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Mike Ascolese: Farewell to a fallen friend

Thursday was the memorial service and funeral for Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy Robert Corrales, who was stationed at the Santa Clarita Courthouse for more than a decade and died April 23.

May 12, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: Local robber taunts California to change

Everything financial is in turmoil.

May 12, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: The great betrayal

By now, the entire baseball world is aware that Dodgers left fielder Manny Ramirez tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug hCG.

Human chorionic gonadotropin, hCG, is a female reproductive chemical that stimulates the production of testosterone in males.

May 11, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Cameron Smyth: A losing proposition

Before the passage of the largest tax increase in the state's history last February, Californians already shouldered some of the highest tax burdens in the nation.

May 10, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Miguel Palmer: Every dollar counts

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."

May 10, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tim Myers: The ‘fun uncle’ runs for school board again

So Joe Messina, everyone's "fun uncle," decided to run for William S. Hart Union High School District school board again, for the fourth - yes, fourth - time.

May 10, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Paul Strickland: Democrats are at it again

Well, our friends the Democrats are at it again. Just when the public has become mesmerized by billion-dollar bailouts, massive spending programs masqueraded as stimulus packages and trillion-dollar deficits, the Dems want to invest more taxpayers' newly printed money into universal healthcare and a cap-and-trade system.

May 08, 2009 | Paul Strickland | Columnists


Michael Abernethy: Freedom of religion is not politically incorrect

In his letter in the Monday, May 4 edition of The Signal regarding Santa Clarita City Councilman Bob Kellar and "In God we trust" being added to the city logo, Tom Nickols refers to this as an "out of date, politically incorrect, bigoted slogan."

May 07, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Cam Noltemeyer: $2.5M for contaminated open space?

This month the city of Santa Clarita may purchase its first piece of property with money generated from the Open Space Assessment passed in 2007.

May 07, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Past pacifists are today’s heroes

The other day I bumped into a man at a social event who said he read my articles in The Signal. I made the mistake of thinking that because he read my stuff, he agreed with my essential position. Wrong! I don't recall what brought it on, but the man was adamant we needed to flatten Iran, leaving it a desolate area devoid of human life.

May 06, 2009 | By Phil Rizzo Full Speed to Port | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Shame on Miss USA pageant

I don't watch beauty pageants. My lack of interest does not stem from some misguided belief that pageants somehow degrade women (we're putting them on a pedestal, for heaven's sake!). Its just that they bore me.

May 04, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Brian Roney: Annexation held for ransom

The annexation of the Hasley Hills/Commerce Center areas of Castaic to the city of Santa Clarita has been stalled by recent demands from the county of Los Angeles.

May 03, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tim Myers: Cheers and jeers for the city's plan

My apologies to the "B" and "C" list local Republicans now staffing a tea party near you, but your "A" list brethren who made it a point to stay as far away as possible from the anti-Obama April 15 party plan to ask for and lay their hands on, as much of the filthy and evil stimulus money as they can.

May 03, 2009 | Tim Myers | Columnists


Lila Littlejohn: Saving lives with Safe Rides

How does one count the number of young lives not lost in tragic car accidents last year?

May 03, 2009 | Lila Littlejohn | Columnists


Paul Brotzman: Setting the record straight on our local water supply

Response to April 23 "Environmentally Speaking" commentary in The Signal: "A perfect storm for water woes in the SCV."

Recently, the city of Santa Clarita Planning Commission met jointly with Castaic Lake Water Agency staff to help familiarize the city's land use decision makers with our current water-supply management and planning activities.

May 03, 2009 | Signal Staff | 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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