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Category: Initial Thoughts

Initial Thoughts: The election, accessible paths and anonymous damage …

Tuesday, June 5, is the state primary and several local races will be determined then rather than in the November general election. For the past month, Marshall and I have been writing about many of the races which will be on the local ballot. All four of the judge’s races (May 17, 24 and 31), […]

Initial thoughts: Honors, “Good byes” and a joke …

Last week, I took great pleasure sharing with you the number of awards the Town Crier recieved at the recent California Newspaper Publishers Association meeting.

Initial thoughts: Before legislators “Man up,” try the truth first …

I try to refrain from speaking out on national political issues. I generate enough controversy when I address local subjects.

Initial Thoughts: While we watch the “Voice,” silence continues …

About 45 citizens or residents attended Supervisor Stone’s Public Safety Summit last night. In my opinion, it wasn’t a great turnout. He and his staff put a lot of effort into developing the agenda and getting county officials to come to Idyllwild. You can read Marshall’s story here for details on who represented each agency. […]

Initial Thoughts: Jazz riffs on diet, chemistry, health and music …

I write this column on Monday evening. Yesterday was Palm Sunday and I regret that I didn’t attend church for the umpteenth year in a row. Getting older makes it easier to justify the action, but the regret remains rooted. But the good news, which does eradicate some regret regarding my diet, comes from the […]

Initial Thoughts: Benefits of Sunshine week tarnishes feds …

From Sunday, March 11, through Saturday, March 17, we celebrate and honor Sunshine Week. For those unfamiliar with this event, Sunshine Week is a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Sunshine Week was launched by the American Society of News Editors in March 2005. This […]

Initial Thoughts: Sports and academic success isn’t free …

I’ve mentioned Lauren Salter’s germinating skeleton career — a sled racing sport like bobsledding. Lauren grew up in Idyllwild and graduated from Hemet High School. On page 1, you can see photographs of current Hemet High athletes from Idyllwild. The Hemet High School girls’ varsity soccer team won its league title and went all the […]

Initial Thoughts: Every tree isn’t a forest …

This year — 2012 — has special significance, as does every year divisible by four. First, yesterday, Feb. 29, only arrives every four years. I believe the gradual diminishment of the tradition associated with Sadie Hawkins Day is further proof of the advancing maturity of our species. Why was Sadie Hawkins Day, when women invited […]

Initial Thoughts: Three subjects: first one new, second two repeats …

Kudos to Idyllwild Fire A year ago, Idyllwild Fire Commissioner Dr. Charles “Chip” Schelly proposed a resolution in response to the State Controller publishing salary data from special districts such as Idyllwild Fire. Schelly’s resolution, which was adopted unanimously, requires the district to post the salary data on its website (www.idyllwildfire.com) as well as payments […]

Initial Thoughts: Two subjects — public salaries and letters to the editor …

Special Districts compensation payments Following the August 2010 revelations about exorbitant public salaries in the City of Bell, Calif., State Controller John Chiang requested that California’s counties, cities and special districts report their salary and earnings data to his office. Last year, he began posting these data online for the public’s use. As of Monday, […]

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