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Hasley Canyon no place for a school

Though it read like an advertisement, Rebecca Cranert's three-quarter-page "Myths vs. facts, Hasley Canyon Private School" was in The Signal's Oct. 5 opinion pages, so I am moved to respond regarding the points raised by Mrs. Cranert.

December 26, 2008 | By Michael Murphy Local commentary | Columnists


The sounds of Halloween

It was a dark and stormy night.

December 26, 2008 | By Michael Picarella Picarella Family Report | Columnists


Michelle Lovato: The ‘How to Look Like a Movie Star Diet’

My favorite button-up blouse betrayed me on Christmas morning me and spit what was once a delicately located button into the mirror and back at my face.

December 26, 2008 | By Michelle Lovato Signal Staff Writer | Columnists


John Boston: Skunkashave & Tweedie’s mutant sweater

Smugly we've watched National Geographic Specials. We've giggled at primitive peoples with bones through their noses and yard-long skinny gourds covering unmentionables as they argue about pig festivals.

December 26, 2008 | By John Boston | Columnists


City Council: No excuses for DUI this holiday season

This holiday season there are no excuses. There is not the slightest amount of justification to drink and drive - ever. Yet there are those among us who will face a situation where that fateful decision will be made; whether or not to get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol.

December 26, 2008 | By The Santa Clarita City Council | Columnists


Bill Kennedy: Happy Boxing Day!

My family and I were privileged to live nearly four years in Canada and the United Kingdom, where we became acquainted with the holiday of "Boxing Day."

December 26, 2008 | By Bill Kennedy | Columnists


Snippets? Associations? Who is Barack Obama?

Have you noticed that whenever Obama's pastor, wife, terrorist friends, corrupt cronies or other assorted glimpses into his personal life are mentioned, Obama tries to change the subject by suggesting that these references are distractions or snippets and/or efforts to tarnish his otherwise impeccable character with gestures of "guilt by association"?

December 25, 2008 | By Ken Eliasberg Right About Now | Columnists


John Boston: Generic Palmdale Xmas Letter #20

Dear Friends, Family and Parole Officer Detective Bartell:

December 25, 2008 | By John Boston | Columnists


Lynne Plambeck: Holiday gifts of light and laughter

This year, worries over the economy have slowed us all down a bit. For many, there's that nagging concern about whether we will have a job next year or just how slow our business will get.

December 25, 2008 | By Lynne Plambeck | Columnists


A lack of SCV resident participation

For many years, water agencies used polluted water from wells contaminated with ammonium perchlorate to calculate the water supply for new development in Santa Clarita. After a successful lawsuit by the Sierra Club and the Friends of the Santa Clara River, Castaic Lake Water Agency had to disclose the quantity of polluted water and when it would be cleaned up. Of course, future projections do not always pan out. Development has proceeded, but the clean-up facilities are still not operating.

December 24, 2008 | By Cam Noltemeyer Environmentally Speaking | Columnists


Gary Horton: Gifts we can believe in

Oh, the weather outside is frightful

December 24, 2008 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port | Columnists


Michelle Lovato: Digging out the day after

My husband Vince was so cute out in the front yard with his grey hoodie and gold coat trying to dig our car out of its snow wedgy.

December 24, 2008 | By Michelle Lovato Signal Staff Writer | Columnists


Why the Democrats are winning

One of the main reasons that Obama is prevailing over McCain is very simple. It is intrinsic and very effective, and yet it is being ignored. It is out of the reach of issues.

December 23, 2008 | By Phil Rizzo | Columnists


Diana Sevanian: Goodnight, Gracie

"Joy is an inside job."

Each of the many funny and thought-provoking e-mails sent out by Grace Kierbel contained that signature phrase.

December 23, 2008 | By Diana Sevanian | Columnists


Jesus would approve of socialism

Americans are currently struggling with the stifling effects of a national recession, seemingly insurmountable national debt and a president who has destroyed our place of honor in the world.

December 23, 2008 | Bruce McFarland Democratic Voices | 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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