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Off the Leash: Are fear and love motivation or purpose?

Is it better to be feared or loved? This question was posed by Machiavelli in his book “The Prince” back in the 1500s. The question possesses both political and religious ramifications. As a lifelong Christian, I’ve often wrestled with this schizophrenic notion of God. On one hand, we have the demanding and wrathful God found […]

Chief’s Corner: About fall …

I wrote a similar column about this time last year but the message is still very important to your individual safety, your home and the community in general. After 39 years in the fire suppression business, I still can’t predict fire season exactly and I’ve never met anyone who can. However there are a few […]

Opinion: Even good people make bad mistakes

The [donors of the Idyllwild Community Center (ICC) property] were stuck in a bad real estate market, with vacant land they bought years ago. An unresolved migrating oil spill was discovered, making it even more unsellable. And here’s their practical solution. Use public money for real estate development — a community center. Keep 100 percent […]

Opinion: St. Pete’s 4 — Good!

I recently had the good fortune (along with an overflow crowd in Stephens Recital Hall) to attend the performance of the St. Petersburg String Quartet. While the quartet’s performance was of the highest quality, there are several things still puzzling me about the circumstances surrounding it, as follows: Though the event was presented adequately enough […]

Opinion: Health insurance, facts & Tea Party

Those who criticize the Tea Party need to be sure of their facts. The letter in the Oct. 13 issue [of the Town Crier] is a good example of this failing. To go through all of the purported facts in the letter would be well beyond 400 words. So, I will demonstrate its fallacy with […]

Opinion: Radio waves created equally

Reading the Oct. 13 issue of the Town Crier proved very informative. On the front page, there was an article about the CPUC delaying the installation of Southern California Edison’s “Smart Meters.” It seems people are concerned about radio waves that these meters emit causing brain tumors or other health problems. Further into the Town […]

Opinion: IFPD bankrupt

In my humble opinion as a formally trained mathematician by the University of California, adoption of Resolution 2011-261 by the Board of Supervisors for the advance of property tax revenue to the Idyllwild Fire Protection District, 3rd District, bankrupts the district in four months if salaries and retirement contributions are not immediately reduced by at […]

Creature Corner: Oct. 20, 2011

Creature Corner: Oct. 20, 2011

Found: Almost all black male cat near Fireside Inn in Idyllwild. Blue collar. Please call ARF at (951) 659-1122 to identify. Abandoned on the ARF front porch in a cardboard box, alone and afraid, was a beautiful female Maine coon tabby mix we are calling Sweet Pea. A soft mixture of gray, black and white, she will be available soon for adoption. A reminder: It is against the law to abandon your animals. Without a medical record, we have no record of prior vaccinations and rabies shots, which could result in over inoculation.

Past Tense: Oct. 20, 2011

Past Tense: Oct. 20, 2011

60 years ago – 1951 Native Americans from the valley were gathering acorns in Strawberry Valley, where the crop was tremendous. 55 years ago – 1956 Hill Republicans and Independent voters turned out 134 strong to the Dwight Eisenhower birthday party at the Hillbilly Lodge. Featured speaker was Loyd Wright, Sr., Speaker of the House […]

With Grace: Postive thinking leads to results ...

With Grace: Postive thinking leads to results …

Every week takes teamwork to produce the paper. Last Tuesday, Town Crier employees were put through the paces. The power went out when Halie and James, in production, were completing pages to send electronically to the printer. We knew that we had a generator downstairs in the storage room but no one knew the last […]

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