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Category: Letters to the Editor

Opinion: Questioning editorials

Is news so scarce that you need to cover a half of a page with a rambling piece of Glenn Beck boilerplate larded with inaccuracies, half-truths and contradictions? “Liberals have bought into the idea that people are fundamentally bad.” I thought the doctrine of Original Sin was a fundamental tenet of Christianity, something deeply embraced […]

Opinion: Idyllwild a community

“Only in Idyllwild,” we hear the expression often. The fine shops and galleries, and the outstanding restaurants make Idyllwild a special place. The cordial residents and friendly atmosphere enhance the quality of life in this mountain town. Active community members and merchants make a concerted effort to attract the tourist dollars by organizing and supporting […]

Opinion: Plan for the parade

After working as a volunteer with one of the organizations that helps with the 4th of July celebration for many years, I thought I might pass along some unofficial hints that might help some Idyllwilders enjoy the holiday even more. 1. If you live in Fern Valley, plan on using Lodge and South Circle to […]

Opinion: Reach out to others

The death of Isaac Outland is far more then just another suicide, it’s a sign of the times, an evocative sign of our times. While what we all see through an open door too often is not indicative of that which we don’t see behind closed doors. During such divisive, trying, political, religious, financial and […]

Opinion: State fire protection fees

Shortly after being appointed to the Idylwild Fire Protection District (IFPD) Board of Commissioners in July 2008, I ran across California Public Resources Code 4125, which deals with the establishment of “State Responsibility Areas”(SRAs) by the California State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection in wildland areas such as ours. Section 4125(a) reads, “The board […]

Opinion: Who benefits from recreation?

Article 18 of the state Constitution says no assessment shall be imposed on any parcel which exceeds the reasonable cost of the proportional special benefit conferred on that parcel. Only special benefits are assessable, and an agency shall separate the general benefits from the special benefits conferred on a parcel. Presuming that all households own […]

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