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Let the pantsuit dance

It's time to address the burning question singeing the lips of every American this summer: What will happen to Bryan Cranston's pork pie hat after "Breaking Bad" ends its run?

August 26, 2013 | Will Durst Commentary | Columnists


Chris Christie should switch parties

Imagine you are a teenage boy who feels an attraction to other males. Imagine further that you detest having those feelings, feelings for which you would like to seek professional help to overcome these proclivities and lead what you consider to be a normal life.

August 26, 2013 | Doug Patton | Columnists


Filling the fertility gap

MONTERCHI, Italy - It was a lovely summer evening. Large families filled the terrace at La Pieve Vecchio, a restaurant occupying an old convent on the outskirts of this hilltop village in Tuscany.

August 25, 2013 | Cokie and Steven V. Roberts Commentary | Columnists


Are political riffs fair ... at the fair?

Old joke: two cannibals are eating a clown and one says, "Does this taste funny to you?"

August 23, 2013 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


Pope Francis hears Fidel Castro’s confession

After celebrating his 87th birthday last week, semi-retired communist dictator Fidel Castro did something nobody expected him to do: He contacted Pope Francis to hear his confession.

August 23, 2013 | Tom Purcell Commentary | Columnists


San. district needs to look at other chloride alternatives

Editor's note: the following letter was sent to the Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District directors and staff from the Castaic Area Town Council.

August 22, 2013 | The Castaic Area Town Council | Columnists


Let’s keep our institutions out of politics

Politics is tribal, often built on difference and division. Success can depend on how effectively opponents are cast as somehow "impure" or "the other."

August 22, 2013 | Donna Brazile | Columnists


Gary Horton: Freeway signs are good but aren’t functioning democracy

As Carrie and I passed over the McBean-I-5 bridge heading to a scrumptious lunch at In-N-Out, (by the way, get your fries well-done for a real treat), we passed a smattering of folks engaged in a grass-roots protest on the bridge above to the drivers below.

August 21, 2013 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: An ode to diving

Scuba diving. The word SCUBA itself is an acronym for "self contained breathing apparatus" - a reference to the gizmo that makes breathing underwater a possibility.

August 19, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists


David M. Shribman: Finding a touch of greatness

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine - Two old men, neither particularly grumpy, have been in the news in recent weeks, and their re-emergence in the public eye is a sobering reminder of how different is our civic life than even a few years ago.

August 19, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists


David Hegg: Each ethical act builds consistency

Almost 20 years ago I suffered a freakish breakdown of my knees. As I pushed off to hit an overhead in a tennis match my left patella fractured and the patella tendon ruptured.

August 18, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Doug Patton: PC orthodoxy is destroying America

"We have met the enemy, and he is us." - Pogo

August 18, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tom Purcell: Marriage is alive and well - for some

Boy, are some Americans losing interest in marriage these days.

August 17, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tim Myers: Exiting the SCV: Not easy, but exciting

We built 17 years of our life based on a book and a recommendation from a law school classmate.

August 17, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Bob Kellar: Live from City Hall

Civic engagement is at the heart of the democratic process in Santa Clarita, and the public's involvement is essential for a well-run city.

August 17, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists


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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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