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Andre Hollings: Messina: Right man, right time

Presently, the Golden State's K-12 public schools suffer abysmally low rankings in math and science scores, graduation and college-going rates, and the like when compared to the nation's K-12 public schools.

October 09, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: Say goodbye for their own good

Last week I wrote that I'd be sending my upcoming columns from the University of Pennsylvania.

October 07, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Kevin Buck: Politics: A cynic’s view

I have a theory about politics and the role that the liberals on left and the conservatives on the right play in our form of government.

October 06, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


P. Michael Freeman: What an ‘uninformed and irresponsible’ column

I am writing in response to Cam Noltemeyer's "Environmentally Speaking" guest editorial, "Buyer Beware in Fire Country," published on Sept. 23, 2009.

October 05, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Never forget: World War II Marine Merchants

I am always fascinated by untold stories from our nation's past that illustrate, entertain and cause reflection.

October 05, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Tim Myers: The preferred answer is not always the right one

I make my living with numbers. When one spends nearly 25 years in this pursuit, one becomes more and more adept at predicting numerical outcomes.

October 04, 2009 | Tim Myers | Columnists


Doree Baklash: 'We don’t want to go from an oligopoly

The town hall meeting held Sept. 26 at College of the Canyons, hosted by Congressman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, is the stuff our Founding Fathers participated in and advocated, consisted of average Americans standing up to be counted and heard.

October 04, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Lovin’ Picarella

I'm lovin' the Picarella Family Report on Saturday's page 2 of The Signal. In tough economic times, it's nice to know that everyday family life still prevails.

October 03, 2009 | By Paul B. Strickland Sr. Santa Clarita | Columnists


State needs medic

California is worse than on life support. When a patient is on life support, at least there may be a chance of hope someone is working to save them.

October 03, 2009 | By Walter Fife Agua Dulce | Columnists


Laurie Ender: Festival of Arts brings Main Street to life

Since 2005, the Santa Clarita Street Art Festival brought Newhall's Main Street to life with vivid artwork, color and design. This year, the event has been re-imagined to include a variety of artistic talent in countless media, with a focus on the process of art.

October 02, 2009 | Laurie Ender | Columnists


Tom Pattantyus: Protection of private property

Since 2008, the U.S. economy has been buffeted with one crisis after the other.

October 02, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Lynne Plambeck: One Valley, One Vision: A closer look

As the city and county work together to update our General Plan, it is imperative for the future of our valley and our neighborhoods that residents get involved.

October 01, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Candidate Bob Jensen outlines his qualifications for Hart district board

Editor's note: Through the vagaries of e-mail, Hart district school board candidate Bob Jensen's responses to columnist Jonathan Kraut's questions did not make it into Tuesday's Democratic Voices column. Here are Jensen's responses, along with the questions that prompted them.

October 01, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: ‘Full Speed Ahead' for our lives

For the next five weeks, I will be posting "Full Speed to Port" all the way from U Penn.

September 30, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Jonathan Kraut: Picking three of five for Hart board

The race for the William S. Hart Union High School District board is interesting because all five candidates for the three open seats are Republican. This means politics is not a factor in this race.

September 29, 2009 | Jonathan Kraut | Columnists


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David Hegg: Cliches You Shouldn't Trust

Sometimes things we hear all the time can slowly creep into our belief system as though they were true. But, as a general rule, most general rules generalize truth to the place where they are untrustworthy.

March 16, 2014 | Ethically Speaking by David Hegg | Columnists


Tammy Messina: It’s Time for the City to Become a Real Factor for Seniors

Watch the debates. Read the mailers. Everyone running for the Santa Clarita City Council in the April 8 election - right down to the last one of the 13 candidates fighting over three seats - wants the support of our local seniors.

March 15, 2014 | By Tammy Messina Right Here, Right Now | Columnists


PAID CANDIDATE ENDORSEMENT COLUMN:Vote Gutzeit, Ferdman for City Council

Sometimes it is difficult to assess qualifications one needs to do a job. I have always felt a surgeon requires not only intellect, but should have hand-eye coordination to at least catch a football.

March 13, 2014 | By Gene Dorio | Columnists


PAID CANDIDATE ENDORSEMENT COLUMN: Gutzeit, Ferdman for City Council

With a City Council election nearing, it is time for a change at City Hall. Councilwomen Weste and McLean are up for re-election. After 13 years on the council, it is time to send both women packing and thank them for their service.

March 12, 2014 | By Larry McClements | Columnists


PAID CANDIDATE ENDORSEMENT COLUMN:Vote Strickland for Congress

Two weeks ago, I submitted my paperwork with the Registrar of Voters to become an official candidate for Congress.

March 12, 2014 | By Tony Strickland | Columnists


Gary Horton: Life is in control: embrace it

Every now and again, life itself interrupts what we think or hope life should be and rudely reminds us that we are not as in control as we believe we are.

March 12, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


David Hegg: The importance of reading

I remember seeing a poster somewhere proclaiming "Readers are Leaders." Certainly the basic truth here is evident, but I greatly fear there is need for some additional specificity. I'd vote for expanding it to say "Readers who read the right things are leaders."

March 09, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Steve Knight: Making decisions now for our future

Congress missed another opportunity to curb the outrageous spending that is taking place in Washington. The tense political climate prevented a prolonged but necessary debate on the debt ceiling.

March 07, 2014 | By Steve Knight Right here right now | Columnists


Larry McClements: Road to bigger problems

Years ago, city leaders pushed to pass the open space initiative, buying land around our city to prevent development and maintain scenery.

March 07, 2014 | By Larry McClements SCV Voices | Columnists


Bob Kellar: Thursdays @ Newhall returns with a slam

As a longtime Santa Clarita resident and a real estate professional, I know the importance of community. Santa Clarita is home to several vibrant neighborhoods, each with its own identity.

March 07, 2014 | By Bob Kellar Live from city hall | Columnists


Gil Mertz: Judge the content of our character

Black History Month has passed, but I remain inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream that we would not be judged by the color of our skin, but by the content of our character.

March 05, 2014 | By Gil Mertz SCV Voices | Columnists


Water Shortages: Thank Politics or Mother Nature?

The record dry year we are in has been in the news. Primarily the editorials and citizen feedback have been calls for more conservation.

March 04, 2014 | By Maria Gutzeit SCV Voices | Columnists


Kevin Buck: Interesting turn of events

It is a rare occasion that I write nice things about a Republican politician. Very rare.

March 04, 2014 | By Kevin Buck Democratic Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: Trajectory matters

I wasn't expecting an ethics lesson when I turned on the Winter Olympics, but one jumped out at me anyway.

March 02, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Andrew Fried: The BLM isn’t looking out for us

Over the past decade, Safe Action For the Environment Inc., the city of Santa Clarita and other community leaders have battled to save Soledad Canyon from the planned Cemex mega-mine, seeking cancellation of two 10-year contracts in which 56 million tons of aggregate would be extracted from the proposed mine site just outside Santa Clarita city limits.

March 02, 2014 | By Andrew Fried SCV Voices | Columnists


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