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Leigh Hart: It's time for spring cleaning

March is springing and sprouting its greenery in my neck of the woods. The birds are happily chirping, the ruby red leaves are popping on the roses and the hyacinths and daffodils are blooming. Okay, the traditional flowers of spring are growing in my neighbor's yard, but my lavender and rosemary are fragrantly blooming.

March 10, 2009 | By Leigh Hart Democratic Voices | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Manny happy returns

"Well, I spent some time in the Mudville Nine, watchin' it from the bench;

March 09, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Ken Pulskamp: Santa Clarita pursues stimulus money

When the Depression of the 1930s gripped our country's economy, FDR's "New Deal" brought forth funding for nationwide infrastructure projects that has yet to be repeated.

March 08, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Jerry Gladbach: the Santa Clarita Valley water-supply stimulus package

As the water equivalent of a recession deepens, we at the Castaic Lake Water Agency are looking ahead into 2009 and expecting we'll dip into our reserves.

March 08, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tim Myers: The 'Buck' circus

"We have to understand that many Americans including conservatives ... personally like Barack Obama, and we need to be very careful that we don't create this sense of trying to demonize him or say ridiculous things or irrational things."

March 08, 2009 | Tim Myers | Columnists


Michael Picarella: friendship and the digital divide

My wife and I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years. When the two of us moved to Southern California in 2000, we left several friends behind.

March 07, 2009 | Mike Picarella | Columnists


Bob Kellar: Golf’s greats return to SCV for Champions Classic tournament

From March 9-15, the city of Santa Clarita will once again play host to the AT&T Champions Classic Golf tournament. Some of the biggest names in golf, including Gary Player, Jay Haas, Fuzzy Zoeller, Tom Purtzer, Tom Wargo and Loren Roberts will compete for more than $1.5 million as part of the annual event at Valencia Country Club.

March 06, 2009 | Bob Kellar | Columnists


Bill Bolde: In recognition of those who serve our country

Over the past six years, Saugus High School has had nine graduating seniors gain acceptance to various academies of the United States armed forces.

March 06, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Bob Dickson: Renters get the short end of the stick

Let me say this as plainly as I can to all you renters out there. You are the illegitimate child of the U.S. economy – Always have been, apparently always will be.

March 06, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Lynne Plambeck: Rain or shine, the drought is real

With local rainfall at normal levels, it just doesn't seem like we are really in a drought.

March 05, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Jose de la Isla: Drugs and border violence are also American issues

Mexico's biggest national security problem stems from its fight with drug cartels. Its domestic body count of nearly 6,000 people last year sounded the alarm. Prominently listed among the grizzly assassinations were gangsters, police, journalists, members of the military and government officials, plus a multitude of collateral victims.

March 05, 2009 | Jose de la Isla Hispanic News Link | Columnists


Gary Horton: Can the Buck be passed?

I did something Thursday night that I've never done before in my 52 years on earth. I finally, formally embraced compassionate humanity. I stopped looking through that glass darkly. I turned away from childish things. I shed the snaky, scaly skin of corruption and greed. Yes, after 34 years as a registered Republican, I officially changed my political party affiliation to Democrat. Mild-mannered, moderate columnist Gary Horton made the long-overdue formal switch to the Democratic Party in pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness - for all people, not just sum (Sic).

March 04, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Jonathan Kraut: Blue Dogs wanted

Despite his campaign promises of fiscal accountability and supporting smaller government, I know many of you are quite disturbed that President Barack Obama has promoted the greatest increase in government spending in human history.

March 03, 2009 | Jonathan Kraut | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: The path we're on

In business schools, students are taught important lessons about business that will hopefully help them avoid common pitfalls that destroy fledgling companies and major multinational corporations alike.

March 02, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Roger Gitlin: Support E-Verify

Some months back, I was visiting a friend who was entertaining other guests at his home at the time. One of those individuals owned a fast-food franchise in Santa Clarita.

March 01, 2009 | Roger Gitlin | Columnists


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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


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


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