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Category: Opinion

Opinion: Changes IFPD should consider

The single largest expense for the Idyllwild Fire Protection District (IFPD) is the salary account. These newly increased salaries are inconsistent with a declining revenue base. Aside from dangerous and poor IFPD decision making moving the district to insolvency by February, revenue must align with expenses. Pay and staffing ratios are frozen by union contract […]

Chief’s Corner: Public service

After the Christmas tree lighting ceremonies in Idyllwild, I was thinking how lucky we are to live on this island in the middle of the sea of humanity known as Southern California. In some ways we have it better than most. If you’ve lived in a major city (or commute to one now), you know […]

Off the Leash: “Greed” and its potential consequences …

Greed: an excessive desire to acquire or possess more than what one needs or deserves, especially with respect to material wealth. Greed has gripped our nation and may very well destroy our economy and our democracy. One doesn’t have to research too deeply or look too far to find examples of over inflated salaries and […]

Creature Corner: Dec. 15, 2011

Creature Corner: Dec. 15, 2011

There is only one thing we love more than welcoming all the furry four leggeds that come in the door, and that is to watch them go out the door to their forever home. Four paws up to Polly, our orange polydactyl resident who purred her way right into the purrfect home. We’ll miss you, window kitty.

Past Tense: Dec. 15, 2011

Past Tense: Dec. 15, 2011

55 years ago – 1956 Former California Attorney General Robert Kenny was in town paying a visit to his former business associate, Hazel Cress. 50 years ago – 1961 Emax saw the painting of yellow lines on the highways as “a trend toward the police state.” 45 years ago – 1966 A series of storms […]

Outside Idyllwild: Retirement rules …

In about 18 days from the time I write this column, I will be officially retired. As of Dec. 29, I am 62 years old and have already applied for Social Security. Back on that day in 1965, who would have thought when a fifteen year old got his first real job working as a […]

Initial Thoughts: Who are we? Getting older …

Idyllwild’s 2010 census data frightens me. Not the aging population, that was expected. In fact, Idyllwild has been home to a larger percent of elderly (65 years or older) since 2000. After that census, 18 percent of Idyllwild exceeded the normal retirement age, but only 12.4 percent of the nation. Ten years later, the gray, […]

Outside Idyllwild: ’Tis the season for insulation …

Once again the holiday season is upon us and what will be at the top of many hillbillies’ Christmas list? My guess is warm clothing has to be number one for most adults. After all almost every one can use another sweater, fleece or down jacket to stave off the winter chill. A few weeks […]

Lola’s Kitchen: Baking at high altitude …

Recently I was hired to cook for a film crew. Never having had the experience, I said yes. The film is a dark comedy called, “Blood Punch.” There were 28 people on the crew. Filming was on location in Pine Cove and Idyllwild. The actors and several of the crew were from New Zealand. Understanding […]

Other Points of View: HELP Center resell policy

My husband and I have been avid supporters of the HELP Center since we moved to the Hill full time 11 years ago. We have donated many personal items, along with supporting its fundraisers. We have always felt the HELP Center was a valuable asset to the community and those in need. As a home […]

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