There's talk I've heard that Ford, VW & other carmakers make engines for cars in Europe and other countries that make upwards of 60 mpg. They are however not allowed in the U.S. Imagine the benefit to students and low-income families if they were allowed here.
The Signal's Opinion Page of the March 14, 2013 issue shows forethought and good planning in printing two columns on the same subject but with the authors having completely different views on the matter. That subject is the recent 13-hour filibuster by Senator Rand Paul and the authors are SCV columnist Steve Lunetta and syndicated columnist Joe Gandelman; conservative and liberal respectively.
We use words and rhetoric to express ourselves, our opinion. But in today's politics, there's such a spin that you can no longer take words at face value.
In December, The Signal reported that I had won an "extreme makeover" of the landscaping at my home in Saugus sponsored by the Castaic Lake Water Agency and Stay Green Inc.
The California Board of Equalization has just approved a 9.7 percent increase in the excise tax on gasoline, raising the total excise tax to 39.5 cents per gallon. This added to all the other taxes on gasoline sales will have us paying over 70 cents per gallon in tax. On top of this we pay license fees on our vehicles which are a tax as well and like many people I thought all of this money was for roads.
I want to commend Tammy Messina for her excellent column discussing the true purpose of the Second Amendment.
Let's stop the blame game and who's idea it was about the sequestration. It is what it is, unfortunately, so let's put the" Blame on Mame." If it makes the Republicans happy, let's put the blame on President Obama. Now that the blame for sequestration is out in the open, just get on with trying to fix it!
Tired of the debate on gun control and sick of hearing about global warming? Well, get ready for the new subject of media conversation ... styrofoam cups. That's right, styrofoam cups. New York City Mayor Bloomberg has asked for a ban on the cups, saying they take up 30 percent of landfills and they will be there forever because they do not break down. Remember the ban on plastic bags? The cups will be next ...
Liberalism allows the less charitable to feel better about themselves by giving away other people's money and freedom.
Regarding the column from Tim Myers published March 2, "Does the election date change favor the incumbent?":
This sequester panic is government fraud and misdirection at its best. We are being told that we cannot reduce future federal budget expenditures by $85 billion. This is not even a cut, it is a reduction in budget growth. How then is it possible for this same government to tell us that they can find $680 billion in "fraud and waste" from Medicare? The two promises conflict with each other and create a real question ...
The sequester seems to be the only way that the rate at which we grow the budget is slowed down.
I quote a recent editorial contribution by a Santa Clarita City Council member: "Public participation is an essential way ... to influence the decision-making process."
I read with interest the article on the effects of the Canada – U.S. pipeline and its relationship to climate change.
Here is what gets me: The Republicans are always asking, where are the jobs? Well as of March 1, 2013, they are going to let thousands of people get laid off.
The tours of the White House have been canceled by the President. How dare he do such a thing?