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George Runner: The water softener bait and switch

We've all been victims of a bait and switch: a sales tactic in which an item is used to attract customers who, once lured, find themselves receiving something different than what was offered.

May 17, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Dave Bossert: Annexation is not being held ‘ransom’

Several weeks ago The Signal published an opinion piece by Brian Roney titled "Annexation held for ransom." It was an amazingly uninformed piece on the annexation process.

May 17, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tim Myers: And life goes on

An epiphany occurred early this week. A vision of clarity struck me while reviewing the agenda for the May 12 Santa Clarita City Council meeting, specifically the item regarding a plebiscite for the inclusion of the words "In God We Trust" on the city of Santa Clarita logo.

May 17, 2009 | Tim Myers | Columnists


Dr. Gary Mangiofico: Our children’s future is at stake

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has recently been traveling across the state, arguing for the passage of the six propositions on Tuesday's statewide special election ballot. He has called the package a needed "budget reform."

May 17, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Frank Ferry: City to launch 21-point business plan

The city of Santa Clarita City Council recently approved an unprecedented 21-Point Business Plan for Progress, investing more than $5.1 million in new programs and incentives aimed at boosting the local economy now and well into the future.

May 15, 2009 | Frank Ferry | Columnists


Lynne Plambeck: Watering on a wish and a prayer

A Signal article last week quoted Dan Masnada, general manager of Castaic Lake Water Agency, as saying there would be adequate water to serve Newhall Land's Newhall Ranch development.

May 14, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Mike Ascolese: Farewell to a fallen friend

Thursday was the memorial service and funeral for Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy Robert Corrales, who was stationed at the Santa Clarita Courthouse for more than a decade and died April 23.

May 12, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: Local robber taunts California to change

Everything financial is in turmoil.

May 12, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


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


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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


David Hegg: Our freedom of speech is being taken away

One of our most necessary freedoms as Americans is the freedom of speech, as protected in the Bill of Rights. Yet, today, while much is being shouted and written supporting this prized privilege, the fact is the freedom to speak is being taken away.

June 15, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


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