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New Skatepark a Lesson in Patience, Character

I am a 45-year-old father of three who lives, works and pays taxes in the Santa Clarita Valley. I took up skateboarding six years ago after a 20-year hiatus. It is one of the best things I have ever done for myself, both mentally and physically.

May 03, 2008 | By Eric Christiansen | Columnists


See You on the Greens in Santa Clarita!

In just a few days some of the best names in golf - Tom Kite, Jay Haas, Fuzzy Zoeller, Tom Purtzer, Nick Price, Mark O'Meara, and Loren Roberts to name a few - will compete for a $1.6 million dollar purse as part of the annual AT&T Champions Classic taking place March 10-16 at the beautiful Valencia Country Club in Santa Clarita.

May 03, 2008 | By Frank Ferry | Columnists


Best Choice for McCain's Veep? Try Jeff Sessions

One does not hear much about the office of the vice president. It's kind of a nothing job with no real power. The vice president presides over the Senate and has no voting power except to break a tie. That has happened only 233 times in the history of our country. No, the framers of our Constitution did not have a clear concept for the office of the vice president. except to provide a successor in the event of the president's death, disability, or resignation.

May 02, 2008 | By Roger Giltin | Columnists


On Flatus, 'Kumbaya' Moments and Peace for All Nations

After decades of nursing, family life and other interpersonal relationships, I have accepted something that many folks remain terribly uncomfortable with.

May 02, 2008 | By Diana Sevanian | Columnists


Another 1,000 Units Approved

You wouldn't know that we have a housing downturn in Santa Clarita. Developers continue working on the many projects already approved here including the 2,500-unit West Creek Project, the 1,100-unit Riverpark project and the 900-unit Keystone project.

May 01, 2008 | By Lynne Plambeck | Columnists


It Really is Time For Change

I think most of us understand that there are times when we are too close to a situation to see clearly. We are familiar with the sayings "He cannot see the wood for the trees" and "She cannot see the trees for the forest."

April 30, 2008 | By Robert Heller | Columnists


Volunteering Pays 'Real Good'

I was leading 12 fourth graders on the trail at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, where I am a docent, teaching kids about nature. We were standing under a California sycamore that would have provided shade if it were summer. It was a brisk winter morning, and I had need of a handkerchief. While I was in the process of handkerchiefing, one of the kids in front of me said, "What is that?" I replied, "It's a handkerchief." Another one said, "I've heard of them!"

April 29, 2008 | By Phil Rizzo | Columnists


Hidden Treasure at Newhall Memorial

Does the local community know what a hidden and rare gem it holds in its midst, in the form of the Henry Mayo Newhall Ambulatory Care Center, the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center and, especially, the rare and unique Dr. Gregory Senofsky?

April 28, 2008 | By Randi S. Waltuck | Columnists


Tackling Global Warming

Global warming.

April 27, 2008 | By Bill Kennedy | Columnists


The Goose is Loose in Downtown Newhall

As you read this, I'm in Maui! Of all the Hawaiian Islands, Maui is my favorite! Fun, food and lots of history. Actually, as you read this I will be soaring above the jungle canopy on a zip line tour!

Grand Opening of Loose Goose

April 26, 2008 | Michele E. Buttelman | Columnists


Tax Increase Will Hurt Local Businesses

A recent proposal at the State Capitol could have a big impact on businesses in Santa Clarita.

April 26, 2008 | By Cameron Smyth | Columnists


Hitting the Wrong Musical Note

I feel sorry for Dr. Collyn Nielsen, the new principal of Hart High School. Santa Clarita's oldest high school is up for accreditation by an outside agency. Unless something changes, when asked how the arts are faring, he's going to have to stand up there and say that during his first year as principal the school orchestra was killed as an academic course. It certainly won't look good at all to the evaluators.

April 26, 2008 | By Alessandra Barrett | Columnists


Building a New Library for Newhall

"Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library. The only entrance requirement is interest." -- Lady Bird Johnson

Over the last decade, the city of Santa Clarita has brought many amenities to Old Town Newhall. The Newhall Community Center welcomes hundreds of children every day; the Veterans Historical Plaza is a place of quiet contemplation and solace in the center of a busy area; and the Newhall Metrolink Station provides commuter service to residents traveling to the San Fernando and Antelope valleys and to Los Angeles for work. This year, the city is embarking upon ...

April 26, 2008 | By Marsha McLean | Columnists


Moving On but Never Forgetting

Several years back in The Signal's entertainment tabloid, a blurb ran about "The Diary of Anne Frank," which at the time was being produced at one of our community theaters.

April 25, 2008 | By Diana Sevanian | Columnists


Free Former Border Agents Ramos and Compean

Wikipedia defines the word "hero" from Greek mythology and folklore as the offspring of both a deity and a mortal, who in the face of danger and adversity or from a position of weakness, displays courage and the will for self-sacrifice.

April 25, 2008 | By 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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