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Michelle Lovato: The tools of the trade

I see guy things - everywhere.

January 15, 2009 | By Michelle Lovato | Columnists


Gary Horton: Make your own news story that sticks

Razor blades hidden inside Halloween apples. Heart attack movie popcorn butter. Tina Fey spoofing Sarah Palin.

January 14, 2009 | By Gary Horton | Columnists


Leigh Hart: Resolutions and prayers for new year

New Year's resolutions and prayers for the future bring forth wishes for peace, prosperity, and happiness, but the reality of our world is such that hopes for a better tomorrow ring discordantly for millions of innocent people.

January 13, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Modern piracy: No Jack Sparrows or Jolly Rogers

"First, your return to shore was not part of our negotiations nor our agreement, so I must do nothing. And secondly, you must be a pirate for the Pirate's Code to apply, and you're not. And thirdly, the code is more of what you call 'guidelines' than actual rules. Welcome aboard the Black Pearl, Miss Turner."

January 12, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Michele Buttelman: Make a date with an SCV Film Fest

If you taped that SCV events calendar to your refrigerator last week there's a couple of dates that need to be changed. The annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner to benefit the SCV Senior Center will be held on Saturday, Feb. 21. The intriguing "Night at the Coconut Grove" celebration for Soroptimist International of Greater Santa Clarita Valley has been moved to March 10, 2010.

Film Fest at The REP

January 12, 2009 | Michele E. Buttelman | Columnists


Diane Trautman: Taking art to a new level

Art. When we hear the word, many of us think of it as a separate realm reserved for the elite - an indulgence, a luxury, a thing apart from our everyday lives.

January 11, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tim Myers: Why Obama Chose Rick Warren

"The sad truth is that this decision further elevates someone who has in recent weeks actively promoted legalized discrimination and denigrated the lives and relationships of millions of Americans."

January 11, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Bob Kellar: City hosts block party in Saugus

The Santa Clarita City Council hosted its third in a series of Extreme Neighborhood Makeover block parties, this time in Saugus.

January 11, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


John Boston: Cowboy fest: On the road to perdition?

"If you get thrown from a horse, you have to get up and get back on, unless you landed on a cactus; then you have to roll around and scream in pain."

January 11, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Michael Picarella: Showered with anguish

"We insist that you stay at our house," said a relative over the phone. "Don't pay for a hotel."

January 10, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Brian Koegle: Grassroots and chicken tortilla soup

Last week, I went to lunch with fellow "Right Here, Right Now" columnist Steve Lunetta at the Corner Bakery in Valencia, which incidentally has some of the best chicken tortilla soup in the Valley. During our lunch, the conversation - not-so-surprisingly - turned toward politics and how Steve and I might have an impact on the restoration of the Republican Party to its Reagan-era glory.

January 09, 2009 | By Brian Koegle Right Here, Right Now | Columnists


John Boston: In search of magic lemonade

"There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again."

January 09, 2009 | By John Boston | Columnists


Lynne Plambeck: Keeping the law in the public interest

It is too bad the Castaic Lake Water Agency continues to rely on distortions and exaggerations to discuss the extensive environmental issues involving water supply in our valley.

January 08, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Michelle Lovato: Sometimes it takes a car-becue

Ever had one of those nights when you lay in bed with a nagging little feeling something's wrong?

January 08, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: The time is now for socialized health care

Our family's worst experience with Big Medicine occurred nearly 15 years ago. Like most, we'd had skirmishes here and there with our insurance company, but this one was nearly a killer.

January 07, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


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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


Frank Ferry: Take time to vote in the 2014 City Council election

As most readers know by now, I am in the midst of finishing out my last few weeks as a Santa Clarita City Council member.

February 28, 2014 | By Frank Ferry Live from city hall | Columnists


Betty Arenson: Mr. President: We have some questions

President Barack Obama is undeniably thin-skinned when it comes to allowing any credence to anyone who disagrees with his policies.

February 28, 2014 | By Betty Arenson Right here right now | Columnists


Brian Baker: Vapor cigarettes on the line

Well, the Health Gestapo are at it again. According to a Feb. 25 Los Angeles Times story, "A Los Angeles City Council panel on Monday endorsed an array of restrictions on e-cigarettes that would prohibit the vapor-emitting devices from being used in most workplaces and a number of public spaces.

February 27, 2014 | By Brian Baker SCV Voices | Columnists


Cher Gilmore: Time to address the climate crisis

Many proposals have been put forward to address California's drought crisis, from more water recycling and groundwater cleanup to desalination plants, better conservation, and the latest state proposal to build $25 billion to $52 billion worth of new canals to transport Bay Area water to Southern California.

February 27, 2014 | By Cher Gilmore SCV Voices | Columnists


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