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Anything but light-up shoes

My son's fifth birthday is in July, and last month I worried that I wouldn't figure out in time what to get him. Drums are too loud, paint sets are too messy and light-up shoes, I'm told, are dangerous to the kids wearing them and to the environment. What, then, do I get a boy with so much?

June 05, 2008 | By Michael Picarella | Columnists


A new voice for right thinkers

Editor's note: Today The Signal launches a new column, written by local Republicans and dealing with issues on the national level.

Welcome to the inaugural edition of our new column, "Right About Now."

June 05, 2008 | By Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Maria Gutzeit should be your first choice

So, the City Council election is coming right up. Days away. And there's a bunch of names on the ballot that may or may not mean much to you, other than some name-recognition through mountains of mailers and letters to the editor. There's five fine candidates running for the council, and on Tuesday you're voting for two of them. But one stands head and shoulders above the rest.

June 05, 2008 | By Gary Horton | Columnists


Cast your vote for Trautman

Most people care about the environment. Almost everyone recycles because they understand how this simple act can help save a canyon from becoming a landfill. We are all starting to think about how much we drive, and not just because of high gas prices. We are beginning to understand that each of our actions really makes a difference.

June 04, 2008 | By Lynne Plambeck | Columnists


Stop spending on things we can't afford

"...And I guess I lost my way

June 03, 2008 | By Gary Horton | Columnists


A place to gather for fun, learning

In the early 1990s, the area known as East Newhall, located at the southeast end of the city of Santa Clarita, faced many daunting challenges.

June 02, 2008 | By Rick Gould | Columnists


Time to embrace real change

Before their presidential campaign drifted into a contest of vicious personal attacks, the Democrats concentrated primarily on the domestic issue of providing universal health care to all Americans. Although the Republicans have already decided upon a candidate, their focus has always been on ways to reduce federal spending, cut taxes, and fix the upwardly spiraling costs of entitlements.

June 01, 2008 | By Paul B. Strickland Sr. | Columnists


Kudos to SCV Man and Woman of Year nominees

The temperatures this past week seem to indicate that summer is on the way. However, before summer descends, see the most beautiful display of spring beauty at Descanso Gardens, off the Foothill Freeway in La Canada (just a quick 30 minutes from the SCV). The flowering trees are at their peak and every direction in which you look your eye is treated to an explosion of color. This is the best time of year to experience Descanso. Tickets are $7 for adults, students $5 and children 2-12, $2. It's a great place to take a little time to unwind ...

May 31, 2008 | Michele E. Buttelman | Columnists


The inexplicable phenomenon that is Obama

If you have been hunkered down under a rock for the last year, let me re-introduce you to civilization: Barack Obama is like no presidential candidate that we have ever seen before.

May 31, 2008 | By Andre Hollings | Columnists


Why Santa Clarita should re-elect Bob Kellar

I've lived in Canyon Country for 30 years. Yes, 30 years, and I've loved every minute of living in the Santa Clarita Valley. The overdevelopment throughout the SCV breaks my heart, but change happens. However, my little corner of the universe remains mostly unscathed - and for that I'm grateful.

May 30, 2008 | Michele E. Buttelman | Columnists


Don't blame the barber

My 4-year-old son and I got our haircuts simultaneously last weekend. He usually stays still during his haircut, but since we were both in a chair at the same time and I was rendered useless under the barber's smock, my son decided to challenge the barber by constantly moving and bouncing all over the place. Not smart when you've got a moving blade on your head.

May 29, 2008 | By Michael Picarella | Columnists


Jamiel Shaw Jr. (1990-2008)

This is a very difficult, painful commentary to write, but the angst I feel is nothing compared to the loss for parents of Jamiel Shaw Jr.: Jamiel Shaw Sr. and Jamiel's mom, Army Sgt. Anita Shaw, who has returned from her second combat tour in Iraq to bury her son and mourn his passing. Words just don't make it here.

May 29, 2008 | By Roger Gitlin | Columnists


City should oppose Gate-King project

In the early 1990s, the Elsmere Canyon Landfill proposal certainly looked like a "done deal." This mega-dump with all the associated polluting truck traffic seemed unstoppable with many politicians in

May 28, 2008 | By Lynne Plambeck | Columnists


Time to think smart or die?

"... However, Greenspan said that he hoped the fallout would not take away the finance industry's ability to regulate itself. Market flexibility and free competition are the most reliable safeguards against economic trouble, he said; the system which is supposed to guard against unanticipated losses will need to be overhauled. ..."

The above is part of a quote from an article written by Alan Greenspan and published in the Financial Times. Reading the above, I find it unbelievable that precisely the Wild West cowboy operations and light regulation that got us into this mess is recommended by a financial icon as ...

May 27, 2008 | By Phil Rizzo | Columnists


Another take on 'What About Bob?'

A few weeks ago, the SCV Press Club named Mayor Bob Kellar as Newsmaker of the Year for 2007.

May 26, 2008 | By Diana Sevanian | Columnists


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Walt Watson: Real health care reform requires some smart tech

This column is not about repealing Obamacare. It's about having some real health care reform accomplished by using today's technology.

March 24, 2014 | Walt Watson SCV Voices | Columnists


Davis W. Hegg: Thinking About Thinking

I am becoming convinced we don't think thinking is worth the trouble.

March 22, 2014 | by David W. Hegg | Columnists


Laurene Weste: Be ready and resilient in emergencies

Emergencies are stressful and difficult to think about. But we've just had a couple of earthquakes, very close by, so now is an excellent time to think about preparedness.

March 21, 2014 | By Laurene Weste Live from city hall | Columnists


Brian Baker: Scheme to take away legal guns

For decades, the debate over gun control has raged through the body politic of this country.

March 20, 2014 | By Brian Baker | Columnists


George Mcguiness: Open-minded art approach

In the past few months, there has been increasing criticism about the support of the arts here in Santa Clarita.

March 19, 2014 | By George Mcguiness Valencia | Columnists


David Hegg: Cliches You Shouldn't Trust

Sometimes things we hear all the time can slowly creep into our belief system as though they were true. But, as a general rule, most general rules generalize truth to the place where they are untrustworthy.

March 16, 2014 | Ethically Speaking by David Hegg | Columnists


Tammy Messina: It’s Time for the City to Become a Real Factor for Seniors

Watch the debates. Read the mailers. Everyone running for the Santa Clarita City Council in the April 8 election - right down to the last one of the 13 candidates fighting over three seats - wants the support of our local seniors.

March 15, 2014 | By Tammy Messina Right Here, Right Now | Columnists


PAID CANDIDATE ENDORSEMENT COLUMN:Vote Gutzeit, Ferdman for City Council

Sometimes it is difficult to assess qualifications one needs to do a job. I have always felt a surgeon requires not only intellect, but should have hand-eye coordination to at least catch a football.

March 13, 2014 | By Gene Dorio | Columnists


PAID CANDIDATE ENDORSEMENT COLUMN: Gutzeit, Ferdman for City Council

With a City Council election nearing, it is time for a change at City Hall. Councilwomen Weste and McLean are up for re-election. After 13 years on the council, it is time to send both women packing and thank them for their service.

March 12, 2014 | By Larry McClements | Columnists


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


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