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Category: Another Point of View

Another Point of View: Another small step for science, a leap for the rest of us

The first thing you will probably realize by the time you are done reading this is that I am no Carl Sagan. I am just an avid researcher on current scientific topics, with a particular interest in the research being conducted at the 16.5-mile long Large Hadron Collider or LHC tunnel outside Geneva, Switzerland.

Another Point of View: To the Idyllwild community

Shootings at public and private schools, the kidnapping of innocent children, children murdered, the molestation and abuse of children. Fences, security guards, metal detectors … Today, most, if not all, schools and day care centers have a fence around the property intended to keep the children in and the public out. “Stranger Danger” is a […]

Another Point of View: Health insurers marketing neglects rural communities

In April several local residents received letters from their health insurance companies suggesting two ways to save money. The first was to switch to mail-order prescriptions for 90-day supplies of medicine or simply pick up the prescription at the local CVS pharmacy. The latter option offers Idyllwild residents the convenience of driving more than 20 […]

Another Point of View: CSA 38 grateful for IFPD ambulance service

In light of the recent position of Idyllwild Fire Protection District regarding the pending cancellation of our ambulance contract, the members of CSA 38 would like to express our sincere thanks to the Board of Supervisors, Riverside County Fire Department, Economic Development Agency and the Riverside EMS Authority for recent efforts to provide uninterrupted paramedic ambulance service to residents, visitors and property owners of the mountain plateau communities including Pine Cove. We recognize the difficulty of this task and are aware of the herculean efforts taking place by our government officials. Please know that it is appreciated by all of us.

Another Point of View: Prescription drugs, a legal epidemic

Last year, a man walked into a Long Island pharmacy and murdered four people for 11,000 hydrocodone pills – an opioid used to manufacture powerful painkillers such as Vicodin. It was June, and 17-year-old pharmaceutical clerk Jennifer Mejia was set to graduate high school in a few days. Instead, she was buried in her prom […]

Another Point of View: Keep Walker, but get financial help

Based on the standing room only attendance at the Jan. 10 Idyllwild Fire Protection District (IFPD) board meeting, it seems obvious to me that the community is not happy about the dismissal of our former fire chief, Norm Walker. In the well over 30 board meetings I have attended during last three years, this was […]

Another Point of View: Walker vs. paid-call firefighters

Whether you know it or not, we’ve just received a wake-up call. I’m referring, of course, to the almost unbelievable action recently taken by the Idyllwild Fire Protection District (IFPD) Board of Commissioners. The board fired our chief, and apparently for no real reason that has any bearing on his performance as our fire chief. […]

Another Point of View: Commissioner responds to former commissioner

The Idyllwild Fire Protection District (IFPD) has made some great strides in the last two years. There have been some common tasks that were neglected and now are being handled properly. Relationships with local emergency agencies have been restored to a cooperative level as they should be. Agreements and memorandums are in place to ensure […]

Another Point of View: Light trespass or pollution

Editor’s note: On Dec. 20, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on the its proposed ordinance regulating nighttime light trespass, light falling across property lines. The Board voted unanimously to approved the ordinance. Hill resident Jeff Smith attended the hearing and offered the following comments. The ordinance states that inadequately shielded […]

Other Points of View: HELP Center resell policy

My husband and I have been avid supporters of the HELP Center since we moved to the Hill full time 11 years ago. We have donated many personal items, along with supporting its fundraisers. We have always felt the HELP Center was a valuable asset to the community and those in need. As a home […]

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