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Category: Letters to the Editor

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!” […]

Opinion: IFPD needs our help

As new residents to Idyllwild, my wife and I have been greeted with open arms and we just wanted say how appreciative we are. Last night [Tuesday, Dec. 13], on a couple of occasions, I found it impossible not to voice my opinion as I attended the December [Idyllwild Fire Protection District commissioners’] meeting. This […]

Opinion: Don’t blame the Federal Reserve

Some folks, including Mr. Pietsch (whose “Another point of view” appeared in the Dec. 8 issue of the Town Crier), encourage support of H.R. 2990, which would eliminate the Federal Reserve System and fractional reserves for banks. Those parts of H.R. 2990 are bad ideas. Those who want to cure the ills of our present […]

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