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Lynne Plambeck: Bankruptcy and public interest

Recently, several large bankruptcies have made nationwide headlines.

July 23, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: There is no if ... just and

"Remember the last time I told you I love you -

July 22, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Diana Shaw: Cheney is the gift that keeps on giving

Really. Dick Cheney is the gift that keeps on giving.

July 21, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Playing the race card

Uncle Earl is probably my favorite relative. His penchant for seeing through the political haze and grasping the reality of a situation is an endearing trait that makes him fascinating to listen to - and read.

July 20, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Jennifer Kilpatrick: Make the Sterling-Gateway site work for Castaic

Sitting by the beautiful waters of the Colorado River, I should be serene. But I was foolish enough to read the July 16 edition of The Signal, containing Hart district Superintendent Jaime Castellanos' disingenuous statement to the Castaic community: "I've gone as far as I can go," a frustrated Castellanos told The Signal in an interview. "Now I need the support of the (Castaic Area) Town Council and the community to make this happen."

July 19, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Howard P. 'Buck' McKeon: Leave government out of health care

Editor's note: The House Committee on Education and Labor voted 26-22 Friday in favor of the Democratic-sponsored America's Affordable Health Choices Act. Congressman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, who serves on the committee, voted against the act. The legislation must clear the House Committee on Energy and Commerce before being voted on by the full House of Representatives.

July 19, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


R.J. Kelly: Striking a balance in solving Delta water crisis

In all the debate over what should be done to resolve the crisis in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, it's important the end result is an ecosystem solution that protects a variety of species - including people.

July 19, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Our View: A school board election like no other

So you say you want a Castaic high school?

July 19, 2009 | Signal Editorial Board | Columnists


Lynne Plambeck: The new ‘ethical eating’ movement

Every Sunday morning and Thursday afternoon our city hosts a real farmers market. Visiting the market in Newhall has become an enjoyable Thursday afternoon ritual for me.

July 16, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tony Strickland: The state of California is swimming in waste

As the May 19 special election made clear, Californians are fed up with the budget shenanigans in Sacramento.

July 16, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: It's not about Sarah Palin

This column isn't about Sarah Palin. It's about us and how we dysfunctionally relate to her dysfunctions.

July 15, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Jonathan Kraut: Ancient wars

There was a time in the past when a continental power rose to world dominance.

July 14, 2009 | Jonathan Kraut | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Cap & trade bait & switch

When I was a younger fellow, I learned about a unique little marketing trick called "bait and switch."

July 13, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


John Kunak: Hart district doesn’t want a Castaic high

I have, on occasion, been told the ending to a movie I wanted to see or a book I was reading.

July 12, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tim Myers: Get used to taking orders from women

Say what you will about Carrie Prejean - the former, then reinstated, and again former - Miss California, but I must grant kudos for her on the fly invention of the term "opposite" marriage to describe traditional marriage between a man and a woman.

July 12, 2009 | Tim Myers | Columnists


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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


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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