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The night the lights went out

Last Friday, Aug. 1, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats ended debate on energy issues by abruptly adjourning.

October 09, 2008 | By Paul Strickland For The Signal | Columnists


County’s green building rules will benefit us

As a lifelong outdoor lover, as well as a person who works in the environmental compliance arena, I've watched "Being Green" go through cycles of popularity. Sometimes caring for the planet is all the rage, and a few years later it's an afterthought.

October 09, 2008 | By Maria Gutzeit For The Signal | Columnists


Everyone wants our babies

When you're single, everyone asks when you're going to get a steady dating partner. When you're in a serious relationship, they ask when you're going to get married.

October 09, 2008 | By Michael Picarella For The Signal | Columnists


The one who’s too light

I had lunch with a very frustrated Republican the other day. The gentleman is a construction bond agent.

October 07, 2008 | By Gary Horton For The Signal | Columnists


Republican platform: A sinking ship

For some of you who have just returned from an alternate universe, we are holding our national elections this coming November.

October 06, 2008 | By Jonathan Kraut For The Signal | Columnists


Days of whines and roses

Whine: To complain peevishly; to utter something in a high-pitched sound.

A nation of whiners.

October 06, 2008 | By Diana Sevanian For The Signal | Columnists


Letters to the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy office

We here at the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy get numerous letters in the course of a political season. Some are kind and some are profane, but all of them are worthy of review and reflection.

October 05, 2008 | By Steve Lunetta | Columnists


There is no water conservation conundrum

Why conserve?

October 05, 2008 | By R.J. Kelly Castaic Lake Water Agency | Columnists


Leaders of Character in our valley

Welcome to August! One month closer to summer being over and temperature sanity returning! I'm really done with the "heat waves."

October 04, 2008 | Michele E. Buttelman | Columnists


Let's make the proper comparison

Last month the California Department of Public Instruction released revised numbers revealing the dropout rate of public and charter schools within the state.

October 04, 2008 | By Tim Myers Myers' Musings | Columnists


Drilling best way out of oil crisis

There is a huge debate over drilling for additional oil right now that is confusing at best.

October 04, 2008 | By Jeff Miladin | Columnists


Take a night out of crime Tuesday in Santa Clarita

Imagine a night when the entire nation could come together to stand up against crime. If only for one night out of the year, this united front would cause crime rates to drop, morale and people's sense of security would increase, and the nation as a whole would seem like a safer place.

October 04, 2008 | By Laurene Weste | Columnists


Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

"You wanna go on something really fast and really scary?" I asked my 4-year-old son during a recent trip to Disney's California Adventure Park. He seemed to think that every ride we rode at the park was too slow and too boring. So I wanted to excite him.

October 02, 2008 | By Michael Picarella | Columnists


NAFTA reform needed to protect environment

Recently SCOPE voted to support Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon's HR 5887 legislation to buy out the Cemex mine lease. Such an action is certainly no surprise.

October 01, 2008 | By Lynne Plambeck | Columnists


Obama: Media idol or inspirational leader?

This past Sunday, budding Signal cartoonist, Ryan Metlen penned a pithy ditty intending to mock the much ballyhooed and bemoaned "press worship" of Democratic candidate Barack Obama.

September 30, 2008 | By Gary Horton For The Signal | 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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