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Steve Lunetta: Gun-happy

I bought a gun. It's just a little .22 caliber rifle to teach the kids how to shoot.

June 08, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Tim Myers: For our daughter on her graduation

Sitting on the home side of Cougar Stadium at College of the Canyons on the cool May evening, looking out at the sea of purple and gold, many parents would simply state they did not believe this day would ever come.

June 07, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Frank Ferry: Old Town Newhall revitalization efforts continue

The Redevelopment Agency of the city of Santa Clarita is continuing to actively implement the Downtown Newhall Specific Plan, which was approved by the City Council in December 2005.

June 05, 2009 | Frank Ferry | Columnists


Bob Dickson: Can this fabric be sewn back together?

If you ever visit the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, you will probably make your way to the Battle Monument.

June 05, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


From The Signal Archives: Technology pros and cons

Editor's note: As The Signal celebrates 90 years of service to the Santa Clarita Valley, we offer this peek into the SCV of days past. Following is from the first week of June 1934 in The Newhall Signal and Saugus Enterprise.

Hot news: livestock report

June 04, 2009 | By Perry Smith | Columnists


Lynne Plambeck: the future of green jobs

The future of 'green' jobs

June 04, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: Just move along folks

"Just move along folks, there's nothing left to see." So says the clichéd copper in so many old cops n' robbers movies. The action already happened - the crime, committed. There's just the debris to pick up and the blood to wash off.

June 03, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Leigh Hart: Don't cut services to those who need them most

Most of my newspapers have been piling up lately, securely banded, wrapped and unread.

June 02, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Roger Gitlin: I like Joe Messina for Hart board

Some weeks back The Signal published a local columnist's commentary on Joe Messina, an announced candidate for the Hart District School Board in the November 2009 election.

June 02, 2009 | Roger Gitlin | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Just call me the governor

Once the recall of the Governator is complete, we're going to need a new governor. I know there are a lot of political hacks out there who think they can do the job. But, if an actor can run the ninth largest economy in the world, why not me?

June 01, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Tim Myers: The (API) numbers game

Let me say at the outset to all the teachers and staff at Helmers Elementary School in the Saugus Union School District: "I love you all!"

May 31, 2009 | Tim Myers | Columnists


Scott Thomas Wilk: I choose God

When Councilman Bob Kellar's proposal to place "In God We Trust" on the city logo made it onto the City Council's agenda, I confess I was ambivalent.

May 29, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Bob Kellar: City, sheriff, COC launch motorcycle safety program

It's a sobering fact. Santa Clarita has seen a 39 percent increase in motorcycle-related accidents since 2007, with five incidents resulting in fatalities. Motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to die in a traffic collision than someone riding in a passenger car.

May 29, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Alison Maulhardt: The value of wildlife corridors

John Muir once said, "When one tugs at a single thing in nature he finds it attached to the rest of the world."

May 28, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tony Strickland: The people have spoken, but will politicians listen?

Voters overwhelming voted down Proposition 1A on the May 19 Special Election which would have extended the crippling $16 billion tax increases on all Californians.

May 27, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


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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


Betty Arenson: The counterfeit mask

You're familiar with the noise America has heard for a long time. It will continue, but it's easily unmasked.

May 30, 2014 | By Betty Arenson Right here right now | Columnists


Dante Acosta: Camp Clarita provides summer fun

The official arrival of summer is just weeks away. If you listen closely, you will soon be able to hear kids all over town chanting that classic phrase: "school's out for summer!"

May 30, 2014 | By Dante Acosta Live from city hall | Columnists


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