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Gina Nordenstrom: MRF conflict made from air

Regarding Carole Lutness' "Nordenstrom needs to do some homework" Opinion column in the July 23 Signal: Apples are still apples, no matter how many times you try to make them oranges. Everyone knows what happens when you make assumptions based on appearances.

July 28, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Bruce McFarland: Nixon, Bush, Cheney and the Truth Teller

As we learn more about the secret inner workings of the Bush/Cheney administration, many old-timers make comparisons with Richard Nixon's reign.

July 28, 2009 | Bruce McFarland | Columnists


Republicans need to realize truth

When all you right wing thought-leaders get done freaking out over Judge Sotomayor, realize this truth:

July 28, 2009 | By Paul Sibek Newhall | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Health care conundrums

I am torn. Like a liberal driving a Mercedes, the promise of universal health care both excites and frightens me.

July 27, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Peter Gillies: Candy bombs and the future of Iraq

My view of Iraq was from the cockpit of an Army UH-60L Blackhawk helicopter.

July 26, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tim Myers: Joe Messina’s chances on the Hart board

After several weeks of examination and analysis, most statisticians agree the incumbent administration and currently ruling clerics determined the outcome of the Iranian presidential election before the actual counting of the votes.

July 26, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Scott Thomas Wilk: Joe Messina’s chances on the Hart board

I'm Las Vegas' worst nightmare. I always leave a winner.

July 26, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Bill Kennedy: The good, the bad and the ugly

The good

July 24, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Frank Ferry: Extreme neighborhood makeover continues

Over the past two decades, the city of Santa Clarita's "reactive code enforcement" policies have slowly grown to encompass a more proactive approach, enabling the city to better interact with individual neighbors at an early stage in the code-enforcement process in a timely manner.

July 24, 2009 | Frank Ferry | Columnists


Lynne Plambeck: Bankruptcy and public interest

Recently, several large bankruptcies have made nationwide headlines.

July 23, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: There is no if ... just and

"Remember the last time I told you I love you -

July 22, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Diana Shaw: Cheney is the gift that keeps on giving

Really. Dick Cheney is the gift that keeps on giving.

July 21, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Playing the race card

Uncle Earl is probably my favorite relative. His penchant for seeing through the political haze and grasping the reality of a situation is an endearing trait that makes him fascinating to listen to - and read.

July 20, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Jennifer Kilpatrick: Make the Sterling-Gateway site work for Castaic

Sitting by the beautiful waters of the Colorado River, I should be serene. But I was foolish enough to read the July 16 edition of The Signal, containing Hart district Superintendent Jaime Castellanos' disingenuous statement to the Castaic community: "I've gone as far as I can go," a frustrated Castellanos told The Signal in an interview. "Now I need the support of the (Castaic Area) Town Council and the community to make this happen."

July 19, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Howard P. 'Buck' McKeon: Leave government out of health care

Editor's note: The House Committee on Education and Labor voted 26-22 Friday in favor of the Democratic-sponsored America's Affordable Health Choices Act. Congressman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, who serves on the committee, voted against the act. The legislation must clear the House Committee on Energy and Commerce before being voted on by the full House of Representatives.

July 19, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


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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


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


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