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True patriotism is commitment to nation’s ideals

Patriotism. Nationalism. Militarism. Fascism.

August 05, 2008 | By Gary Horton | Columnists


How to choose the local judges

Let's be honest. Who really cares about the judges on a ballot? I'm sure many of us simply guess at or skip the folks listed in the "Judicial" portion of our ballots. Does it matter which lying lawyer gets elected to the bench?

August 03, 2008 | By Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Can you go home again?

Is the old adage "you can never go home again" actually true?

August 02, 2008 | By Debra Jones-Mazotti Arvada, Colo. | Columnists


Take the city out to the ball game

Baseball is an American tradition that dates back to the 18th century, when amateurs played a baseball-like game by their own informal rules using improvised equipment. In the late 19th century, baseball was widely and officially recognized as the national sport of the United States.

August 02, 2008 | By Laurene Weste Santa Clarita City Councilwoman | Columnists


Polluted water shouldn't count — and it doesn't

I applaud all the interest in our water quality, and truly hope those wanting more information about the process and timing of the groundwater cleanup contact our water agencies. There is a wealth of information available and it's quite fascinating.

August 02, 2008 | By Maria Gutzeit | Columnists


They show what it means to give back

May is gone and June has arrived, bringing graduations, Father's Day and the countdown to Fourth of July. I have a wedding anniversary this month, too. It's hard for me to comprehend that I've been married 30-plus years!

Kudos to good citizens Poole and Shaffery

August 02, 2008 | By Michele Buttelman Signal Specialty Publications Manager/Editor | Columnists


10 reasons to go to Central Park today

As of 9 a.m. today, thousands of Santa Clarita Valley residents will be excitedly joining together at Central Park.

August 01, 2008 | By Diana Sevanian Out of My Head | Columnists


Winds of change buffet Santa Clarita

If you have ever attended or watched a City Council meeting, you undoubtedly have observed a cast of "usual suspects" who appear when the council is voting on a proposed development. This group opposes virtually every development.

Over the last couple of years something has changed. Before I go any further, let me say the purpose of this op-ed piece is to not talk about the merits of each issue raised - those issues each deserve their own op-ed. Instead, I cite them as an example of the change taking place in Santa Clarita.

August 01, 2008 | By Michael Cruz | Columnists


Supreme Court another reason to vote Republican

An interesting editorial appeared recently in the Los Angeles Times. It was titled "A vote against history" and referenced the Supreme Court decision that upheld Indiana's requirement for voter identification.

July 31, 2008 | By Ron Eichler | Columnists


Halloween monsters in May

It's almost summertime - time for swimming pools, time for beach parties and time for barbecues. My 4-year-old son says it's time for Halloween.

July 31, 2008 | By Michael Picarella | Columnists


Can biofuel solve our energy crisis?

With gas more than $4 per gallon, we are now all looking at ways to conserve or convert our energy use away from this expensive source.

Environmentalists and others have long been concerned about our dependence on oil. Remember the hoopla over the secret energy meetings held among White House higher-ups early in 2000? The rising gas prices were easily predictable, and everyone wanted our government to do something about it. The solution did not lie in secret meetings with energy czars connected to the oil industry.

July 30, 2008 | By Lynne Plambeck | Columnists


Revolt against $4 tomatoes

Mother's Day. Rushing through Pavilions, gathering groceries for our barbecue just one hour before folks hit the front door. Today's menu: burgers and dogs, baked beans, chips and salsa. And we plan to do the burgers up right, what with big beefsteak tomato slices, white onions, crisp lettuce, American cheese - the works.

July 29, 2008 | By Gary Horton | Columnists


Knowing more about our judges

In just a week, California's citizens will be voting for various political candidates-including individuals who want to serve as superior court judges in Los Angeles County.

July 28, 2008 | By Cal Planakis | Columnists


Imagining the world without America's sacrifices

It is truly a wonderful life we lead in the Santa Clarita Valley and in this great country of ours! We are blessed with an abundance of resources and an ample array of individual freedoms to take advantage of those resources as the spirit moves us. That we take such a notion for granted is a tribute to the individuals who secured such freedoms for us - the American soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen. It is fitting that we set aside this day, Memorial Day, to honor their sacrifices.

July 27, 2008 | By Bill Kennedy | Columnists


McCain masters political comebacks

In the 1992 Democratic New Hampshire primary, while drafting a concession speech to massage a draining eight-point second -place finish, Clinton speechwriter Paul Begala concocted a line that maneuvered the Gennifer-Flowers-draf- letter-drenched Bill Clinton into the primary's seeming winner.

By spinning a second place finish that had actually fizzled from a 2-point lead on Jan. 19, according to a Boston Globe poll, into the magical circus tent voila of "the comeback kid," the Clinton campaign smothered the primary victory of local boy Paul Tsongas and positioned itself as the psychological front-runner. For Clinton, that "comeback" was more Barnum and ...

July 26, 2008 | By Andre Hollings | Columnists


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Tina Dupuy: The GOP psyche: an explainer

I believe the Republican Party's psychic break happened the moment their "compassionate conservative" economic philosophy melted the world's economy. President George W. Bush, the champion of deregulation, bailed out the banks and then offered: "I've abandoned free market principles to save the free market system."

February 01, 2014 | By Tina Dupuy Commentary | Columnists


David Hegg: Manning, Wilson: brothers of Christ

Today millions around the world will gather with jersey-clad friends and family to eat and cheer their way through the Super Bowl. This championship of professional football in America has been the darling of the sports media for several weeks now, and finally the hoopla will give way to actual athletic competition.

February 01, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Frank Ferry: There’s nothing cool about graffiti

As a principal, father, and member of the City Council, I can tell you firsthand that environment and behavior go hand in hand. If we want the best students, we must provide an environment that supports learning, connectivity with quality educators and opportunities to study.

January 31, 2014 | By Frank Ferry Live from city hall | Columnists


Scott Wilk: ‘State of the State’ report

Last week Governor Jerry Brown tied Earl Warren for the number of State of the State addresses any governor has given. While that is a personal milestone that he can be proud of, the content of his vision for California is infinitely more important.

January 31, 2014 | By Scott Wilk Right here right now | Columnists


Jonathan Kraut: Beyond the Olympics and terrorism

The Sochi Winter Olympic Games, commencing February 7, are but a few days away. In 1896 the First Modern Olympics resurrected the ancient Greek tradition of bringing together the most talented athletes. Since then the Modern Olympics have managed to survive world conflicts and have endured WWI, WWII, the Cold War, and hopefully the War on Terror.

January 28, 2014 | By Jonathan Kraut Democratic Voices | Columnists


Rick Jensen: Conservative ideas are gaining more support

Why do people like Rev. Jeremiah Wright travel across America to exhort audiences to denigrate tea party Americans as racist?

January 27, 2014 | By Rick Jensen Commentary | Columnists


Andrew G. Fried: Concerning crosses and county seals

The First Amendment of our nation's Constitution establishes five rights that the founding fathers considered so important, they listed them first in the Bill of Rights.

January 27, 2014 | By Andrew G. Fried SCV Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: Today’s choices determine tomorrow’s opportunities

While the proverbial advice to "take each day as it comes" has some validity, it also masks the dangerous assumption that the choices we make today won't have consequential carry-over tomorrow. In fact, while it is both harmful and a waste of time to worry about the unknowns of the future, it is always wise to consider what effect my decisions today will have on the options available to me later.

January 26, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Laurene Weste: Centered on fun: SCV community centers

As a former parks commissioner for the city of Santa Clarita, I am deeply passionate about ensuring our residents enjoy quality recreation facilities, beautiful outdoor space and a healthy way of life.

January 24, 2014 | By Laurene Weste Live from city hall | Columnists


Betty Arenson:Affordable Care Act in practice

Ask yourself the honest question: Did you truly believe The Patient Protection Affordable Care Act, or ACA, was going to work as promised? If the answer is "yes," then did you earnestly think through the practical workings of the program?

January 24, 2014 | By Betty Arenson Right here right now | Columnists


Gary Horton: The Buck now stops

Energizer Bunnies keep going and going and going – and for a time, it looked like Buck McKeon would be equally perpetual in motion to those furry little drumbeaters. The man is after all, 75, and still beating war drums while running circles around most of us. Yet now it seems that both Buck the man, and his underlying message of perpetual militarism may be running down, with time well deserved for some R and R away from the military industrial complex.

January 22, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Tom Purcell: Little nuns vs. Goliath

It's a story about how freedom is all.

January 20, 2014 | By Tom Purcell Commentary | Columnists


Joe Gandelman: Don’t count Chris Christie out (yet)

People waiting to get New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's last pound of flesh may have a long wait, and not for the obvious reason.

January 20, 2014 | By Joe Gandelman Independent's Eye | Columnists


Byron York: Jobs should stay in focus

There was a lot to talk about when House Speaker John Boehner appeared before reporters recently for the first time since the holiday break. There are continuing fights over Obamacare. Immigration reform. Appropriations bills. The debt ceiling. The Democratic push for the president's "inequality agenda."

January 20, 2014 | By Byron York Commentary | Columnists


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