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Party of Lincoln Celebrates His Day

The Republican Party is first and foremost the party of Lincoln, yet what does this actually mean to those of us living today in the Santa Clarita Valley? The answer requires a reflection upon our political roots as we wend our way deeper into the 21st century.

April 20, 2008 | By Paul B. Strickland Right Here, Right Now | Columnists

Buy Your Newsmakers Dinner Tickets!

I've been down and out this week with the flu. It's a nasty virus and I hope you and your family has been spared - or if not, you're on the road to recovery!

April 19, 2008 | Michele E. Buttelman | Columnists

Baby Boomers Stand to Lose Two Ways

Attention: Soon-to-retire Baby Boomers... This commentary is especially for you.

April 19, 2008 | Signal Staff | Columnists

Amgen Tour of California Weekend Events Unveiled

'The city of Santa Clarita will be at the center of the cycling world as it plays host to the Stage 6 finish and Stage 7 start of the Amgen Tour of California Saturday, Feb. 23, and Sunday, Feb. 24.

April 19, 2008 | By Ken Pulskamp, Santa Clarita City Manager LIVE from City Hall | Columnists

What if Everybody Rode Motorcycles Instead of Driving Cars?

Maybe - just maybe - if we all put away our cars and rode motorcycles we could solve most of the world's problems.

April 19, 2008 | By Donald Gately | Columnists

Celebrate, Remember, and Fight Back

If you have attended Relay For Life before, then you already get it. You get that the American Cancer Society's 24-hour team event is an empowering, feel-good fundraiser. You get that funds raised at Relay go toward helping the ACS fight cancer while assisting those battling it.

April 18, 2008 | By Diana Sevanian | Columnists

How to Recognize and Revive a Stalled Career

You're smart, educated and ambitious but you are stalled out on your career ladder and you don't understand. Well, you might be making one or more mistakes that can bring your professional progress to a screeching halt.

April 18, 2008 | By Dr. Maureen Stephenson | Columnists

SCV Native Son Guards the Border


That's how Canyon Country native Robert Crooks (aka Lil Dog) signs on and off after every communication, phone call or e-mail. Robert has been arguably one of America's top volunteer border watchdogs and "sentinel at the border."

April 18, 2008 | By Roger Gitlin | Columnists

An Alternative to Drug Testing: Everyone Sees ACTION

A controversial proposal regarding the drug testing of athletes in our high schools has been the subject of several Signal articles. Cary Quashen, founder of ACTION Family Counseling, a successful drug intervention program for teens and their families, supports the notion and has offered ACTION's assistance. A committee appointed by the William S. Hart Union High School board of education interviewed coaches, administrators, teachers and parents.

April 14, 2008 | Leigh Hart | Columnists

A Round of Tax Checks for All

You would think since the federal government has the best medical plan known to mankind that it could keep the loonies in the Senate and House properly medicated. Tax checks for illegals - my God. That's a joke, right? It's a misprint, right? Have I lost my mind and read it wrong?

April 13, 2008 | By Joe Messina | Columnists

It’s After 10 p.m.: Do You Know Where Your Children Are?

Mayor Bob Kellar and the Santa Clarita City Council adopted the 2008 Public Safety Month campaign to help improve our community's preparedness and safety, keep our city clean and graffiti free, and provide helpful information and programs for our residents and business community each month.

April 12, 2008 | Capt. Anthony La Berge Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station | Columnists

Of The Signal's Heroes - Sung and Unsung

A newspaper has been called a daily miracle. Every day, 365 (or 366 in a leap year) days a year reporters report, editors edit, the press crew prints and circulation delivers. Every... single.... day.

April 12, 2008 | Signal Senior Columnist | Columnists

Discover Our Local Wilderness

The Wilderness Act of 1964 defined wilderness as "An area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain." The act goes on to describe wilderness as "an area of undeveloped federal land retaining its primeval character and influence, without permanent improvements or human habitation." Wilderness areas usually measure at least 5,000 acres, provide opportunities for backcountry recreation and may contain outstanding social or ecological values.

April 11, 2008 | By Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel | Columnists

A Smear by Any Other Name

"A lie will go 'round the world while truth is pulling its boots on." - attributed to English fundamentalist Baptist Preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892).

April 11, 2008 | By Diana Sevanian | Columnists

Planning Hypocrisy in Las Lomas

Now don't get me wrong. I don't think much of the Las Lomas project. Putting 5,800 homes in an area where freeway interchanges collapsed in both the '71 and '94 earthquakes (the freeway wasn't there in '52) just doesn't seem like good planning. It is always the public that picks up the tab for such unconscionable decisions, through taxes for emergency services and through insurance hikes to cover damaged homes that never should have been placed in harms way, not to mention the homeowner that may loose his home in such a catastrophe.

April 09, 2008 | By Lynne Plambeck | Columnists

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Steve Knight: It’s time for a new approach

In the 1976 movie "Network," Peter Finch delivers the famous line, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore."

May 02, 2014 | By Steve Knight Right here right now | Columnists

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

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