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Gary Horton: Just move along folks

"Just move along folks, there's nothing left to see." So says the clichéd copper in so many old cops n' robbers movies. The action already happened - the crime, committed. There's just the debris to pick up and the blood to wash off.

June 03, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Leigh Hart: Don't cut services to those who need them most

Most of my newspapers have been piling up lately, securely banded, wrapped and unread.

June 02, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Roger Gitlin: I like Joe Messina for Hart board

Some weeks back The Signal published a local columnist's commentary on Joe Messina, an announced candidate for the Hart District School Board in the November 2009 election.

June 02, 2009 | Roger Gitlin | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Just call me the governor

Once the recall of the Governator is complete, we're going to need a new governor. I know there are a lot of political hacks out there who think they can do the job. But, if an actor can run the ninth largest economy in the world, why not me?

June 01, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Tim Myers: The (API) numbers game

Let me say at the outset to all the teachers and staff at Helmers Elementary School in the Saugus Union School District: "I love you all!"

May 31, 2009 | Tim Myers | Columnists


Scott Thomas Wilk: I choose God

When Councilman Bob Kellar's proposal to place "In God We Trust" on the city logo made it onto the City Council's agenda, I confess I was ambivalent.

May 29, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Bob Kellar: City, sheriff, COC launch motorcycle safety program

It's a sobering fact. Santa Clarita has seen a 39 percent increase in motorcycle-related accidents since 2007, with five incidents resulting in fatalities. Motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to die in a traffic collision than someone riding in a passenger car.

May 29, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Alison Maulhardt: The value of wildlife corridors

John Muir once said, "When one tugs at a single thing in nature he finds it attached to the rest of the world."

May 28, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tony Strickland: The people have spoken, but will politicians listen?

Voters overwhelming voted down Proposition 1A on the May 19 Special Election which would have extended the crippling $16 billion tax increases on all Californians.

May 27, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Phil Rizzo: Torture — made in the good ol’ USA

I have some favorite icons that I tie up with America and Americans.

May 27, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Steve Maguin: Federal regulations mandate costly chloride cleanup

Editor's note: The following column was submitted as a response to Sen. George Runner's May 17 column about water softeners and Measure S.

The directors and staff of the Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District share Sen. George Runner's frustration with the significant rate increase currently proposed for wastewater service in the Santa Clarita Valley over the next three years, with estimated increases four years beyond, primarily to comply with chloride regulations imposed by the state Regional Water Quality Control Board.

May 24, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Michael D. Antonovich: Supervisor’s prescription for the state budget

Editor's note: Below is an open letter from Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proposing solutions to the state budget deficit.

May 22, 2009

May 24, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tim Myers: “Get ready for the Great Santa Clarita ‘Religious Test’”

I never thought I could agree with Dave Bossert on the issue of annexation.

May 24, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Marsha McLean: Water cleanup mandate too expensive, maybe unnecessary

There is much confusion out there regarding a state-mandated fee that our residents are being asked to pay.

May 24, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


TimBen Boydston: Just say no to $250M salt tax

For out-of-control government spending plans, one does not need to look as far as Sacramento.

May 24, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


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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


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


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