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Tony Strickland - We must protect our state's businesses

Owning and operating your own business has never been easy. Start-up capital, office space, equipment, employees, payroll, fierce competition and endless paperwork mean never resting as an owner of a small business. And yet, 99.2 percent of the businesses in California fall into the category of "small" and employ more than half of our state's workforce.

October 25, 2009 | SCV Voices | Columnists


Tim Myers - The happy warriors in the CSU system

During the lean times of the Great Recession we get used to certain images: The sad sign of the foreclosure notice on the vacant house. A closure notice on a factory that once made cars. The dejected and somewhat caged looks of recently laid off workers in an unemployment line. These images make us sad.

October 25, 2009 | Myers' Musings | Columnists


Leon Worden - Local control is within your reach

Eleven million dollars.

October 25, 2009 | SCV Voices | Columnists


Bill Kennedy: Development or dependency?

"Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime."

October 23, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Cam Noltemeyer: Polluted water: Only time will tell

Water and soil pollution continues to be a huge issue in the Santa Clarita Valley, as it has been for more than a decade. The problem is not limited to the Whittaker-Bermite site.

October 22, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: Time to shut up and listen

It wasn't too many hours into the Wharton management program in which I'm self-reclused that I recognized my first personal improvement goal: Shut up and listen.

October 21, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tim Myers: David Gauny & the voter gap

So David Gauny announced his candidacy for the Santa Clarita City Council on Oct. 9 in front of Santa Clarita City Hall. Notables stood by his side; most interestingly Councilman Bob Kellar, who offered his endorsement in a hagiography posted on Gauny's campaign Web site.

October 20, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Bruce McFarland: Remembering my mother, the activist

Where do activists come from? Are they just born, or are children sent to training camps and returned to their families versed in the ways of the movement?

October 20, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: The end of days

When we were living in Chicago, we had to get used to many unusual things that you don't typically see in California living. Snow was a big one. A huge body of water that wasn't an ocean (Lake Michigan). Friendly people who didn't shoot at you on the tollway.

October 19, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


R. J. Kelly: CLWA flush with success

It was high on the list of things for local water professionals to do in 2009: Complete construction of a treatment plant to remove perchlorate from local groundwater, thus stopping the spread of contamination caused by a former munitions manufacturing plant.

October 18, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Frank Ferry: Teen Driving Safety Fair

Did you know traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers across the United States?

October 16, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Paul Brotzman: Setting the record straight on the ‘One Valley One Vision’ effort

It is not only unfortunate, but also a disservice to the community that Lynne Plambeck's Environmentally Speaking column ("One Valley, One Vision: A closer look," Oct. 1) contains numerous inaccuracies.

October 15, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Lynne Plambeck: One Valley, One Fantasy?

Many of the proposed General Plan updates for both the city of Santa Clarita and surrounding areas are based on a projected huge population increase - more than double our current population - in the next decade. Such a projection will require densification and subsequent zoning changes that will increase property values for developers, but could destroy the quality of life in many neighborhoods.

October 15, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Phil Rizzo: Always in a hurry to speed things up

There's a book review in the latest issue of The New Yorker magazine entitled, "Not so fast. Scientific management started as a way to work. How did it become a way of life?" It is fascinating in the details of the origins of scientific management.

October 14, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Stephen Maseda: Vogel wildly incorrect

Having read your letters section in the Oct. 6 edition, I have a couple of observations.

October 13, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


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Amer Aziz: Fourth of July has meaning for those who found freedom

As a Muslim-immigrant to the United States of America, I find special meaning in the Fourth of July, an occasion symbolizing the struggle for freedom.

July 04, 2014 | By Amer Aziz SCV Voices | Columnists


Marsha McLean: Respect is a two-way street

By now, the phrase "Respect is a Two-Way Street" may be a familiar one to Santa Clarita residents. That's because this is the main message behind the city's new safety campaign to help keep bicyclists, motorists and pedestrians safe on our roadways.

July 04, 2014 | By Marsha McLean Live from city hall | Columnists


Betty Arenson: Obama remains a question mark

Undoubtedly by now you have observed the rather casual manner in which our president responds to each new scandal that pops up - and they do keep popping up.

July 04, 2014 | By Betty Arenson Right here right now | Columnists


Business retention is key to job growth in the SCV

A key role of the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation is to attract new companies to the Santa Clarita Valley that bring high-quality jobs.

June 30, 2014 | Holly Schroeder SCV Voices | Columnists


The IRS is far from earning back our trust

John Koskinen is the commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, arguably the most powerful and feared bureaucracy in the federal government.

June 30, 2014 | Brian Baker SCV Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: How reliable is the information on the internet?

With the advent of the Internet we have experienced an information explosion unprecedented in human history.

June 29, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Bob Kellar: Fourth of July in the SCV

Independence Day is one of America's greatest holidays.

June 27, 2014 | By Bob Kellar Live from city hall | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: The carbon tax has flaws

A recent column by Cher Gilmore touted the brilliance and benefits of taxing carbon output from business as a way to reduce global climate change.

June 26, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right about now | Columnists


Gary Horton: Obama is the most boring president ever

I have a good friend who takes marching orders through the tin foil hat atop his head perpetually tuned to Fox and Friends and all else owned and distributed by Rupert Murdoch.

June 25, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Jonathan Kraut: Government workers duck responsibility

We are used to hearing about large awards being presented to those harmed, abused or injured by school teachers, police, firefighters, and other government employees.

June 24, 2014 | By Jonathan Kraut Democratic Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: Some advice for graduates

As graduation season comes to a close, I have some advice for those who are entering a new phase of life called adulthood. And, the advice is good for the rest of us as well.

June 22, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Steve Petzold: City Council: repeal the billboard deal

The Santa Clarita City Council meeting this Tuesday will be the first chance for council members to consider the implications of the referendum against Ordinance 14-02.

June 22, 2014 | By Steve Petzold SCV Voices | Columnists


Dante Acosta: Explore SCV’s open spaces

There is something special about getting out and enjoying the open-space areas of Santa Clarita.

June 20, 2014 | By Danta Acosta Live from city hall | Columnists


Maria Gutzeit: What we need now on chloride

Someone recently asked me to summarize the chloride issue in really simple terms.

June 20, 2014 | By Maria Gutzeit SCV Voices | Columnists


James P. de Bree Jr.: Setting the tax record straight

I am responding to the op-ed article that Gary Horton wrote ("Oh, the places our tax money goes") that was published in the June 11 edition of The Signal.

June 19, 2014 | By James P. de Bree Jr Valencia | Columnists


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