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Did the city get a turkey this holiday?

Did our community get a "turkey" of a project this holiday season, or a hospital? That is the question after the Santa Clarita City Council last week approved the hospital and multi-story office expansions.

November 27, 2008 | By Cam Noltemeyer | Columnists


Striking a balance with nature

Last Saturday, Santa Clarita celebrated yet another successful River Rally. Thousands of people turned out to give the South Fork of the Santa Clara River a loving grooming.

November 26, 2008 | Signal Staff | Columnists


The change we need

For the past two years of the presidential campaign we've been overwhelmed and plastered with calls and slogans for "Change We Can Believe In." As the economy subsequently crashed, and then crashed harder, the "Change We Can Believe In" surged and morphed into a desperate plea for "The Change We Need."

November 26, 2008 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


We’re on a slippery slope

Socialism is best described as an economic system in which the basic means of production and finance are primarily owned and controlled collectively, usually by government under some systems.

November 25, 2008 | By Phil Rizzo | Columnists


Voting youth shows maturity

Fox News, conservative radio instigators and the Republican leadership have been scrambling as of late to redefine themselves.

November 25, 2008 | By Jonathan Kraut Democratic Voices | Columnists


The ‘Catch-22’ of our economy

"The 'Catch-22' is the housing market will not stabilize until the credit market stabilizes, and the credit market will not stabilize until the housing market stabilizes."

November 24, 2008 | By Bill Kennedy Right Here, Right Now | Columnists


We need another way out of this place

How many more wake-up calls do we need? We have had two earthquakes - 1971 and 1994 - shutting down the Interstate 5 and Highway 14 freeways.

November 23, 2008 | By Charlie J. O'Connell | Columnists


Community colleges need your support

Gov. Schwarzenegger projects that by 2010, unemployment will rise to 10 percent in California, adding 400,000 people to the list of unemployed.

November 23, 2008 | By Dianne Van Hook | Columnists


Prop. 8 and the ties that bind

Some of my dearest friends are opposed to same-sex marriage. Their "Yes on 8" votes on Nov. 4 reflected that position.

November 23, 2008 | By Diana Sevanian | Columnists


Two steps forward, one step back

"If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is still alive in our times, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer."

President-elect Barack Obama, Grant Park speech, Nov. 4

November 23, 2008 | By Tim Myers Myer's Musings | Columnists


Lessons learned on the soccer field

The colorful, hard soccer ball made in China soared toward the netted goal 50 feet away, kicked by a red-shirted player, only to be blocked by the defensive foot of the green-shirted goal guard.

November 23, 2008 | By Roy S. Bloss | Columnists


The Pulskamp who stole Christmas

The darndest things oft find their way into my wicked fingers. The other day, a friend mailed me a copy of the Burrtec News.

November 23, 2008 | By John Boston | Columnists


Wilderness Bill moves forward

The Eastern Sierra and Northern San Gabriel Wild Heritage Act has received wide bipartisan support on Capitol Hill.

November 22, 2008 | By Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel The Signal | Columnists


Improving academic performance and environment

It was one of those moments we educators thrive upon - receipt of test scores that placed our students at the top of the heap in a state that bears a reputation for underachievement in education.

November 22, 2008 | By Jaime Castellanos The Signal | Columnists


Credit where credit is due: Hart district compares well

The Signal recently reported on the Academic Performance Index results for the William S. Hart District and elementary school districts in the Santa Clarita Valley, so it's time to once again tear into the numbers to see what really happened and how the Hart district stacks up against other suburban high school districts in Southern California.

November 22, 2008 | By Tim Myers The Signal | Columnists


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Tammy Messina: Election integrity matters

Elections have consequences. It's a phrase we often hear. Getting the right people in office to represent us is a critical function of our citizen-led government.

February 07, 2014 | By Tammy Messina | Columnists


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


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