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Cam Noltemeyer: Is more debt the answer?

Recently the governor signed new water legislation that hopefully will help solve California's growing water problem.

November 19, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Phil Rizzo: Defense spending: The silent coup

If you study the United States' budget since the end of WWII, it is clear that it has gradually become dominated by the military. Defense Department expenditures will exceed three quarters of a trillion dollars this year alone.

November 18, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Jonathan Kraut: I hate it when competency loses to hype

Santa Clarita residents will have the opportunity to select three City Council members early next year. If our last election is any indication, we may be doomed to empower some of the wrong officials once again.

November 17, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Uncle Earl and cyber bullies

"Steven, I don't care what they say, I'm not going to change."

November 16, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Religion can become psychosis

Hillel the Elder, the first-century BCE rabbi, summed up the legal and ethical foundation of Judaism with the command, "What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor." Luke 6:31 preaches: "Treat others as you want them to treat you." The Koran instructs: "No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself."

November 15, 2009 | W.E. Gutman SCV Voices | Columnists


Michele Buttelman: Let teachers teach

Parents, do you know where your teachers are?

November 15, 2009 | Signal Features & Entertainment Editor | Columnists


The bullets were flying and Castaic stepped forward

When someone wins an election narrowly, probably one should never overanalyze the results. Especially in the Santa Clarita Valley, once a former and future candidate puts on the armor of incumbency, the race that placed them in that rarified place probably carries little meaning.

November 15, 2009 | Tim Myers Myers' Musings | Columnists


Frank Ferry: Stimulus dollars already at work in Santa Clarita

On Oct. 30, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger stood beside Vice President Joe Biden as he announced that nearly 1 million jobs had either been created or retained, as a result of the approximately $160 billion that had thus far been appropriated to state and local governments, businesses, school districts and other nonprofit organizations from the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

November 13, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Andre Hollings: There is a better way for California

This past Monday, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger estimated that on top of the existing $7.4 billion budget shortfall projected for fiscal year 2010-11, California will suffer a budget gap of $5 billion to $7 billion this fiscal year.

November 13, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Lynne Plambeck: In praise of the dreaded NIMBYism

The acronym NIMBY (Not in My Backyard) is often used in a pejorative sense by developers and others trying to promote one project or another over the legitimate concerns of local residents.

November 12, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: Why Obama will not proceed faster

"Why can't Barack make up his mind in Afghanistan? What's taking him so long?"

November 11, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: The big tax man cometh

Hey, all you Democrats and liberals out there! Are you happy now? The vile and insidious budget trick put in place by the state of California is now coming to fruition.

November 09, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Lessons from the Berlin Wall

"Life without liberty is like a body without a spirit."

November 08, 2009 | Josh Premako The Way I See It | Columnists


Joe Messina's "Kobayashi Maru"

In the kick-butt second Star Trek movie installment, "The Wrath of Khan" Captain Kirk introduced the Star Fleet Academy simulation exercise "Kobayashi Maru."

November 08, 2009 | Tim Myers Myers' Musings | Columnists


Marsha McLean: Santa Clarita marathon hits the road

On your mark, get set - go!

November 06, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


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Steve Lunetta: The RAN mailbag

We here at the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, also known as the Party of No (or is that "Know"?) often get letters from our loyal readers. Several are reproduced here for your reading enjoyment.

August 07, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right about now | Columnists


In need of a bond measure

For years California has had a model school facility program that is a partnership between the state, local school districts and developers to share funding for new school construction and classroom renovation.

August 07, 2014 | By Brian Walters and Marc Winger | Columnists


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


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