Tim Russert's sudden death is sad for his family, his friends, and his many colleagues, but it is us, the viewers, who should mourn this loss as well.
So many knew he represented unbiased reporting of the issues, especially around election time, and we will now have to work harder to replace what we had come to rely on without question.
Growth and development have long been major issues for residents of the Santa Clarita Valley. In fact, these issues are key reasons why residents chose to incorporate in the 1980s. Cityhood in 1987 brought local home rule to the four communities of Saugus, Newhall, Valencia and Canyon Country. It enabled the new local government to retain millions every year in tax dollars, 100 percent of which are spent right here in Santa Clarita on roads, parks, transportation, law enforcement, community services, infrastructure, trails and other amenities residents have expressed a desire to bring to our community. Today, Santa Clarita is ...
Gail Kopp owes me and the thousands of other residents of Tick Canyon an apology for referring to our community as "a dump" ("Park Place to be built in Tick Canyon," June 6, 2008). I assure you I have no discarded tires on my block.
Have you noticed that our lifestyle is changing at a fast pace? Today's millionaires are nowhere near as well-off as yesterday's were.
Today's millionaires are living in upscale-built homes, have a mortgage and drive themselves to work every day. They are looking forward to the day their wife retires so they can "get out of Dodge," and possibly buy a few acres of land so they can grow their own food and have a windmill which generates power to pump their own water and supply the electrical needs.
The Signal has always had the BEST TV guide weekly, and it was in the Sunday edition.
For some reason, you changed it to Friday, and it stinks. Friday to Friday.
Upon reading The Signal's recent article declaring city planners expect SCV's growth to expand to 500,000 people, I first thought, "Wow! How could our traffic infrastructure possibly handle that?"
I have a question which I think others in the Santa Clarita Valley may have regarding the "Newhall land files for bankruptcy" story on Page 3 of The Signal's print edition (June 9, 2008).
There's a cowboy in our neighborhood and he's cleaning up Soledad.
Mr. Beaumont stated in his letter ("Gay marriage ban a religious freedom issue," June 5, 2008) that he's voting yes in November to amend our state Constitution to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
Our parents were married for 55 years on April 24, 2008.
Much has been made of the defeat of Assembly Bill 2046, which included a provision precluding water suppliers from relying on groundwater that did not meet applicable state standards when assessing their water supply.
Editor's note: The following letter was sent to The Signal and to Santa Clarita Mayor Bob Kellar.
I would like to add my concerns to the growing list of homeowners who are greatly concerned with the drastic spike in criminal activity in the neighborhoods surrounding Highlands Elementary School.
Why do we not hear about all of those who were speculators who purchased homes with the purpose of turning them around in two years to make a huge profit?
As a long time resident of Santa Clarita, I was pleased to see that 13,700 acres of our local Magic Mountain and seven miles of wild and scenic Piru Creek were included in Congressman Buck McKeon's and Senator Barbara Boxer's wonderful bipartisan wilderness bill for the Eastern Sierra and Northern San Gabriel Mountains ("McKeon bill protects 42,000 acres," May 30, 2008).
Not that I wasn't also excited that this bill will protect more than 430,000 acres of pristine mountain ranges and ancient forests in the Eastern Sierra, as well as the Owens River Headwaters ...
Lynne Plambeck, Tom Purcell and Buck McKeon have all sounded off about the rising cost of gasoline.
I've been studying this problem for many years, since it is obvious that oil is a finite resource. It's not going to last forever.
Regarding Karen Kaplan's letter of May 26, "Lousy films in the SCV," I've been writing letters on this subject for a couple of years.
I totally agree with Karen Kaplan's letter to the editor, published May 26 and titled "Lousy films in the SCV."
Regarding The Signal editorial "Cooperation needed during water crisis" published in the Aug. 3 issue of the paper: Where in this cooperation do the state, county and city responsibilities come into play?
Recently a mob in Pakistan burned down eight Ahmadi Muslim homes, which resulted in the deaths of three children and a 55-year old grandmother.
Regarding the Michael Reagan column "Hollywood liberals are standing down for Israel" published Aug. 4 in The Signal: My thoughts exactly!
An article in The Signal July 3, 2014, quoted the proposed ballot language for the billboard referendum on November's ballot: "Shall Ordinance No. 14-02 adopting a Development Agreement with Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) for the removal of 62 advertisement structures, within the city, by Metro or any other means, and construction and operation of three digital billboards, adjacent to Interstate 5 and State Route 14 freeways, and the dedication to the city of revenue received from digital billboards, which creates an ongoing revenue stream, be adopted?"
Recently I was privileged to hear a presentation on the water crisis in our state, and also our problems here in Santa Clarita, regarding a shortage of water and an over-abundance of salt in our discharge into the Santa Clara River.
"Following the water rules" (Thursday's Signal) expresses a legitimate concern of SCV HOA residents - they are concerned about penalties for letting their lawns go brown as they cut back water use - landscaping accounts for some 60 percent of residential water use - because associations have rules about care and upkeep of homes, landscape and lawns.
Editor's note: About 50 percent of the water consumed in the Santa Clarita Valley comes from underground water sources.
The relatively small country of Italy (compared to the USA) has managed to take in more than 70,000 illegal immigrants (refugees) fleeing poverty, war and oppression in Northern Africa.
There is no doubt that the legalization of marijuana is gaining favor throughout the country, and I have to say that I am for it - but with some very strong reservations.
I have been agonizing over our water shortage issues for some time now, and am worried at the impact of having neighbor snitching against water using neighbors, and the hard feelings it may cause.
I am a new subscriber to The Signal. I missed your satirical editorial piece on July 13, which Michelle Boehm responded to in the July 20 issue of The Signal.
Another week, another opening of fine films.
There have been a great many suggestions about how this country should handle the crisis posed by the thousands of children invading our country.