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Gary Horton: The real race to watch

"I'm melting … melting!"

August 10, 2016 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists

Jonathan Kraut: 2016 election queries: Scott Wilk

Author's note: I am reaching out to our local, county, state, and congressional candidates to report their views. I selected a narrow set of concerns that I believe have the most dramatic impact on our daily lives here in the Santa Clarita Valley. They are: transparency in government, reform of the criminal justice system and social welfare programs.

August 09, 2016 | By Jonathan Kraut Democratic Voices | Columnists

David W. Hegg: The lost virtue of modesty

I often wonder just when, and at whose insistence, the great virtues of modesty and humility became detrimental to the human condition.

August 06, 2016 | By David W. Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists

John Zaring: What is the rational center?

Regular readers of The Rational Center know that this column is rooted in the belief that government works best when politicians from both sides of the aisle forge consensus through principled compromise.

August 06, 2016 | By John Zaring The Rational Center | Columnists

Cameron Smyth: November ballot measures piling up

Before I start into my column, I first want to add my voice to the chorus of support and thanks to the countless number of firefighters, police officers, USFS officials and other first-responders who once again put their lives on the line to save numerous lives and more than 10,000 homes and structures that fell in the direct path of the Sand fire.

August 05, 2016 | By Cameron Smyth Right Here, Right Now | Columnists

Ken Dean: Rethinking ‘shooting to kill’

It's red, white and blue, and it's the symbol of freedom for all Americans, no matter if you're white, black, red, yellow or brown.

August 03, 2016 | By Ken Dean SCV Voices | Columnists

Gary Horton: Common decency is required

This has been Donald Trump's very bad, no-good week. At nearly every turn and tweet Donald's utterances have landed him in deeper do-do, and then more do-do still.

August 03, 2016 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists

Charles Vignola: Trump’s military disgrace

Last week at the Democratic National Convention, America was introduced to Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the brave, bereaved parents of American Army Capt. Humayun Khan, a Muslim-American soldier who in 2004 sacrificed himself to save ten of his troops from a suicide bomber in Iraq and was awarded a Gold Star for his service.

August 02, 2016 | By Charles Vignola Democratic Voices | Columnists

John Zaring: Making history in Philadelphia

On Thursday night in Philadelphia, history was made just blocks away from where the seeds of these United States, the seeds of revolution, began. The Democratic Party finally, officially, nominated this country's first woman presidential candidate for a major party.

July 30, 2016 | By John Zaring The Rational Center | Columnists

David W. Hegg: Vice of selfishness

The term "vice" usually conjures up the idea of habits considered damaging to those who pursue them. Things like gambling, drinking, smoking and stuffing your face with chocolate come to mind.

July 30, 2016 | By David W. Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists

Brian Baker: A reluctant endorsement of Trump

Gary Johnson will not be president.

July 29, 2016 | By Brian Baker SCV Voices | Columnists

Gary Horton: Beware the dog whistler

"Horse whisperers" have special talents to quietly calm and train wild horses.

July 27, 2016 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists

John Zaring: Fun times in Cleveland

Did you watch the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week, or were you too busy playing Pokemon Go?

July 23, 2016 | By John Zaring The Rational Center | Columnists

David W. Hegg: Managing the madness

If we are not careful, the chaos and madness of our world these days can certainly overwhelm our thoughts and leave us feeling emotionally numb.

July 23, 2016 | By David W. Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists

Erick Werner: Don’t fall for the left’s guilt trip

Five Dallas officers dead. Seven more undergoing intensive medical care. This is the America we woke up to on the morning of July 7.

July 22, 2016 | By Erick Werner Right Here, Right Now | Columnists

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