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Category: Letters to the Editor

Opinion: Re-establish the Municipal Advisory Commitee

I live in Idyllwild Calif., where [3rd District] Supervisor [Jeff] Stone has flatly refused to re-establish the Hill MAC (Municipal Advisory Council) because (as he stated to six members of Sustainable Idyllwild at a meeting several years ago) he is too busy meeting with private groups in private (we cannot attend those meetings) handing out […]

Opinion: License or not

Homeowners and landlords know a contractor is better off without a contractors license! Why? Because if they screw up, then it’s not their problem. I really don’t think homeowners and well-meaning third parties understand the implications of who does the work and what the risks are. The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) under the California […]

Opinion: Hail to the chief!

On Tuesday, Jan. 10, I attended an open pubic meeting at the Idyllwild Fire Department. I was there to show my support for former Chief Norm Walker. I believe he can do his job at the Idyllwild Fire Department. He has compassion and strength and high energy to get the mission done. Give him his […]

Opinion: Public health, safety and benefit

Private fire, water, ambulance and recreation departments on this mountain funded with property tax dollars, no way! As it stands now, they are filled with private agendas for self-gain and controlled or manipulated by “volunteers.” Public oversight means the administration by highly qualified personnel with transparent budgets and daily operations. And, yes, the power of […]

Opinion: Watch out!

We all agree that Fire Chief Walker was a tremendous asset. We all know he upgraded and greatly improved our emergency preparedness. We all agree Pete Capparelli and his commissioners over the last two years brought us to almost financial ruin. We voted President Pete out of office, they fired Chief Walker. Capparelli snuck back […]

Opinion: Response to IFPD Commissioner Schelly

I’m writing this letter because I feel compelled to correct some of the erroneous statements Commissioner Schelly made in his highly critical letter to the editor which appeared in the Town Crier’s Jan. 5 issue. For starters, Schelly said, “Mr. Killingsworth is all too aware that under his watch as treasurer the audits were missing […]

Opinion: Families need income

During the recent family-focused Christmas season, one rather troubling set of recent statistics that may have the same effect as an Ebenezer Scrooge or Lionel Barrymore’s Henry Potter on our next Christmas are these: 1. According to the US census and Pew Research Center single people now outnumber the married folks. 2. And according to […]

Opinion: Good to live in Pine Cove

Christmas season, looking forwards to a happy new year. We’re glad we settled in Pine Cove. The Pine Cove Property Owners Association deserves some credit. Always a source for neighborhood communication, they’ve worked out vendor discounts on essentials like propane. The association works to keep Pine Cove clean, hauling thrown-out appliances, picking up trash from […]

Opinion: Idy Rewards program

Come on! Really? There are scrooges among us. We enjoy going out to eat at our local restaurants on a daily basis. Then grab a movie every couple of weeks at the Rustic Theatre for the ridiculous low fee of only $8. We like to think it helps support the local economy. We were thrilled […]

Opinion: Altruism exists

During the holiday season, please take pity on poor Jeff Smith. In his Dec. 22 letter, “Volunteers have reasons,” in the Town Crier, he is unable to conceive that anyone would volunteer for service to the community without an ulterior motive. Like Ebenezer Scrooge before that fateful Christmas Eve, he delivers a hearty “Bah! Humbug!” […]

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