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Just one question for Barack Obama

Be it his chicken-in-every-pot oration at the DNC or his refusal at the Ole Miss debate to be fiscally responsible by amending his 21st century "Great Society" to-do list - despite the $700 billion drain on the treasury that he may inherit - I have only one question for Barack Obama: How in the free world will he be able to fund the infinite throng of assurances that he has asked America to bank on?

December 13, 2008 | By Andre Hollings SCV Voices | Columnists


Youth make a difference

Youth make a difference

December 13, 2008 | By Laurie Ender Live from City Hall | Columnists


SCV’s ‘silent majority’ screams

During the upheaval of the 1960s, Republican Richard Nixon, the conservative of his day, liked to refer to the "silent majority."

December 13, 2008 | By Tim Myers | Columnists


Partisan bashing a lose-lose for all

Several weeks ago I attended a particularly sad funeral.

December 13, 2008 | By Diana Sevanian | Columnists


Curse of the Ghoul Mine

It's the season for pumpkins and ghosts and goblins, galore! It's also time to head out to Lombardi's up Bouquet Canyon in Saugus. Devastated by the Buckweed Fire last year, Lombardi's is back - and just as good as ever. Why not head out there this weekend and celebrate a Santa Clarita Valley institution?

December 13, 2008 | By Michele E. Buttelman Signal Features Editor | Columnists


Wish doctor at your service

My wife, 5-year-old son and I passed a water fountain, and sure enough my boy wanted a coin so he could make a wish. This wasn't your typical fountain for wishing. It was a drinking fountain.

December 13, 2008 | By Michael Picarella | Columnists


Sailing into the new year

Children are amazing in their capacity to awaken the spirit of goodness and generosity in one's soul.

December 13, 2008 | By Leigh Hart | Columnists


John Boston: How to repair your pets & credit

"Modern man drives a mortgaged car over a bond-financed highway on credit-card gas."

December 12, 2008 | By John Boston How Beige Was My Valley | Columnists


Helping create a sustainable Santa Clarita

Often at the city of Santa Clarita, we are asked for easier ways to reduce our carbon footprint.

December 12, 2008 | Marsha McLean Live From City Hall | Columnists


Bailout is a temporary fix

What's up with this Wall Street versus Main Street political buzzword gobbledygook?

December 11, 2008 | By Paul Strickland Sr. | Columnists


My son’s school project

When I was a kid, I entered countless grocery store coloring contests and colored my pictures with great skill and patience, my eye always on the first-place prize.

December 11, 2008 | By Michael Picarella | Columnists


A few thoughts on fire safety

The monster brushfire that raged through the hills above Sylmar and raced against traffic along Interstate 5 last month was finally extinguished several days after it started.

December 11, 2008 | By Richard Chandler Environmentally Speaking | Columnists


Water needs and Wall Street

So how did we get into this financial mess?

December 10, 2008 | By Lynne Plambeck | Columnists


Another look at America’s current crisis

It seems to me that all the experts evaluating this economic crisis are generally in agreement that everything is going to be OK.

December 10, 2008 | By Phil Rizzo | Columnists


Our houses, our homes

Let me tell you about our house.

December 09, 2008 | By Gary Horton | Columnists


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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


The Sterling dilemma

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.

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


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