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Category: Initial Thoughts

Initial Thoughts: What’s in the water?

In case, you don’t have the time to read the entire paper, I’d like to direct your attention to two brief articles. The subjects of the stories are two young adults, both former Idyllwild residents. Brendan Steele and Lauren Salter have left the Hill, but both are making a mark in the world. Brendan is […]

Initial Thoughts: “Anonymous” questions …

Several people have chosen to post questions online at the end of some stories and letters to the editor regarding the Idylwild Fire Department and former Chief Norm Walker’s departure. Rather than respond directly online, I choose to respond here, so that all Town Crier’s readers can benefit from the questions. Of course this column […]

Initial Thoughts: Political largesse, earmarks and public policy …

Sue Nash, the Press-Enterprise editorial board and the Town Crier have overlapping but dissimilar views of good government. A once well-known Massachusetts Democratic Congressman, Tip O’Neill, replied “All politics is local,” when asked about a campaign strategy. O’Neill, Speaker of the House for 10 years, demonstrated its validity in 1982, when he defended a national […]

Initial Thoughts: We need and need to know about IFPD …

On Monday, I received a question which is below. I responded and asked the writer if she wanted it printed as a letter to the editor. She replied, “Yes, print that as a letter, but only if you give the … reply to the readers that you also gave to me.” So, I’ve printed the […]

Initial thoughts: The community is part of the solution for IFPD …

Is the Idyllwild Fire Protection District suffering from a financial crisis? Is it or is it not approaching insolvency? If IFPD were fiscally healthy, most reasonable people would have to ask “How?”. Every other level of government — federal, state, county and school district — is facing an imbalance between its revenues and expenses. Larger […]

Initial Thoughts: Make a New Year’s resolution — make a phone call …

Since I began writing this column, I’ve been encouraging you to get involved in our community. It’s good for you and clearly good for all of us. Below I’ve listed Hill groups which serve the community, but could use some volunteers. Yes, there’s more; I’ve specifically omitted churches and other places of worship because if […]

Initial Thoughts: Christmas thoughts — past and present  …

Initial Thoughts: Christmas thoughts — past and present …

As we quickly approach the end of 2011, the Town Crier’s 65th year and the centennial of our founder, Emax, Ernie Maxwell, I wish to give you, our faithful readers, the gift of another Emax column. Below are his thoughts from Dec. 22, 1961. Sometimes the commerce of Christmas time overwhelms the truly important values […]

Initial thoughts: Christmas wish …

Many of the following thoughts may be obviated after Tuesday night’s Idyllwild Fire Protection District (IFPD) commission meeting. This was the first meeting of the commission with new members — Jerry Buchanan and Larry Donahoo. I wish them the best luck and hope these commissioners can bring the district back from the brink of insolvency. […]

Initial Thoughts: Who are we? Getting older …

Idyllwild’s 2010 census data frightens me. Not the aging population, that was expected. In fact, Idyllwild has been home to a larger percent of elderly (65 years or older) since 2000. After that census, 18 percent of Idyllwild exceeded the normal retirement age, but only 12.4 percent of the nation. Ten years later, the gray, […]

Initial Thoughts: Thanks

Well, the Thanksgiving holidays are past. Most of us are planning for Christmas, New Years and the other special days between now and the middle of January. Before we end this year, a few more moments of recognition will take place. As I’ve written many times, Idyllwild is nurtured and sustained by the life line […]

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