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Lovin’ Picarella

I'm lovin' the Picarella Family Report on Saturday's page 2 of The Signal. In tough economic times, it's nice to know that everyday family life still prevails.

October 03, 2009 | By Paul B. Strickland Sr. Santa Clarita | Columnists


State needs medic

California is worse than on life support. When a patient is on life support, at least there may be a chance of hope someone is working to save them.

October 03, 2009 | By Walter Fife Agua Dulce | Columnists


Laurie Ender: Festival of Arts brings Main Street to life

Since 2005, the Santa Clarita Street Art Festival brought Newhall's Main Street to life with vivid artwork, color and design. This year, the event has been re-imagined to include a variety of artistic talent in countless media, with a focus on the process of art.

October 02, 2009 | Laurie Ender | Columnists


Tom Pattantyus: Protection of private property

Since 2008, the U.S. economy has been buffeted with one crisis after the other.

October 02, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Lynne Plambeck: One Valley, One Vision: A closer look

As the city and county work together to update our General Plan, it is imperative for the future of our valley and our neighborhoods that residents get involved.

October 01, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Candidate Bob Jensen outlines his qualifications for Hart district board

Editor's note: Through the vagaries of e-mail, Hart district school board candidate Bob Jensen's responses to columnist Jonathan Kraut's questions did not make it into Tuesday's Democratic Voices column. Here are Jensen's responses, along with the questions that prompted them.

October 01, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: ‘Full Speed Ahead' for our lives

For the next five weeks, I will be posting "Full Speed to Port" all the way from U Penn.

September 30, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Jonathan Kraut: Picking three of five for Hart board

The race for the William S. Hart Union High School District board is interesting because all five candidates for the three open seats are Republican. This means politics is not a factor in this race.

September 29, 2009 | Jonathan Kraut | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Stop making conservatives look crazy

It is always bad to start an opinion column by apologizing. But, there are some things we conservatives are doing that are just plain wrong.

September 28, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Tim Myers: Newhall school board race: I got nothin’

I developed a minor reputation over the years in the SCV for what some thought an impressive ability to prognosticate on the outcome of local elections.

September 27, 2009 | Tim Myers | Columnists


R.J. Kelly: Using the carrot rather than the stick

Using the carrot rather than the stick

Increasing water use efficiency is anything but a pipe dream - and Santa Clarita Valley residents have already proven it.

September 27, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Bill Kennedy: Taking health care to the limit

According to the Alliance for Health Reform, a non-partisan group, health care costs tripled between 1990 and 2007, and with no changes will account for 25 percent of the nation's economy by the year 2025.

September 25, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Cam Noltemeyer: Buyer beware in fire country

As the Los Angeles County Fire Department reportedly set back fires to burn even some of the beloved natural area parks in La Canada neighborhoods, we at SCOPE wondered about our own city's efforts to surround our urban area with green spaces.

September 24, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Phil Rizzo: Don’t look for the word ‘compassion’ in the U.S. Constitution

One of the people who responded to Buck McKeon's August telephone town hall, as reported in The Signal, asked the Congressman, "Where in the Constitution does it say I have to be this compassionate and provide people these things?"

September 23, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Patricia Sulpizio: L.A. county health care sadly deficient

Watching a "60 Minutes" segment in March on the Remote Area Volunteer Medical Corp greatly moved me. I researched RAM for my summer communications class at College of the Canyons.

September 22, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


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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


Christine Korenthal: Free speech on life support

I have watched helplessly in recent weeks and months with a growing sense of alarm, fearing that our generation is witnessing the death of one of the most vital pillars of liberty: the freedom of individual thought and the free exchange of ideas. While it's true that the First Amendment only protects people from government reprisals for speaking freely, social media and mass media lynch mobs are just as much a danger in a free society as any oppressive government.

May 23, 2014 | By Christine Korenthal | Columnists


Laurene Weste: Stay cool and safe this summer in the SCV

Memorial Day is almost here and that means a three-day weekend for most Americans. The annual holiday in honor of the brave men and women who've died serving our country to keep us safe and free is also considered the unofficial start of summer! Flags will be raised in honor of those we've lost, while families and friends will gather for backyard barbeques, lawn games, and poolside fun.

May 23, 2014 | By Laurene Weste Live from city hall | Columnists


Gary Horton: Personal determination and a village

Followers of this column know that five weeks ago my daughter Katie was struck by a motorcycle in India. Katie suffered severe traumatic brain injury; required emergency cranial surgery, was comatose two days, spent six days in the ICU, and subsequently required 16 further days of hospitalization to recover sufficiently well for the 24 hour jet trip back home. Landing at LAX, Katie immediately spent two days at UCLA for a thorough work up, followed by one month of outpatient cognitive and occupational rehab. Five days ago, virtually fully recovered,

May 21, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Charlie Vignola: Sensible about gun control

Gun owners are passionate about their guns, and there's nothing wrong with that – but wouldn't it be refreshing if they were just as passionate about reducing all the needless deaths caused by gun violence every single year?

May 20, 2014 | By Charlie Vignola Democratic Voices | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Pictures are a distortion of reality

My wife is taking a photography class over at COC right now. This is actually rather humorous since she often sees one of our sons on campus who is also a student.

May 19, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right here right now | Columnists


David Hegg: Life and legacy

In my little world I often hear guys musing about their legacy.

May 18, 2014 | By David Hegg | Columnists


Scott Wilk: The loss of ‘super-majority’

Just as their households must, Californians expect their state government not only to live within its means, but to work in a bipartisan way for the benefit of all.

May 16, 2014 | By Scott Wilk Right here right now | Columnists


Marsh McLean: Conserving and preserving our water is priority

All Californians are being called on to protect one of our state's most precious resources, water.

May 15, 2014 | By Marsha McLean Live from city hall | Columnists


Jonathan Kraut: Petitions are the people’s remedy

One of the most profound rights we have as citizens is the right to petition. The First Amendment of our Constitution "prohibits Congress from abridging or prohibiting the right of the people ... to petition the government for a redress of grievances."

May 13, 2014 | By Jonathan Kraut Commentary | Columnists


My Obamacare experience

I read Gary Horton's April 30 column on his experience with the Affordable Care Act ("American Medicine has become a joke") and decided to share a story.

May 12, 2014 | Valeria Tippy SCV Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: We don’t have to think alike

In every ordered and civilized society the rule of law plays an essential role. Given that human nature is too often selfish and sometimes even cruel, laws are enacted to declare the boundaries between right and wrong. Laws form the lens through which society views the actions of those individuals who choose to live in the group.

May 11, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


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