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Marsha McLean: State balances budget on backs of local government ... again

While Sacramento lawmakers are busy patting themselves on the back for finally passing their past-due annual budget, local governments throughout California are busy figuring how to absorb the new cuts to their budgets made by the state to achieve the state's "balanced" budget.

July 31, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Cam Noltemeyer: Community speaks up to City Hall

Yet another well-organized citizen's group recently challenged a project from the Planning Commission to the Santa Clarita City Council.

July 30, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: The recession is over; make something of it

Most know my landscaping business is closely tied to the housing industry.

July 29, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gina Nordenstrom: MRF conflict made from air

Regarding Carole Lutness' "Nordenstrom needs to do some homework" Opinion column in the July 23 Signal: Apples are still apples, no matter how many times you try to make them oranges. Everyone knows what happens when you make assumptions based on appearances.

July 28, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Bruce McFarland: Nixon, Bush, Cheney and the Truth Teller

As we learn more about the secret inner workings of the Bush/Cheney administration, many old-timers make comparisons with Richard Nixon's reign.

July 28, 2009 | Bruce McFarland | Columnists


Republicans need to realize truth

When all you right wing thought-leaders get done freaking out over Judge Sotomayor, realize this truth:

July 28, 2009 | By Paul Sibek Newhall | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Health care conundrums

I am torn. Like a liberal driving a Mercedes, the promise of universal health care both excites and frightens me.

July 27, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Peter Gillies: Candy bombs and the future of Iraq

My view of Iraq was from the cockpit of an Army UH-60L Blackhawk helicopter.

July 26, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tim Myers: Joe Messina’s chances on the Hart board

After several weeks of examination and analysis, most statisticians agree the incumbent administration and currently ruling clerics determined the outcome of the Iranian presidential election before the actual counting of the votes.

July 26, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Scott Thomas Wilk: Joe Messina’s chances on the Hart board

I'm Las Vegas' worst nightmare. I always leave a winner.

July 26, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Bill Kennedy: The good, the bad and the ugly

The good

July 24, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Frank Ferry: Extreme neighborhood makeover continues

Over the past two decades, the city of Santa Clarita's "reactive code enforcement" policies have slowly grown to encompass a more proactive approach, enabling the city to better interact with individual neighbors at an early stage in the code-enforcement process in a timely manner.

July 24, 2009 | Frank Ferry | Columnists


Lynne Plambeck: Bankruptcy and public interest

Recently, several large bankruptcies have made nationwide headlines.

July 23, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: There is no if ... just and

"Remember the last time I told you I love you -

July 22, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Diana Shaw: Cheney is the gift that keeps on giving

Really. Dick Cheney is the gift that keeps on giving.

July 21, 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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