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Lila Littlejohn: Saving lives with Safe Rides

How does one count the number of young lives not lost in tragic car accidents last year?

May 03, 2009 | Lila Littlejohn | Columnists


Paul Brotzman: Setting the record straight on our local water supply

Response to April 23 "Environmentally Speaking" commentary in The Signal: "A perfect storm for water woes in the SCV."

Recently, the city of Santa Clarita Planning Commission met jointly with Castaic Lake Water Agency staff to help familiarize the city's land use decision makers with our current water-supply management and planning activities.

May 03, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Bruce Hotmer: America: go ahead and protest

I read Bruce McFarland's column in the April 21 Signal with shock and awe.

May 02, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Michael Picarella: just call me reverend

A few weekends ago, while waiting for a table at Chili's Grill and Bar, a Hell's Angel-looking dude practically yelled the Lord's name in vain over and over again. I asked the dude if he could lower his voice, or not blaspheme in front of my very impressionable 5-year-old son - who just wanted a Chili's grilled cheese sandwich. The dude said he earned the right to blaspheme. He was a reverend, he said.

May 02, 2009 | Mike Picarella | Columnists


Bob Dickson: 'Racist' just doesn't pack the same punch

Racist. Is there a more explosive word in the English language?

May 01, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Laurene Weste: Low-cost pet vaccination clinic keeps tails wagging

Pets are an important part of many Santa Clarita residents' lives and, for many of us, pets are no less than bona fide members of the family.

May 01, 2009 | Laurene Weste | Columnists


Lynne Plambeck: Is Newhall Ranch really moving foward?

More than 10 years ago, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers certified the Environmental Impact Report for Newhall Land and Farming's euphemistically titled "Natural River Management Plan."

April 30, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: Our first 100 days in office

The media is brimming full of commentary on "President Obama's First 100 Days." Most folks have already tired of the build-up.

April 29, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Kevin Buck: Decline and fall of a political empire

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April 28, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Dave Bossert: Think Santa Clarita Valley

About six months ago a grass-roots effort started with a few folks at the city of Santa Clarita and various Santa Clarita Valley business owners, business organizations and media outlets. The basic idea was a good one: Help to promote shopping locally to boost the economic well-being of Santa Clarita.

April 28, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Vote 'no' on narcissistic propositions

In ancient Roman mythology, a beautiful youth named Narcissus spurned the love of a nymph named Echo, who consoled herself by pining away in barren glens until only her voice remained. Sounds rather like a Republican in Sacramento.

April 27, 2009 | By Steve Lunetta Right About Now | Columnists


Our View: Taking a big step forward — together

What's in a name?

April 26, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Howard "Buck" McKeon: Let the tea parties continue

Would anybody like more tea?

April 26, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


A mom's take on the new skatepark

In a day and age when it's very easy to judge a book by its cover, (especially if that cover is canvassed in tattoos and piercings), I have to say that I think tweens and teens get a bad rap.

April 26, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tim Myers: City Council and the wrath of God

You shall not make for yourself an idol. ... You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me.

April 26, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


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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


God bless our veterans

Pulled out the paper this bright Monday morning and started reading. Of course, I have my bagel with strawberry cream cheese, oat bran cereal and tall glass of orange juice at the ready. I know how to start my holiday day.

May 26, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right About Now | Columnists


David Hegg: We need to change perspective

While I was not yet living when it was fought, World War II has shaped so much of the world in which I have lived. It framed the whole idea of valor and courage and sacrificial service. And it wasn't only those who served in uniform who experienced the war, and felt that they played a vital part in bringing about a good and swift conclusion to it. In truth, we were a nation at war. Soldier and civilian were on the same team, working for a common goal, with mutual respect and honor.

May 25, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


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