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Our View: Acrimony should end with primary

Posted: June 10, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 10, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

The June 2012 primary is over and hopefully so is all of the amped up personal acrimony. The challenge for us and everyone else in this election locally was sorting through all of the noise from sniping, nastiness and power plays to get to the candidates' real positions on the issues of the day.

The forum that included all of the candidates of the 38th Assembly District was most helpful in seeing the real differences between them.

Budgets, jobs and schools are the big three.

Local, state and federal elected officials simply need to find a way to develop some common ground to make progress on these three issues. The quality of life locally and the economic vibrancy of the nation demand it.

The Signal welcomes spirited debate on these issues and will scrutinize candidates for the November run-off election for their leadership potential in translating ideological differences into real solutions.

Although 38th Assembly candidates Democrat Edward Headington and Republican Scott Wilk agreed on some fiscal issues during the different forums of the primary campaign, we expect differences will be more clearly drawn as we move into the general election campaign.

We hope that the two candidates continue a robust exchange of ideas on lasting solutions to the major issues that face us. And we hope that it is only a serious discussion of issues and ideas. A nasty campaign will truly be a disappointment.

We also hope that in the race for the 25th Congressional District, Republican Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon and his challenger Democrat Lee Rogers also stick to the issues so that voters can decide on who they want to represent us in the House of Representatives.

We trust that the bickering Republicans will not switch to a "blame game" that focuses on personalities instead of issues or ideological differences. There is plenty of blame to go around for everyone.

The voters have spoken, the Republican Los Angeles County Central Committee has been realigned, and it is time to move on to the challenges that most affect us. It is time to come together.

We realize that the country has become more ideologically polarized in recent years, and governing to the middle has become more difficult. But as a community, the Santa Clarita Valley has always found a way to work our way out of the problems that face us all. Let's not lose sight of that.

 

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