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Bill Kennedy: On building walls and tearing them down

"Something there is that doesn't love a wall"

November 27, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Marsha McLean: Holiday events in downtown Newhall

The holidays are upon us once again and a host of fantastic opportunities perfectly suited to the season are available to all of Santa Clarita in downtown Newhall.

November 27, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Lynne Plambeck: Here's to a happy Thanksgiving

At first celebrated only sporadically in remembrance of the gift of food by native Americans to the new settlers at Plymouth Rock in the winter of 1621, Thanksgiving was not permanently established until 1863.

November 26, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: Don't mess with Texas

Last week, all-around good guy and Signal business columnist Frank Norton wrote that perhaps it's time we give up on our Golden State for the greener pasture "low tax" states of Texas, Nevada and locales further afield.

November 25, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Stupak is as Stupak does

I'm cheering for health care reform, even though I'm resigned to a debate heavily influenced by special interests. This chapter of American history would turn Jimmy Stewart's Mr. Smith into a die-hard cynic.

November 24, 2009 | Diana Shaw Democratic Voices | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Eric Holder's bad decisions

Bad decisions. We all make them. Some have limited consequences while others are far-reaching.

November 23, 2009 | Steve Lunetta Right About Now | Columnists


The state of the unions

Organized Labor has a long and storied history in America. Approximately 1 in 10 Americans claim they are a member of one. But as the economy that tanked in late 2007 continues to resist a rebound, Americans are beginning to ask themselves if labor unions are part of the solution or a big part of the problem.

November 22, 2009 | Kevin Korenthal SCV Voices | Columnists


The ballot results made sense almost everywhere in SCV

On Nov. 3, persons living in the parts of the Santa Clarita Valley outside the city limits of Santa Clarita could exercise their right to vote yes or no on three separate initiatives relating to governance.

November 22, 2009 | Tim Myers Myers' Musings | Columnists


Is the Afghan conflict the U.S.' Waterloo?

The axiom that the world's destiny is in the hands of bankers and industrialists is never more evident than in wartime. The lords of capital and the cannon merchants thrive on the menace of conflict and the conduct of war. They prosper when the first shots ring out. No sooner do hostilities cease than they itch for another war, another opportunity to pillage the national treasury.

November 22, 2009 | W.E. Gutman SCV Voices | Columnists


Historical dreams

I have a dream that one day this valley will rise up and unite the historic assets that encircle it.

November 22, 2009 | Leon Worden SCV Voices | Columnists


Laurene Weste: The sports complex’s next big thing

The city of Santa Clarita's Sports Complex buzzes with activity every day, as residents enjoy its numerous quality recreational facilities and programs.

November 20, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Cam Noltemeyer: Is more debt the answer?

Recently the governor signed new water legislation that hopefully will help solve California's growing water problem.

November 19, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Phil Rizzo: Defense spending: The silent coup

If you study the United States' budget since the end of WWII, it is clear that it has gradually become dominated by the military. Defense Department expenditures will exceed three quarters of a trillion dollars this year alone.

November 18, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Jonathan Kraut: I hate it when competency loses to hype

Santa Clarita residents will have the opportunity to select three City Council members early next year. If our last election is any indication, we may be doomed to empower some of the wrong officials once again.

November 17, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Uncle Earl and cyber bullies

"Steven, I don't care what they say, I'm not going to change."

November 16, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


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David Hegg: Some advice for graduates

As graduation season comes to a close, I have some advice for those who are entering a new phase of life called adulthood. And, the advice is good for the rest of us as well.

June 22, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Steve Petzold: City Council: repeal the billboard deal

The Santa Clarita City Council meeting this Tuesday will be the first chance for council members to consider the implications of the referendum against Ordinance 14-02.

June 22, 2014 | By Steve Petzold SCV Voices | Columnists


Dante Acosta: Explore SCV’s open spaces

There is something special about getting out and enjoying the open-space areas of Santa Clarita.

June 20, 2014 | By Danta Acosta Live from city hall | Columnists


Maria Gutzeit: What we need now on chloride

Someone recently asked me to summarize the chloride issue in really simple terms.

June 20, 2014 | By Maria Gutzeit SCV Voices | Columnists


James P. de Bree Jr.: Setting the tax record straight

I am responding to the op-ed article that Gary Horton wrote ("Oh, the places our tax money goes") that was published in the June 11 edition of The Signal.

June 19, 2014 | By James P. de Bree Jr Valencia | Columnists


Kevin Buck: Reasons why conservatives are upset

There is a reason that conservatives in general and conservative Republicans specifically are angry and upset.

June 17, 2014 | By Kevin Buck Democratic Voices | Columnists


Cher Gilmore: Tax carbon, help the economy

For years, policy-makers have assumed that any program to address global warming by cutting carbon emissions would be a drag on the economy and cause massive job losses.

June 16, 2014 | By Cher Gilmore SCV Voices | Columnists


Brian Richards: Softball or science?

I am told that my kids go to a good elementary school, Stevenson Ranch Elementary. Not only have I been told that, but from the various awards located in the front of the building, I must assume that this school is a good one.

June 16, 2014 | By Brian Richards | Columnists


David Hegg: Our freedom of speech is being taken away

One of our most necessary freedoms as Americans is the freedom of speech, as protected in the Bill of Rights. Yet, today, while much is being shouted and written supporting this prized privilege, the fact is the freedom to speak is being taken away.

June 15, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


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


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