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Annette Guzman: The day the shelter turns the homeless away

This season we at the Santa Clarita Valley Emergency Winter Shelter have served a significantly increased number of clients compared to prior years. As a trend, we usually begin the season with a median number of clients then climb to near our capacity.

January 10, 2010 | Annette Guzman SCV Voices | Columnists


Tim Myers: Are there really that many home-schooled students in the SCV?

In the mid-90s the Republican-controlled House of Representatives held public hearings to "expose" the venality and cruelty of the Internal Revenue Service.

January 10, 2010 | Tim Myers Myers' Musings | Columnists


Maria Gutzeit: D’s and R’s, OMG LOL

My December horoscope on MSN stated Sagittarians "stand against the pre-established social order of this society." That explains my figurative tendency to hit my head against the wall.

January 09, 2010 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tom Pattantyus: Are ‘fundamental transformations’ really needed?

"We are five days from fundamentally transforming America" declared Presidential candidate Barack Obama on Oct. 30, 2008.

January 08, 2010 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Laurie Ender: A year of accomplishment for Santa Clarita Transit

This past year was an exciting one for Santa Clarita Transit with the introduction of advanced technology, a new route and additional resources for riders.

January 08, 2010 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Steve Kassel: Getting the SCV off the grid with the help of HOAs

Margaret Mead, a much-loved conservationist, once said: "Never doubt that a few committed individuals can change the world.

January 07, 2010 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: Turducken opinions make me ill

This past Monday I stopped at the local supermarket to grab a thing or two. Passing the frozen meat section, I noticed a young grocer rearranging large boxes in the display case. "Turducken," squawked the label, and pictured in epicurean freakishness was a frankensteinian mishmash of turkey, duck and chicken shoved and stuffed into an unholy fowlish trinity.

January 06, 2010 | Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Guidelines and parameters for Signal Opinion columnists

Local columns must be emailed to letters@signalscv.com for consideration.

January 05, 2010 | By The Signal Editorial Board | Columnists


Ian Lamont: Community that makes a difference

What a difference 60 miles make.

January 03, 2010 | Ian Lamont From the Publisher | Columnists


Lila Littlejohn: Wishing you independent thought

My most memorable encounter with plagiarism occurred a few years back while teaching English at College of the Canyons.

December 27, 2009 | Lila Littlejohn | Columnists


W. E. Gutman: Netanyahu’s 10-month settlement ‘freeze’ a sham

In an editorial published back East in August 1997, I urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resign.

December 27, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Bob Kellar: Drive safely this holiday season

Between drunk - or impaired - driving and distracted driving such as with cell phones and texting, there is no shortage of traffic collisions on our freeways and roadways. And yes, buzzed driving is drunk driving, so don't go there.

December 27, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tim Myers: The new SUSD bogeyman — charter schools

At Drake University my most excellent freshman English Composition professor liked to relate stories about her childhood years growing up on the Oregon coast during World War II.

December 27, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Bill Kennedy: Republican Christmas gifts

Merry Christmas, all! This is a joyous time of year, best shared with friends and family as we count our blessings. Cathy and I are fortunate to be in Colorado today, sharing a snowy Christmas with our elder daughter, Laura, her husband, Jerry, and our grandsons Dylan and Lucas.

December 25, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following editorial, among the most famous ever written, appeared in The New York Sun in 1897 and remains appropriate for this holiday season 112 years later.

Is there a Santa Claus?

December 24, 2009 | Source: The New York Sun, 1897 | Columnists


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Laurene Weste: Events with benefits: fun for a cause in the SCV

The city of Santa Clarita is home to numerous nonprofit organizations that benefit residents from all walks of life.

June 13, 2014 | By Laurene Weste Live from city hall | Columnists


Scott Wilk: Raising awareness to DIPG

Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or DIPG, is a terminal brain disease that affects children aged 5 to 10 years.

June 13, 2014 | By Scott Wilk Right here right now | Columnists


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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