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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


Laurie Ender: Anti-Gang Task Force fights to keep streets, youth safe

As community members, we value the safety of our city and understand that it takes a great deal of collaboration to make Santa Clarita a great place to live, work and play. Our world today is riddled with crime, gangs and individuals who see our possessions, lifestyle and even children as a means to their gain. The city works hard to keep this kind of criminal activity off our streets and away from our community, and the City/Sheriff Anti-Gang Task Force proved this in its 2008 yearly report.

February 27, 2009 | Santa Clarita City Council | Columnists


Bill Kennedy: Denial led to state budget crunch

It was January 1966 and 2nd Lt. Larry Arnold, one of my USAF pilot training classmates, had just lifted off from our base in Texas for his initial solo in a twin-engine jet, when he was confronted by one of a pilot's worst nightmares - a cockpit warning light indicating a fire in the right engine.

February 27, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Dr. Gene Dorio: A healthier, cleaner, safer Santa Clarita

As a doctor, I am particularly concerned about the health of our community and how it affects the health of the individuals who live here, especially our children and seniors.

February 26, 2009 | Dr. Gene Dorio | Columnists


Joe Messina: Paying the high cost of illegal immigration

"All they want to do is work!"

February 26, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: Vision big for California

The fun part is when you're so close to the windshield you can see the incredulous look on drivers' faces just as they're about to run you down.

February 24, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tim Myers: Congressman McKeon and the 'rump' party

Rump: A small or inferior remnant or offshoot; especially a group ... carrying on in the name of the original body after the departure or expulsion of a large number of its members.

February 22, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Don Gately: Frustrating thingamajigs

It came in a "blister pack" that required a hacksaw or blowtorch to open.

February 22, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Kevin Korenthal: Diversity or discrimination?

It would appear that Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor under President Clinton, knows little about the reality of racial diversity in the union building trades.

February 22, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Cameron Smyth: Tax credit will create local jobs

Throughout my time in the Legislature, I have worked closely with my colleagues - both Republicans and Democrats - in an effort to stem the flow of runaway film production that takes so many jobs out of our community.

February 22, 2009 | Assemblyman, 38th District | Columnists


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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


Laurene Weste: Events with benefits: fun for a cause in the SCV

The city of Santa Clarita is home to numerous nonprofit organizations that benefit residents from all walks of life.

June 13, 2014 | By Laurene Weste Live from city hall | Columnists


Scott Wilk: Raising awareness to DIPG

Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or DIPG, is a terminal brain disease that affects children aged 5 to 10 years.

June 13, 2014 | By Scott Wilk Right here right now | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Earl’s graduation speech

My Uncle Earl was recently invited to give the commencement speech at the Robert Oppenheimer School for Really Smart Kids, a charter school approved by the Newhall School District but located in Lancaster.

June 12, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right about now | Columnists


Gary Horton: Oh, the places our tax money goes

Dr. Seuss is among the most beloved in the pantheon of American writers. Ostensibly written for children, most of his stories also carry deeply meaningful lessons for those adults reading along with their kids.

June 11, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Charlie Vignola: G.O.P. smears P.O.W.

Just when you think Fox News and the right-wing scandal machine can sink no further, they wallow in a new level of filth that just boggles the mind.

June 10, 2014 | By Charlie Vignola Democratic Voices | Columnists


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


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