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Category: Letters to the Editor

Opinion: Opportunity for change

I am hesitant to even write this letter, with the affection both my husband (since his Boy Scout days!) and I have had for Idyllwild. It was quite apparent at last week’s County Service Area 36 special meeting that the discontent and feeling of loss about employment and control came close to being raucous and […]

Opinion: Succinct and insightful

As I sit here playing my dobro, anxiously awaiting the opening of the new park where I can play chess under the pines and sit on a bench and chew the fat with my old friends, it occurred to me that a great deal of silliness has gone on in our community since I last […]

Opinion: Let’s stand up for the good guys

First off, I would like to state that in over 30 years on the Hill, I have been hesitant to respond to delusional letters to the editor. I feel compelled at this time to speak up in response to Norm Cassen’s letter [in the July 28 issue] in which he makes disparaging remarks about John […]

Opinion: John Simpson, my friend

In [a letter to the editor] published in the July 28 issue of the Town Crier, Norm Cassen wrote that John Simpson, former president of the Idyllwild Community Recreation Council (ICRC), was guilty of a conflict of interest over the possible building of the new community center because [Simpson] stood to gain financially by having […]

Opinion: It’s the Town Crier’s fault

Last week, you published a letter to the editor that included one man’s opinion that John Simpson of the Rainbow Inn was driven by a profit motive for his work on the Idyllwild Community Recreation Council (ICRC). All who know Mr. Simpson and the Rainbow Inn are aware that they have made immeasurable contributions of […]

Opinion: ICRC is development company

In 1969, Jack Garner sold land in Garner Valley to a development company. Not wasting any time, like Idyllwild Community Recreation Council (ICRC), they cut down all the heirloom trees and sold them for lumber. They submitted the plans for zoning change to the Riverside Planning Commission. They knew that few Garner Valley residents would […]

Opinion: I’m impressed. But!

Perhaps I should be less critical of specific town residents given their filthy mouths? Hmm. Bill Brown and Jeff Stone took control of a failing recreation program, it’s that simple. ICRC refused and refuses to purchase liability insurance while transporting children, and refused to provide liability and property insurance when repeatedly told to do so. […]

Opinion: Idyllwild’s other history

There have been complaints, meetings and discussions recently about town teenagers and out-of-towners tagging walls with spray paint. The contents of the markings have been categorized as “hate” speech, evidently the focus of comments are Muslims, Blacks, Mexicans or Jews. Where do these half- grown children get their hate? From their parents, that’s where. Where […]

Opinion: Pause, consider all constituents

What about the ongoing costs to maintain a multi-million dollar facility? Are they going to charge an expensive membership? Would everyone on the Hill be willing to pay a monthly assessment? “We’ve discovered irregularities with the use of public funding, some minor and some not so minor,” is what Verne Lauritzen, Jeff Stone’s chief of […]

Opinion: BB gun shooting on Tollgate

I was alarmed this past weekend [July 16 and 17] by the kid next door shooting an air rifle from his deck at the corner of Tollgate and Meadow Glen. He was shooting toward Tollgate without the benefit of a backstop. There weren’t any targets set up in his yard. The shooting first came to […]

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