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Perry Smith: paper-tossing and pot-stirring

Last month Amanda Larrson-Dally, a 17-year-old Canyon High School student, and her parents filed a report at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station after teacher Mike Motherspaw crumpled up her request to interview one of his students and tossed it - allegedly at Larrson-Dally - in front of his class.

April 11, 2009 | Perry Smith | Columnists


Paul Strickland: Local leaders take budget concerns to Sacramento

Carl and Jeri Seratti Goldman's fourth annual KHTS-AM 1220 Sacramento Road Trip March 23-24 was indeed a huge success. I don't know which I enjoyed more, California Assemblyman Cameron Smyth's well-planned program of legislative speakers or the bonding necessitated by a six-hour bus ride with 70 Santa Claritans. It's a toss-up.

April 10, 2009 | Paul Strickland | Columnists


Marsha McLean: City puts down roots with Earth Day

It is a tumultuous time for our planet. Global warming is a constant topic in news broadcasts and television documentaries and newspaper headlines blast us with warnings that our planet is growing warmer, our resources are dwindling and the damage we have done to Earth could be irreparable.

April 10, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Lynne Plambeck: Give Earth Day a shot

It's spring, and flowers aren't the only things in bloom. Solar panels and new ideas about how to make or save energy are blossoming everywhere.

April 09, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: Serve well, for tomorrow we shall die

If you've never been to Saratoga Springs, N.Y., you're missing something grand. Saratoga is a resplendent American town.

April 08, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Jonathan Kraut: Invest in ability, not in ideology

While most Californians are focused on trying to emerge from very challenging economic times, and most Californians are looking for ways to rescue government operations through innovation, expense reductions and new ideas, California Republican legislators are still entrenched in ideological warfare.

April 07, 2009 | Jonathan Kraut | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Slight of hand

When I was a kid, I loved watching magic shows. Guys like David Copperfield, Doug Henning, Andre Kole and Lance Burton would hold my attention for hours.

April 06, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Michael Cruz: It's about unity, not 'pork'

The $410 billion federal Omnibus bill, signed into law several weeks ago by President Obama, funds the federal government until the new fiscal year that begins in October.

April 05, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Cary Osborne: One year later: A story is told

It has been a nearly year since the death of 36-year-old John Conant, a Saugus High School and College of the Canyons graduate.

April 05, 2009 | Cary Osborne | Columnists


Frank Ferry: 'Evening of Remembrance' at Youth Garden April 13

Teenagers often do a number of things that put their lives in danger, including irresponsible driving.

April 05, 2009 | Frank Ferry | Columnists


Tim Myers: Afraid of the homeless?

Councilmember Kellar: I attended the Santa Clarita City Council meeting March 24 with the Boy Scouts of the Phoenix Patrol of Troop 2 so they could fulfill one of the requirements for their Citizenship in the Community merit badge.

April 05, 2009 | Tim Myers | Columnists


Kim Anderson: Thanks for the memories, Dad

As I sit down to write this memorial column to honor my dad, Edward Garfalo, I'd give anything to be a more proficient writer, but sadly I'm not. What could I say about my dad that would do justice to his life? How exactly do you measure a man's life?

April 04, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Bob Dickson: Time for the Boston Smoke Party

On April 1, the federal sales tax on a pack of cigarettes jumped from 39 cents to $1.01, and the only part of it that makes any sense is the date on which this tax went into effect.

April 03, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Cam Noltemeyer: Playing Monopoly with SCV water supplies

In 1999, Castaic Lake Water Agency bought Santa Clarita Water Company in a deal that, for the most part, occurred behind closed doors. Unbeknownst to the public, they filed for condemnation, paid $63 million in cash to the Bonelli family, apparently without a board vote on the matter, and bought a company that they could not legally own. They used public tax dollars to pay four times more than the appraised value of the water company at a time when two major wells were shut down because of amonium perchlorate pollution.

April 02, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Phil Rizzo: Money and politics are one and the same

Democrats have been accused of stirring up class warfare. Good for them!

April 01, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


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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


Tom Purcell: Little nuns vs. Goliath

It's a story about how freedom is all.

January 20, 2014 | By Tom Purcell Commentary | Columnists


Joe Gandelman: Don’t count Chris Christie out (yet)

People waiting to get New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's last pound of flesh may have a long wait, and not for the obvious reason.

January 20, 2014 | By Joe Gandelman Independent's Eye | Columnists


Byron York: Jobs should stay in focus

There was a lot to talk about when House Speaker John Boehner appeared before reporters recently for the first time since the holiday break. There are continuing fights over Obamacare. Immigration reform. Appropriations bills. The debt ceiling. The Democratic push for the president's "inequality agenda."

January 20, 2014 | By Byron York Commentary | Columnists


Danny Tyree: Winter Olympics: untold story

Hundreds of millions of people will be following the 2014 Winter Olympics, even though the underwhelming motto ("Hot. Cool. Yours.") sounds less like a paean to athletic excellence than the sort of progression that accompanies a court-ordered paternity suit.

January 18, 2014 | By Danny Tyree Tyrades | Columnists


David Hegg: Environment will shape your thinking

It is rare when we think deeply anymore. In too many ways, and in too many instances, we are becoming a people who let others do our thinking for us.

January 18, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Alice Khosravy: Role of government on display

Recently, the community of Santa Clarita has been buzzing over potential billboard removals and the possibility of sign ordinance changes. It began when the Metro Group, who owns the land on which the billboards in question reside, approached the city with a proposal to remove every billboard in the Metro (railroad) right-of-way, within the Soledad Canyon Road and Railroad Avenue corridors, in the center of the city. This amounts to the permanent removal of 118 billboards on 62 structures along the Metro right-of-way in exchange for a change to the current sign ordinance that would allow them to build three ...

January 17, 2014 | By Alice Khosravy Right here right now | Columnists


Marsha McLean:Santa Clarita transit is your ticket to better transportation

The demand for public transportation continues to increase as Americans enjoy the freedoms provided by commuter buses and railways.

January 17, 2014 | By Marsha McLean Live from city hall | Columnists


Cher Gilmore: Ignorance is not bliss

Fracking has captured the headlines recently, but another, less well-known technique for extracting oil trapped in rock cavities deep underground is increasingly being used in California and is an even bigger threat to health and the environment.

January 16, 2014 | By Cher Gilmore | Columnists


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