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Sherryan' Lima: It's a health care option, not 'socialized medicine'

I am writing in regards to the recent attempts at thwarting real health care reform. The idea that the president's health care package is a death sentence is ludicrous.

August 16, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Laurene Weste: New streetscape enlivens Old Town Newhall

The city of Santa Clarita is getting ready to roll out the red carpet and welcome the community to celebrate the completion of Phase One of the Old Town Newhall streetscape project.

August 14, 2009 | Laurene Weste | Columnists


F. Andre Hollings: Reagan and political reality

Contrary as truth often is to the exaggerated bluster of liberal condemnations and popular fantasy, the Republican Party is alive and well, particularly in California.

August 14, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Cam Noltemeyer: Of fish and lawsuits

This week, Castaic Lake Water Agency announced they have filed litigation to challenge the Federal National Marine Fisheries Agency Opinion for Delta fish species.

August 13, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


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


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My Obamacare experience

I read Gary Horton's April 30 column on his experience with the Affordable Care Act ("American Medicine has become a joke") and decided to share a story.

May 12, 2014 | Valeria Tippy SCV Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: We don’t have to think alike

In every ordered and civilized society the rule of law plays an essential role. Given that human nature is too often selfish and sometimes even cruel, laws are enacted to declare the boundaries between right and wrong. Laws form the lens through which society views the actions of those individuals who choose to live in the group.

May 11, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


The Sterling dilemma

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.

May 05, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right About Now | Columnists


David Hegg: Toward ethical friendship

Someone has rightly said that a true friend is one who walks in when everyone else is walking out. In most areas of life, tragedy and trial bring truth to the surface. Your true character is best seen in the worst of situations, when the façade falls away and you no longer can hide who you are. When it comes to friendships, hard times bring out the reality of the relationship.

May 04, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Dante Acosta: Santa Clarita laces up for Wings for Life run

Ever since I moved to Santa Clarita nearly 28 years ago, I've always appreciated our community's clean streets, wide open spaces and active lifestyle.

May 02, 2014 | By Dante Acosta Live from city hall | Columnists


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


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