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The Tooth Fairy and a big lie

My wife and I recently heard that our 5-year-old son should expect to lose teeth soon.

December 04, 2008 | By Michael Picarella | Columnists


Setting the issues straight about housing

The issues raised in two recent Signal columns (Sept. 18 and 26) are important ones. Perhaps a clear and accurate definition of "inclusionary" housing would help. Inclusionary housing is a local requirement for market-rate (for-profit) housing developers to provide some percentage of affordable housing as part of their development.

December 04, 2008 | By Armine Chaparyan Santa Clarita Redevelopment Manager | Columnists


The system needs to be bucked

So, what is your 510(k) or IRA worth? 90 percent of its value from last month? 60 percent? I never wanted to retire, anyway. The thought of wasting my time on hobbies, enjoying grandchildren, trips on cruise ships, rebuilding classic cars and going to baseball games is abhorrent. I'd rather be working.

December 04, 2008 | By Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Food for thought over the holidays

As we gather with friends and families over the holidays to enjoy the abundance and variety of food our country offers, perhaps we might want to give some thought to how that food is produced.

December 04, 2008 | By Lynne Plambeck | Columnists


The public is entitled to transparency

From budget delays to the notorious bailout, the American public and Santa Claritans in particular are faced with economic decisions that will affect our quality of life.

December 03, 2008 | By Cam Noltemeyer Environmentally Speaking | Columnists


Put hung over Republicans in the drunk tank

Two years back, Congressman McKeon and I met for lunch over at Salt Creek Grille. He was gracious and remarkably forthcoming.

December 03, 2008 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Run them out on a rail

Finally had enough? Have you lost so much, suffered so much, that you're ready to cry "Uncle!" on the excesses of these past terrible eight years? You're not alone. Regular readers know that Carrie and I make a morning practice of visiting with gregarious friends at the Granary Square Starbucks. Over hundreds of cups of Pike's Place Roast for me, and soy chai lattes for Carrie, we've assimilated into a raucous group of witty, irreverent, and lively wise guys who essentially hold court over the place from 6 to 9 a.m. Drop by some morning ...

December 02, 2008 | By Gary Horton | Columnists


The transition to transformation

I have watched many election nights in my lifetime, and none comes close to matching the joy, relief and satisfaction I felt on Nov. 4, 2008.

December 02, 2008 | By Kevin Buck Democratic Voices | Columnists


General election, general intolerance

The nation spoke on Nov. 4. The 2008 election cycle will be forever marked in history for the incredible voter turnout and the election of the nation's first African-American president.

December 02, 2008 | By Howard P. "Buck" McKeon | Columnists


A lesson in history

One must have the gift of a storyteller and a wide breadth of knowledge to provide historical narratives for future generations.

December 01, 2008 | By Leigh Hart | Columnists


We haven't seen much change yet

"Political campaigns are designedly made into emotional orgies which endeavor to distract attention from the real issues involved."

December 01, 2008 | By John F. Grannis Right Here, Right Now | Columnists


Concern is not extremism

When asked whether Santa Clarita would employ eminent domain for the seizure of private residential property as a means of furthering the Newhall Redevelopment Project, Paul Brotzman expressly stated that the city "doesn't have the legal authority to acquire private property."

November 30, 2008 | By Andre Hollings SCV Voices | Columnists


Unions take aim at statewide volunteers

From fires and earthquakes in the West to tornadoes, blizzards and hurricanes in the East, the United States has to contend with many different types of natural disasters. The one constant to all these disasters is that the aid of volunteers greatly enhances the ability of our local, state and federal governments to respond to these crises.

November 30, 2008 | By Cameron Smyth Right Here, Right Now | Columnists


Buy a tree for a needy family

Tomorrow is Dec. 1. Somehow - and I'm not exactly sure how this happened - 2009 is just 31 days away.

November 30, 2008 | Michele E. Buttelman Signal Features Editor | Columnists


Bizarre to some but delicious to others

Cow's urine tonic. Grilled cave bat. Raw camel with spice sauce. Donkey penis soup. Braised pig's tongue with hair moss. Barbecued bat. Roasted crickets. Flame-broiled guinea pig. Fried chicken uterus. Cup 'o fresh goat's blood. Cow vein stew. Crispy fried grasshoppers. Lamb eyeballs. Steamed wasp larvae. Duckling on a stick. Live beating frog heart. Sperm chowder. Snail caviar. Toasted tarantulas.

November 30, 2008 | By Diana Sevanian Out of My Head | Columnists


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Alice Khosravy: Sandbagged department budgets

On Feb. 19 the state Legislative Analyst's Office released a report that analyzes the governor's budget plan for the Department of Corrections.

February 21, 2014 | By Alice Khosravy Right here right now | Columnists


David McCann: Address the real problems

I just finished reading Susan Stamper Brown's piece about not trusting our government (Santa Clarita Valley Signal, 2-18-14); and, while I could not agree more with you on some of your points, I could not disagree more with you about your reasons for making those points.

February 20, 2014 | By David McCann | Columnists


Gary Horton: Victors can’t get all the spoils

"To the victors go the spoils."

February 19, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Jonathan Kraut: It’s time for fresh approach at city hall

For the last 12 years, four of the same five pilots have steered the good ship Santa Clarita.

February 18, 2014 | By Jonathan Kraut | Columnists


Ed Bernstein: Billboards are a homerun

For nearly a quarter century 25Score has maintained a tight-knit relationship with the community members and local businesses of Santa Clarita.

February 17, 2014 | By Ed Bernstein SCV Voices | Columnists


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


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