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Andy Pattantyus: Preserving liberty is the citizen's obligation

Webster's dictionary defines liberty, our country's most precious asset, as "the quality or state of being free, freedom from arbitrary or despotic control."

September 04, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Laurene Weste: September is River Rally time in Santa Clarita

The Santa Clara River is a part of the city of Santa Clarita in more ways than one. While providing a home to many species of plants and animals, the river also annually brings together thousands of volunteers who dedicate their time to ridding it of trash and debris. This year marks the city's 15th annual River Rally Cleanup and Environmental Expo.

September 03, 2009 | Laurene Weste | Columnists


Cam Noltemeyer: Public shut out of developer needs process

After being away for a week I read with interest the Signal article "City OKs portion of fluid plan" regarding the 21-point stimulus package that appears to be missing the back up for point seven. So I made a point of watching the tape of the city council meeting. I checked the city council minutes of April 28, 2009. There it was, Economic Development 21-Point Business Plan for Progress. It received a unanimous vote from the city council. Along with that approval came $800,000 in funding, $500,000 from contingency accounts and $300,000 from LMD fund balance. Now ...

September 03, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Milt Bernstein: Smyth dodges inmate problem

I have just received an e-mail from Assemblyman Cameron Smyth in which he decries the decision by a panel of judges to release 40,000 inmates within two years to resolve prison overcrowding. In this e-mail, he tries to generate fear in the minds and hearts of his constituents instead of explaining the problem and even asking for suggestions as to how to resolve this situation.

September 03, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Doug Sink: The Decoro Drive change should be reversed

My neighbors, coworkers and I are impacted by the Decoro re-striping and elimination of two traffic lanes to install unnecessary bike lanes, and frustrated residents who have seen the city of Santa Clarita's engineers fix something that was not broken without even consulting with or advising us.

September 02, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: The shelves are stacked against us

What a politicized mess of health care we've made. With Big Pharm and Big Med dollars pulling who knows what levers, America can't get traction on a functional debate about what may be the most important issue facing us for decades.

September 02, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Kevin Buck: The dog days of discourse

Now is the summer of our discontent, made glorious by the disaffected whines of the GOP. Their stern alarms changed our merry meetings, their dreadful marches befouled delightful measures.

September 01, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Death of a lion?

Ted Kennedy died last Wednesday at the age of 77 of terminal brain cancer. As the third-longest tenured United States senator, Kennedy had the opportunity to shape American political life and policy for nearly half a century.

August 31, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Carl Boyer: We must not fail to work on a new California Constitution

Sen. Tony Strickland has said that a proposed new state constitution is an "end run to circumvent Proposition 13." Assemblyman Cameron Smyth supports Proposition 13, and a convention if the people want it.

August 30, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Walter Watson: Our state needs to change its ways

Prop 13's protection of homeowners must be incorporated into any new state constitution.

August 30, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Dr. Hector Bruce: Tele-town hall call fostered fear, not solutions

Dear Rep. McKeon:

August 30, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Dean Anderson: Domestic violence hits home in SCV

In reading some of the comments related to the latest example of a fatal domestic violence incident in SCV ("Murder-suicide victims identified, The Signal, Aug. 14), I'm struck with the reality of just how naive some are to the aspects of domestic violence.

August 29, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Bill Kennedy: Unintended consequences

Frobisher Bay, Canada, just south of the Arctic Circle on Baffin Island, November 1982: My wife and I were standing on hard-packed snow in frigid weather beside the aircraft that had just deposited our party of some 50 international delegates sent to get a view of the unintended consequences of socialism run amok.

August 28, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Frank Ferry: Magic Mountain-Interstate 5 expansion ready

For those of you who regularly travel the areas around Six Flags Magic Mountain, the Valencia Industrial Center and The Old Road, the completion of the expansion of the intersection of Magic Mountain Parkway and Interstate 5, including the freeway on and off ramps, is welcome news indeed.

August 28, 2009 | Frank Ferry | Columnists


Lynne Plambeck: Condors and confidentiality

A recent press release touted a success for the Center for Biological Diversity's long-fought battle to release confidential documents on the endangered condor.

August 27, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


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Steve Lunetta: The spending orgy

I admit it. I am blissfully unaware of most things related to government budgeting. Because, frankly, it bores me.

February 17, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right here right now | Columnists


David Hegg: Sacrifice and success

If I seem a little grouchy there's a reason. My wife and I have embarked on a 28-day food intake program (read: diet!) that has one simple, basic rule: If it tastes good, spit it out!

February 16, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Steve Knight: Failed laws threaten communities

Federal judges recently granted California two more years to reduce its inmate population to 137.5 percent of the capacity that the 33 state's prisons were built to hold, moving the deadline from June 2013 to February 2016.

February 14, 2014 | By Steve Knight Right here right now | Columnists


Marsha McLean: Free homework resources

These days, homework is not only difficult, it's time-consuming. It is not uncommon for students to have three hours or more of homework each and every night.

February 14, 2014 | By Marsha McLean Live from city hall | Columnists


Trudi Nash: Drought-resistant plants

I don't know who is responsible for this situation, nor do I know if it can be corrected, but I do feel like no one is seeing the reality of this.

February 13, 2014 | By Trudi Nash SCV Voices | Columnists


Gary Horton: Demand more from candidates

I met up with Lee Rogers for lunch last week at the Tournament Players Club restaurant in Valencia. The Democratic candidate running to replace Howard "Buck" McKeon in this year's election, Lee, many believe, is likely to be the new representative for our district.

February 13, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Kevin Buck: Obama derangement syndrome

Is anyone else tired of the barrage of ad hominem attacks, conspiracy theories, ginned-up scandals and false equivalencies coming from the right side of the political spectrum?

February 11, 2014 | By Kevin Buck Democratic Voices | Columnists


Will Durst: It’s time to speak out against plastic bread

No matter who you are or where you live or what you drive or whether you thought "The English Patient" or "Anchorman 2" the funnier movie, it is time to take a stand on plastic bread. Here's a hint: most of us are against it.

February 10, 2014 | By Will Durst Raging Moderate | Columnists


Bob Kellar: Take a spin on the city’s trails

Santa Clarita residents are enjoying one of the warmest winters on record, which means there are more opportunities than ever to get outdoors and enjoy our local bike trails.

February 10, 2014 | By Santa Clarita City Councilman Bob Kellar Live from City Hall | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Wisdom just ain't what it used to be

"Hear, my son, your father's instruction

February 10, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right About Now | Columnists


Tammy Messina: Election integrity matters

Elections have consequences. It's a phrase we often hear. Getting the right people in office to represent us is a critical function of our citizen-led government.

February 07, 2014 | By Tammy Messina | Columnists


Holly Schroeder: Santa Clarita Valley’s myths debunked

Working to recruit new businesses to the Santa Clarita Valley, I come across a lot of misconceptions about our valley.

February 06, 2014 | By Holly Schroeder SCV Voices | Columnists


Gary Horton: Our hearts are not with our children

Most folks understand that the tax policies of the past 30 years have created a great wealth disparity in the United States.

February 05, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Charlie Vignola: The bare minimum

Republicans think they get unfairly labeled as the party of the wealthy, a party that tricks working-class voters into voting against their own economic self-interest by exploiting cultural wedge issues.

February 04, 2014 | By Charles Vignola Democratic Voices | Columnists


Tom Purcell: Why Groundhog Day should be outlawed

Punxsutawney Phil must be stopped. The lovable little groundhog must be stopped.

February 01, 2014 | By Tom Purcell Commentary | Columnists


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