Final Thoughts: A new form of open government …

I guess I must admit that I’m still the child who chides his parents for “not doing what you tell me to do.” For example,...

Initial thoughts: Freedom to disagree …

The May 28 Idyllwild Fire Commission meeting was frightening. Instead of addressing the district’s financial condition, the commission, employees and audience spent hours castigating...

Initial Thoughts: Happy endings not on horizon of local dramas …

When you read this column, Idyllwild Fire’s May 14 meeting will already have occurred. Nevertheless, one of the agenda items merits some discussion and...

Initial Thoughts: Open govenment? …

I’m going to use three words — Community Service District — dreaded on the Hill. While I am not advocating a rush to this form...

Initial Thoughts: Open government? …

An article about the Forest Service’s 2014 budget begins on page 1. The level of funding appears comparable to the current year, 2013 (Oct....

Initial Thoughts: Public involvement

According to some in Washington, the Forest Service’s inability to share with the public the potential consequences of the sequestration law is the lack...

Initial Thoughts: Spring and ommissions …

First, I want to remind you to look at Careena Chase’s page one photo. Daffodils are blooming only a week after our latest winter...

Initial Thoughts: Sunshine week …

With the return of Daylight Saving Time, I want to highlight the value of Sunshine Week, which begins Sunday, March 10, and continues through...

Initial Thoughts: Thank you! …

Thank you David and Lois Butterfield. Your generosity humbles me personally and, with no right, but nevertheless, thank you very much on behalf of...

Initial Thoughts: More about volunteers and numbers …

Numbers are fascinating. Some are so big we can abbreviate them, just like acronyms. Some are so small we abbreviate them too.

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