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Guns are to killing as bats are to homers

Hold out your right hand and look at it, palm facing toward you.

August 28, 2013 | Gary Horton Full Steam to Port! | Columnists


The state of the state fair

It used to be that if your body was tattooed from head to toe, you wore large hoop earrings and 50 necklaces, sported a beard and rode a unicycle, the only job you could get was in a circus sideshow or running a midway ride for a traveling carnival.

August 28, 2013 | Jim Mullen The Village Idiot | Columnists


Is bulking up killing you?

You've probably never heard of bigorexia, but according to CBS New York, it's a growing health hazard, affecting as many as 45 percent of men at some point in their lives.

August 28, 2013 | Danny Tyree Tyrades | Columnists


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


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Articles by Section - Columnists


David Hegg: Manning, Wilson: brothers of Christ

Today millions around the world will gather with jersey-clad friends and family to eat and cheer their way through the Super Bowl. This championship of professional football in America has been the darling of the sports media for several weeks now, and finally the hoopla will give way to actual athletic competition.

February 01, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Frank Ferry: There’s nothing cool about graffiti

As a principal, father, and member of the City Council, I can tell you firsthand that environment and behavior go hand in hand. If we want the best students, we must provide an environment that supports learning, connectivity with quality educators and opportunities to study.

January 31, 2014 | By Frank Ferry Live from city hall | Columnists


Scott Wilk: ‘State of the State’ report

Last week Governor Jerry Brown tied Earl Warren for the number of State of the State addresses any governor has given. While that is a personal milestone that he can be proud of, the content of his vision for California is infinitely more important.

January 31, 2014 | By Scott Wilk Right here right now | Columnists


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


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