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Howard P. 'Buck' McKeon: Unexpected support for secret ballot

When three of the top policymakers in Washington voice explicit support for a particular viewpoint, it merits notice.

January 30, 2009 | By Howard P. "Buck" McKeon | Columnists


Lynne Plambeck: A green stimulus package for Santa Clarita

While Washington and Sacramento Republicans continue to vote against stimulus packages and budgets, we have been putting on our thinking caps about where such money should go, when and if we get it.

January 29, 2009 | By Lynne Plambeck Environmentally Speaking | Columnists


Phil Rizzo: Take a role in philanthropy

If ever there was a time for all of us to participate in philanthropy, this is it.

January 28, 2009 | By Phil Rizzo Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Response to Dan Walters

Dan Walters' article "California is incapacitated" (Jan. 17) is right on.

January 28, 2009 | By Carl Boyer Santa Clarita | Columnists


TimBen Boydston: Please don’t dissolve the dream

In 1999, dreams were coming true all over Santa Clarita.

January 27, 2009 | By TimBen Boydston SCV Voices | Columnists


Jay Ambrose: Bush’s environmental record

When it came to the environment, George W. Bush as president was not just a flop, but a maelstrom of menace, and the worst of it was his motivation - an intent to please evangelical nutcases who thought the apocalypse was coming soon anyway, and the sooner the better.

January 27, 2009 | By Jay Ambrose Scripps Howard News Service | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: The choir conundrum

Even when things seem dark and dreary, it is still possible to find bright rays of sunshine in our culture and society. The other night was a perfect example.

January 26, 2009 | By Steve Lunetta Right About Now | Columnists


Tim Myers: Inauguration Day diary

First days on the job excite me. During my 24 years of "real" work, I only enjoyed this excitement seven times (not including transfers or promotions in the same company).

January 25, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


John Boston: The origins of good legislation

"The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature."

January 25, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tony Strickland: Higher taxes cost Calif. jobs

Pink slips and going-out-of-business signs are becoming all too common in our communities.

January 25, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Kevin Korenthal: Retain 'don't ask, don't tell' policy

Don't ask, don't tell. The policy is pretty self-explanatory.

January 25, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Bob Kellar: Support wilderness legislation

As the year begins and the country welcomes a new president and a new Congress, some important unfinished business remains to be completed: Congressman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon's wilderness legislation benefiting Santa Clarita and other areas of importance to Southern Californians.

January 24, 2009 | Bob Kellar SCV Voices | Columnists


John Boston: Don't hate me because I'm cheesy

"The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese."

January 23, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Frank Ferry: City to host groundbreaking event

The Santa Clarita City Council cordially invites the community to attend a special groundbreaking event Monday at 3 p.m. for the last phase of the cross-valley connector, which will extend Golden Valley Road to Newhall Ranch Road, providing a connection to Bouquet Canyon over the Santa Clara River.

January 23, 2009 | Frank Ferry Santa Clarita Mayor | Columnists


Bill Kennedy: All hail to the chief

Yes, you are reading that correctly. A columnist for "Right Here, Right Now," a Republican piece, is praising our new president, who is a Democrat.

January 23, 2009 | Bill Kennedy | Columnists


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Jonathan Kraut: Government workers duck responsibility

We are used to hearing about large awards being presented to those harmed, abused or injured by school teachers, police, firefighters, and other government employees.

June 24, 2014 | By Jonathan Kraut Democratic Voices | Columnists


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


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