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Even for a rightie, a McCain vote still isn’t certain

As did William F. Buckley Jr. and Barry Goldwater, I reject rote, unthinking party loyalty. I reject the censure of my individualism, sagacity and liberty.

January 03, 2009 | by Andre Hollings | Columnists


My split ballot and the ‘generic’ Republican

I decided that my vote cast three weeks ago will gum up the optical reading machine at county clerk headquarters down in Norwalk.

January 03, 2009 | By Tim Myers | Columnists


Welcome to standard time

Welcome to Pacific Standard Time! I hope everyone remembered to "fall back" last night.

January 03, 2009 | By Michele E. Buttelman Signal Features Editor | Columnists


What defines Smyth

The time has finally come! On Tuesday we all head to the polls to vote for the future of this country, this state and this community.

January 03, 2009 | By Brian Koegle | Columnists


Try a free drive-thru

To assist residents in preparing for the upcoming flu season, the city of Santa Clarita will be hosting the third annual drive-through flu shot clinic on Friday at College of the Canyons.

January 03, 2009 | By Laurene Weste | Columnists


Lisa Fimiani: Counting on the Bluebirds of Happiness

I participated in the Santa Clarita Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 28, and despite cold morning temperatures I had a great time as usual.

January 03, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Taylor Jones: On misguided thinking

Bruce McFarland's commentary that appeared in the Dec. 23 issue of The Signal is particularly interesting because it's in a real sense a tour de force of flawed, liberal thought.

January 03, 2009 | Gilbert H. Snow | Columnists


Michael Picarella: Confessions of a jazz lover

I must confess - I love jazz music.

January 03, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Measure SA is a $5 myth

Think about it. If Measure V required $30 per $100,000 of assessed home value to raise $158 million, how, then, is it possible to raise $300 million on $5, as proponents of Measure SA claim?

January 02, 2009 | By Eduardo Espana | Columnists


Dedicated to propositions, part 2

Presidential election years are the World Cup for politics junkies, and this year has been one of the best ever. However, besides tracking all the important partisan races in the national and local spotlights, Californians are once again being asked to do their Legislature's job and vote on 12 ballot propositions.

January 02, 2009 | By Kevin Buck | Columnists


Help Measure SA pass

Our efforts on the ground these last few months have been successful in getting the word out about Measure SA and what it will do for the William S. Hart Union High School District and our students.

January 02, 2009 | By Linda Valdes Educator, Rio Vista Elementary School | Columnists


Frank Ferry: Introducing our city youth to Mayor Dude

Municipal leaders regularly make decisions, shape policies and take action on issues that directly affect youth.

January 02, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


John Boston: Have we already botched New Year’s?

"I'd love to change the world. But I don't know what to do. So I leave it up to you."

January 02, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Bob Dickson: Jesus Christ and Karl Marx ... who knew

I promised myself when I signed on to contribute to this space that I wouldn't mix politics and religion because they don't belong together. I don't want to hear my pastor going on about which candidate or policy I should support, and I don't need my elected officials meddling in how I choose to worship.

January 02, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Economic recovery plan

Two days ago the Federal Reserve cut a key interest rate to one percent in an effort to stimulate the economy. The economy is on the mind of virtually every tax-paying worker, parent, and retiree. It is also the No. 1 issue for voters heading to the polls Nov. 4. And while cutting interest rates historically shores up investor enthusiasm, our country's economic health is sitting in an unusual position. What the country truly needs now is a strategic, common-sense plan to revive our economy, produce more American jobs and ultimately ensure long-term prosperity.

January 01, 2009 | By Howard P. McKeon | Columnists


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Frank Ferry: Take time to vote in the 2014 City Council election

As most readers know by now, I am in the midst of finishing out my last few weeks as a Santa Clarita City Council member.

February 28, 2014 | By Frank Ferry Live from city hall | Columnists


Betty Arenson: Mr. President: We have some questions

President Barack Obama is undeniably thin-skinned when it comes to allowing any credence to anyone who disagrees with his policies.

February 28, 2014 | By Betty Arenson Right here right now | Columnists


Brian Baker: Vapor cigarettes on the line

Well, the Health Gestapo are at it again. According to a Feb. 25 Los Angeles Times story, "A Los Angeles City Council panel on Monday endorsed an array of restrictions on e-cigarettes that would prohibit the vapor-emitting devices from being used in most workplaces and a number of public spaces.

February 27, 2014 | By Brian Baker SCV Voices | Columnists


Cher Gilmore: Time to address the climate crisis

Many proposals have been put forward to address California's drought crisis, from more water recycling and groundwater cleanup to desalination plants, better conservation, and the latest state proposal to build $25 billion to $52 billion worth of new canals to transport Bay Area water to Southern California.

February 27, 2014 | By Cher Gilmore SCV Voices | Columnists


Carl Boyer: What should be the real City Council campaign issues?

We are in the midst of another campaign for election to Santa Clarita City Council, and a number of candidates can be expected to talk about the usual: jobs, good schools, recreation for youth and beautification among them.

February 26, 2014 | By Carl Boyer SCV Voices | Columnists


Gary Horton: Put a brick in it

They say we're headed for a pretty good rain later this week. The comfortable moisture on our skin and fresh scent in the air might have us feeling "everything's better again," but wishful thinking won't fill half-empty reservoirs.

February 26, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Charlie Vignola: The right to discriminate

Leave it to the Republicans to try to legalize discrimination against a minority.

February 25, 2014 | By Charlie Vignola Democratic Voices | Columnists


Bob Kellar: Blight of billboards

The Signal recently printed a story regarding the eradication of billboards along the railroad tracks next to Soledad Canyon Road and Railroad Avenue. This is a matter of importance that I wanted to be heard on before it comes to the City Council for consideration Feb. 25.

February 23, 2014 | By Bob Kellar SCV Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: Happiness is a lot more hard work

In the past few months I have watched in anguish as four very good friends of mine, good people all, have ended their marriages in divorce.

February 23, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Laurene Weste: Painting the town: Public art in the SCV

Residents who spend time out and about in Santa Clarita are bound to come across local art. From outdoor pieces like the iconic California Bear Project to indoor galleries featuring art created by local students, Santa Clarita's art showcases our community's own unique identity in an imaginative way.

February 21, 2014 | By Laurene Weste Live from city hall | Columnists


Alice Khosravy: Sandbagged department budgets

On Feb. 19 the state Legislative Analyst's Office released a report that analyzes the governor's budget plan for the Department of Corrections.

February 21, 2014 | By Alice Khosravy Right here right now | Columnists


David McCann: Address the real problems

I just finished reading Susan Stamper Brown's piece about not trusting our government (Santa Clarita Valley Signal, 2-18-14); and, while I could not agree more with you on some of your points, I could not disagree more with you about your reasons for making those points.

February 20, 2014 | By David McCann | Columnists


Gary Horton: Victors can’t get all the spoils

"To the victors go the spoils."

February 19, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Jonathan Kraut: It’s time for fresh approach at city hall

For the last 12 years, four of the same five pilots have steered the good ship Santa Clarita.

February 18, 2014 | By Jonathan Kraut | Columnists


Ed Bernstein: Billboards are a homerun

For nearly a quarter century 25Score has maintained a tight-knit relationship with the community members and local businesses of Santa Clarita.

February 17, 2014 | By Ed Bernstein SCV Voices | Columnists


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