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Two parties, two platforms, two philosophies

These past two weeks the Democrats and the Republicans were given the opportunity to present their political platforms, candidates and philosophy to the American people.

November 09, 2008 | By Kevin Buck | Columnists


Is bigger really better for area water agency?

In response to the Oct. 20 story "One valley, one water supplier," we ask: Is bigger really better?

November 09, 2008 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Try drought-tolerant plants and these irrigation tips on your lawn

Is your lawn a slacker?

November 09, 2008 | By Dirk Marks | Columnists


A letter to a new grandson

Dear Brayden Jay:

November 09, 2008 | By Tim Myers | Columnists


SCV honors its veterans

Veterans Day was first incorporated by President Wilson as Armistice Day in 1919 at the end of World War I. The implementation of an armistice, which is a temporary cessation of hostilities, came with the final peace treaty, the infamous Treaty of Versailles, which was signed in 1919 between the Allies and Germany at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of November 1918. President Wilson said when he proclaimed the first Armistice Day, "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's ...

November 09, 2008 | By Laurene Weste | Columnists


Christmas around the corner

I know, I know... it was a shock to the season to walk into several retail stores around town the day after Halloween and see Christmas trees in full bulb-blazing glory. I'm not trying to give you sleepless nights, but Christmas is merely 46 days away!

November 09, 2008 | By Michele E. Buttelman | Columnists


On houseguests and $50 soap

An old friend from bachelorhood called and said he'd be in town on business, asked if he could stay at my place so he wouldn't have to pay for a hotel room. The guy was financially struggling. My wife and I said no.

November 07, 2008 | By Michael Picarella Picarella Family Report | Columnists


It is time to reinvent ourselves

Ryan Leaf was one of the most highly rated college quarterbacks in history. Along with his contemporary, Peyton Manning, Leaf was heralded as a sure-fire hit in the NFL: the stuff of legends.

November 07, 2008 | By Steve Lunetta Right About Now | Columnists


Fun is a ‘drag’

When I was a kid, I never got tired of playing with my Matchbox and Hot Wheels cars. When my mom dragged me to the store, I always had at least two toy vehicles tucked in my pocket for a race down the cashier's two-lane countertop.

November 06, 2008 | By Michael Picarella | Columnists


Politics both here and abroad

Staring at the wreckage of the 2008 political process, I wonder how we got into this situation.

November 06, 2008 | By Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Here's hoping for some change

Today we have a new president-elect and a new direction. In our own uniquely American way, we have had quite an amazing bloodless revolution for change in our government. The opposing parties, instead of shooting it out at each other to kill every last rival, praised each other in genuinely heartfelt and eloquent concession and victory speeches meant to heal rifts and bring our country back together. What an incredible process we have.

November 06, 2008 | By Lynne Plambeck Environmentally Speaking | Columnists


Power pole giants need to be stopped

As giant power lines come marching through the north end of our valley, and even those who lobby consistently for more and more growth cry foul at the loss of their views and damage to their neighborhoods, maybe it is time to look at the bigger picture.

November 05, 2008 | By Lynne Plambeck | Columnists


Voting - a cathartic experience

On Monday morning, syndicated columnist Reg Henry predicted, in his humorously folksy fashion, a tidy victory for Barack Obama.

November 05, 2008 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


A bad call, calling us to reconsider

For a moment, let's all suppose we're all young soccer moms. And let's suppose that we've got four kids, three at home - one is a newborn with profound disabilities.

November 04, 2008 | By Gary Horton | Columnists


‘Swiftboating’ comes to Senate District 19 race

When it comes to political campaigns, informed voters pay attention to the media - but herein lies the problem. How do voters know if certain patterns of persuasion/fallacies are being used by pundits in the media and politics to sway their opinions?

November 03, 2008 | Cal Planakis Democratic Voices | Columnists


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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


Michelle Boehm: Response to Signal editorial 'The high speed rail hoodwink'

The Signal's opinion piece titled "The high speed rail hoodwink" (Opinion, July 13) recycles many of the myths and misinformation about the California High-Speed Rail Program that have been put forward by opponents.

July 20, 2014 | By Michelle Boehm SCV Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: Hard work and winning

I learned early the mantra that "hard work pays off." My father was a hard worker and was determined not to have any sons who were slackers.

July 20, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


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