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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 […]

Opinion: Volunteers have reasons

The assertion by [Idyllwild Fire Chief] Norm Walker that volunteers deserve the highest level of respect is misguided. [See “Chief’s Corner, in the Dec. 15 issue of the Town Crier.] [In my opinion,] most serve for selfish self-aggrandizing purposes as a means to validate and self-purpose, whether it be financial or for some manipulated position […]

Opinion: Winter safety — siping or studs

I can commiserate with Mr. Reno on the subject of chains. I hate to use them. However, studs are an excellent alternative and they are legal on all California highways between Nov. 1 and April 30 (see See Vehicle Code Section 27454(e)). The contact area of the studs is limited to three percent, in […]

Creature Corner: Dec. 22, 2011

Creature Corner: Dec. 22, 2011

Merry Christmas to all the four-legged creatures from the ARF orphans. A special paws up to Lola, our Chihuahua, who gave a wink and a squeak, and won the hearts of two angels. Bazell, Grog, and Charlie were all reunited this week after going on adventures. And Buddha/Bubba the cat, finally came home to a much worried human.

Past Tense: Dec. 22, 2011

Past Tense: Dec. 22, 2011

65 years ago – 1946 Harold Sanborn, chair of the Chamber building committee, announced that every Friday was to be Labor Day. Lenny Poates was to have a crew on hand to add to the community building. 60 years ago – 1951 The Lions Club viewed Korean War combat films at Fern Valley Lodge. The […]

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. […]

Opinion: A response to Dawn Miller

Your letter last week was direct and to the point. “These crazy guys, just whiners sitting on the sideline, complainers, they would probably say …” Wow, can we elevate the conversation a bit, and deal with the important issues facing our community? Personal attacks and false assumptions are easy to make, let’s discuss the issues. […]

Opinion: Public should own and operate community center

I would second the suggestion by Pete Capparelli that the community center should be owned and operated by the public. As I have suggested for the past five years, an Idyllwild CSD (Community Services District) should be formed. Recreation and the community center are the perfect places to begin. I have been very disturbed that […]

Opinion: Tire surgery for snow conditions

Sometimes it seems that our snow-prone Southern Californian mountain environs are too far removed from other snowed-in areas in more ways than just geography. I am told by northern tire experts that big lugged mud and snow tires are great in mud and snow but bad on hard pack or ice. And highway rut-causing steel-studded […]

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