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Lynne Plambeck: Concerns that shouldn't be bottled up

If you look around hard enough at grocery store sales, you can sometimes buy bottled water in a 12-pack for about the same amount you would pay for an equivalent amount of gas at $3 a gallon. This is a bargain when compared to buying a single bottle of Desani or Aquifina or any of the numerous other brands at $1 or higher, or equivalent to around more than $8 a gallon.

March 12, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Phil Rizzo: Fear tactics & the socialism monster

News has it that some larger banks may soon be nationalized - saved by the government until the economy picks up. Republicans say, "That's socialism and we can't have that. Soon the government will own everything."

March 11, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Leigh Hart: It's time for spring cleaning

March is springing and sprouting its greenery in my neck of the woods. The birds are happily chirping, the ruby red leaves are popping on the roses and the hyacinths and daffodils are blooming. Okay, the traditional flowers of spring are growing in my neighbor's yard, but my lavender and rosemary are fragrantly blooming.

March 10, 2009 | By Leigh Hart Democratic Voices | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Manny happy returns

"Well, I spent some time in the Mudville Nine, watchin' it from the bench;

March 09, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Ken Pulskamp: Santa Clarita pursues stimulus money

When the Depression of the 1930s gripped our country's economy, FDR's "New Deal" brought forth funding for nationwide infrastructure projects that has yet to be repeated.

March 08, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Jerry Gladbach: the Santa Clarita Valley water-supply stimulus package

As the water equivalent of a recession deepens, we at the Castaic Lake Water Agency are looking ahead into 2009 and expecting we'll dip into our reserves.

March 08, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tim Myers: The 'Buck' circus

"We have to understand that many Americans including conservatives ... personally like Barack Obama, and we need to be very careful that we don't create this sense of trying to demonize him or say ridiculous things or irrational things."

March 08, 2009 | Tim Myers | Columnists


Michael Picarella: friendship and the digital divide

My wife and I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years. When the two of us moved to Southern California in 2000, we left several friends behind.

March 07, 2009 | Mike Picarella | Columnists


Bob Kellar: Golf’s greats return to SCV for Champions Classic tournament

From March 9-15, the city of Santa Clarita will once again play host to the AT&T Champions Classic Golf tournament. Some of the biggest names in golf, including Gary Player, Jay Haas, Fuzzy Zoeller, Tom Purtzer, Tom Wargo and Loren Roberts will compete for more than $1.5 million as part of the annual event at Valencia Country Club.

March 06, 2009 | Bob Kellar | Columnists


Bill Bolde: In recognition of those who serve our country

Over the past six years, Saugus High School has had nine graduating seniors gain acceptance to various academies of the United States armed forces.

March 06, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Bob Dickson: Renters get the short end of the stick

Let me say this as plainly as I can to all you renters out there. You are the illegitimate child of the U.S. economy – Always have been, apparently always will be.

March 06, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Lynne Plambeck: Rain or shine, the drought is real

With local rainfall at normal levels, it just doesn't seem like we are really in a drought.

March 05, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Jose de la Isla: Drugs and border violence are also American issues

Mexico's biggest national security problem stems from its fight with drug cartels. Its domestic body count of nearly 6,000 people last year sounded the alarm. Prominently listed among the grizzly assassinations were gangsters, police, journalists, members of the military and government officials, plus a multitude of collateral victims.

March 05, 2009 | Jose de la Isla Hispanic News Link | Columnists


Gary Horton: Can the Buck be passed?

I did something Thursday night that I've never done before in my 52 years on earth. I finally, formally embraced compassionate humanity. I stopped looking through that glass darkly. I turned away from childish things. I shed the snaky, scaly skin of corruption and greed. Yes, after 34 years as a registered Republican, I officially changed my political party affiliation to Democrat. Mild-mannered, moderate columnist Gary Horton made the long-overdue formal switch to the Democratic Party in pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness - for all people, not just sum (Sic).

March 04, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Jonathan Kraut: Blue Dogs wanted

Despite his campaign promises of fiscal accountability and supporting smaller government, I know many of you are quite disturbed that President Barack Obama has promoted the greatest increase in government spending in human history.

March 03, 2009 | Jonathan Kraut | Columnists


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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


Alice Khosravy: Role of government on display

Recently, the community of Santa Clarita has been buzzing over potential billboard removals and the possibility of sign ordinance changes. It began when the Metro Group, who owns the land on which the billboards in question reside, approached the city with a proposal to remove every billboard in the Metro (railroad) right-of-way, within the Soledad Canyon Road and Railroad Avenue corridors, in the center of the city. This amounts to the permanent removal of 118 billboards on 62 structures along the Metro right-of-way in exchange for a change to the current sign ordinance that would allow them to build three ...

January 17, 2014 | By Alice Khosravy Right here right now | Columnists


Marsha McLean:Santa Clarita transit is your ticket to better transportation

The demand for public transportation continues to increase as Americans enjoy the freedoms provided by commuter buses and railways.

January 17, 2014 | By Marsha McLean Live from city hall | Columnists


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