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Did the city get a turkey this holiday?

Did our community get a "turkey" of a project this holiday season, or a hospital? That is the question after the Santa Clarita City Council last week approved the hospital and multi-story office expansions.

November 27, 2008 | By Cam Noltemeyer | Columnists


Striking a balance with nature

Last Saturday, Santa Clarita celebrated yet another successful River Rally. Thousands of people turned out to give the South Fork of the Santa Clara River a loving grooming.

November 26, 2008 | Signal Staff | Columnists


The change we need

For the past two years of the presidential campaign we've been overwhelmed and plastered with calls and slogans for "Change We Can Believe In." As the economy subsequently crashed, and then crashed harder, the "Change We Can Believe In" surged and morphed into a desperate plea for "The Change We Need."

November 26, 2008 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


We’re on a slippery slope

Socialism is best described as an economic system in which the basic means of production and finance are primarily owned and controlled collectively, usually by government under some systems.

November 25, 2008 | By Phil Rizzo | Columnists


Voting youth shows maturity

Fox News, conservative radio instigators and the Republican leadership have been scrambling as of late to redefine themselves.

November 25, 2008 | By Jonathan Kraut Democratic Voices | Columnists


The ‘Catch-22’ of our economy

"The 'Catch-22' is the housing market will not stabilize until the credit market stabilizes, and the credit market will not stabilize until the housing market stabilizes."

November 24, 2008 | By Bill Kennedy Right Here, Right Now | Columnists


We need another way out of this place

How many more wake-up calls do we need? We have had two earthquakes - 1971 and 1994 - shutting down the Interstate 5 and Highway 14 freeways.

November 23, 2008 | By Charlie J. O'Connell | Columnists


Community colleges need your support

Gov. Schwarzenegger projects that by 2010, unemployment will rise to 10 percent in California, adding 400,000 people to the list of unemployed.

November 23, 2008 | By Dianne Van Hook | Columnists


Prop. 8 and the ties that bind

Some of my dearest friends are opposed to same-sex marriage. Their "Yes on 8" votes on Nov. 4 reflected that position.

November 23, 2008 | By Diana Sevanian | Columnists


Two steps forward, one step back

"If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is still alive in our times, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer."

President-elect Barack Obama, Grant Park speech, Nov. 4

November 23, 2008 | By Tim Myers Myer's Musings | Columnists


Lessons learned on the soccer field

The colorful, hard soccer ball made in China soared toward the netted goal 50 feet away, kicked by a red-shirted player, only to be blocked by the defensive foot of the green-shirted goal guard.

November 23, 2008 | By Roy S. Bloss | Columnists


The Pulskamp who stole Christmas

The darndest things oft find their way into my wicked fingers. The other day, a friend mailed me a copy of the Burrtec News.

November 23, 2008 | By John Boston | Columnists


Wilderness Bill moves forward

The Eastern Sierra and Northern San Gabriel Wild Heritage Act has received wide bipartisan support on Capitol Hill.

November 22, 2008 | By Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel The Signal | Columnists


Improving academic performance and environment

It was one of those moments we educators thrive upon - receipt of test scores that placed our students at the top of the heap in a state that bears a reputation for underachievement in education.

November 22, 2008 | By Jaime Castellanos The Signal | Columnists


Credit where credit is due: Hart district compares well

The Signal recently reported on the Academic Performance Index results for the William S. Hart District and elementary school districts in the Santa Clarita Valley, so it's time to once again tear into the numbers to see what really happened and how the Hart district stacks up against other suburban high school districts in Southern California.

November 22, 2008 | By Tim Myers The Signal | Columnists


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Gil Mertz: Judge the content of our character

Black History Month has passed, but I remain inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream that we would not be judged by the color of our skin, but by the content of our character.

March 05, 2014 | By Gil Mertz SCV Voices | Columnists


Water Shortages: Thank Politics or Mother Nature?

The record dry year we are in has been in the news. Primarily the editorials and citizen feedback have been calls for more conservation.

March 04, 2014 | By Maria Gutzeit SCV Voices | Columnists


Kevin Buck: Interesting turn of events

It is a rare occasion that I write nice things about a Republican politician. Very rare.

March 04, 2014 | By Kevin Buck Democratic Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: Trajectory matters

I wasn't expecting an ethics lesson when I turned on the Winter Olympics, but one jumped out at me anyway.

March 02, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Andrew Fried: The BLM isn’t looking out for us

Over the past decade, Safe Action For the Environment Inc., the city of Santa Clarita and other community leaders have battled to save Soledad Canyon from the planned Cemex mega-mine, seeking cancellation of two 10-year contracts in which 56 million tons of aggregate would be extracted from the proposed mine site just outside Santa Clarita city limits.

March 02, 2014 | By Andrew Fried SCV Voices | Columnists


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


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