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Andy Pattantyus: Messina gets the job done

Recently, we have seen several opinion pieces summarizing Joe Messina's chances for election to the Hart district school board. As a result, we now have projected numbers about the potential votes and estimates of the campaign coffers. Even the best pollsters know that predicting the outcome of elections is fraught with hazards.

July 31, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Marsha McLean: State balances budget on backs of local government ... again

While Sacramento lawmakers are busy patting themselves on the back for finally passing their past-due annual budget, local governments throughout California are busy figuring how to absorb the new cuts to their budgets made by the state to achieve the state's "balanced" budget.

July 31, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Cam Noltemeyer: Community speaks up to City Hall

Yet another well-organized citizen's group recently challenged a project from the Planning Commission to the Santa Clarita City Council.

July 30, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: The recession is over; make something of it

Most know my landscaping business is closely tied to the housing industry.

July 29, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gina Nordenstrom: MRF conflict made from air

Regarding Carole Lutness' "Nordenstrom needs to do some homework" Opinion column in the July 23 Signal: Apples are still apples, no matter how many times you try to make them oranges. Everyone knows what happens when you make assumptions based on appearances.

July 28, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Bruce McFarland: Nixon, Bush, Cheney and the Truth Teller

As we learn more about the secret inner workings of the Bush/Cheney administration, many old-timers make comparisons with Richard Nixon's reign.

July 28, 2009 | Bruce McFarland | Columnists


Republicans need to realize truth

When all you right wing thought-leaders get done freaking out over Judge Sotomayor, realize this truth:

July 28, 2009 | By Paul Sibek Newhall | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Health care conundrums

I am torn. Like a liberal driving a Mercedes, the promise of universal health care both excites and frightens me.

July 27, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Peter Gillies: Candy bombs and the future of Iraq

My view of Iraq was from the cockpit of an Army UH-60L Blackhawk helicopter.

July 26, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tim Myers: Joe Messina’s chances on the Hart board

After several weeks of examination and analysis, most statisticians agree the incumbent administration and currently ruling clerics determined the outcome of the Iranian presidential election before the actual counting of the votes.

July 26, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Scott Thomas Wilk: Joe Messina’s chances on the Hart board

I'm Las Vegas' worst nightmare. I always leave a winner.

July 26, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Bill Kennedy: The good, the bad and the ugly

The good

July 24, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Frank Ferry: Extreme neighborhood makeover continues

Over the past two decades, the city of Santa Clarita's "reactive code enforcement" policies have slowly grown to encompass a more proactive approach, enabling the city to better interact with individual neighbors at an early stage in the code-enforcement process in a timely manner.

July 24, 2009 | Frank Ferry | Columnists


Lynne Plambeck: Bankruptcy and public interest

Recently, several large bankruptcies have made nationwide headlines.

July 23, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: There is no if ... just and

"Remember the last time I told you I love you -

July 22, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


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Gil Mertz: Judge the content of our character

Black History Month has passed, but I remain inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream that we would not be judged by the color of our skin, but by the content of our character.

March 05, 2014 | By Gil Mertz SCV Voices | Columnists


Water Shortages: Thank Politics or Mother Nature?

The record dry year we are in has been in the news. Primarily the editorials and citizen feedback have been calls for more conservation.

March 04, 2014 | By Maria Gutzeit SCV Voices | Columnists


Kevin Buck: Interesting turn of events

It is a rare occasion that I write nice things about a Republican politician. Very rare.

March 04, 2014 | By Kevin Buck Democratic Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: Trajectory matters

I wasn't expecting an ethics lesson when I turned on the Winter Olympics, but one jumped out at me anyway.

March 02, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Andrew Fried: The BLM isn’t looking out for us

Over the past decade, Safe Action For the Environment Inc., the city of Santa Clarita and other community leaders have battled to save Soledad Canyon from the planned Cemex mega-mine, seeking cancellation of two 10-year contracts in which 56 million tons of aggregate would be extracted from the proposed mine site just outside Santa Clarita city limits.

March 02, 2014 | By Andrew Fried SCV Voices | Columnists


Frank Ferry: Take time to vote in the 2014 City Council election

As most readers know by now, I am in the midst of finishing out my last few weeks as a Santa Clarita City Council member.

February 28, 2014 | By Frank Ferry Live from city hall | Columnists


Betty Arenson: Mr. President: We have some questions

President Barack Obama is undeniably thin-skinned when it comes to allowing any credence to anyone who disagrees with his policies.

February 28, 2014 | By Betty Arenson Right here right now | Columnists


Brian Baker: Vapor cigarettes on the line

Well, the Health Gestapo are at it again. According to a Feb. 25 Los Angeles Times story, "A Los Angeles City Council panel on Monday endorsed an array of restrictions on e-cigarettes that would prohibit the vapor-emitting devices from being used in most workplaces and a number of public spaces.

February 27, 2014 | By Brian Baker SCV Voices | Columnists


Cher Gilmore: Time to address the climate crisis

Many proposals have been put forward to address California's drought crisis, from more water recycling and groundwater cleanup to desalination plants, better conservation, and the latest state proposal to build $25 billion to $52 billion worth of new canals to transport Bay Area water to Southern California.

February 27, 2014 | By Cher Gilmore SCV Voices | Columnists


Carl Boyer: What should be the real City Council campaign issues?

We are in the midst of another campaign for election to Santa Clarita City Council, and a number of candidates can be expected to talk about the usual: jobs, good schools, recreation for youth and beautification among them.

February 26, 2014 | By Carl Boyer SCV Voices | Columnists


Gary Horton: Put a brick in it

They say we're headed for a pretty good rain later this week. The comfortable moisture on our skin and fresh scent in the air might have us feeling "everything's better again," but wishful thinking won't fill half-empty reservoirs.

February 26, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Charlie Vignola: The right to discriminate

Leave it to the Republicans to try to legalize discrimination against a minority.

February 25, 2014 | By Charlie Vignola Democratic Voices | Columnists


Bob Kellar: Blight of billboards

The Signal recently printed a story regarding the eradication of billboards along the railroad tracks next to Soledad Canyon Road and Railroad Avenue. This is a matter of importance that I wanted to be heard on before it comes to the City Council for consideration Feb. 25.

February 23, 2014 | By Bob Kellar SCV Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: Happiness is a lot more hard work

In the past few months I have watched in anguish as four very good friends of mine, good people all, have ended their marriages in divorce.

February 23, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Laurene Weste: Painting the town: Public art in the SCV

Residents who spend time out and about in Santa Clarita are bound to come across local art. From outdoor pieces like the iconic California Bear Project to indoor galleries featuring art created by local students, Santa Clarita's art showcases our community's own unique identity in an imaginative way.

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


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