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Try a free drive-thru

To assist residents in preparing for the upcoming flu season, the city of Santa Clarita will be hosting the third annual drive-through flu shot clinic on Friday at College of the Canyons.

January 03, 2009 | By Laurene Weste | Columnists


Lisa Fimiani: Counting on the Bluebirds of Happiness

I participated in the Santa Clarita Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 28, and despite cold morning temperatures I had a great time as usual.

January 03, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Taylor Jones: On misguided thinking

Bruce McFarland's commentary that appeared in the Dec. 23 issue of The Signal is particularly interesting because it's in a real sense a tour de force of flawed, liberal thought.

January 03, 2009 | Gilbert H. Snow | Columnists


Michael Picarella: Confessions of a jazz lover

I must confess - I love jazz music.

January 03, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Measure SA is a $5 myth

Think about it. If Measure V required $30 per $100,000 of assessed home value to raise $158 million, how, then, is it possible to raise $300 million on $5, as proponents of Measure SA claim?

January 02, 2009 | By Eduardo Espana | Columnists


Dedicated to propositions, part 2

Presidential election years are the World Cup for politics junkies, and this year has been one of the best ever. However, besides tracking all the important partisan races in the national and local spotlights, Californians are once again being asked to do their Legislature's job and vote on 12 ballot propositions.

January 02, 2009 | By Kevin Buck | Columnists


Help Measure SA pass

Our efforts on the ground these last few months have been successful in getting the word out about Measure SA and what it will do for the William S. Hart Union High School District and our students.

January 02, 2009 | By Linda Valdes Educator, Rio Vista Elementary School | Columnists


Frank Ferry: Introducing our city youth to Mayor Dude

Municipal leaders regularly make decisions, shape policies and take action on issues that directly affect youth.

January 02, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


John Boston: Have we already botched New Year’s?

"I'd love to change the world. But I don't know what to do. So I leave it up to you."

January 02, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Bob Dickson: Jesus Christ and Karl Marx ... who knew

I promised myself when I signed on to contribute to this space that I wouldn't mix politics and religion because they don't belong together. I don't want to hear my pastor going on about which candidate or policy I should support, and I don't need my elected officials meddling in how I choose to worship.

January 02, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Economic recovery plan

Two days ago the Federal Reserve cut a key interest rate to one percent in an effort to stimulate the economy. The economy is on the mind of virtually every tax-paying worker, parent, and retiree. It is also the No. 1 issue for voters heading to the polls Nov. 4. And while cutting interest rates historically shores up investor enthusiasm, our country's economic health is sitting in an unusual position. What the country truly needs now is a strategic, common-sense plan to revive our economy, produce more American jobs and ultimately ensure long-term prosperity.

January 01, 2009 | By Howard P. McKeon | Columnists


Family newsletter for Oct. 31

Wife hates zombie mask

January 01, 2009 | By Michael Picarella | Columnists


Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel: Thankful for the good things

Being stuck in a snowstorm - actually, buried in snow inside a car for nearly 30 hours without food or drink - gives one plenty of time to think about life and death.

January 01, 2009 | Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel | Columnists


On Tuesday, vote ‘yes’ for Measure SA

On Nov. 4, the citizens of the Santa Clarita Valley will be asked to vote to support Measure SA, a school facilities bond sponsored by the William S. Hart Union High School District.

December 31, 2008 | By Suzan Solomon | Columnists


Why I’m voting for Lutness

I like Cameron Smyth. He is personable and easy to talk to. But when it comes to the environment, he just plain votes the wrong way.

December 31, 2008 | By Lynne Plambeck | 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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