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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


Judging the judges for June 3 election

Hold on, Santa Clarita, there is another election on the horizon!

I was scanning over my ballot earlier this week thinking about whom I am voting for in the June 3 California Primary. Though it is considered by many a rather ho-hum nothing election, there is a great deal at stake in two weeks. Your participation in this upcoming election is really very important. First, the easy choices:

July 26, 2008 | By Roger Gitlin | Columnists


Remembering our heroes in the SCV

I'm glad those few days of scorching weather are behind us! However, I know that August will bring those triple digits back in full force, but until then, I'm enjoying this rainy, cool weather. Ahhh!

July 25, 2008 | By Michele Buttelman Signal Speciality Publications Manager/Editor | Columnists


Vigilance + water = lives saved

Few news stories are as heartbreaking as those involving children drowning.

July 25, 2008 | By Diana Sevanian | Columnists


What are we doing for Memorial Day?

It's almost Memorial Day weekend, and my family has nothing to do.

July 24, 2008 | By Michael Picarella | Columnists


Polluted water shouldn't count

In 2000, after our comments were dismissed, the Friends of the Santa Clara River challenged the Castaic Lake Water Agency in court for overstating the water available to Santa Clarita for existing residents and new development in its Urban Water Management Plan. Four years later, the court finally came to the conclusion that we were right, and that the water agencies had not made the issue of contaminated water clear in their plan.

July 23, 2008 | By Ron Bottorff | Columnists


The times, they are a changin’

It is difficult to believe that only eight years ago the Democratic Party was being relegated to the political scrap heap and Republicans were speaking in terms of wielding power for generations. It is amazing

July 21, 2008 | By Kevin Buck | Columnists


We need fiscal reform, not education cuts

At City Hall last Tuesday, a huge crowd joined in a rally supporting the Santa Clarita Valley Education Coalition. They were protesting Governor Schwarzenegger's estimated $4.8 billion proposed reduction in education spending. Statewide, there have been many of these public outpourings ever since the governor issued his 10 percent across-the-board budget cuts in January.

Among the group were school board trustees, teachers, students, parents, business owners, city officials, school district employees and superintendents. In Santa Clarita, politics definitely takes a backseat when it comes to resolving local problems. Granted, there was a bit of political rhetoric, but this ...

July 20, 2008 | By Paul B. Strickland Sr. | Columnists


Summer arrives early in the SCV

While it seems that summer has arrived with guns a-blazing in the SCV, we were fortunate to have the best weather I've ever experienced for Taste of the Town on May 4. Let's hope that June gloom returns ASAP!

Seen at Taste of the Town

July 19, 2008 | By Michele Buttelman Signal Specialty Publications Manager | Columnists


Staying connected in the event of an emergency

With Southern California being home to not only movie stars, but earthquakes and wild fires as well, it is imperative that residents throughout have the means to stay informed in the event of a local emergency.

The city of Santa Clarita is constantly preparing for any possible disasters and has recently launched a new addition to the city's Emergency Notification System that will allow residents to update their own contact information through the city's Web site so that if the need arises, the city can stay in touch.

July 19, 2008 | By Frank Ferry | Columnists


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Laurene Weste: Events with benefits: fun for a cause in the SCV

The city of Santa Clarita is home to numerous nonprofit organizations that benefit residents from all walks of life.

June 13, 2014 | By Laurene Weste Live from city hall | Columnists


Scott Wilk: Raising awareness to DIPG

Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or DIPG, is a terminal brain disease that affects children aged 5 to 10 years.

June 13, 2014 | By Scott Wilk Right here right now | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Earl’s graduation speech

My Uncle Earl was recently invited to give the commencement speech at the Robert Oppenheimer School for Really Smart Kids, a charter school approved by the Newhall School District but located in Lancaster.

June 12, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right about now | Columnists


Gary Horton: Oh, the places our tax money goes

Dr. Seuss is among the most beloved in the pantheon of American writers. Ostensibly written for children, most of his stories also carry deeply meaningful lessons for those adults reading along with their kids.

June 11, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Charlie Vignola: G.O.P. smears P.O.W.

Just when you think Fox News and the right-wing scandal machine can sink no further, they wallow in a new level of filth that just boggles the mind.

June 10, 2014 | By Charlie Vignola Democratic Voices | Columnists


Embracing a fire that still burns us today

A friend of mine surprised me with an unexpected opinion the other day. Like me, he had recently traveled to India and came away stunned by the immensity poverty prevailing there.

June 04, 2014 | By Gary Horton | Columnists


A courageous and magnificent misfit

My late father, a European-trained physician, did everything himself without benefit of nurses, clerical staff or drafty assembly-line consultation cubicles.

June 02, 2014 | By W.E. Gutman | Columnists


The tragedy in Isla Vista

By now, most of us have heard of the terrible tragedy that happened in Santa Barbara before Memorial Day. A very confused young man committed a series of violent acts that resulted in the deaths of six college students.

June 02, 2014 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


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