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Growing up along the mean streets of Southside Milwaukee, I longed for a happy, stable home environment.

May 09, 2008 | By Diana Sevanian | Columnists


Sex offenders coming to a neighborhood like yours soon?

TO: Residents of Santa Clarita Valley

May 09, 2008 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Provide for the Common Defense

"We the People, of the United States, in order to form a more perfect onion, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty, to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

As most everyone knows, these immortal words are the preamble to our Constitution. They summarize the reasons why we need the most powerful document ever written. The reasons are as true and real today as when they were penned by James Madison in 1787.

May 08, 2008 | By Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Where Have all the SEAs Gone?

I am always suspicious when a developer wants to annex into the city. I immediately ask myself "What is it in this development that not even the county would allow?" I watched the proposals for Valencia I and II be annexed in and then approved by the city in 2000.

May 07, 2008 | By Cam Noltemeyer | Columnists


Consider Changes to Prop. 13

This in from The New York Times regarding oil leviathan Exxon Mobil: "The company reported Friday that it beat its own record for the highest profits ever recorded by any company, with net income rising 3 percent to $40.6 billion, thanks to surging oil prices. The company's sales, more than $404 billion, exceeded the gross domestic product of 120 countries. Exxon Mobil earned more than $1,287 of profit for every second of 2007."

May 06, 2008 | By Gary Horton | Columnists


Your Participation is Required for True Representation

This year, the city of Santa Clarita is fortunate to have five qualified candidates seeking your vote for City Council member. On April 8, city residents will get an opportunity to elect two of these candidates to represent them on the City Council.

May 05, 2008 | By Cal Planakis Democratic Voices | Columnists


My Baseball Boycott

I have decided to boycott baseball this year. Stop the presses. Inform Leno that I am available this Thursday to explain my actions. Please hold the front page of The Signal for the story. I have had it. My two favorite passions, politics and baseball, have collided and baseball has lost.

May 04, 2008 | By Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Preserve SCV's Endangered Species

There are three federally listed, endangered species in the Santa Clarita Valley. They are the Arroyo Southwestern Toad, Least Bell's Vireo, and the Unarmored Threespine Stickleback. The Southwestern Pond Turtle is not yet endangered but is considered threatened.

May 03, 2008 | By Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel | Columnists


New Skatepark a Lesson in Patience, Character

I am a 45-year-old father of three who lives, works and pays taxes in the Santa Clarita Valley. I took up skateboarding six years ago after a 20-year hiatus. It is one of the best things I have ever done for myself, both mentally and physically.

May 03, 2008 | By Eric Christiansen | Columnists


See You on the Greens in Santa Clarita!

In just a few days some of the best names in golf - Tom Kite, Jay Haas, Fuzzy Zoeller, Tom Purtzer, Nick Price, Mark O'Meara, and Loren Roberts to name a few - will compete for a $1.6 million dollar purse as part of the annual AT&T Champions Classic taking place March 10-16 at the beautiful Valencia Country Club in Santa Clarita.

May 03, 2008 | By Frank Ferry | Columnists


Best Choice for McCain's Veep? Try Jeff Sessions

One does not hear much about the office of the vice president. It's kind of a nothing job with no real power. The vice president presides over the Senate and has no voting power except to break a tie. That has happened only 233 times in the history of our country. No, the framers of our Constitution did not have a clear concept for the office of the vice president. except to provide a successor in the event of the president's death, disability, or resignation.

May 02, 2008 | By Roger Giltin | Columnists


On Flatus, 'Kumbaya' Moments and Peace for All Nations

After decades of nursing, family life and other interpersonal relationships, I have accepted something that many folks remain terribly uncomfortable with.

May 02, 2008 | By Diana Sevanian | Columnists


Another 1,000 Units Approved

You wouldn't know that we have a housing downturn in Santa Clarita. Developers continue working on the many projects already approved here including the 2,500-unit West Creek Project, the 1,100-unit Riverpark project and the 900-unit Keystone project.

May 01, 2008 | By Lynne Plambeck | Columnists


It Really is Time For Change

I think most of us understand that there are times when we are too close to a situation to see clearly. We are familiar with the sayings "He cannot see the wood for the trees" and "She cannot see the trees for the forest."

April 30, 2008 | By Robert Heller | Columnists


Volunteering Pays 'Real Good'

I was leading 12 fourth graders on the trail at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, where I am a docent, teaching kids about nature. We were standing under a California sycamore that would have provided shade if it were summer. It was a brisk winter morning, and I had need of a handkerchief. While I was in the process of handkerchiefing, one of the kids in front of me said, "What is that?" I replied, "It's a handkerchief." Another one said, "I've heard of them!"

April 29, 2008 | By Phil Rizzo | Columnists


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Michael Antonovich: Realignment : a dangerous ruse

Editor's note: The following column was written in response to a news story reporting that Gov. Jerry Brown, after touring California counties to determine effects of prisoner realignment, declared, "I can report ... that realignment is working."

May 01, 2014 | By Michael Antonovich SCV Voices | Columnists


Amer Aziz: Seeking religious freedom

The United States government recently launched the Ahmadiyya Muslim Caucus chaired by veteran Republican Congressman Frank Wolf.

May 01, 2014 | By Amer Aziz SCV Voices | Columnists


Anne Marie Whalley: The world can be a beautiful place

The world as we see it in our own eyes can be stressful, enigmatic, or blessed. Mine is a wonderful place to be.

April 30, 2014 | By Anne Marie Whalley SCV Voices | Columnists


Gary Horton: American medicine has become a joke

Let me let you in on a joke I recently experienced.

April 30, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Steve Knight: VA medical centers need oversight

When veterans return home, their fighting days should be over. They put their lives on the line for their country and fought the good fight.

April 29, 2014 | By Steve Knight Commentary | Columnists


Holly Schroeder: Importance of foreign relations

We live in a global world with a global economy. Never did that concept become so clear to me than on the Trade and Investment Mission to China led by Supervisor Antonovich earlier this month.

April 29, 2014 | By Holly Schroeder Commentary | Columnists


The big myth about the Soledad Canyon mine

You would think that a big push to develop a massive gravel mine would at least be backed up by one significant factor:

April 28, 2014 | Andrew Fried SCV Voices | Columnists


For whom the lane tolls

I just got back from a series of business trips in the east. I was able to visit the garden spots of Pittsburgh, Topeka, Kansas City, and Philadelphia. I was never so glad to get back home.

April 28, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right About Now | Columnists


Let’s take our airwaves back from the advertisers

I've always heard that the airwaves belong to the people.

April 28, 2014 | Richard Myers SCV Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: Making sense of your success

I often attend conferences where the attendees are given name tags that boldly announce who they are. This creates a phenomenon rarely seen elsewhere. As we walk the halls of the conference center or hotel, our eyes are fixed on the name tags of those we pass. We're anxious to see if they are "somebody." Is he a well-known speaker?

April 27, 2014 | By David Hegg | Columnists


Bob Kellar: Santa Clarita will continue to thrive

Now that our city has survived another local election, I thought it would be appropriate to make some comments regarding elections and city hall. After all, things can get pretty exciting, or should I say concerning around election time in Santa Clarita.

April 27, 2014 | By Bob Kellar SCV Voices | Columnists


Laurene Weste: City and county host low-cost dog vaccination

In many American households, and certainly in my home, pets are members of the family. According to a survey by the American Veterinary Medical Association, our dogs are the nation's favorite pet, with approximately 43 million households owning one or more of our four-legged friends.

April 25, 2014 | By Laurene Weste Live from city hall | Columnists


Tammy Messina: Time to exercise those rights

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." ~ U.S. Constitution, Amendment 1.

April 25, 2014 | By Tammy Messina Right here right now | Columnists


Betty Arenson: Vote smart in every election

It's one thing to know you and your wallet have been the victims of a legal money-grabbing scam, but to get repeatedly sucker-punched while you are still reeling is the second atrocity.

April 24, 2014 | By Betty Arenson SCV Voices | Columnists


Gary Horton: Save our tax base birthright

Religious folks are familiar with the biblical story of Esau selling his birthright to Jacob for a "mess of potage."

April 23, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


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