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Gary Horton: There goes retirement security

Boeing, a 100-year-old American company, brings pride to most Americans as a masthead of American ingenuity and prowess.

January 08, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Jonathan Kraut: Walker and Rodas

The entertainment community and fans worldwide will for many years remember Nov. 30, 2103, as a tragic day.

January 07, 2014 | By Jonathan Kraut | Columnists


Obamacare needs to be made voluntary

Just before Christmas, the Obama administration issued a blanket waiver for millions of Americans from the individual mandate requiring purchase of government-approved health insurance. The waiver, whose announcement was choreographed to give political credit to Democratic Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, was limited to individuals and families whose health plans were canceled by Obamacare. As Washington Post liberal blogger Ezra Klein put it: "Obamacare itself is the hardship" that qualifies cancelees for a hardship exemption.

January 06, 2014 | By Phil Kerpen Commentary | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: A diplomatic blunder by U.S.

Inept. The 2014 Merriam-Webster dictionary defines this word as "showing lack of skill or ability: not done well."

January 06, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right About Now | Columnists


Tom Campbell: 2013 may have been dry, but it kept CLWA busy

Now that one of our all-time driest years has drawn to a close, we at Castaic Lake Water Agency are reflecting proudly on the past year and our successes in providing the Santa Clarita Valley a reliable supply of quality water

January 05, 2014 | By Tom Campbell Commentary | Columnists


David Hegg: Wrong kind of sensitivity

As we begin the New Year it may help us all to think clearly about the expectations we have for ourselves and for those around us. Two questions will help get us started.

January 05, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Frank Ferry: Libraries are a powerful resource

As a principal and former teacher, I put great stock in the power of education. The city of Santa Clarita shares this value and makes a point to provide quality educational programs for the entire community.

January 03, 2014 | By Frank Ferry Right here right now | Columnists


Gary Horton: Happy New Year of action

I want to wish you a very happy New Year. We all deserve it. Well, most do, I suspect.

January 01, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: My resolutions for 2014

Time for the annual New Year's column. I always write these things after the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy staff has left the offices for the day following the Christmas party.

December 30, 2013 | By Steve Lunetta Right About Now | Columnists


What happens when statements cross the line?

The famous philosopher Daffy Duck had a saying: "Consequences, schmonsequences. ..."

December 30, 2013 | By Joe Gandelman | Columnists


David Hegg: The truth two nights can tell

This morning finds our society sitting right in the middle of two important nights. Just seven days separate them, but how we see them couldn't be more different.

December 29, 2013 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Revelations of Obamacare

Christmas' respite with feelings of joy, good spirit and warmth of home, hearth and family have passed, and now we face the reality of much uncertainty focused on our families' health care.

December 27, 2013 | By Betty Arenson Right here right now | Columnists


Celebrate safely: don’t drink and drive

By the time you read this column, Christmas will have passed and we will be looking forward to celebrating the New Year.

December 27, 2013 | By Marsha McLean Live from city hall | Columnists


The best and worst of 2013

The year 2013 was a roller coaster of contrasts with some surprises. Here's a best and worst list:

December 26, 2013 | By Joe Gandelman Commentary | Columnists


A deep descent into the bowels of password hell

As the new year approaches, many of us in the dimly lit brotherhood of computer clumsoids (and our number is legion) feel the sharp prod of IT experts who blow themselves blue encouraging we Luddites to change passwords once a year like smoke alarm batteries or high school girlfriends or underwear on "Duck Dynasty."

December 26, 2013 | By Will Durst Raging Moderate | 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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