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Howard P. McKeon: The importance of Gitmo

Last month, I had the opportunity to lead a congressional fact-finding mission to America's detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and spend some time with the men and women of the military serving there.

August 09, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Football is not superior

After a recent Google search, I came to realize there was a response in your fine paper by Jim McElvain, of Saugus, ("Of winners, losers and American sports," The Signal, Dec. 18, 2008) to my request for more coverage of local youth soccer games by The Mighty Signal ("Boston will boost revenue," The Signal, Dec. 17, 2008).

August 09, 2009 | By Dan Donihue Castaic | Columnists


Kevin Tonoian: Median project is designed to save water

I want to thank Mr. Martin for his Aug. 2 letter to the editor, "Wasteful Median Improvements."

August 08, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Bob Dickson: Cleaning your conscience

The 21st-century medicine show that has replaced the 20th century environmental movement would like you to buy carbon offsets.

August 07, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Bob Kellar: Red light enforcement decreases dangerous driving

There are countless things that can keep drivers distracted on the road and cause unnecessary accidents, injuries and even death.

August 07, 2009 | Bob Kellar | Columnists


Lynne Plambeck:The costs of growth and water rates

Soon ratepayers throughout the Santa Clarita Valley will experience a rise in water rates. This is due mainly to an increase in water rates from Castaic Lake Water Agency, the agency that imports state water from Northern California.

August 06, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Phil Rizzo: Corruption is what makes democracy function

Those who criticize the U.S. for some of the few blemishes that our form of democracy exhibits are essentially un-American.

August 05, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Kevin Buck: John Dean - living history

One of the games we play upon reaching a certain age is "where were you when ...?"

August 04, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Bruce Hector: Health care reform needs to be bipartisan

The Republican Party has raised objections to the health care idea of a public option which would allow individuals and companies to purchase insurance from a federal entity, presumably similar to Medicare for seniors.

August 03, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Joe Messina: Candidates speak out on Castaic high

We can all agree it has taken far too long for the William S. Hart Union High School District to find a site upon which to build a high school in Castaic.

August 02, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Paul B. Strickland: Candidates speak out on Castaic high

The William. S. Hart Union High School District includes land from Castaic on the west all the way to the Agua Dulce border on the east side of the valley.

August 02, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Linda Valdes: Candidates speak out on Castaic high

My parents were both self-employed, small-business owners.

August 02, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tim Myers: Good news, bad news, or just news?

Dutifully, the Southland Association of Realtors publishes the monthly real estate statistics for the Santa Clarita Valley.

August 02, 2009 | Tim Myers | Columnists


Suzan Solomon: Candidates speak out on Castaic high

In its editorial The Signal asked, "How committed are Strickland, Messina, Solomon and Jensen to keeping the Hart District's No. 1 promise to the community (a Castaic high school)?

August 02, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Peter Kavounas: Got questions about water rates? Logical answers await

There's a natural series of reactions people have when they are told they will soon be asked to pay more for something.

August 02, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


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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


Bob Kellar: Fourth of July in the SCV

Independence Day is one of America's greatest holidays.

June 27, 2014 | By Bob Kellar Live from city hall | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: The carbon tax has flaws

A recent column by Cher Gilmore touted the brilliance and benefits of taxing carbon output from business as a way to reduce global climate change.

June 26, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right about now | Columnists


Gary Horton: Obama is the most boring president ever

I have a good friend who takes marching orders through the tin foil hat atop his head perpetually tuned to Fox and Friends and all else owned and distributed by Rupert Murdoch.

June 25, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Jonathan Kraut: Government workers duck responsibility

We are used to hearing about large awards being presented to those harmed, abused or injured by school teachers, police, firefighters, and other government employees.

June 24, 2014 | By Jonathan Kraut Democratic Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: Some advice for graduates

As graduation season comes to a close, I have some advice for those who are entering a new phase of life called adulthood. And, the advice is good for the rest of us as well.

June 22, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


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


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