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I no longer shop after-Christmas sales

I abstain from this annual shopping obsession to appease that devilish side of me that is magnetized by clearance racks throughout the year.

December 28, 2008 | By Michelle Lovato | Columnists


Paranoia rampant on both Right and Left

One of the funniest lines ever in the "All in the Family" sitcom resided in a flashback episode that showed the first meeting of the left-wing Michael (portrayed by Rob Reiner) and Gloria, the daughter of right-wing Archie Bunker, during a blind date in late 1968.

December 27, 2008 | By Tim Myers | Columnists


At-home DNA kits tell 'Who's your daddy?'

After many years of unbridled supermarket spending, I have begun linking scissors with thrifty shoppers across the U.S. of A.

December 27, 2008 | By Diana Sevanian Out of My Head | Columnists


Countdown to Halloween

Do you know what you're going to be for Halloween? Halloween arrives on Friday with costumes, treats and spooky fun. However, the "ghoulish" season will soon be over and instead of pumpkins we'll be carving a turkey and decorating the tree. Where did the time go?

Last chance for Ghoul Mines

December 27, 2008 | By Michele E. Buttelman Signal Features Editor | Columnists


Sarah Palin fails as veep choice for McCain run

Many have long surmised that Ronald Reagan's choice of George H.W. Bush as his running mate in 1980 was unadorned political posturing as the purported war-hungry, right-wing extremist sought to annul that perception by picking the more conciliatory, moderate Bush as his No. 2.

December 27, 2008 | By Andre Hollings SCV Voices | Columnists


The story goes on: Vote ‘Yes' on Measure SA

On Election Day Nov. 4, the people of the Santa Clarita Valley will be making their voices heard on national and statewide matters.

December 27, 2008 | By Gloria Mercado-Fortine | Columnists


Discuss victim in civility lessons

A 14-year-old special-needs student with developmental issues commits suicide in his high school bathroom. This was a tragic story recently reported in the local newspapers, heard on the radio and whispered over lunch tables.

December 27, 2008 | By Thresa Katz SCV Voices | Columnists


Fake Santa, Real Santa, Noise and Thanks

Boy doesn't fall for my Santa Claus

December 27, 2008 | By Michael Picarella | Columnists


On dangerous liaisons, hatred and hope

There I was, perched atop my father's shoulders, from where I caught my one fleeting glimpse of John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

December 26, 2008 | By Diana Sevanian Out of My Head | Columnists


Hasley Canyon no place for a school

Though it read like an advertisement, Rebecca Cranert's three-quarter-page "Myths vs. facts, Hasley Canyon Private School" was in The Signal's Oct. 5 opinion pages, so I am moved to respond regarding the points raised by Mrs. Cranert.

December 26, 2008 | By Michael Murphy Local commentary | Columnists


The sounds of Halloween

It was a dark and stormy night.

December 26, 2008 | By Michael Picarella Picarella Family Report | Columnists


Michelle Lovato: The ‘How to Look Like a Movie Star Diet’

My favorite button-up blouse betrayed me on Christmas morning me and spit what was once a delicately located button into the mirror and back at my face.

December 26, 2008 | By Michelle Lovato Signal Staff Writer | Columnists


John Boston: Skunkashave & Tweedie’s mutant sweater

Smugly we've watched National Geographic Specials. We've giggled at primitive peoples with bones through their noses and yard-long skinny gourds covering unmentionables as they argue about pig festivals.

December 26, 2008 | By John Boston | Columnists


City Council: No excuses for DUI this holiday season

This holiday season there are no excuses. There is not the slightest amount of justification to drink and drive - ever. Yet there are those among us who will face a situation where that fateful decision will be made; whether or not to get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol.

December 26, 2008 | By The Santa Clarita City Council | Columnists


Bill Kennedy: Happy Boxing Day!

My family and I were privileged to live nearly four years in Canada and the United Kingdom, where we became acquainted with the holiday of "Boxing Day."

December 26, 2008 | By Bill Kennedy | Columnists


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Steve Lunetta: The crisis with illegal immigrant kids

I have written in this column in the past that I support illegal immigration. This position has earned me the ire of my fellow conservatives.

July 10, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right about now | Columnists


Gary Horton: Something to which we can all agree

Kathy Norris of the Valley Industry Association paid me a visit a few weeks ago as part of a local business survey.

July 09, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Kevin Buck: The pols and the pendulum

The political world is never static. The never-ending battles for power, prestige, policy and the perceived moral high ground are endless and endlessly fascinating.

July 08, 2014 | By Kevin Buck Democratic Voices | Columnists


Castaic Lake’s long launch ramp means it’s time to conserve water

If you've been to Castaic Lake recently, you may have noticed you're seeing a lot more of the launch ramp than usual. These days, that launch ramp is loooooong.

July 07, 2014 | Tom Campbell SCV Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: The cul-de-sac of bad choices

Part of the joy, and most of the misery, of my job as a pastor is being with folks when they in trouble, surrounded by the carnage of poor choices, and facing what appear to be insurmountable obstacles.

July 06, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Amer Aziz: Fourth of July has meaning for those who found freedom

As a Muslim-immigrant to the United States of America, I find special meaning in the Fourth of July, an occasion symbolizing the struggle for freedom.

July 04, 2014 | By Amer Aziz SCV Voices | Columnists


Marsha McLean: Respect is a two-way street

By now, the phrase "Respect is a Two-Way Street" may be a familiar one to Santa Clarita residents. That's because this is the main message behind the city's new safety campaign to help keep bicyclists, motorists and pedestrians safe on our roadways.

July 04, 2014 | By Marsha McLean Live from city hall | Columnists


Betty Arenson: Obama remains a question mark

Undoubtedly by now you have observed the rather casual manner in which our president responds to each new scandal that pops up - and they do keep popping up.

July 04, 2014 | By Betty Arenson Right here right now | Columnists


Business retention is key to job growth in the SCV

A key role of the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation is to attract new companies to the Santa Clarita Valley that bring high-quality jobs.

June 30, 2014 | Holly Schroeder SCV Voices | Columnists


The IRS is far from earning back our trust

John Koskinen is the commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, arguably the most powerful and feared bureaucracy in the federal government.

June 30, 2014 | Brian Baker SCV Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: How reliable is the information on the internet?

With the advent of the Internet we have experienced an information explosion unprecedented in human history.

June 29, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Bob Kellar: Fourth of July in the SCV

Independence Day is one of America's greatest holidays.

June 27, 2014 | By Bob Kellar Live from city hall | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: The carbon tax has flaws

A recent column by Cher Gilmore touted the brilliance and benefits of taxing carbon output from business as a way to reduce global climate change.

June 26, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right about now | Columnists


Gary Horton: Obama is the most boring president ever

I have a good friend who takes marching orders through the tin foil hat atop his head perpetually tuned to Fox and Friends and all else owned and distributed by Rupert Murdoch.

June 25, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


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


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