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Kevin Buck: Politics: A cynic’s view

I have a theory about politics and the role that the liberals on left and the conservatives on the right play in our form of government.

October 06, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


P. Michael Freeman: What an ‘uninformed and irresponsible’ column

I am writing in response to Cam Noltemeyer's "Environmentally Speaking" guest editorial, "Buyer Beware in Fire Country," published on Sept. 23, 2009.

October 05, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Never forget: World War II Marine Merchants

I am always fascinated by untold stories from our nation's past that illustrate, entertain and cause reflection.

October 05, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Tim Myers: The preferred answer is not always the right one

I make my living with numbers. When one spends nearly 25 years in this pursuit, one becomes more and more adept at predicting numerical outcomes.

October 04, 2009 | Tim Myers | Columnists


Doree Baklash: 'We don’t want to go from an oligopoly

The town hall meeting held Sept. 26 at College of the Canyons, hosted by Congressman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, is the stuff our Founding Fathers participated in and advocated, consisted of average Americans standing up to be counted and heard.

October 04, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Lovin’ Picarella

I'm lovin' the Picarella Family Report on Saturday's page 2 of The Signal. In tough economic times, it's nice to know that everyday family life still prevails.

October 03, 2009 | By Paul B. Strickland Sr. Santa Clarita | Columnists


State needs medic

California is worse than on life support. When a patient is on life support, at least there may be a chance of hope someone is working to save them.

October 03, 2009 | By Walter Fife Agua Dulce | Columnists


Laurie Ender: Festival of Arts brings Main Street to life

Since 2005, the Santa Clarita Street Art Festival brought Newhall's Main Street to life with vivid artwork, color and design. This year, the event has been re-imagined to include a variety of artistic talent in countless media, with a focus on the process of art.

October 02, 2009 | Laurie Ender | Columnists


Tom Pattantyus: Protection of private property

Since 2008, the U.S. economy has been buffeted with one crisis after the other.

October 02, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Lynne Plambeck: One Valley, One Vision: A closer look

As the city and county work together to update our General Plan, it is imperative for the future of our valley and our neighborhoods that residents get involved.

October 01, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Candidate Bob Jensen outlines his qualifications for Hart district board

Editor's note: Through the vagaries of e-mail, Hart district school board candidate Bob Jensen's responses to columnist Jonathan Kraut's questions did not make it into Tuesday's Democratic Voices column. Here are Jensen's responses, along with the questions that prompted them.

October 01, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: ‘Full Speed Ahead' for our lives

For the next five weeks, I will be posting "Full Speed to Port" all the way from U Penn.

September 30, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Jonathan Kraut: Picking three of five for Hart board

The race for the William S. Hart Union High School District board is interesting because all five candidates for the three open seats are Republican. This means politics is not a factor in this race.

September 29, 2009 | Jonathan Kraut | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Stop making conservatives look crazy

It is always bad to start an opinion column by apologizing. But, there are some things we conservatives are doing that are just plain wrong.

September 28, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Tim Myers: Newhall school board race: I got nothin’

I developed a minor reputation over the years in the SCV for what some thought an impressive ability to prognosticate on the outcome of local elections.

September 27, 2009 | Tim Myers | Columnists


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Gary Horton: Something to which we can all agree

Kathy Norris of the Valley Industry Association paid me a visit a few weeks ago as part of a local business survey.

July 09, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Kevin Buck: The pols and the pendulum

The political world is never static. The never-ending battles for power, prestige, policy and the perceived moral high ground are endless and endlessly fascinating.

July 08, 2014 | By Kevin Buck Democratic Voices | Columnists


Castaic Lake’s long launch ramp means it’s time to conserve water

If you've been to Castaic Lake recently, you may have noticed you're seeing a lot more of the launch ramp than usual. These days, that launch ramp is loooooong.

July 07, 2014 | Tom Campbell SCV Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: The cul-de-sac of bad choices

Part of the joy, and most of the misery, of my job as a pastor is being with folks when they in trouble, surrounded by the carnage of poor choices, and facing what appear to be insurmountable obstacles.

July 06, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


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


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