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Steve Lunetta: The great betrayal

By now, the entire baseball world is aware that Dodgers left fielder Manny Ramirez tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug hCG.

Human chorionic gonadotropin, hCG, is a female reproductive chemical that stimulates the production of testosterone in males.

May 11, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Cameron Smyth: A losing proposition

Before the passage of the largest tax increase in the state's history last February, Californians already shouldered some of the highest tax burdens in the nation.

May 10, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Miguel Palmer: Every dollar counts

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."

May 10, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tim Myers: The ‘fun uncle’ runs for school board again

So Joe Messina, everyone's "fun uncle," decided to run for William S. Hart Union High School District school board again, for the fourth - yes, fourth - time.

May 10, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Paul Strickland: Democrats are at it again

Well, our friends the Democrats are at it again. Just when the public has become mesmerized by billion-dollar bailouts, massive spending programs masqueraded as stimulus packages and trillion-dollar deficits, the Dems want to invest more taxpayers' newly printed money into universal healthcare and a cap-and-trade system.

May 08, 2009 | Paul Strickland | Columnists


Michael Abernethy: Freedom of religion is not politically incorrect

In his letter in the Monday, May 4 edition of The Signal regarding Santa Clarita City Councilman Bob Kellar and "In God we trust" being added to the city logo, Tom Nickols refers to this as an "out of date, politically incorrect, bigoted slogan."

May 07, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Cam Noltemeyer: $2.5M for contaminated open space?

This month the city of Santa Clarita may purchase its first piece of property with money generated from the Open Space Assessment passed in 2007.

May 07, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Past pacifists are today’s heroes

The other day I bumped into a man at a social event who said he read my articles in The Signal. I made the mistake of thinking that because he read my stuff, he agreed with my essential position. Wrong! I don't recall what brought it on, but the man was adamant we needed to flatten Iran, leaving it a desolate area devoid of human life.

May 06, 2009 | By Phil Rizzo Full Speed to Port | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Shame on Miss USA pageant

I don't watch beauty pageants. My lack of interest does not stem from some misguided belief that pageants somehow degrade women (we're putting them on a pedestal, for heaven's sake!). Its just that they bore me.

May 04, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Brian Roney: Annexation held for ransom

The annexation of the Hasley Hills/Commerce Center areas of Castaic to the city of Santa Clarita has been stalled by recent demands from the county of Los Angeles.

May 03, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tim Myers: Cheers and jeers for the city's plan

My apologies to the "B" and "C" list local Republicans now staffing a tea party near you, but your "A" list brethren who made it a point to stay as far away as possible from the anti-Obama April 15 party plan to ask for and lay their hands on, as much of the filthy and evil stimulus money as they can.

May 03, 2009 | Tim Myers | Columnists


Lila Littlejohn: Saving lives with Safe Rides

How does one count the number of young lives not lost in tragic car accidents last year?

May 03, 2009 | Lila Littlejohn | Columnists


Paul Brotzman: Setting the record straight on our local water supply

Response to April 23 "Environmentally Speaking" commentary in The Signal: "A perfect storm for water woes in the SCV."

Recently, the city of Santa Clarita Planning Commission met jointly with Castaic Lake Water Agency staff to help familiarize the city's land use decision makers with our current water-supply management and planning activities.

May 03, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Bruce Hotmer: America: go ahead and protest

I read Bruce McFarland's column in the April 21 Signal with shock and awe.

May 02, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Michael Picarella: just call me reverend

A few weekends ago, while waiting for a table at Chili's Grill and Bar, a Hell's Angel-looking dude practically yelled the Lord's name in vain over and over again. I asked the dude if he could lower his voice, or not blaspheme in front of my very impressionable 5-year-old son - who just wanted a Chili's grilled cheese sandwich. The dude said he earned the right to blaspheme. He was a reverend, he said.

May 02, 2009 | Mike Picarella | Columnists


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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


Alice Khosravy: Sandbagged department budgets

On Feb. 19 the state Legislative Analyst's Office released a report that analyzes the governor's budget plan for the Department of Corrections.

February 21, 2014 | By Alice Khosravy Right here right now | Columnists


David McCann: Address the real problems

I just finished reading Susan Stamper Brown's piece about not trusting our government (Santa Clarita Valley Signal, 2-18-14); and, while I could not agree more with you on some of your points, I could not disagree more with you about your reasons for making those points.

February 20, 2014 | By David McCann | Columnists


Gary Horton: Victors can’t get all the spoils

"To the victors go the spoils."

February 19, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Jonathan Kraut: It’s time for fresh approach at city hall

For the last 12 years, four of the same five pilots have steered the good ship Santa Clarita.

February 18, 2014 | By Jonathan Kraut | Columnists


Ed Bernstein: Billboards are a homerun

For nearly a quarter century 25Score has maintained a tight-knit relationship with the community members and local businesses of Santa Clarita.

February 17, 2014 | By Ed Bernstein SCV Voices | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: The spending orgy

I admit it. I am blissfully unaware of most things related to government budgeting. Because, frankly, it bores me.

February 17, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right here right now | Columnists


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