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Tim Myers: For our daughter on her graduation

Sitting on the home side of Cougar Stadium at College of the Canyons on the cool May evening, looking out at the sea of purple and gold, many parents would simply state they did not believe this day would ever come.

June 07, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Frank Ferry: Old Town Newhall revitalization efforts continue

The Redevelopment Agency of the city of Santa Clarita is continuing to actively implement the Downtown Newhall Specific Plan, which was approved by the City Council in December 2005.

June 05, 2009 | Frank Ferry | Columnists


Bob Dickson: Can this fabric be sewn back together?

If you ever visit the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, you will probably make your way to the Battle Monument.

June 05, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


From The Signal Archives: Technology pros and cons

Editor's note: As The Signal celebrates 90 years of service to the Santa Clarita Valley, we offer this peek into the SCV of days past. Following is from the first week of June 1934 in The Newhall Signal and Saugus Enterprise.

Hot news: livestock report

June 04, 2009 | By Perry Smith | Columnists


Lynne Plambeck: the future of green jobs

The future of 'green' jobs

June 04, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: Just move along folks

"Just move along folks, there's nothing left to see." So says the clichéd copper in so many old cops n' robbers movies. The action already happened - the crime, committed. There's just the debris to pick up and the blood to wash off.

June 03, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Leigh Hart: Don't cut services to those who need them most

Most of my newspapers have been piling up lately, securely banded, wrapped and unread.

June 02, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Roger Gitlin: I like Joe Messina for Hart board

Some weeks back The Signal published a local columnist's commentary on Joe Messina, an announced candidate for the Hart District School Board in the November 2009 election.

June 02, 2009 | Roger Gitlin | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Just call me the governor

Once the recall of the Governator is complete, we're going to need a new governor. I know there are a lot of political hacks out there who think they can do the job. But, if an actor can run the ninth largest economy in the world, why not me?

June 01, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Tim Myers: The (API) numbers game

Let me say at the outset to all the teachers and staff at Helmers Elementary School in the Saugus Union School District: "I love you all!"

May 31, 2009 | Tim Myers | Columnists


Scott Thomas Wilk: I choose God

When Councilman Bob Kellar's proposal to place "In God We Trust" on the city logo made it onto the City Council's agenda, I confess I was ambivalent.

May 29, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Bob Kellar: City, sheriff, COC launch motorcycle safety program

It's a sobering fact. Santa Clarita has seen a 39 percent increase in motorcycle-related accidents since 2007, with five incidents resulting in fatalities. Motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to die in a traffic collision than someone riding in a passenger car.

May 29, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Alison Maulhardt: The value of wildlife corridors

John Muir once said, "When one tugs at a single thing in nature he finds it attached to the rest of the world."

May 28, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tony Strickland: The people have spoken, but will politicians listen?

Voters overwhelming voted down Proposition 1A on the May 19 Special Election which would have extended the crippling $16 billion tax increases on all Californians.

May 27, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Phil Rizzo: Torture — made in the good ol’ USA

I have some favorite icons that I tie up with America and Americans.

May 27, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


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Holly Schroeder: Santa Clarita Valley’s myths debunked

Working to recruit new businesses to the Santa Clarita Valley, I come across a lot of misconceptions about our valley.

February 06, 2014 | By Holly Schroeder SCV Voices | Columnists


Gary Horton: Our hearts are not with our children

Most folks understand that the tax policies of the past 30 years have created a great wealth disparity in the United States.

February 05, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Charlie Vignola: The bare minimum

Republicans think they get unfairly labeled as the party of the wealthy, a party that tricks working-class voters into voting against their own economic self-interest by exploiting cultural wedge issues.

February 04, 2014 | By Charles Vignola Democratic Voices | Columnists


Tom Purcell: Why Groundhog Day should be outlawed

Punxsutawney Phil must be stopped. The lovable little groundhog must be stopped.

February 01, 2014 | By Tom Purcell Commentary | Columnists


Tina Dupuy: The GOP psyche: an explainer

I believe the Republican Party's psychic break happened the moment their "compassionate conservative" economic philosophy melted the world's economy. President George W. Bush, the champion of deregulation, bailed out the banks and then offered: "I've abandoned free market principles to save the free market system."

February 01, 2014 | By Tina Dupuy Commentary | Columnists


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


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