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George Runner: The water softener bait and switch

We've all been victims of a bait and switch: a sales tactic in which an item is used to attract customers who, once lured, find themselves receiving something different than what was offered.

May 17, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Dave Bossert: Annexation is not being held ‘ransom’

Several weeks ago The Signal published an opinion piece by Brian Roney titled "Annexation held for ransom." It was an amazingly uninformed piece on the annexation process.

May 17, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tim Myers: And life goes on

An epiphany occurred early this week. A vision of clarity struck me while reviewing the agenda for the May 12 Santa Clarita City Council meeting, specifically the item regarding a plebiscite for the inclusion of the words "In God We Trust" on the city of Santa Clarita logo.

May 17, 2009 | Tim Myers | Columnists


Dr. Gary Mangiofico: Our children’s future is at stake

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has recently been traveling across the state, arguing for the passage of the six propositions on Tuesday's statewide special election ballot. He has called the package a needed "budget reform."

May 17, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Frank Ferry: City to launch 21-point business plan

The city of Santa Clarita City Council recently approved an unprecedented 21-Point Business Plan for Progress, investing more than $5.1 million in new programs and incentives aimed at boosting the local economy now and well into the future.

May 15, 2009 | Frank Ferry | Columnists


Lynne Plambeck: Watering on a wish and a prayer

A Signal article last week quoted Dan Masnada, general manager of Castaic Lake Water Agency, as saying there would be adequate water to serve Newhall Land's Newhall Ranch development.

May 14, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Mike Ascolese: Farewell to a fallen friend

Thursday was the memorial service and funeral for Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy Robert Corrales, who was stationed at the Santa Clarita Courthouse for more than a decade and died April 23.

May 12, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: Local robber taunts California to change

Everything financial is in turmoil.

May 12, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: The great betrayal

By now, the entire baseball world is aware that Dodgers left fielder Manny Ramirez tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug hCG.

Human chorionic gonadotropin, hCG, is a female reproductive chemical that stimulates the production of testosterone in males.

May 11, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Cameron Smyth: A losing proposition

Before the passage of the largest tax increase in the state's history last February, Californians already shouldered some of the highest tax burdens in the nation.

May 10, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Miguel Palmer: Every dollar counts

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."

May 10, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tim Myers: The ‘fun uncle’ runs for school board again

So Joe Messina, everyone's "fun uncle," decided to run for William S. Hart Union High School District school board again, for the fourth - yes, fourth - time.

May 10, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Paul Strickland: Democrats are at it again

Well, our friends the Democrats are at it again. Just when the public has become mesmerized by billion-dollar bailouts, massive spending programs masqueraded as stimulus packages and trillion-dollar deficits, the Dems want to invest more taxpayers' newly printed money into universal healthcare and a cap-and-trade system.

May 08, 2009 | Paul Strickland | Columnists


Michael Abernethy: Freedom of religion is not politically incorrect

In his letter in the Monday, May 4 edition of The Signal regarding Santa Clarita City Councilman Bob Kellar and "In God we trust" being added to the city logo, Tom Nickols refers to this as an "out of date, politically incorrect, bigoted slogan."

May 07, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Cam Noltemeyer: $2.5M for contaminated open space?

This month the city of Santa Clarita may purchase its first piece of property with money generated from the Open Space Assessment passed in 2007.

May 07, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


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David Hegg: Lessons I learned from a high school reunion

I just returned from my 40th high school reunion. It was great, but I must admit I didn't realize how many old people would be there!

August 10, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


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


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