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What is it to be a man?

'You'll be sorry," was the accurate prediction sounding off from the guys sitting on the barracks' steps as our ragged lot passed by. We were brand new recruits at the U.S. Coast Guard Training Station in Manhattan Beach, in Brooklyn, N.Y. It was early June 1945.

July 08, 2008 | By Phil Rizzo | Columnists


Pros and cons of June propositions

There are two ballot propositions in the upcoming June 3 election that involve state constitutional amendments:

July 07, 2008 | By Cal Planakis | Columnists


What I learned during the city council campaign

Being Mayor Bob Kellar's campaign consultant, I enjoyed an inside view of the longest council campaign (15 months) in Santa Clarita's history.

July 06, 2008 | By Scott Wilk | Columnists


Let's help keep our city clean

Taking pride in the place where you live stems from each individual's sense of personal responsibility and desire for constant improvement.

July 05, 2008 | By Mayor Bob Kellar | Columnists


Welcome to SCV May: Yuccas are in bloom!

My favorite time of the year is when the yuccas are in bloom - and blooming they are, right now. Those big, fluffy white flowers look like popcorn on a stick. I find them beautiful and fascinating.

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July 05, 2008 | By Michele Buttelman Signal Senior Columnist | Columnists


Who ought to be '08 candidates for veep?

The vice presidency "isn't worth a bucket of warm p---."

July 05, 2008 | By Parimal M. Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Columnists


Take time to read beyond books' covers

Never judge a book by its cover. You've certainly heard that statement countless times.

July 05, 2008 | By Roger Gitlin | Columnists


Gardener? For what?

Last summer, my wife asked if I thought we needed a gardener to maintain our front and back yards. My answer was a big "No."

July 03, 2008 | By Michael Picarella | Columnists


It doesn’t get any better than this

The year was 1988 and the Los Angeles Dodgers were playing the mighty Oakland A's in the World Series.

July 03, 2008 | By Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Will CalPers manage Newhall Ranch?

Early in 2007, the California Public Employees Retirement fund invested some $1 billion in the proposed 21,000-unit Newhall Ranch project. The real estate market was beginning to unravel and this project would require massive infusions of cash to cover its many infrastructure needs.

July 02, 2008 | Environmentally Speaking | Columnists


'I hate you, Hillary Clinton'

There's a new pop movie playing over at the Town Center called "Forgetting Sarah Marshall." Basically, it's about a nice guy who's been dumped by his hot TV star girlfriend for a flashy boy toy. While it looks nominally entertaining, what's most compelling isn't the movie itself, but rather its grassroots, "viral"

July 01, 2008 | By Gary Horton | Columnists


Judging the judges

As a private investigator, I witness firsthand a competent but timid judiciary at work on a daily basis. Although I am quite proud of our judicial process, many of even the most deserving civil plaintiffs, the most noble and caring parents, and the most innocent victims of criminal misconduct experience frustrations with our court system.

June 30, 2008 | By Jonathan Kraut | Columnists


Annual Sacramento road trip offers many opportunities

What a great way to start the week. Shortly after 7 a.m. Monday, April 14, some 50 residents of the Santa

June 29, 2008 | By Bill Kennedy | Columnists


Six years of change since David March's murder

"I will always be painfully honest, work as hard as I can, learn as much as I can, and hopefully make a difference in people's lives."

June 28, 2008 | By Roger Gitlin | Columnists


Last chance to attend Cowboy Fest

Today's your last chance to saddle up and mosey on over to Melody Ranch for the annual Cowboy Festival - the best part of living in the great SCV! Have some Cowboy Cobbler from the Cowboy Cultural Committee (cooked on coals in a Dutch oven) and listen to some of the finest entertainment west of the Rio Grande!

June 28, 2008 | By Michele Buttelman Signal Senior Colunmist | Columnists


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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


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


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