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Don’t trust a gambler this fall

We the electorate cast our votes for those running for office for various reasons: Often, our votes are issued in support of ideals; to promote specific issues; in response to a positive public relations campaign; or even simply by what our gut tells us about a candidate.

Often, especially in American politics, some of the electorate cast ballots as a vote against an opposing candidate as well. This "negative vote" may help defeat a candidate or quash a proposed issue. Sometimes voters act only by what "their gut" tells them: they "just don't like" the candidate running for an ...

August 25, 2008 | By Jonathan Kraut | Columnists


Same-sex unions: Yes, they will hurt marriage

Defenders of the same-sex marriages that began this month in California have repeatedly claimed the new definition of marriage will in no way hurt male-female marriages.

Even the state Supreme Court decision paving the way for these June weddings declared its move would not deprive any male-female couple "of any of the rights and benefits conferred by the marriage statutes."

August 23, 2008 | By David Benkof | Columnists


No June gloom for you — how hot will it get?

It's been a scorcher in the Santa Clarita Valley the past few days. I just returned from a vacation on Whidbey Island, Wash. where the high temperature averaged 57. It was a brutal return to reality and a nearly 50 degree temperature difference when I landed at the airport in Burbank.

SCV Boys and Girls Club Auction

August 23, 2008 | By Michele Buttelman Specialty Publications Manager/Editor | Columnists


Russert's death a tragic loss

Tim Russert's sudden cardiac demise is tragic on many levels.

He'll never experience another Christmas, tailgate party, Buffalo Bills game, or Springsteen concert alongside his adored son Luke.

August 23, 2008 | By Diana Sevanian | Columnists


Extreme neighborhood makeover

Neighborhoods. They are the fabric of our society. Who can't remember his or her neighborhood growing up, and most likely the names of the families who lived in the houses on that block.

Ask any kid how far of a walk it is to his or her best friend's house, or where's a great place to ride bikes, and chances are you'll get a precise answer.

August 23, 2008 | By Bob Kellar | Columnists


School's out for summer -- do you have your passport?

Local teens looking for something to do this summer may only need to look as far as City Hall to find not only a fun public transportation option but also a list of local businesses that are providing discounts.

The city of Santa Clarita's Transit division has teamed up this summer with local businesses to offer students a Summer Bus Passport for the month of July. The Passport is a new student bus pass with benefits, and was created to allow Santa Clarita Valley students a summer experience using public transportation. The Summer Bus Passport is a low-cost, month-long ...

August 21, 2008 | By Marsha McLean | Columnists


The Scott McClellan imbroglio

The noise made by Scott McClellan's recently released book only slightly surprises me - the slight part being attributed to the fact that I never saw him as a snake, merely as an incompetent. And I so advised the president in a letter I wrote him in March 2006, a copy of which is the focal point of this column:

August 21, 2008 | By Kenneth C. Eliasberg | Columnists


The giant, looming, six-foot ‘B’

It was 10 a.m. on a Tuesday morning in July. I was already eating lunch - a roast beef sandwich at Skip's Deli down on 11th Street. They made the best coleslaw at Skip's, and I was sure not to spill any of it on myself. I was wearing a lime leisure suit with a gold chain around my neck, with white athletic socks and white tennis shoes on my feet. I was everything a neighborhood kid ought to be except I wasn't from the neighborhood. I was here to make a drop.

The Girl lived here ...

August 21, 2008 | By Michael Picarella | Columnists


Why we need a development monitoring system

Just look around you.

August 20, 2008 | By Cam Noltemeyer | Columnists


Change, or more of the same?

BERMUDA - Last night, Carrie and I went out to dinner at the Four Ways in Bermuda to celebrate our 29th anniversary.

August 19, 2008 | By Gary Horton | Columnists


The value of children’s play

Each season awakens within me subtle changes, both psychologically and physically. Summer is no different.

August 18, 2008 | By Leigh Hart | Columnists


Oil price cools SCV expansion

I have now lived through several California real estate boom and bust cycles, but I don't remember one as bad as the current housing crisis. Graded housing pads left to stand empty, new tracts with only a few occupants and a lot of vacant houses are a new phenomena in this valley that I don't recall from past downturns.

August 17, 2008 | By Lynne Plambeck | Columnists


Fix the budget breach

Yesterday, June 15, 2008, was the deadline for the California Legislature to constitutionally pass the state budget. Legislators have now missed their obligation for the 21st straight year. It's the "government work" syndrome. Once Article IV, Section 12 of the California Constitution was breached with no repercussions or public outcry, than the breach became an acceptable norm.

August 17, 2008 | By Paul B. Strickland Sr. | Columnists


Happy Father’s Day to SCV’s fab dads

Have you hugged your father today? Did you call? Send a card? Write a note? Today's the day to honor the many dandy dads in the SCV. My dad taught me to drive, taught me which wild plants that were safe to eat, taught me to think for myself, taught me how to ride a horse and taught me about honor. I miss him.

August 16, 2008 | By Michele Buttelman Signal Manager of Speciality Publications | Columnists


Congressional finger-pointing won't ease the pain at the pump

On Sept. 19, 2001, then-Fed chief Alan Greenspan, former Clinton treasury secretary Bob Rubin, and Bush economic advisor Larry Lindsey met with congressional leadership to detail the economic fallout from the horrific attacks perpetrated eight days earlier.

August 16, 2008 | By Andre Hollings | Columnists


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Randy Wrage: Trip exceeded my expectations

In January of this year, I was invited to be a part of a trade delegation visiting Shenzhen, a city in China. The trip was being organized by a gentleman who had worked at the county's economic trade council and had now moved on to greener pastures.

April 23, 2014 | By Randy Wrage SCV Voices | Columnists


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