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Supreme Court's decision means justice for victims

This week's Supreme Court decision upholding lethal injection as a legitimate method for execution is a watershed moment. The justices voted 7-2 on a Kentucky death row inmate's claim that three-ingredient lethal injection amounted to cruel and unusual punishment.

The High Court rejected that argument with authority; the decision wasn't even close. This clears the way to lift the unofficial moratorium on executions.

June 21, 2008 | By Roger Gitlin | Columnists


The politics of race

When I encounter writer's block, I often go over to my Uncle Earl's.

June 19, 2008 | By Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Thinking green for Earth Day

My 4-year-old son is very excited about Earth Day on Tuesday. Yup, Earth Day, the annual celebration of our planet during which Americans promote awareness and appreciation for the environment. My wife and I told our boy about Earth Day, and he seems more excited about cleaning up beaches and recycling than he's been about opening presents on Christmas morning or trick-or-treating on Halloween night.

June 19, 2008 | By Michael Picarella The Picarella Family Report | Columnists


The ethics of water ownership

In 2003 a Superior Court judge ruled for Newhall Land, now Lennar Corporation, thus allowing the Newhall Ranch Specific Plan. He made this ruling based on the assertion that the developer had purchased water from elsewhere in the state to supply these housing units and that together with the ground water used for farming, there would be a sufficient supply to serve this 21,000-unit proposal.

June 18, 2008 | By Lynne Plambeck | Columnists


In Iraq, it's all about oil

Many believe we have had a successful surge in Iraq. But few if any troops are coming home to stay. Instead, rotation from home to Iraq has been bounced from 12 months to 15 months, depending on whether you like Gen. Petraeus or the president. Could it be that we don't plan, for covert reasons, to have our armed forces permanently leave Iraq in numbers any time soon? And it may have nothing to do with the military success or failure.

In five years, if we believe our government's own reports, we have been unable to sufficiently train ...

June 17, 2008 | By Phil Rizzo | Columnists


Kudos in Canyon Country

Once a year, I write an op-ed piece about the area of Canyon Country. Specifically, I provide a "to-do" list, and I applaud the city for making improvements and taking action.

June 16, 2008 | By Michael Cruz | Columnists


Springtime for politicos

Is this a great year, or what? It is only April and I have already voted in two elections, the presidential primary in February and local City Council race last week. And because this is the best election year ever, we get to vote two more times before it is over.

June 16, 2008 | By Kevin Buck | Columnists


Who pays for litigation?

Rarely will you ever hear an attorney complain about the increasing number of frivolous lawsuits being filed by plaintiffs across this state. After all, as a defense attorney, these lawsuits help to pay my mortgage, my car payments and eventually will finance college for my three girls and hopefully a comfortable retirement.

June 15, 2008 | By Brian Koegle | Columnists


Disaster doesn't wait — in Santa Clarita, prepare for 2008

Finding yourself in the center of either a natural disaster or an emergency of some sort can be a trying experience. These disasters and emergencies never call us to schedule a visit, or send an e-invite to let us know ahead of time what is planned, but instead they happen without warning. This can lead to much more chaos than necessary if we are unprepared for the unexpected emergency.

June 14, 2008 | By Laurene Weste | Columnists


Crunch affects more than schools

hen my family moved from Tennessee to California, more than loved ones were left behind. My uncle, a Vanderbilt alum, parted with his corporate expense account and corner-office salary. My aunt, a master's-degree graduate from the National Institutes of Health, left behind the leverage of a upwardly mobile medical career.

June 14, 2008 | By Andre Hollings Local Commentary | Columnists


Why does city have so much on its plate?

Some weeks ago, while I was moderating a forum for the finest field of City Council candidates who have ever offered themselves for election, I asked the question that the sponsors had told the candidates I was bound to ask: "How do you feel about major county reform, which might mean splitting up the county?"

June 14, 2008 | By Carl Boyer | Columnists


SCV scene

Picture-perfect day hosts Vine to Wine

June 14, 2008 | By Michele Buttelman Signal Senior Columnist | Columnists


Could we all just swear off profanity?

Earlier this week I was in front of a Signal news rack, picking up an extra copy of the newspaper. There was a young man standing nearby with a toddler whom I believe was his son.

June 14, 2008 | By Roger Gitlin | Columnists


Yes, Ms. Simon, these are the good old days

(Editor's note: This memorable column originally ran in 1999.)

June 13, 2008 | By Diana Sevanian | Columnists


To hit or not to hit

My wife and I are parents of a 4-year-old boy, and we're faced with the duty to discipline him.

June 12, 2008 | By Michael Picarella Picarella Family Repotrt | Columnists


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Gary Horton: Got our new street, now onto the landscape

We're finally getting our new street today. It took civic action by many in our neighborhood over the course of two full years, but the city has finally come around and allocated resources to maintain the assets for which we pay the taxes for them to maintain - in the first place.

July 16, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Jonathan Kraut: Meanwhile at the courthouse

For more than 15 years, several times a week, I find myself standing in line at the "criminal window" at one of our local county courthouses.

July 15, 2014 | By Jonathan Kraut Democratic Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: Cause, effect and satisfaction

I grew up working odd jobs to earn money. In the winter I would go from house to house with my snow shovel, and in the summer you could find me wheeling my gas lawn mower down the block to service the five families that paid me to mow their lawns weekly. It was a great operation, and kept me in soda, sunflower seeds, and fishing bait throughout my summer vacation from school.

July 13, 2014 | By David Hegg | Columnists


Christine Korenthal: Immigrants deserve a timely answer

The news has been dominated for several weeks now with coverage of our rapidly deteriorating border security and the influx of children, in particular, traveling alone and coming into our country illegally.

July 11, 2014 | By Christine Korenthal Right here right now | Columnists


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


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