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Don Gately: Confessions of a packrat

Maybe it's because I was born during the Depression and we were poor, but I have a hard time - a very hard time - getting rid of anything that once had value. Maybe I'll need it again.

March 22, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Frank Ferry: Mayor's Prayer Breakfast promotes unity

Not just Christians and Jews, but also Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and the followers of many other religions believe in values like peace, respect, tolerance and dignity. These are values that bring people together and enable us to build responsible and solid communities.

March 22, 2009 | Frank Ferry | Columnists


That ’70s Cabaret at the CTG

Spring officially began on Friday, and it sure seems to be busting out all over the Santa Clarita Valley these days. However, it looks like winter is paying us one last blast. That's fine with me, spring is lovely, but I love winter.

Entertainment of the year

March 22, 2009 | By Michele E. Buttelman Signal Features Editor | Columnists


Frank Ferry: Gear up for skate park opening

After months of construction, the city of Santa Clarita will officially open its new state-of-the art skate park to the public March 27 at 3:30 p.m.

March 20, 2009 | By Frank Ferry Mayor of Santa Clarita | Columnists


Robin Clough: SCV air quality will take your breath away

Santa Clarita is a valley of natural beauty, endless trails and pristine parks. I see Santa Claritans out everywhere: biking, hiking, running, playing, reveling in our good fortune to live in such an ideal climate surrounded by stunning mountains and sacred trees.

March 19, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: Honestly, we’re socialists in the SCV

So - after enjoying a peaceful night's sleep in your virtually crimeless neighborhood, you drive your big SUV down our wide, landscaped roads, dropping kids off at our well-managed public schools, continuing your way down Caltrans-maintained highways to your job building widgets for the latest government fighter plane or public project. Listening to Rush Limbaugh in the morning, you consider how superior your anti-government, conventional-wisdom conservatism is. But maybe you're having some doubts.

March 18, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


DaAnne Smith: Bob Kellar calls on community to hear King Solomon’s message

Can any of us imagine - right here in Santa Clarita - a mom and her children sleeping in their car? It may sound unbelievable, but they are coming to Single Mothers Outreach for help. In the last two weeks, I have talked with seven families that were homeless or about to become homeless.

March 18, 2009 | By DaAnne Smith | Columnists


Bruce McFarland: Barack Obama vs. the Green Bubble

Google Barack Obama Anti-Christ and you get 1.12 million hits. Today we'll discuss that and I'll criticize Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, explain Jon Stewart and Jim Cramer, as well as making a little sense of the financial meltdown and the Green Bubble. That's a lot to do, so let's get going.

March 17, 2009 | Bruce McFarland | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Wings like eagles

A remarkable thing happened at Christ Lutheran Church on Tournament Road a couple weeks ago. Troop 609 held a National Eagle Court-of-Honor. What made it so remarkable was that not just one Eagle was christened but four.

March 16, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: lessons from Octomom

The recent birth of octuplets to a single and unemployed mother of six in Bellflower has been the fodder for numerous television news segments, talk shows and editorials.

March 15, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Tim Myers: Saugus High and the culture wars

I personally know Bill Bolde. When ranking the principals of the six comprehensive high schools in the Hart district, I would place him just slightly below Dr. Paul Priesz of Valencia High School.

March 14, 2009 | Tim Myers | Columnists


Jocelyn Reyes: What does your heart say?

A couple of weeks ago, I visited the Reagan Presidential Library and picked up my signed copy of Bill O'Reilly's "A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity."

March 13, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Marsha McLean: Emergency Expo helps residents prepare for disaster

California residents are not strangers to emergencies. Disaster strikes in many forms, and almost always without warning, but the burden can consistently be lessened when we anticipate a surprise. Many families are left in worse condition than ever imagined because they failed to properly prepare. To avoid this common tragedy, the city of Santa Clarita does its best to help residents proactively prepare for emergencies.

March 13, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Lynne Plambeck: Concerns that shouldn't be bottled up

If you look around hard enough at grocery store sales, you can sometimes buy bottled water in a 12-pack for about the same amount you would pay for an equivalent amount of gas at $3 a gallon. This is a bargain when compared to buying a single bottle of Desani or Aquifina or any of the numerous other brands at $1 or higher, or equivalent to around more than $8 a gallon.

March 12, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Phil Rizzo: Fear tactics & the socialism monster

News has it that some larger banks may soon be nationalized - saved by the government until the economy picks up. Republicans say, "That's socialism and we can't have that. Soon the government will own everything."

March 11, 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


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