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Performance vs. control

I have a passion for flying.

December 28, 2008 | By Bill Kennedy Right Here Right Now | Columnists


John Boston: The SCV’s December War, Part III

"I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, 'Mother, what was war?'"

December 28, 2008 | By John Boston | Columnists


Tim Myers: Looking back on 2008, looking forward to 2009

Last year I made semi-bold predictions on local events. Not to brag, but I did poorly. Let's review those predictions:

December 28, 2008 | By Tim Myers Myers’ Musings | Columnists


Michele E. Buttelman: A look at things to come

Happy New Year and here's hoping for a fine 2009.

December 28, 2008 | By Michele E. Buttelman SCV Scene | Columnists


I no longer shop after-Christmas sales

I abstain from this annual shopping obsession to appease that devilish side of me that is magnetized by clearance racks throughout the year.

December 28, 2008 | By Michelle Lovato | Columnists


Paranoia rampant on both Right and Left

One of the funniest lines ever in the "All in the Family" sitcom resided in a flashback episode that showed the first meeting of the left-wing Michael (portrayed by Rob Reiner) and Gloria, the daughter of right-wing Archie Bunker, during a blind date in late 1968.

December 27, 2008 | By Tim Myers | Columnists


At-home DNA kits tell 'Who's your daddy?'

After many years of unbridled supermarket spending, I have begun linking scissors with thrifty shoppers across the U.S. of A.

December 27, 2008 | By Diana Sevanian Out of My Head | Columnists


Countdown to Halloween

Do you know what you're going to be for Halloween? Halloween arrives on Friday with costumes, treats and spooky fun. However, the "ghoulish" season will soon be over and instead of pumpkins we'll be carving a turkey and decorating the tree. Where did the time go?

Last chance for Ghoul Mines

December 27, 2008 | By Michele E. Buttelman Signal Features Editor | Columnists


Sarah Palin fails as veep choice for McCain run

Many have long surmised that Ronald Reagan's choice of George H.W. Bush as his running mate in 1980 was unadorned political posturing as the purported war-hungry, right-wing extremist sought to annul that perception by picking the more conciliatory, moderate Bush as his No. 2.

December 27, 2008 | By Andre Hollings SCV Voices | Columnists


The story goes on: Vote ‘Yes' on Measure SA

On Election Day Nov. 4, the people of the Santa Clarita Valley will be making their voices heard on national and statewide matters.

December 27, 2008 | By Gloria Mercado-Fortine | Columnists


Discuss victim in civility lessons

A 14-year-old special-needs student with developmental issues commits suicide in his high school bathroom. This was a tragic story recently reported in the local newspapers, heard on the radio and whispered over lunch tables.

December 27, 2008 | By Thresa Katz SCV Voices | Columnists


Fake Santa, Real Santa, Noise and Thanks

Boy doesn't fall for my Santa Claus

December 27, 2008 | By Michael Picarella | Columnists


On dangerous liaisons, hatred and hope

There I was, perched atop my father's shoulders, from where I caught my one fleeting glimpse of John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

December 26, 2008 | By Diana Sevanian Out of My Head | Columnists


Hasley Canyon no place for a school

Though it read like an advertisement, Rebecca Cranert's three-quarter-page "Myths vs. facts, Hasley Canyon Private School" was in The Signal's Oct. 5 opinion pages, so I am moved to respond regarding the points raised by Mrs. Cranert.

December 26, 2008 | By Michael Murphy Local commentary | Columnists


The sounds of Halloween

It was a dark and stormy night.

December 26, 2008 | By Michael Picarella Picarella Family Report | Columnists


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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


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


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