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Messing with Mother Nature, and paying for it

Don't mess with mother nature." This common colloquialism, often said with a knowing chuckle, becomes all too real and serious after major storms such as the current flooding in the Midwest.

These rains were unusual but not unprecedented, with similar flooding occurring as recently as 1993.

August 27, 2008 | By Lynne Plambeck | Columnists


Developing the idea of county reform

It is a little more than six months since I asked the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to convene a convention of stakeholders to discuss fundamental county government reform. During that time many have asked me what I propose.

August 26, 2008 | By Carl Boyer Former Santa Clarita Mayor, City Councilman | Columnists


One drop of blood in every gallon

After an absence of 36 years, the big Western oil companies are back in Iraq.

August 26, 2008 | By Gary Horton | Columnists


Don’t trust a gambler this fall

We the electorate cast our votes for those running for office for various reasons: Often, our votes are issued in support of ideals; to promote specific issues; in response to a positive public relations campaign; or even simply by what our gut tells us about a candidate.

Often, especially in American politics, some of the electorate cast ballots as a vote against an opposing candidate as well. This "negative vote" may help defeat a candidate or quash a proposed issue. Sometimes voters act only by what "their gut" tells them: they "just don't like" the candidate running for an ...

August 25, 2008 | By Jonathan Kraut | Columnists


Same-sex unions: Yes, they will hurt marriage

Defenders of the same-sex marriages that began this month in California have repeatedly claimed the new definition of marriage will in no way hurt male-female marriages.

Even the state Supreme Court decision paving the way for these June weddings declared its move would not deprive any male-female couple "of any of the rights and benefits conferred by the marriage statutes."

August 23, 2008 | By David Benkof | Columnists


No June gloom for you — how hot will it get?

It's been a scorcher in the Santa Clarita Valley the past few days. I just returned from a vacation on Whidbey Island, Wash. where the high temperature averaged 57. It was a brutal return to reality and a nearly 50 degree temperature difference when I landed at the airport in Burbank.

SCV Boys and Girls Club Auction

August 23, 2008 | By Michele Buttelman Specialty Publications Manager/Editor | Columnists


Russert's death a tragic loss

Tim Russert's sudden cardiac demise is tragic on many levels.

He'll never experience another Christmas, tailgate party, Buffalo Bills game, or Springsteen concert alongside his adored son Luke.

August 23, 2008 | By Diana Sevanian | Columnists


Extreme neighborhood makeover

Neighborhoods. They are the fabric of our society. Who can't remember his or her neighborhood growing up, and most likely the names of the families who lived in the houses on that block.

Ask any kid how far of a walk it is to his or her best friend's house, or where's a great place to ride bikes, and chances are you'll get a precise answer.

August 23, 2008 | By Bob Kellar | Columnists


School's out for summer -- do you have your passport?

Local teens looking for something to do this summer may only need to look as far as City Hall to find not only a fun public transportation option but also a list of local businesses that are providing discounts.

The city of Santa Clarita's Transit division has teamed up this summer with local businesses to offer students a Summer Bus Passport for the month of July. The Passport is a new student bus pass with benefits, and was created to allow Santa Clarita Valley students a summer experience using public transportation. The Summer Bus Passport is a low-cost, month-long ...

August 21, 2008 | By Marsha McLean | Columnists


The Scott McClellan imbroglio

The noise made by Scott McClellan's recently released book only slightly surprises me - the slight part being attributed to the fact that I never saw him as a snake, merely as an incompetent. And I so advised the president in a letter I wrote him in March 2006, a copy of which is the focal point of this column:

August 21, 2008 | By Kenneth C. Eliasberg | Columnists


The giant, looming, six-foot ‘B’

It was 10 a.m. on a Tuesday morning in July. I was already eating lunch - a roast beef sandwich at Skip's Deli down on 11th Street. They made the best coleslaw at Skip's, and I was sure not to spill any of it on myself. I was wearing a lime leisure suit with a gold chain around my neck, with white athletic socks and white tennis shoes on my feet. I was everything a neighborhood kid ought to be except I wasn't from the neighborhood. I was here to make a drop.

The Girl lived here ...

August 21, 2008 | By Michael Picarella | Columnists


Why we need a development monitoring system

Just look around you.

August 20, 2008 | By Cam Noltemeyer | Columnists


Change, or more of the same?

BERMUDA - Last night, Carrie and I went out to dinner at the Four Ways in Bermuda to celebrate our 29th anniversary.

August 19, 2008 | By Gary Horton | Columnists


The value of children’s play

Each season awakens within me subtle changes, both psychologically and physically. Summer is no different.

August 18, 2008 | By Leigh Hart | Columnists


Oil price cools SCV expansion

I have now lived through several California real estate boom and bust cycles, but I don't remember one as bad as the current housing crisis. Graded housing pads left to stand empty, new tracts with only a few occupants and a lot of vacant houses are a new phenomena in this valley that I don't recall from past downturns.

August 17, 2008 | By Lynne Plambeck | Columnists


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Don Robinson: Be spiritual on Earth Day

We tend to think of Earth Day as a physical thing - a time to celebrate Earth's beauty and provision and to recognize some of its needs for maintenance. This is a good thing.

April 10, 2014 | By Don Robinson SCV Voices | Columnists


Gary Horton: Why not live your life fuller?

Followers of this column know that five weeks ago my daughter, Katie, was struck by a motorcycle in Jaipur India while visiting with family and friends for what was to be a special Indian wedding and 14 day tour. Katie was hit on the 2nd day and suffered severe traumatic brain injury (TBI.) She required cranial surgery, was comatose two days, spent six days in the ICU, and subsequently required 16 days of hospitalization to recover sufficiently well for the 24 hour jet trip back home.

April 09, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


David Hegg: Where does health care really start?

I imagine we're all caught up in the great paradox that is the current dialogue on health care. It seems to be everywhere, on every broadcast and Internet news show, with pundits and anchors analyzing every number and statement that becomes available.

April 06, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Bob Kellar: Grow green at Earth Arbor Day festival

It's no secret that, in Santa Clarita, we take our trees seriously. Our city is home to more than 50,000 trees, including the majestic oaks that have stood tall in our valley for hundreds of years.

April 04, 2014 | By Bob Kellar Live from city hall | Columnists


Steve Knight: Clean-up on aisles 35, 30 and 8!

We are often told that the public has a less-than-favorable opinion of its government representatives. Recent scandalous behavior by several California senators has only emboldened that sentiment.

April 04, 2014 | By Steve Knight Right here right now | Columnists


Working together for success

Many years ago, Henry Ford famously said, "Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress.

April 03, 2014 | By Michael Antonovich and Dianne G. Van Hook | Columnists


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


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