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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


Phil Rizzo: Corruption is what makes democracy function

Those who criticize the U.S. for some of the few blemishes that our form of democracy exhibits are essentially un-American.

August 05, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Kevin Buck: John Dean - living history

One of the games we play upon reaching a certain age is "where were you when ...?"

August 04, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Bruce Hector: Health care reform needs to be bipartisan

The Republican Party has raised objections to the health care idea of a public option which would allow individuals and companies to purchase insurance from a federal entity, presumably similar to Medicare for seniors.

August 03, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Joe Messina: Candidates speak out on Castaic high

We can all agree it has taken far too long for the William S. Hart Union High School District to find a site upon which to build a high school in Castaic.

August 02, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Paul B. Strickland: Candidates speak out on Castaic high

The William. S. Hart Union High School District includes land from Castaic on the west all the way to the Agua Dulce border on the east side of the valley.

August 02, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Linda Valdes: Candidates speak out on Castaic high

My parents were both self-employed, small-business owners.

August 02, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tim Myers: Good news, bad news, or just news?

Dutifully, the Southland Association of Realtors publishes the monthly real estate statistics for the Santa Clarita Valley.

August 02, 2009 | Tim Myers | Columnists


Suzan Solomon: Candidates speak out on Castaic high

In its editorial The Signal asked, "How committed are Strickland, Messina, Solomon and Jensen to keeping the Hart District's No. 1 promise to the community (a Castaic high school)?

August 02, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Peter Kavounas: Got questions about water rates? Logical answers await

There's a natural series of reactions people have when they are told they will soon be asked to pay more for something.

August 02, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Bob Jensen: Candidates speak out on Castaic high

I'm Bob Jensen, candidate for the William S. Hart Union High School board of education, and I'm prepared to honor my commitments, along with the commitments made to this community by the Hart district.

August 02, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Howard P. "Buck" McKeon: Our veterans deserve better

Imagine serving your country overseas in the Armed Forces for months or years, in Afghanistan, Iraq or anywhere around the world, away from family and surrendering yourself to your country for the protection of American freedoms and liberties.

August 01, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Andy Pattantyus: Messina gets the job done

Recently, we have seen several opinion pieces summarizing Joe Messina's chances for election to the Hart district school board. As a result, we now have projected numbers about the potential votes and estimates of the campaign coffers. Even the best pollsters know that predicting the outcome of elections is fraught with hazards.

July 31, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


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


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Jonathan Kraut: Petitions are the people’s remedy

One of the most profound rights we have as citizens is the right to petition. The First Amendment of our Constitution "prohibits Congress from abridging or prohibiting the right of the people ... to petition the government for a redress of grievances."

May 13, 2014 | By Jonathan Kraut Commentary | Columnists


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


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