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Michael Cruz: It's about unity, not 'pork'

The $410 billion federal Omnibus bill, signed into law several weeks ago by President Obama, funds the federal government until the new fiscal year that begins in October.

April 05, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Cary Osborne: One year later: A story is told

It has been a nearly year since the death of 36-year-old John Conant, a Saugus High School and College of the Canyons graduate.

April 05, 2009 | Cary Osborne | Columnists


Frank Ferry: 'Evening of Remembrance' at Youth Garden April 13

Teenagers often do a number of things that put their lives in danger, including irresponsible driving.

April 05, 2009 | Frank Ferry | Columnists


Tim Myers: Afraid of the homeless?

Councilmember Kellar: I attended the Santa Clarita City Council meeting March 24 with the Boy Scouts of the Phoenix Patrol of Troop 2 so they could fulfill one of the requirements for their Citizenship in the Community merit badge.

April 05, 2009 | Tim Myers | Columnists


Kim Anderson: Thanks for the memories, Dad

As I sit down to write this memorial column to honor my dad, Edward Garfalo, I'd give anything to be a more proficient writer, but sadly I'm not. What could I say about my dad that would do justice to his life? How exactly do you measure a man's life?

April 04, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Bob Dickson: Time for the Boston Smoke Party

On April 1, the federal sales tax on a pack of cigarettes jumped from 39 cents to $1.01, and the only part of it that makes any sense is the date on which this tax went into effect.

April 03, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Cam Noltemeyer: Playing Monopoly with SCV water supplies

In 1999, Castaic Lake Water Agency bought Santa Clarita Water Company in a deal that, for the most part, occurred behind closed doors. Unbeknownst to the public, they filed for condemnation, paid $63 million in cash to the Bonelli family, apparently without a board vote on the matter, and bought a company that they could not legally own. They used public tax dollars to pay four times more than the appraised value of the water company at a time when two major wells were shut down because of amonium perchlorate pollution.

April 02, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Phil Rizzo: Money and politics are one and the same

Democrats have been accused of stirring up class warfare. Good for them!

April 01, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Uncertain future

In response to Bruce Hector's Letter to the Editor, "Stimulus means brighter future" (March 18), Bruce must have been at Disneyland and stayed in Fantasyland for a week to believe that Obama is going to do the country any good.

March 31, 2009 | By Kim M. Williams Lancaster | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Torn over teachers

I am locked in a true conundrum. A conundrum is defined by Webster's as "an intricate and difficult problem."

March 30, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Roger Gitlin: Happy birthday, Senor Chavez

Tuesday, March 31, would have been Cesar Chavez' birthday.

March 29, 2009 | Roger Gitlin | Columnists


Cameron Smyth: More new taxes are not the solution

Six weeks ago, in an effort to close a $42 billion budget gap, the Legislature passed a state budget that included $12.5 billion in tax increases, which are set to take effect on April 1.

March 29, 2009 | Cameron Smyth | Columnists


Paul De La Cerda: Community advocacy in action

On Monday morning, March 23, I anxiously awoke at 5:30 a.m. realizing I had to wait two more hours until I could board a chartered bus to take part in an annual road trip to our state Capitol.

March 29, 2009 | Paul De La Cerda | Columnists


Laurie Ender: One Valley, One Vision -- one plan, four themes

Over the last several years, the city of Santa Clarita and Los Angeles county have been working with residents of this valley to create a joint general plan, the first of its kind in L.A. County.

March 29, 2009 | Laurie Ender | Columnists


Tim Myers: SCV Republican activists are gifts that keep on giving

When I meet people for the first time who know me only through this column, I initially must clarify that I have received no money for these weekly ramblings over the past 12-some years.

March 28, 2009 | Tim Myers | Columnists


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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


The Sterling dilemma

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.

May 05, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right About Now | Columnists


David Hegg: Toward ethical friendship

Someone has rightly said that a true friend is one who walks in when everyone else is walking out. In most areas of life, tragedy and trial bring truth to the surface. Your true character is best seen in the worst of situations, when the façade falls away and you no longer can hide who you are. When it comes to friendships, hard times bring out the reality of the relationship.

May 04, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Dante Acosta: Santa Clarita laces up for Wings for Life run

Ever since I moved to Santa Clarita nearly 28 years ago, I've always appreciated our community's clean streets, wide open spaces and active lifestyle.

May 02, 2014 | By Dante Acosta Live from city hall | Columnists


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