columnists


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