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Andy Pattantyus: Preserving liberty is the citizen's obligation

Webster's dictionary defines liberty, our country's most precious asset, as "the quality or state of being free, freedom from arbitrary or despotic control."

September 04, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Laurene Weste: September is River Rally time in Santa Clarita

The Santa Clara River is a part of the city of Santa Clarita in more ways than one. While providing a home to many species of plants and animals, the river also annually brings together thousands of volunteers who dedicate their time to ridding it of trash and debris. This year marks the city's 15th annual River Rally Cleanup and Environmental Expo.

September 03, 2009 | Laurene Weste | Columnists


Cam Noltemeyer: Public shut out of developer needs process

After being away for a week I read with interest the Signal article "City OKs portion of fluid plan" regarding the 21-point stimulus package that appears to be missing the back up for point seven. So I made a point of watching the tape of the city council meeting. I checked the city council minutes of April 28, 2009. There it was, Economic Development 21-Point Business Plan for Progress. It received a unanimous vote from the city council. Along with that approval came $800,000 in funding, $500,000 from contingency accounts and $300,000 from LMD fund balance. Now ...

September 03, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Milt Bernstein: Smyth dodges inmate problem

I have just received an e-mail from Assemblyman Cameron Smyth in which he decries the decision by a panel of judges to release 40,000 inmates within two years to resolve prison overcrowding. In this e-mail, he tries to generate fear in the minds and hearts of his constituents instead of explaining the problem and even asking for suggestions as to how to resolve this situation.

September 03, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Doug Sink: The Decoro Drive change should be reversed

My neighbors, coworkers and I are impacted by the Decoro re-striping and elimination of two traffic lanes to install unnecessary bike lanes, and frustrated residents who have seen the city of Santa Clarita's engineers fix something that was not broken without even consulting with or advising us.

September 02, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: The shelves are stacked against us

What a politicized mess of health care we've made. With Big Pharm and Big Med dollars pulling who knows what levers, America can't get traction on a functional debate about what may be the most important issue facing us for decades.

September 02, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Kevin Buck: The dog days of discourse

Now is the summer of our discontent, made glorious by the disaffected whines of the GOP. Their stern alarms changed our merry meetings, their dreadful marches befouled delightful measures.

September 01, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Death of a lion?

Ted Kennedy died last Wednesday at the age of 77 of terminal brain cancer. As the third-longest tenured United States senator, Kennedy had the opportunity to shape American political life and policy for nearly half a century.

August 31, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Carl Boyer: We must not fail to work on a new California Constitution

Sen. Tony Strickland has said that a proposed new state constitution is an "end run to circumvent Proposition 13." Assemblyman Cameron Smyth supports Proposition 13, and a convention if the people want it.

August 30, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Walter Watson: Our state needs to change its ways

Prop 13's protection of homeowners must be incorporated into any new state constitution.

August 30, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Dr. Hector Bruce: Tele-town hall call fostered fear, not solutions

Dear Rep. McKeon:

August 30, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Dean Anderson: Domestic violence hits home in SCV

In reading some of the comments related to the latest example of a fatal domestic violence incident in SCV ("Murder-suicide victims identified, The Signal, Aug. 14), I'm struck with the reality of just how naive some are to the aspects of domestic violence.

August 29, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Bill Kennedy: Unintended consequences

Frobisher Bay, Canada, just south of the Arctic Circle on Baffin Island, November 1982: My wife and I were standing on hard-packed snow in frigid weather beside the aircraft that had just deposited our party of some 50 international delegates sent to get a view of the unintended consequences of socialism run amok.

August 28, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Frank Ferry: Magic Mountain-Interstate 5 expansion ready

For those of you who regularly travel the areas around Six Flags Magic Mountain, the Valencia Industrial Center and The Old Road, the completion of the expansion of the intersection of Magic Mountain Parkway and Interstate 5, including the freeway on and off ramps, is welcome news indeed.

August 28, 2009 | Frank Ferry | Columnists


Lynne Plambeck: Condors and confidentiality

A recent press release touted a success for the Center for Biological Diversity's long-fought battle to release confidential documents on the endangered condor.

August 27, 2009 | Signal Staff | 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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