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Marsha McLean: Water cleanup mandate too expensive, maybe unnecessary

There is much confusion out there regarding a state-mandated fee that our residents are being asked to pay.

May 24, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


TimBen Boydston: Just say no to $250M salt tax

For out-of-control government spending plans, one does not need to look as far as Sacramento.

May 24, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Willie L. Pelote: Special election II flops; battle for the budget begins anew

Now that California voters have handed Arnold Schwarzenegger and his cadre of special interests another resounding special-election defeat, proponents of public services, fiscal responsibility, child care and mental health programs are gearing up for the battle over the 2010 state budget.

May 24, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Cam Noltemeyer: It’s not just sanitation rates going up

Too bad no one wants to tell our community what is really going on. For the past 10 years, everyone has known that the effluent emitted by Santa Clarita's sanitation districts is too high in salt (chlorides).

May 21, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Maria Gutzeit: The delta needs to be fixed

Nearly three years ago, I wrote an opinion piece in these pages about the lack of technical merit in the Regional Water Quality Control Board's (RWQCB) decision to set new lower chloride limits.

May 21, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: This recession is a grind, let's have some fun

I can't seem to face up to the facts

May 20, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Betty Arenson: Don’t blame Republicans for the housing meltdown

No matter how many times liberals try to tell us the Republicans are to blame for the financial mess we find ourselves in, the claim is false.

May 20, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Jonathan Kraut: In humans we trust

My wife always warns me not to write columns about God.

May 19, 2009 | Jonathan Kraut | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Bush, we hardly knew you

How could you embarrass us this way, George?

May 18, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


George Runner: The water softener bait and switch

We've all been victims of a bait and switch: a sales tactic in which an item is used to attract customers who, once lured, find themselves receiving something different than what was offered.

May 17, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Dave Bossert: Annexation is not being held ‘ransom’

Several weeks ago The Signal published an opinion piece by Brian Roney titled "Annexation held for ransom." It was an amazingly uninformed piece on the annexation process.

May 17, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tim Myers: And life goes on

An epiphany occurred early this week. A vision of clarity struck me while reviewing the agenda for the May 12 Santa Clarita City Council meeting, specifically the item regarding a plebiscite for the inclusion of the words "In God We Trust" on the city of Santa Clarita logo.

May 17, 2009 | Tim Myers | Columnists


Dr. Gary Mangiofico: Our children’s future is at stake

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has recently been traveling across the state, arguing for the passage of the six propositions on Tuesday's statewide special election ballot. He has called the package a needed "budget reform."

May 17, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Frank Ferry: City to launch 21-point business plan

The city of Santa Clarita City Council recently approved an unprecedented 21-Point Business Plan for Progress, investing more than $5.1 million in new programs and incentives aimed at boosting the local economy now and well into the future.

May 15, 2009 | Frank Ferry | Columnists


Lynne Plambeck: Watering on a wish and a prayer

A Signal article last week quoted Dan Masnada, general manager of Castaic Lake Water Agency, as saying there would be adequate water to serve Newhall Land's Newhall Ranch development.

May 14, 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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