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Archive By Section - Columnists


Stacy L. Fortner: Optimized water plan, who says?

Regarding the Aug. 16 column in The Signal "Optimized water governance means better water service," I ask: Optimized governance … for whom?

August 26, 2016 | By Stacy L. Fortner SCV Voices | Columnists


Erick Werner: Dangers of the PC culture

"Those people nowadays who say they would have stood up against the Nazis … believe me, most of them wouldn't have."

August 26, 2016 | By Erick Werner Right Here, Right Now | Columnists


Michael Hestrin: Counterpoint: The death penalty

Historically, Californians have overwhelmingly supported the death penalty. Yet during every election cycle a ballot measure comes up looking to repeal it.

August 25, 2016 | By Michael Hestrin Riverside County District Attorney | Columnists


Lynne Plambeck: Guilty of unclean hands

Unbeknownst to anyone in the Santa Clarita Valley or the community of Val Verde, a bureaucrat in the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning secretly signed something called a "clean hands" waiver to grant Chiquita Canyon Landfill permission to ignore the condition of its 1997 approval.

August 25, 2016 | By Lynne Plambeck SCV Voices | Columnists


John Zaring: The trouble with us

Yeah, I know that the dumpster fire that is Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump had another awful week between the campaign shakeup and his sinking polls, but frankly, I'm not in the mood to write another column about why I believe the orange man is unfit to be president.

August 20, 2016 | By John Zaring The Rational Center | Columnists


David W. Hegg: Lessons mistakes can teach

When I was really young, my father was really smart. But as I entered my junior high years, he seemed to lose most of his brilliance.

August 20, 2016 | By David W. Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Scott Wilk: The legislative gut-and-amend season is upon us

For parents and school children it's the end of the summer; for the Legislature we're entering into the "gut and amend" season as the constitutional deadline of Aug. 31looms and the two-year legislative session comes to a close.

August 19, 2016 | By Scott Wilk Right Here, Right Now | Columnists


Gary Horton: A primer on lobbying influence

We're a mostly fortunate bunch here in the SCV. We enjoy a tree-lined city, benefit from a multitude of good schools and parks and a couple of senior centers, and even a kick-ass community college/university center.

August 17, 2016 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Bill Cooper & Maria Gutzeit: Optimized water governance means better water service

There is great potential for a new public water district in the Santa Clarita Valley.

August 16, 2016 | By Bill Cooper & Maria Gutzeit SCV Voices | Columnists


Charles Vignola: Trump’s big tax cheat

With the Republican and Democratic Conventions now wrapped up, we're only 83 days away from Election Day.

August 16, 2016 | By Charles Vignola Democratic Voices | Columnists


Steve Knight: Don’t hold Zika solutions hostage

The Zika virus poses an enormous threat to our public safety. Nearly 90 infections have been reported in California, and it is only a matter of time before someone in our community is harmed by this dangerous virus.

August 13, 2016 | By Steve Knight SCV Voices | Columnists


John Zaring: So these are our choices?

Let's be honest: we now live in a post-fact-check world. Many people only believe what they want to believe, and since most of those folks live safely within their own echo chambers, they only hear what they want to hear, too.

August 13, 2016 | By John Zaring The Rational Center | Columnists


David W. Hegg: Deception and morality

Over the years teaching ethics, I have found that most ethical situations can be best illustrated by the behavior of small children.

August 13, 2016 | By David W. Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


James P. de Bree: It’s time to dump Trump

On July 29, The Signal published a column written by Brian Baker ("A reluctant endorsement of Trump") wherein he clearly articulated the case against voting for Hillary Clinton. His points were well taken and I agree with his assessment of Clinton.

August 11, 2016 | By James P. de Bree SCV Voices | Columnists


John Kiernan: No bickering; let’s hear policy

As the two presidential candidates bumble their way toward the presidential election in November, we independents are left with two terrible choices. Yes there is the Green Party, and some other, smaller independent parties, but they stand no chance of winning.

August 10, 2016 | By John Kiernan SCV Voices | Columnists


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