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Partisan bashing a lose-lose for all

Several weeks ago I attended a particularly sad funeral.

December 13, 2008 | By Diana Sevanian | Columnists


Curse of the Ghoul Mine

It's the season for pumpkins and ghosts and goblins, galore! It's also time to head out to Lombardi's up Bouquet Canyon in Saugus. Devastated by the Buckweed Fire last year, Lombardi's is back - and just as good as ever. Why not head out there this weekend and celebrate a Santa Clarita Valley institution?

December 13, 2008 | By Michele E. Buttelman Signal Features Editor | Columnists


Wish doctor at your service

My wife, 5-year-old son and I passed a water fountain, and sure enough my boy wanted a coin so he could make a wish. This wasn't your typical fountain for wishing. It was a drinking fountain.

December 13, 2008 | By Michael Picarella | Columnists


Sailing into the new year

Children are amazing in their capacity to awaken the spirit of goodness and generosity in one's soul.

December 13, 2008 | By Leigh Hart | Columnists


John Boston: How to repair your pets & credit

"Modern man drives a mortgaged car over a bond-financed highway on credit-card gas."

December 12, 2008 | By John Boston How Beige Was My Valley | Columnists


Helping create a sustainable Santa Clarita

Often at the city of Santa Clarita, we are asked for easier ways to reduce our carbon footprint.

December 12, 2008 | Marsha McLean Live From City Hall | Columnists


Bailout is a temporary fix

What's up with this Wall Street versus Main Street political buzzword gobbledygook?

December 11, 2008 | By Paul Strickland Sr. | Columnists


My son’s school project

When I was a kid, I entered countless grocery store coloring contests and colored my pictures with great skill and patience, my eye always on the first-place prize.

December 11, 2008 | By Michael Picarella | Columnists


A few thoughts on fire safety

The monster brushfire that raged through the hills above Sylmar and raced against traffic along Interstate 5 last month was finally extinguished several days after it started.

December 11, 2008 | By Richard Chandler Environmentally Speaking | Columnists


Water needs and Wall Street

So how did we get into this financial mess?

December 10, 2008 | By Lynne Plambeck | Columnists


Another look at America’s current crisis

It seems to me that all the experts evaluating this economic crisis are generally in agreement that everything is going to be OK.

December 10, 2008 | By Phil Rizzo | Columnists


Our houses, our homes

Let me tell you about our house.

December 09, 2008 | By Gary Horton | Columnists


The state of the race they’re in

I have written that this national election is one of the most historic and important in modern history, and that is still true. However, recent events have conspired to turn this presidential campaign into either farce or tragedy.

December 08, 2008 | By Kevin Buck Democratic Voices | Columnists


GOP needs more Stricklands and Smyths

"Show me a young conservative and I'll show you someone with no heart. Show me an old liberal and I'll show you someone with no brains."

December 08, 2008 | By Brian Koegle RIght Here, Right Now | Columnists


Renewable energy: The foundation for a new, better economy

As many families across the state know first hand, our economy is in crisis. Households are increasingly finding it hard to make ends meet with spikes in the price of gas ticking $5 a gallon, grocery bills that are taking up more and more of the family budget, home prices that are dropping, and the mortgage crunch affecting us all.

December 07, 2008 | By Tony Strickland Right Here, Right Now | Columnists


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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


The tragedy in Isla Vista

By now, most of us have heard of the terrible tragedy that happened in Santa Barbara before Memorial Day. A very confused young man committed a series of violent acts that resulted in the deaths of six college students.

June 02, 2014 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Betty Arenson: The counterfeit mask

You're familiar with the noise America has heard for a long time. It will continue, but it's easily unmasked.

May 30, 2014 | By Betty Arenson Right here right now | Columnists


Dante Acosta: Camp Clarita provides summer fun

The official arrival of summer is just weeks away. If you listen closely, you will soon be able to hear kids all over town chanting that classic phrase: "school's out for summer!"

May 30, 2014 | By Dante Acosta Live from city hall | Columnists


God bless our veterans

Pulled out the paper this bright Monday morning and started reading. Of course, I have my bagel with strawberry cream cheese, oat bran cereal and tall glass of orange juice at the ready. I know how to start my holiday day.

May 26, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right About Now | Columnists


David Hegg: We need to change perspective

While I was not yet living when it was fought, World War II has shaped so much of the world in which I have lived. It framed the whole idea of valor and courage and sacrificial service. And it wasn't only those who served in uniform who experienced the war, and felt that they played a vital part in bringing about a good and swift conclusion to it. In truth, we were a nation at war. Soldier and civilian were on the same team, working for a common goal, with mutual respect and honor.

May 25, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


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