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Anything but light-up shoes

My son's fifth birthday is in July, and last month I worried that I wouldn't figure out in time what to get him. Drums are too loud, paint sets are too messy and light-up shoes, I'm told, are dangerous to the kids wearing them and to the environment. What, then, do I get a boy with so much?

June 05, 2008 | By Michael Picarella | Columnists


A new voice for right thinkers

Editor's note: Today The Signal launches a new column, written by local Republicans and dealing with issues on the national level.

Welcome to the inaugural edition of our new column, "Right About Now."

June 05, 2008 | By Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Maria Gutzeit should be your first choice

So, the City Council election is coming right up. Days away. And there's a bunch of names on the ballot that may or may not mean much to you, other than some name-recognition through mountains of mailers and letters to the editor. There's five fine candidates running for the council, and on Tuesday you're voting for two of them. But one stands head and shoulders above the rest.

June 05, 2008 | By Gary Horton | Columnists


Cast your vote for Trautman

Most people care about the environment. Almost everyone recycles because they understand how this simple act can help save a canyon from becoming a landfill. We are all starting to think about how much we drive, and not just because of high gas prices. We are beginning to understand that each of our actions really makes a difference.

June 04, 2008 | By Lynne Plambeck | Columnists


Stop spending on things we can't afford

"...And I guess I lost my way

June 03, 2008 | By Gary Horton | Columnists


A place to gather for fun, learning

In the early 1990s, the area known as East Newhall, located at the southeast end of the city of Santa Clarita, faced many daunting challenges.

June 02, 2008 | By Rick Gould | Columnists


Time to embrace real change

Before their presidential campaign drifted into a contest of vicious personal attacks, the Democrats concentrated primarily on the domestic issue of providing universal health care to all Americans. Although the Republicans have already decided upon a candidate, their focus has always been on ways to reduce federal spending, cut taxes, and fix the upwardly spiraling costs of entitlements.

June 01, 2008 | By Paul B. Strickland Sr. | Columnists


Kudos to SCV Man and Woman of Year nominees

The temperatures this past week seem to indicate that summer is on the way. However, before summer descends, see the most beautiful display of spring beauty at Descanso Gardens, off the Foothill Freeway in La Canada (just a quick 30 minutes from the SCV). The flowering trees are at their peak and every direction in which you look your eye is treated to an explosion of color. This is the best time of year to experience Descanso. Tickets are $7 for adults, students $5 and children 2-12, $2. It's a great place to take a little time to unwind ...

May 31, 2008 | Michele E. Buttelman | Columnists


The inexplicable phenomenon that is Obama

If you have been hunkered down under a rock for the last year, let me re-introduce you to civilization: Barack Obama is like no presidential candidate that we have ever seen before.

May 31, 2008 | By Andre Hollings | Columnists


Why Santa Clarita should re-elect Bob Kellar

I've lived in Canyon Country for 30 years. Yes, 30 years, and I've loved every minute of living in the Santa Clarita Valley. The overdevelopment throughout the SCV breaks my heart, but change happens. However, my little corner of the universe remains mostly unscathed - and for that I'm grateful.

May 30, 2008 | Michele E. Buttelman | Columnists


Don't blame the barber

My 4-year-old son and I got our haircuts simultaneously last weekend. He usually stays still during his haircut, but since we were both in a chair at the same time and I was rendered useless under the barber's smock, my son decided to challenge the barber by constantly moving and bouncing all over the place. Not smart when you've got a moving blade on your head.

May 29, 2008 | By Michael Picarella | Columnists


Jamiel Shaw Jr. (1990-2008)

This is a very difficult, painful commentary to write, but the angst I feel is nothing compared to the loss for parents of Jamiel Shaw Jr.: Jamiel Shaw Sr. and Jamiel's mom, Army Sgt. Anita Shaw, who has returned from her second combat tour in Iraq to bury her son and mourn his passing. Words just don't make it here.

May 29, 2008 | By Roger Gitlin | Columnists


City should oppose Gate-King project

In the early 1990s, the Elsmere Canyon Landfill proposal certainly looked like a "done deal." This mega-dump with all the associated polluting truck traffic seemed unstoppable with many politicians in

May 28, 2008 | By Lynne Plambeck | Columnists


Time to think smart or die?

"... However, Greenspan said that he hoped the fallout would not take away the finance industry's ability to regulate itself. Market flexibility and free competition are the most reliable safeguards against economic trouble, he said; the system which is supposed to guard against unanticipated losses will need to be overhauled. ..."

The above is part of a quote from an article written by Alan Greenspan and published in the Financial Times. Reading the above, I find it unbelievable that precisely the Wild West cowboy operations and light regulation that got us into this mess is recommended by a financial icon as ...

May 27, 2008 | By Phil Rizzo | Columnists


Another take on 'What About Bob?'

A few weeks ago, the SCV Press Club named Mayor Bob Kellar as Newsmaker of the Year for 2007.

May 26, 2008 | By Diana Sevanian | 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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