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Annette Guzman: The day the shelter turns the homeless away

This season we at the Santa Clarita Valley Emergency Winter Shelter have served a significantly increased number of clients compared to prior years. As a trend, we usually begin the season with a median number of clients then climb to near our capacity.

January 10, 2010 | Annette Guzman SCV Voices | Columnists


Tim Myers: Are there really that many home-schooled students in the SCV?

In the mid-90s the Republican-controlled House of Representatives held public hearings to "expose" the venality and cruelty of the Internal Revenue Service.

January 10, 2010 | Tim Myers Myers' Musings | Columnists


Maria Gutzeit: D’s and R’s, OMG LOL

My December horoscope on MSN stated Sagittarians "stand against the pre-established social order of this society." That explains my figurative tendency to hit my head against the wall.

January 09, 2010 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tom Pattantyus: Are ‘fundamental transformations’ really needed?

"We are five days from fundamentally transforming America" declared Presidential candidate Barack Obama on Oct. 30, 2008.

January 08, 2010 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Laurie Ender: A year of accomplishment for Santa Clarita Transit

This past year was an exciting one for Santa Clarita Transit with the introduction of advanced technology, a new route and additional resources for riders.

January 08, 2010 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Steve Kassel: Getting the SCV off the grid with the help of HOAs

Margaret Mead, a much-loved conservationist, once said: "Never doubt that a few committed individuals can change the world.

January 07, 2010 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: Turducken opinions make me ill

This past Monday I stopped at the local supermarket to grab a thing or two. Passing the frozen meat section, I noticed a young grocer rearranging large boxes in the display case. "Turducken," squawked the label, and pictured in epicurean freakishness was a frankensteinian mishmash of turkey, duck and chicken shoved and stuffed into an unholy fowlish trinity.

January 06, 2010 | Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Guidelines and parameters for Signal Opinion columnists

Local columns must be emailed to letters@signalscv.com for consideration.

January 05, 2010 | By The Signal Editorial Board | Columnists


Ian Lamont: Community that makes a difference

What a difference 60 miles make.

January 03, 2010 | Ian Lamont From the Publisher | Columnists


Lila Littlejohn: Wishing you independent thought

My most memorable encounter with plagiarism occurred a few years back while teaching English at College of the Canyons.

December 27, 2009 | Lila Littlejohn | Columnists


W. E. Gutman: Netanyahu’s 10-month settlement ‘freeze’ a sham

In an editorial published back East in August 1997, I urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resign.

December 27, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Bob Kellar: Drive safely this holiday season

Between drunk - or impaired - driving and distracted driving such as with cell phones and texting, there is no shortage of traffic collisions on our freeways and roadways. And yes, buzzed driving is drunk driving, so don't go there.

December 27, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tim Myers: The new SUSD bogeyman — charter schools

At Drake University my most excellent freshman English Composition professor liked to relate stories about her childhood years growing up on the Oregon coast during World War II.

December 27, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Bill Kennedy: Republican Christmas gifts

Merry Christmas, all! This is a joyous time of year, best shared with friends and family as we count our blessings. Cathy and I are fortunate to be in Colorado today, sharing a snowy Christmas with our elder daughter, Laura, her husband, Jerry, and our grandsons Dylan and Lucas.

December 25, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following editorial, among the most famous ever written, appeared in The New York Sun in 1897 and remains appropriate for this holiday season 112 years later.

Is there a Santa Claus?

December 24, 2009 | Source: The New York Sun, 1897 | Columnists


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Steve Petzold: Santa Clarita billboard blues

As a resident of Santa Clarita and keen observer of the governmental process, I am still puzzled why council members Kellar, Acosta, and McLean voted to play poker with more than $200,000 of your taxpayer dollars.

August 06, 2014 | By Steve Petzold SCV Voices | Columnists


Gary Horton: Sensibly conserve water now

Author's note: In writing this week's column, let me disclose that I own a large regional landscape firm and am knowledgeable in both water conservation and landscape water requirements. Also important is that our firm does not perform public landscape construction or maintenance for the city of Santa Clarita or elsewhere.

August 06, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


David Hegg: The choices we make will make an impact tomorrow

It has long been understood that we always choose according to our best interests. That's the way our minds work.

August 03, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Scott Wilk: Where’s the balance?

I believe all Californians are environmentalists. Who doesn't want clean air and clean water?

August 01, 2014 | By Scott Wilk Right here, right now | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Getting out of control

I don't usually write consecutive columns about the same topic, but this situation seems to be careening out of control and our government seems impotent to stop it.

July 31, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right about now | Columnists


Kevin Buck: The eye of the beholder

I am old enough to remember a time when political arguments revolved around policy differences, and the solutions to the major issues of the day were often hammered out in smoke-filled back rooms.

July 30, 2014 | By Kevin Buck Democratic Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: How to take a vacation

It is vacation season, and many of us are facing that age-old problem: We find it hard to relax!

July 27, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Keith Smith: Restoring a sense of responsibility

Gary Horton's op-ed in The Signal ("Something to which we can all agree," July 9) was on the mark. Yes, this is something to which we can all agree.

July 25, 2014 | By Keith Smith SCV Voices | Columnists


Betty Arenson: Citizens are not safe in this country

A country and its citizens are not safe when the country lacks leadership. When that lack is repeatedly punctuated with one scandal and crisis after another, there is valid reason for grave concern.

July 25, 2014 | By Betty Arenson Right here, right now | Columnists


Brian Baker: Pondering a runaway presidency

In my last column ("The IRS is far from earning back our trust," June 30), I discussed the arrogance and lawlessness of the Obama administration and its bureaucrats, practiced on a scale unprecedented in American history.

July 24, 2014 | By Brian Baker SCV Voices | Columnists


Gary Horton: Friendships are the glue of our lives

Katie sat anxiously in the salon chair this past Tuesday afternoon. We were in Seattle visiting Katie - it was our first visit to see her since she left Southern California after recuperating from a traumatic brain injury she suffered in India.

July 23, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Charlie Vignola: Bordering on madness

This past Saturday morning, angry local conservatives gathered on one side of the Valencia Boulevard overpass of Interstate 5 to protest the child immigrants seeking refuge in the United States, and a counter-protest of progressives sympathetic to the plight of these poor kids gathered on the other side of the overpass.

July 22, 2014 | By Charlie Vignola Democratic Voices | Columnists


Michelle Boehm: Response to Signal editorial 'The high speed rail hoodwink'

The Signal's opinion piece titled "The high speed rail hoodwink" (Opinion, July 13) recycles many of the myths and misinformation about the California High-Speed Rail Program that have been put forward by opponents.

July 20, 2014 | By Michelle Boehm SCV Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: Hard work and winning

I learned early the mantra that "hard work pays off." My father was a hard worker and was determined not to have any sons who were slackers.

July 20, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Tammy Messina: Protecting Second Amendment

Does anyone else find it interesting that our Founding Fathers made no mention of establishing a police force to protect the citizenry of the country?

July 18, 2014 | By Tammy Messina Right here right now | Columnists


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