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Phil Rizzo: Don’t look for the word ‘compassion’ in the U.S. Constitution

One of the people who responded to Buck McKeon's August telephone town hall, as reported in The Signal, asked the Congressman, "Where in the Constitution does it say I have to be this compassionate and provide people these things?"

September 23, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Patricia Sulpizio: L.A. county health care sadly deficient

Watching a "60 Minutes" segment in March on the Remote Area Volunteer Medical Corp greatly moved me. I researched RAM for my summer communications class at College of the Canyons.

September 22, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Marsha McLean: Domestic violence not a partisan issue

There are times when partisan politics needs to be set aside. What has happened to the funding for our Santa Clarita Valley Domestic Violence Center, and other such centers statewide, is a good example.

September 22, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: The NEA and liberal politics

His calls usually come in the dead of night, around 2 a.m. His clever reasoning is that no one is awake and he can speak to me confidentially.

September 21, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Cameron Smyth: ‘It didn’t have to work out this way’

Next month, California will recognize October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Unfortunately, we will also recognize the disastrous impacts that recent budget cuts have had on domestic violence centers here in the Santa Clarita Valley, and throughout California.

September 20, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tim Myers: ‘Facilities Foundation redux’

Recently, a local blogger "discovered" the Santa Clarita Valley Facilities Foundation and its connection to school site acquisition for the William S. Hart Union High School District.

September 20, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Chris Aldieri: City’s accommodation strikes positive chord with Hyatt

Last year the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation named the city of Santa Clarita the "most business friendly city in Los Angeles County."

September 20, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Marsha McLean: Protect your identity and the environment

We live in an information age where the world is at our fingertips.

September 18, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Dr. Gene Dorio: Low SAT scores? Hold your breath

Tiffany and Ryan didn't do well on the SAT's. Sure, teens have distractions like e-mail and texting, coping with surging hormone levels, distancing themselves from their uncool parents and siblings, honing social skills, and experimenting with newfound independence.

September 17, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: McKeon: SCV's Marie Antoinette of health care

Regarding her starving subjects, Marie Antoinette is popularly reported as having said, "Let them eat cake."

September 16, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Decorum

"You LIE."

September 14, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Surgeon backs Marines

I can not thank Dr. Pechter in Valencia enough for the way he supported military on Aug. 31.

September 14, 2009 | By Daniel Franklin Sylmar | Columnists


Cary Quashen: Silence isn’t golden

September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. Substance use disorders have taken an enormous toll on the health and well-being of too many Americans. It has also taken its toll on Santa Clarita Valley residents, especially teens.

September 13, 2009 | Cary Quashen | Columnists


Tim Myers: We got a bond upgrade in the worst circumstances ever

A short review: In the first part of this series we explored the absolutely astounding news that the city of Santa Clarita received a bond upgrade during these times of incredible financial and fiscal turmoil.

September 13, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


F. Andre Hollings: Going the way of the L.A. Times

On Aug. 1, the Editorial Board of The Signal dealt its hand at debunking the increasingly démodé and apparently juvenile notion that truth in journalism demands study, nuance and reason.

September 11, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


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Betty Arenson: Is this your America?

Are you living in the America that you want? Do you think present-day America is what our forefathers intended it to be?

March 28, 2014 | By Betty Arenson Right here right now | Columnists


Frank Ferry: Saying goodbye after 16 years on City Council

It's not easy saying goodbye to my seat on the City Council.

March 28, 2014 | By Frank Ferry Live from city hall | Columnists


Maria Gutzeit: Celebrating Women’s History and Future

March is Women's History Month. Through the years, women have done everything imaginable, from raising children, caring for seniors, to teaching, running businesses and nonprofits, developing vaccines, and going to space.

March 27, 2014 | By Maria Gutzeit SCV Voices | Columnists


Gary Horton: Don’t know what we’ve got ‘till it’s gone

The background to this column is that our family traveled to India three weeks ago for a 14-day wedding tour with good friends our son Jon had made from UC Berkeley.

March 26, 2014 | By Gary Horton | Columnists


Kevin Buck: The game-changer for Democrats

The Democratic Party had a horrendous mid-term election cycle in 2010.

March 25, 2014 | By Kevin Buck Democratic Voices | Columnists


Steve Petzold: Keep digital monsters off freeway

This evening the City Council of Santa Clarita will meet to approve Master Plan 13-184 to make zoning changes and amendments that will result in six LED digital billboard faces (14 feet X 48 feet) being placed along the Interstate 5 and Highway 14 freeways.

March 25, 2014 | By Steve Petzold SCV Voices | Columnists


Walt Watson: Real health care reform requires some smart tech

This column is not about repealing Obamacare. It's about having some real health care reform accomplished by using today's technology.

March 24, 2014 | Walt Watson SCV Voices | Columnists


Davis W. Hegg: Thinking About Thinking

I am becoming convinced we don't think thinking is worth the trouble.

March 22, 2014 | by David W. Hegg | Columnists


Laurene Weste: Be ready and resilient in emergencies

Emergencies are stressful and difficult to think about. But we've just had a couple of earthquakes, very close by, so now is an excellent time to think about preparedness.

March 21, 2014 | By Laurene Weste Live from city hall | Columnists


Brian Baker: Scheme to take away legal guns

For decades, the debate over gun control has raged through the body politic of this country.

March 20, 2014 | By Brian Baker | Columnists


George Mcguiness: Open-minded art approach

In the past few months, there has been increasing criticism about the support of the arts here in Santa Clarita.

March 19, 2014 | By George Mcguiness Valencia | Columnists


David Hegg: Cliches You Shouldn't Trust

Sometimes things we hear all the time can slowly creep into our belief system as though they were true. But, as a general rule, most general rules generalize truth to the place where they are untrustworthy.

March 16, 2014 | Ethically Speaking by David Hegg | Columnists


Tammy Messina: It’s Time for the City to Become a Real Factor for Seniors

Watch the debates. Read the mailers. Everyone running for the Santa Clarita City Council in the April 8 election - right down to the last one of the 13 candidates fighting over three seats - wants the support of our local seniors.

March 15, 2014 | By Tammy Messina Right Here, Right Now | Columnists


PAID CANDIDATE ENDORSEMENT COLUMN:Vote Gutzeit, Ferdman for City Council

Sometimes it is difficult to assess qualifications one needs to do a job. I have always felt a surgeon requires not only intellect, but should have hand-eye coordination to at least catch a football.

March 13, 2014 | By Gene Dorio | Columnists


PAID CANDIDATE ENDORSEMENT COLUMN: Gutzeit, Ferdman for City Council

With a City Council election nearing, it is time for a change at City Hall. Councilwomen Weste and McLean are up for re-election. After 13 years on the council, it is time to send both women packing and thank them for their service.

March 12, 2014 | By Larry McClements | Columnists


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