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Try drought-tolerant plants and these irrigation tips on your lawn

Is your lawn a slacker?

November 09, 2008 | By Dirk Marks | Columnists


A letter to a new grandson

Dear Brayden Jay:

November 09, 2008 | By Tim Myers | Columnists


SCV honors its veterans

Veterans Day was first incorporated by President Wilson as Armistice Day in 1919 at the end of World War I. The implementation of an armistice, which is a temporary cessation of hostilities, came with the final peace treaty, the infamous Treaty of Versailles, which was signed in 1919 between the Allies and Germany at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of November 1918. President Wilson said when he proclaimed the first Armistice Day, "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's ...

November 09, 2008 | By Laurene Weste | Columnists


Christmas around the corner

I know, I know... it was a shock to the season to walk into several retail stores around town the day after Halloween and see Christmas trees in full bulb-blazing glory. I'm not trying to give you sleepless nights, but Christmas is merely 46 days away!

November 09, 2008 | By Michele E. Buttelman | Columnists


On houseguests and $50 soap

An old friend from bachelorhood called and said he'd be in town on business, asked if he could stay at my place so he wouldn't have to pay for a hotel room. The guy was financially struggling. My wife and I said no.

November 07, 2008 | By Michael Picarella Picarella Family Report | Columnists


It is time to reinvent ourselves

Ryan Leaf was one of the most highly rated college quarterbacks in history. Along with his contemporary, Peyton Manning, Leaf was heralded as a sure-fire hit in the NFL: the stuff of legends.

November 07, 2008 | By Steve Lunetta Right About Now | Columnists


Fun is a ‘drag’

When I was a kid, I never got tired of playing with my Matchbox and Hot Wheels cars. When my mom dragged me to the store, I always had at least two toy vehicles tucked in my pocket for a race down the cashier's two-lane countertop.

November 06, 2008 | By Michael Picarella | Columnists


Politics both here and abroad

Staring at the wreckage of the 2008 political process, I wonder how we got into this situation.

November 06, 2008 | By Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Here's hoping for some change

Today we have a new president-elect and a new direction. In our own uniquely American way, we have had quite an amazing bloodless revolution for change in our government. The opposing parties, instead of shooting it out at each other to kill every last rival, praised each other in genuinely heartfelt and eloquent concession and victory speeches meant to heal rifts and bring our country back together. What an incredible process we have.

November 06, 2008 | By Lynne Plambeck Environmentally Speaking | Columnists


Power pole giants need to be stopped

As giant power lines come marching through the north end of our valley, and even those who lobby consistently for more and more growth cry foul at the loss of their views and damage to their neighborhoods, maybe it is time to look at the bigger picture.

November 05, 2008 | By Lynne Plambeck | Columnists


Voting - a cathartic experience

On Monday morning, syndicated columnist Reg Henry predicted, in his humorously folksy fashion, a tidy victory for Barack Obama.

November 05, 2008 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


A bad call, calling us to reconsider

For a moment, let's all suppose we're all young soccer moms. And let's suppose that we've got four kids, three at home - one is a newborn with profound disabilities.

November 04, 2008 | By Gary Horton | Columnists


‘Swiftboating’ comes to Senate District 19 race

When it comes to political campaigns, informed voters pay attention to the media - but herein lies the problem. How do voters know if certain patterns of persuasion/fallacies are being used by pundits in the media and politics to sway their opinions?

November 03, 2008 | Cal Planakis Democratic Voices | Columnists


Belcaro vs. Edison: People over profits

I'm usually not one for conspiracies, but the evidence shows that Southern California Edison and the California Public Utilities Commission are in cahoots to destroy the visual landscape of Santa Clarita Valley.

November 02, 2008 | Scott Thomas Wilk Right Here, Right Now | Columnists


Heart of the West: Thanks to those who made it happen

Happy last day of August to the Santa Clarita Valley. I hope everyone is enjoying the official "last" weekend of summer, although school has been in session in the SCV for a few weeks. A special Happy Birthday wish to my husband, Keith, who celebrates his "double nickle" birthday today!

November 01, 2008 | By Michele E. Buttelman | 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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