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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


Tony Strickland: The only way out of the budget mess

As of April 1, California's sales tax increase went into effect, raising Santa Clarita from 8.25 percent to 9.25 percent.

April 19, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Laurene Weste: Cowboy Festival rides again

The city of Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival is an exciting community event ingrained in Santa Clarita tradition. Year after year cowboy enthusiasts and city slickers from across the country make the trek to Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio - the picturesque backdrop that allows guests to step back to a simpler time of chaps, saddles and old-time saloons.

April 17, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Lynne Plambeck: Meet us at the Fair

The Earth Day Fair, that is! The city of Santa Clarita will hold its very first Earth Day Fair at Central Park this Saturday (more info on the city's Web site at www.santa-clarita.com).

April 16, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: Tea Partiers, freedom isn’t actually free

Immediately after the launch of George W. Bush's Iraq War II, war boosting bumper stickers appeared on cars like so many Lakers Flags during NBA playoff season.

April 15, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Leigh Hart: CalFire bill could kill Carousel Ranch

Editor's note: Late-breaking news Monday revealed that CalFire had changed its mind and rescinded its letter demanding payment from Carousel Ranch.

Reading the newspaper may be diminishing among those younger than 30, but our three newspapers are an integral source of news for my husband and me.

April 14, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: We're counting on you

The phone call came about 8 p.m. last Monday. I know because we were all sitting down to watch Chuck, the story of a nerd-turned-spy. Chuck is one of those rare TV shows that combines humor, action and character development without sacrificing too many family values.

April 13, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Tim Myers: The truth about college in California

The Myers Clan-California branch will launch another child out of high school this spring and into college in late summer.

April 12, 2009 | Tim Myers | Columnists


Perry Smith: paper-tossing and pot-stirring

Last month Amanda Larrson-Dally, a 17-year-old Canyon High School student, and her parents filed a report at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station after teacher Mike Motherspaw crumpled up her request to interview one of his students and tossed it - allegedly at Larrson-Dally - in front of his class.

April 11, 2009 | Perry Smith | Columnists


Paul Strickland: Local leaders take budget concerns to Sacramento

Carl and Jeri Seratti Goldman's fourth annual KHTS-AM 1220 Sacramento Road Trip March 23-24 was indeed a huge success. I don't know which I enjoyed more, California Assemblyman Cameron Smyth's well-planned program of legislative speakers or the bonding necessitated by a six-hour bus ride with 70 Santa Claritans. It's a toss-up.

April 10, 2009 | Paul Strickland | Columnists


Marsha McLean: City puts down roots with Earth Day

It is a tumultuous time for our planet. Global warming is a constant topic in news broadcasts and television documentaries and newspaper headlines blast us with warnings that our planet is growing warmer, our resources are dwindling and the damage we have done to Earth could be irreparable.

April 10, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Lynne Plambeck: Give Earth Day a shot

It's spring, and flowers aren't the only things in bloom. Solar panels and new ideas about how to make or save energy are blossoming everywhere.

April 09, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: Serve well, for tomorrow we shall die

If you've never been to Saratoga Springs, N.Y., you're missing something grand. Saratoga is a resplendent American town.

April 08, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Jonathan Kraut: Invest in ability, not in ideology

While most Californians are focused on trying to emerge from very challenging economic times, and most Californians are looking for ways to rescue government operations through innovation, expense reductions and new ideas, California Republican legislators are still entrenched in ideological warfare.

April 07, 2009 | Jonathan Kraut | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Slight of hand

When I was a kid, I loved watching magic shows. Guys like David Copperfield, Doug Henning, Andre Kole and Lance Burton would hold my attention for hours.

April 06, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


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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


Michael Antonovich: Realignment : a dangerous ruse

Editor's note: The following column was written in response to a news story reporting that Gov. Jerry Brown, after touring California counties to determine effects of prisoner realignment, declared, "I can report ... that realignment is working."

May 01, 2014 | By Michael Antonovich SCV Voices | Columnists


Amer Aziz: Seeking religious freedom

The United States government recently launched the Ahmadiyya Muslim Caucus chaired by veteran Republican Congressman Frank Wolf.

May 01, 2014 | By Amer Aziz SCV Voices | Columnists


Anne Marie Whalley: The world can be a beautiful place

The world as we see it in our own eyes can be stressful, enigmatic, or blessed. Mine is a wonderful place to be.

April 30, 2014 | By Anne Marie Whalley SCV Voices | Columnists


Gary Horton: American medicine has become a joke

Let me let you in on a joke I recently experienced.

April 30, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Steve Knight: VA medical centers need oversight

When veterans return home, their fighting days should be over. They put their lives on the line for their country and fought the good fight.

April 29, 2014 | By Steve Knight Commentary | Columnists


Holly Schroeder: Importance of foreign relations

We live in a global world with a global economy. Never did that concept become so clear to me than on the Trade and Investment Mission to China led by Supervisor Antonovich earlier this month.

April 29, 2014 | By Holly Schroeder Commentary | Columnists


The big myth about the Soledad Canyon mine

You would think that a big push to develop a massive gravel mine would at least be backed up by one significant factor:

April 28, 2014 | Andrew Fried SCV Voices | Columnists


For whom the lane tolls

I just got back from a series of business trips in the east. I was able to visit the garden spots of Pittsburgh, Topeka, Kansas City, and Philadelphia. I was never so glad to get back home.

April 28, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right About Now | Columnists


Let’s take our airwaves back from the advertisers

I've always heard that the airwaves belong to the people.

April 28, 2014 | Richard Myers SCV Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: Making sense of your success

I often attend conferences where the attendees are given name tags that boldly announce who they are. This creates a phenomenon rarely seen elsewhere. As we walk the halls of the conference center or hotel, our eyes are fixed on the name tags of those we pass. We're anxious to see if they are "somebody." Is he a well-known speaker?

April 27, 2014 | By David Hegg | Columnists


Bob Kellar: Santa Clarita will continue to thrive

Now that our city has survived another local election, I thought it would be appropriate to make some comments regarding elections and city hall. After all, things can get pretty exciting, or should I say concerning around election time in Santa Clarita.

April 27, 2014 | By Bob Kellar SCV Voices | Columnists


Laurene Weste: City and county host low-cost dog vaccination

In many American households, and certainly in my home, pets are members of the family. According to a survey by the American Veterinary Medical Association, our dogs are the nation's favorite pet, with approximately 43 million households owning one or more of our four-legged friends.

April 25, 2014 | By Laurene Weste Live from city hall | Columnists


Tammy Messina: Time to exercise those rights

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." ~ U.S. Constitution, Amendment 1.

April 25, 2014 | By Tammy Messina Right here right now | Columnists


Betty Arenson: Vote smart in every election

It's one thing to know you and your wallet have been the victims of a legal money-grabbing scam, but to get repeatedly sucker-punched while you are still reeling is the second atrocity.

April 24, 2014 | By Betty Arenson SCV Voices | Columnists


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