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Linda Valdes: Candidates speak out on Castaic high

My parents were both self-employed, small-business owners.

August 02, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tim Myers: Good news, bad news, or just news?

Dutifully, the Southland Association of Realtors publishes the monthly real estate statistics for the Santa Clarita Valley.

August 02, 2009 | Tim Myers | Columnists


Suzan Solomon: Candidates speak out on Castaic high

In its editorial The Signal asked, "How committed are Strickland, Messina, Solomon and Jensen to keeping the Hart District's No. 1 promise to the community (a Castaic high school)?

August 02, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Peter Kavounas: Got questions about water rates? Logical answers await

There's a natural series of reactions people have when they are told they will soon be asked to pay more for something.

August 02, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Bob Jensen: Candidates speak out on Castaic high

I'm Bob Jensen, candidate for the William S. Hart Union High School board of education, and I'm prepared to honor my commitments, along with the commitments made to this community by the Hart district.

August 02, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Howard P. "Buck" McKeon: Our veterans deserve better

Imagine serving your country overseas in the Armed Forces for months or years, in Afghanistan, Iraq or anywhere around the world, away from family and surrendering yourself to your country for the protection of American freedoms and liberties.

August 01, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Andy Pattantyus: Messina gets the job done

Recently, we have seen several opinion pieces summarizing Joe Messina's chances for election to the Hart district school board. As a result, we now have projected numbers about the potential votes and estimates of the campaign coffers. Even the best pollsters know that predicting the outcome of elections is fraught with hazards.

July 31, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Marsha McLean: State balances budget on backs of local government ... again

While Sacramento lawmakers are busy patting themselves on the back for finally passing their past-due annual budget, local governments throughout California are busy figuring how to absorb the new cuts to their budgets made by the state to achieve the state's "balanced" budget.

July 31, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Cam Noltemeyer: Community speaks up to City Hall

Yet another well-organized citizen's group recently challenged a project from the Planning Commission to the Santa Clarita City Council.

July 30, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: The recession is over; make something of it

Most know my landscaping business is closely tied to the housing industry.

July 29, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gina Nordenstrom: MRF conflict made from air

Regarding Carole Lutness' "Nordenstrom needs to do some homework" Opinion column in the July 23 Signal: Apples are still apples, no matter how many times you try to make them oranges. Everyone knows what happens when you make assumptions based on appearances.

July 28, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Bruce McFarland: Nixon, Bush, Cheney and the Truth Teller

As we learn more about the secret inner workings of the Bush/Cheney administration, many old-timers make comparisons with Richard Nixon's reign.

July 28, 2009 | Bruce McFarland | Columnists


Republicans need to realize truth

When all you right wing thought-leaders get done freaking out over Judge Sotomayor, realize this truth:

July 28, 2009 | By Paul Sibek Newhall | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Health care conundrums

I am torn. Like a liberal driving a Mercedes, the promise of universal health care both excites and frightens me.

July 27, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Peter Gillies: Candy bombs and the future of Iraq

My view of Iraq was from the cockpit of an Army UH-60L Blackhawk helicopter.

July 26, 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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