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Category: Letters to the Editor

Readers write: Teen center needs youth activities

Editor’s note: As part of the Common Core standards being taught at Idyllwild School, teacher George Companiott had his eighth-grade students write letters to the editor. Over the next few weeks, Town Crier will print a few of these. Editor: Idyllwild lacks recreational activities for youth to participate in. I think that 13- to 17-year-olds […]

Readers write: Events needed for local youth

Editor’s note: As part of the Common Core standards being taught at Idyllwild School, teacher George Companiott had his eighth-grade students write letters to the editor. Over the next few weeks, Town Crier will print a few of these.   Editor: As an Idyllwild juvenile, I’ve noticed a lack of youth programs in the community. […]

Readers write: Real weapons spoil Halloween

Editor: I’ve been a volunteer member of the Mountain Community Patrol for many years. On Thursday, Oct. 31 at the Halloween parade I observed two persons. The first one had a real ax over his shoulder. I went up to him and touched the ax; it was real. I spoke to him and asked him […]

Readers write: Entitled drivers

Editor: There is a type of driver who travels our mountain roads that poses a tremendous danger to everyone using these roads. This is the “entitled” driver. There are two basic types. One type, even when you’re driving at the posted speed, will suddenly appear in your rearview mirror and ride your bumper until you […]

Opinion: Fire personnel were amazing

Editor: A heads up for our fire chief, Patrick Reitz. Do you know how fortunate we are to have a man of his caliber working with us? At a very recent accident I had at a dinner for the jazz festival volunteers, he did not leave me for a second until he must have known […]

Opinion: Inspiration everywhere

Editor: We — myself, my husband and two dogs — are part-timers who love Idyllwild. We continue to be impressed with the way residents help each other in times of emergency, and inspire us to make the most of life in times of peace. Local friends who share our combined interests in art — ARF, […]

Opinion: Learn new lessons from recent fires

Editor: I recently looked on in horror as the Strong Fire erupted a short distance from my Fern Valley home. I’m extremely grateful to live in a first-world country where we pay taxes to support firefighting organizations that make a valiant effort to protect structures. I am very thankful that, so far, our home and […]

Cal Fire?

Editor: Thoughts on JP’s “Many refused to vote …” article: I was intrigued by two back-to-back full-page ads on the back page of the Town Crier asking folks to write in “Cal Fire” in the recent election. What puzzled me was reading the election returns and seeing that 100 percent of the votes were dispersed […]

TC can’t let go

Editor: “Many refused to vote for candidates,” read the damning headline. Refused? How about, “Didn’t vote for three candidates, only voted for two, or only voted for one?” Well, 37.10 percent of the Idyllwild Fire Protection District registered voters at least voted, which is pretty much in line with the turnout in both 2001 and […]

Boosting the state parks

In June, California Secretary of Natural Resources John Laird and California State Parks Director Major Gen. Anthony L. Jackson, USMC (Ret.), unveiled “Parks Forward,” a collaborative initiative to undertake a top-to-bottom evaluation to improve and sustain California’s state parks system. The effort responds to several issues involving misappropriation of the agency’s funding and a March […]

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