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Tax Increase Will Hurt Local Businesses

A recent proposal at the State Capitol could have a big impact on businesses in Santa Clarita.

April 26, 2008 | By Cameron Smyth | Columnists


Hitting the Wrong Musical Note

I feel sorry for Dr. Collyn Nielsen, the new principal of Hart High School. Santa Clarita's oldest high school is up for accreditation by an outside agency. Unless something changes, when asked how the arts are faring, he's going to have to stand up there and say that during his first year as principal the school orchestra was killed as an academic course. It certainly won't look good at all to the evaluators.

April 26, 2008 | By Alessandra Barrett | Columnists


Building a New Library for Newhall

"Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library. The only entrance requirement is interest." -- Lady Bird Johnson

Over the last decade, the city of Santa Clarita has brought many amenities to Old Town Newhall. The Newhall Community Center welcomes hundreds of children every day; the Veterans Historical Plaza is a place of quiet contemplation and solace in the center of a busy area; and the Newhall Metrolink Station provides commuter service to residents traveling to the San Fernando and Antelope valleys and to Los Angeles for work. This year, the city is embarking upon ...

April 26, 2008 | By Marsha McLean | Columnists


Moving On but Never Forgetting

Several years back in The Signal's entertainment tabloid, a blurb ran about "The Diary of Anne Frank," which at the time was being produced at one of our community theaters.

April 25, 2008 | By Diana Sevanian | Columnists


Free Former Border Agents Ramos and Compean

Wikipedia defines the word "hero" from Greek mythology and folklore as the offspring of both a deity and a mortal, who in the face of danger and adversity or from a position of weakness, displays courage and the will for self-sacrifice.

April 25, 2008 | By Roger Gitlin | Columnists


Children Should Experience Nature

Many youth who live in and around the Santa Clarita Valley have never had the opportunity to experience the outdoors, nature, hiking, wild animals, plants or wilderness. There is a growing body of scientific research that suggests children who are given early and ongoing positive exposure to nature thrive in intellectual, emotional and physical ways that their peers do not. By reducing stress, sharpening concentration and promoting creative and scientific learning, nature education and outings into wild areas can provide a positive outlet and many opportunities for kids.

April 24, 2008 | By Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel | Columnists


Welcoming the Jewels of Spring

The little jewels of spring have started a new generation in my yard. Yes, already hummingbirds are nesting. During the last few weeks we watched one hummer collecting nesting material. They like to use spider webs, lichen and other plant material. Now two beautiful bean-sized eggs sit perfectly in her tidy little nest.

April 23, 2008 | By Teresa Savaikie Environmentally Speaking | Columnists


There is a Time for Tears

I was reading the business section of a publication. The heading at the bottom of the page read "Countrywide reports an increase in loan defaults." I got into the data and suddenly what penetrated my consciousness was the enormous pain and suffering a significant portion of our fellow Americans are experiencing. The reality of that really got to me and I found myself tearing up (God forbid).

April 22, 2008 | By Phil Rizzo | Columnists


Volatile Topics for Next Council Debate

Illegal alien incursion, wild city expansion, anticipated traffic gridlock, and how we address local crime are some of the volatile topics you will hear discussed in an upcoming Santa Clarita City Council debate sponsored by the Canyon Country Advisory Committee. All five candidates hoping to earn the right to sit on your City Council are participating. This debate may help you select the two for whom you should cast your ballot April 8.

April 21, 2008 | By Jonathan Kraut | Columnists


Remember SCV Bicycle Safety Rules

As the Amgen tour rapidly approaches, the Santa Clarita Valley seems to be turning into Bicycle Central. The bicycle is both a mode of transportation that can be used to ride to work or run local errands, as well as a great recreational vehicle. Some people refer to the bicycle as an exercise machine. Even our mayor, Bob Kellar, is sporting a new bicycle, which he uses to keep his body in good physical condition.

April 21, 2008 | By John Lukes | Columnists


Party of Lincoln Celebrates His Day

The Republican Party is first and foremost the party of Lincoln, yet what does this actually mean to those of us living today in the Santa Clarita Valley? The answer requires a reflection upon our political roots as we wend our way deeper into the 21st century.

April 20, 2008 | By Paul B. Strickland Right Here, Right Now | Columnists


Buy Your Newsmakers Dinner Tickets!

I've been down and out this week with the flu. It's a nasty virus and I hope you and your family has been spared - or if not, you're on the road to recovery!

April 19, 2008 | Michele E. Buttelman | Columnists


Baby Boomers Stand to Lose Two Ways

Attention: Soon-to-retire Baby Boomers... This commentary is especially for you.

April 19, 2008 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Amgen Tour of California Weekend Events Unveiled

'The city of Santa Clarita will be at the center of the cycling world as it plays host to the Stage 6 finish and Stage 7 start of the Amgen Tour of California Saturday, Feb. 23, and Sunday, Feb. 24.

April 19, 2008 | By Ken Pulskamp, Santa Clarita City Manager LIVE from City Hall | Columnists


What if Everybody Rode Motorcycles Instead of Driving Cars?

Maybe - just maybe - if we all put away our cars and rode motorcycles we could solve most of the world's problems.

April 19, 2008 | By Donald Gately | Columnists


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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


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


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