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F. Andre Hollings: Reagan and political reality

Contrary as truth often is to the exaggerated bluster of liberal condemnations and popular fantasy, the Republican Party is alive and well, particularly in California.

August 14, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Cam Noltemeyer: Of fish and lawsuits

This week, Castaic Lake Water Agency announced they have filed litigation to challenge the Federal National Marine Fisheries Agency Opinion for Delta fish species.

August 13, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: Engorged on medical insurance in Fat City

"I'm busy, doc," deflecting my doctor's scolding for missing my annual checkup for three years.

August 12, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Betty Arenson: This is about Sarah Palin ... and more

The Signal's July 15, 2009 edition printed Gary Horton's Opinion column "It's not about Sarah Palin." The commentary goes on about, well, Sarah Palin. She was, once again, personally attacked as the "Ice Queen," "sexy," with references to her eyeglasses and lipstick, and so on.

August 10, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Let 'BeerGate' be a learning experience

Recently, the President of the United States, Leader of the Free World, and the Most Powerful Man on the Planet, sat down to calm a squabble that could have easily been the subject of a "Cops" episode.

August 10, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Tim Myers: Would a new Castaic high be a rump?

When the Myers family moved to the SCV in 1996, a short-lived movement arose to make the Castaic Union School District a kindergarten-through-12th-grade unified school district by withdrawing the Castaic Unified School District students from the Hart district, where most of the CUSD students fed into then-two-year-old Valencia High School.

August 09, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Nicole Shellcroft: ‘You can’t operate a hotline for 12 hours a day’

The Domestic Violence Center of the Santa Clarita Valley is in dire straits.

August 09, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Howard P. McKeon: The importance of Gitmo

Last month, I had the opportunity to lead a congressional fact-finding mission to America's detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and spend some time with the men and women of the military serving there.

August 09, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Football is not superior

After a recent Google search, I came to realize there was a response in your fine paper by Jim McElvain, of Saugus, ("Of winners, losers and American sports," The Signal, Dec. 18, 2008) to my request for more coverage of local youth soccer games by The Mighty Signal ("Boston will boost revenue," The Signal, Dec. 17, 2008).

August 09, 2009 | By Dan Donihue Castaic | Columnists


Kevin Tonoian: Median project is designed to save water

I want to thank Mr. Martin for his Aug. 2 letter to the editor, "Wasteful Median Improvements."

August 08, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Bob Dickson: Cleaning your conscience

The 21st-century medicine show that has replaced the 20th century environmental movement would like you to buy carbon offsets.

August 07, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Bob Kellar: Red light enforcement decreases dangerous driving

There are countless things that can keep drivers distracted on the road and cause unnecessary accidents, injuries and even death.

August 07, 2009 | Bob Kellar | Columnists


Lynne Plambeck:The costs of growth and water rates

Soon ratepayers throughout the Santa Clarita Valley will experience a rise in water rates. This is due mainly to an increase in water rates from Castaic Lake Water Agency, the agency that imports state water from Northern California.

August 06, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Phil Rizzo: Corruption is what makes democracy function

Those who criticize the U.S. for some of the few blemishes that our form of democracy exhibits are essentially un-American.

August 05, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Kevin Buck: John Dean - living history

One of the games we play upon reaching a certain age is "where were you when ...?"

August 04, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


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Gary Horton: Appreciate American progress

The Signal last Friday published a "Right Here, Right Now" column in which Betty Arenson condemned American modernity while sentimentally praising an agrarian, pre-running-water, pre-electrified, limited-government America in which, somehow, suffering itself was its own virtuous reward.

April 02, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Jonathan Kraut: Tolerate different opinions

Since my days on active duty, my career path has manifested in taking residence in 20 cities among five states.

April 01, 2014 | By Jonathan Kraut | Columnists


David Hegg: The power of umbrage

I have come to believe if you say something outrageous loud enough and often enough people come to believe it.

March 30, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


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


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