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Laurie Ender: Festival of Arts brings Main Street to life

Since 2005, the Santa Clarita Street Art Festival brought Newhall's Main Street to life with vivid artwork, color and design. This year, the event has been re-imagined to include a variety of artistic talent in countless media, with a focus on the process of art.

October 02, 2009 | Laurie Ender | Columnists


Tom Pattantyus: Protection of private property

Since 2008, the U.S. economy has been buffeted with one crisis after the other.

October 02, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Lynne Plambeck: One Valley, One Vision: A closer look

As the city and county work together to update our General Plan, it is imperative for the future of our valley and our neighborhoods that residents get involved.

October 01, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Candidate Bob Jensen outlines his qualifications for Hart district board

Editor's note: Through the vagaries of e-mail, Hart district school board candidate Bob Jensen's responses to columnist Jonathan Kraut's questions did not make it into Tuesday's Democratic Voices column. Here are Jensen's responses, along with the questions that prompted them.

October 01, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: ‘Full Speed Ahead' for our lives

For the next five weeks, I will be posting "Full Speed to Port" all the way from U Penn.

September 30, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Jonathan Kraut: Picking three of five for Hart board

The race for the William S. Hart Union High School District board is interesting because all five candidates for the three open seats are Republican. This means politics is not a factor in this race.

September 29, 2009 | Jonathan Kraut | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Stop making conservatives look crazy

It is always bad to start an opinion column by apologizing. But, there are some things we conservatives are doing that are just plain wrong.

September 28, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Tim Myers: Newhall school board race: I got nothin’

I developed a minor reputation over the years in the SCV for what some thought an impressive ability to prognosticate on the outcome of local elections.

September 27, 2009 | Tim Myers | Columnists


R.J. Kelly: Using the carrot rather than the stick

Using the carrot rather than the stick

Increasing water use efficiency is anything but a pipe dream - and Santa Clarita Valley residents have already proven it.

September 27, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Bill Kennedy: Taking health care to the limit

According to the Alliance for Health Reform, a non-partisan group, health care costs tripled between 1990 and 2007, and with no changes will account for 25 percent of the nation's economy by the year 2025.

September 25, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Cam Noltemeyer: Buyer beware in fire country

As the Los Angeles County Fire Department reportedly set back fires to burn even some of the beloved natural area parks in La Canada neighborhoods, we at SCOPE wondered about our own city's efforts to surround our urban area with green spaces.

September 24, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Phil Rizzo: Don’t look for the word ‘compassion’ in the U.S. Constitution

One of the people who responded to Buck McKeon's August telephone town hall, as reported in The Signal, asked the Congressman, "Where in the Constitution does it say I have to be this compassionate and provide people these things?"

September 23, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Patricia Sulpizio: L.A. county health care sadly deficient

Watching a "60 Minutes" segment in March on the Remote Area Volunteer Medical Corp greatly moved me. I researched RAM for my summer communications class at College of the Canyons.

September 22, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Marsha McLean: Domestic violence not a partisan issue

There are times when partisan politics needs to be set aside. What has happened to the funding for our Santa Clarita Valley Domestic Violence Center, and other such centers statewide, is a good example.

September 22, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: The NEA and liberal politics

His calls usually come in the dead of night, around 2 a.m. His clever reasoning is that no one is awake and he can speak to me confidentially.

September 21, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


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David Hegg: Our freedom of speech is being taken away

One of our most necessary freedoms as Americans is the freedom of speech, as protected in the Bill of Rights. Yet, today, while much is being shouted and written supporting this prized privilege, the fact is the freedom to speak is being taken away.

June 15, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Laurene Weste: Events with benefits: fun for a cause in the SCV

The city of Santa Clarita is home to numerous nonprofit organizations that benefit residents from all walks of life.

June 13, 2014 | By Laurene Weste Live from city hall | Columnists


Scott Wilk: Raising awareness to DIPG

Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or DIPG, is a terminal brain disease that affects children aged 5 to 10 years.

June 13, 2014 | By Scott Wilk Right here right now | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Earl’s graduation speech

My Uncle Earl was recently invited to give the commencement speech at the Robert Oppenheimer School for Really Smart Kids, a charter school approved by the Newhall School District but located in Lancaster.

June 12, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right about now | Columnists


Gary Horton: Oh, the places our tax money goes

Dr. Seuss is among the most beloved in the pantheon of American writers. Ostensibly written for children, most of his stories also carry deeply meaningful lessons for those adults reading along with their kids.

June 11, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Charlie Vignola: G.O.P. smears P.O.W.

Just when you think Fox News and the right-wing scandal machine can sink no further, they wallow in a new level of filth that just boggles the mind.

June 10, 2014 | By Charlie Vignola Democratic Voices | Columnists


Embracing a fire that still burns us today

A friend of mine surprised me with an unexpected opinion the other day. Like me, he had recently traveled to India and came away stunned by the immensity poverty prevailing there.

June 04, 2014 | By Gary Horton | Columnists


A courageous and magnificent misfit

My late father, a European-trained physician, did everything himself without benefit of nurses, clerical staff or drafty assembly-line consultation cubicles.

June 02, 2014 | By W.E. Gutman | Columnists


The tragedy in Isla Vista

By now, most of us have heard of the terrible tragedy that happened in Santa Barbara before Memorial Day. A very confused young man committed a series of violent acts that resulted in the deaths of six college students.

June 02, 2014 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


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