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Gary Horton: Engorged on medical insurance in Fat City

"I'm busy, doc," deflecting my doctor's scolding for missing my annual checkup for three years.

August 12, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Betty Arenson: This is about Sarah Palin ... and more

The Signal's July 15, 2009 edition printed Gary Horton's Opinion column "It's not about Sarah Palin." The commentary goes on about, well, Sarah Palin. She was, once again, personally attacked as the "Ice Queen," "sexy," with references to her eyeglasses and lipstick, and so on.

August 10, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Let 'BeerGate' be a learning experience

Recently, the President of the United States, Leader of the Free World, and the Most Powerful Man on the Planet, sat down to calm a squabble that could have easily been the subject of a "Cops" episode.

August 10, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Tim Myers: Would a new Castaic high be a rump?

When the Myers family moved to the SCV in 1996, a short-lived movement arose to make the Castaic Union School District a kindergarten-through-12th-grade unified school district by withdrawing the Castaic Unified School District students from the Hart district, where most of the CUSD students fed into then-two-year-old Valencia High School.

August 09, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Nicole Shellcroft: ‘You can’t operate a hotline for 12 hours a day’

The Domestic Violence Center of the Santa Clarita Valley is in dire straits.

August 09, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Howard P. McKeon: The importance of Gitmo

Last month, I had the opportunity to lead a congressional fact-finding mission to America's detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and spend some time with the men and women of the military serving there.

August 09, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Football is not superior

After a recent Google search, I came to realize there was a response in your fine paper by Jim McElvain, of Saugus, ("Of winners, losers and American sports," The Signal, Dec. 18, 2008) to my request for more coverage of local youth soccer games by The Mighty Signal ("Boston will boost revenue," The Signal, Dec. 17, 2008).

August 09, 2009 | By Dan Donihue Castaic | Columnists


Kevin Tonoian: Median project is designed to save water

I want to thank Mr. Martin for his Aug. 2 letter to the editor, "Wasteful Median Improvements."

August 08, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Bob Dickson: Cleaning your conscience

The 21st-century medicine show that has replaced the 20th century environmental movement would like you to buy carbon offsets.

August 07, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Bob Kellar: Red light enforcement decreases dangerous driving

There are countless things that can keep drivers distracted on the road and cause unnecessary accidents, injuries and even death.

August 07, 2009 | Bob Kellar | Columnists


Lynne Plambeck:The costs of growth and water rates

Soon ratepayers throughout the Santa Clarita Valley will experience a rise in water rates. This is due mainly to an increase in water rates from Castaic Lake Water Agency, the agency that imports state water from Northern California.

August 06, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Phil Rizzo: Corruption is what makes democracy function

Those who criticize the U.S. for some of the few blemishes that our form of democracy exhibits are essentially un-American.

August 05, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Kevin Buck: John Dean - living history

One of the games we play upon reaching a certain age is "where were you when ...?"

August 04, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Bruce Hector: Health care reform needs to be bipartisan

The Republican Party has raised objections to the health care idea of a public option which would allow individuals and companies to purchase insurance from a federal entity, presumably similar to Medicare for seniors.

August 03, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Joe Messina: Candidates speak out on Castaic high

We can all agree it has taken far too long for the William S. Hart Union High School District to find a site upon which to build a high school in Castaic.

August 02, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


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David Hegg: Manning, Wilson: brothers of Christ

Today millions around the world will gather with jersey-clad friends and family to eat and cheer their way through the Super Bowl. This championship of professional football in America has been the darling of the sports media for several weeks now, and finally the hoopla will give way to actual athletic competition.

February 01, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Frank Ferry: There’s nothing cool about graffiti

As a principal, father, and member of the City Council, I can tell you firsthand that environment and behavior go hand in hand. If we want the best students, we must provide an environment that supports learning, connectivity with quality educators and opportunities to study.

January 31, 2014 | By Frank Ferry Live from city hall | Columnists


Scott Wilk: ‘State of the State’ report

Last week Governor Jerry Brown tied Earl Warren for the number of State of the State addresses any governor has given. While that is a personal milestone that he can be proud of, the content of his vision for California is infinitely more important.

January 31, 2014 | By Scott Wilk Right here right now | Columnists


Jonathan Kraut: Beyond the Olympics and terrorism

The Sochi Winter Olympic Games, commencing February 7, are but a few days away. In 1896 the First Modern Olympics resurrected the ancient Greek tradition of bringing together the most talented athletes. Since then the Modern Olympics have managed to survive world conflicts and have endured WWI, WWII, the Cold War, and hopefully the War on Terror.

January 28, 2014 | By Jonathan Kraut Democratic Voices | Columnists


Rick Jensen: Conservative ideas are gaining more support

Why do people like Rev. Jeremiah Wright travel across America to exhort audiences to denigrate tea party Americans as racist?

January 27, 2014 | By Rick Jensen Commentary | Columnists


Andrew G. Fried: Concerning crosses and county seals

The First Amendment of our nation's Constitution establishes five rights that the founding fathers considered so important, they listed them first in the Bill of Rights.

January 27, 2014 | By Andrew G. Fried SCV Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: Today’s choices determine tomorrow’s opportunities

While the proverbial advice to "take each day as it comes" has some validity, it also masks the dangerous assumption that the choices we make today won't have consequential carry-over tomorrow. In fact, while it is both harmful and a waste of time to worry about the unknowns of the future, it is always wise to consider what effect my decisions today will have on the options available to me later.

January 26, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Laurene Weste: Centered on fun: SCV community centers

As a former parks commissioner for the city of Santa Clarita, I am deeply passionate about ensuring our residents enjoy quality recreation facilities, beautiful outdoor space and a healthy way of life.

January 24, 2014 | By Laurene Weste Live from city hall | Columnists


Betty Arenson:Affordable Care Act in practice

Ask yourself the honest question: Did you truly believe The Patient Protection Affordable Care Act, or ACA, was going to work as promised? If the answer is "yes," then did you earnestly think through the practical workings of the program?

January 24, 2014 | By Betty Arenson Right here right now | Columnists


Gary Horton: The Buck now stops

Energizer Bunnies keep going and going and going – and for a time, it looked like Buck McKeon would be equally perpetual in motion to those furry little drumbeaters. The man is after all, 75, and still beating war drums while running circles around most of us. Yet now it seems that both Buck the man, and his underlying message of perpetual militarism may be running down, with time well deserved for some R and R away from the military industrial complex.

January 22, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Tom Purcell: Little nuns vs. Goliath

It's a story about how freedom is all.

January 20, 2014 | By Tom Purcell Commentary | Columnists


Joe Gandelman: Don’t count Chris Christie out (yet)

People waiting to get New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's last pound of flesh may have a long wait, and not for the obvious reason.

January 20, 2014 | By Joe Gandelman Independent's Eye | Columnists


Byron York: Jobs should stay in focus

There was a lot to talk about when House Speaker John Boehner appeared before reporters recently for the first time since the holiday break. There are continuing fights over Obamacare. Immigration reform. Appropriations bills. The debt ceiling. The Democratic push for the president's "inequality agenda."

January 20, 2014 | By Byron York Commentary | Columnists


Danny Tyree: Winter Olympics: untold story

Hundreds of millions of people will be following the 2014 Winter Olympics, even though the underwhelming motto ("Hot. Cool. Yours.") sounds less like a paean to athletic excellence than the sort of progression that accompanies a court-ordered paternity suit.

January 18, 2014 | By Danny Tyree Tyrades | Columnists


David Hegg: Environment will shape your thinking

It is rare when we think deeply anymore. In too many ways, and in too many instances, we are becoming a people who let others do our thinking for us.

January 18, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


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