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Tim Myers: I guess turnout was worse than I had expected

Assemblyman Cameron Smyth used to tell a self-deprecating story concerning his first (unsuccessful) effort to run for a seat on the Santa Clarita City Council.

June 28, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gloria Locke: More than just the King of Pop

Michael Jackson's music eased my pain more than anything else on earth.

June 28, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Shot upon capture

Regarding Bruce McFarland's Opinion column, "Issues and answers: It's as simple as that" (The Signal, June 23):

June 27, 2009 | By Bob Comer Valencia | Columnists


Glad Obama won

Our president, Barack Obama, is trying to help the U.S. come out of an economical downturn.

June 27, 2009 | By Philip Elterman Canyon Country | Columnists


Roger Gitlin: What makes America so special

I just wrote a check to Steve Petzold of Saugus.

June 27, 2009 | Roger Gitlin | Columnists


Bill Kennedy: Ready, fire, aim

I still vividly remember my first experience with a military marksmanship instructor. As a cadet officer candidate, my assigned weapon was a handgun.

June 26, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Laurene Weste: Celebrate the Fourth of July, Santa Clarita-style

On July 4, 1776, nearly 233 years ago, representatives from 13 sovereign states gathered at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pa. a to sign a document declaring the United States of America independent from tyrannical rule.

June 26, 2009 | Laurene Weste | Columnists


Cam Noltemeyer: Wastewater solution or more delays?

It was a raucous hearing of the Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District on May 26. Our Los Angeles County Sanitation District representatives, Santa Clarita City Council members Frank Ferry and Laurene Weste, heard Santa Claritans say that they refuse to pay to fix the chloride (salt) problem in the Santa Clara River.

June 25, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Phil Rizzo: Profit motive haunts healthy health care

When I was a kid waaaay back in the late 1920s and early '30s, when you were sick of all crazy things - you just went to your doctor.

June 24, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Humans at fault

First, I want to compliment Mr. Frank Ray on his description of the world as we know it today ("Question of trust," Letters, The Signal, June 14).

June 23, 2009 | By Earl M. Madery Santa Clarita | Columnists


Bruce McFarland: Issues and answers: It's as simple as that

It's been two months since my last column. I really want to thank everyone for reading the editorial pages of our illustrious Signal. I especially want to thank everyone who felt compelled to comment on my last column. Isn't this a great country?

June 23, 2009 | Bruce McFarland | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Don't bring back 'The Fairness Doctrine'

"It's just not fair." As the parent of any teenager knows, these words are often used by a child whenever a perceived injustice has occurred in their lives.

June 22, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Carl Boyer: Avast, ye robber barons!

Brian Charles' story in Tuesday's Signal (June 16) mentioning a "revenue neutral" payment of perhaps $3 million annually, perhaps in perpetuity - in exchange for westside unincorporated communities being allowed to have some measure of local government - leaves me outraged.

June 21, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Cameron Smyth: And the Democratic spending continues

Recently, the Legislature completed the traditional "House of Origin" deadline, during which literally hundreds of bills are voted on over a five-day period.

June 21, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Joe Messina: Hart District choosing rough road to a high school in Castaic

When you keep hitting "bumps" in the road, eventually you'll get to a point where you have to ask, "Is it the road's fault or the driver's?"

June 21, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


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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


The tragedy in Isla Vista

By now, most of us have heard of the terrible tragedy that happened in Santa Barbara before Memorial Day. A very confused young man committed a series of violent acts that resulted in the deaths of six college students.

June 02, 2014 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


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


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