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Category: Opinion

Another Point of View: Liberty or despotism

Viktor Frankl once said he liked the idea of the Statue of Liberty on the East Coast, but that it should be counterbalanced by a Statue of Responsibility on the West Coast. The point he eloquently made was that, with liberty comes responsibility. This week, I’ll assume a modicum of responsibility for holding Crumine the […]

Opinion: Good ole boys

I am constantly amazed at local governance whether it be recreation, water, fire or ambulance service. We must live within our means and not abuse that mandate with the same ole recycled quasi politicians and self-appointed leaders who want to build or protect or abuse personal power kingdoms. You’ve seen them and so have I. […]

Opinion: Target shooting

I was just talking to Ron-the-drywaller who has a sideline business of harvesting firearm ammunition brass from target shooting sites in the San Bernardino Mountains south of the 10 freeway and reselling it online. He said the Bee Canyon road is once again laden with much brass from recent target shooting. Isn’t that area closed […]

Opinion: Enjoyed the Casey celebration

A free concert on a beautiful Sunday night — now, that’s a party! As a retailer, I’ve seen a lot of “still life” Septembers on this mountain. But organizers kept the tourists, as well as the locals, entertained on a normally docile Sunday evening. Casey was a perfect “local boy makes good” with his talent […]

Opinion: Barriers to recycling?

When I moved to Idyllwild in 1993, taking bags to the Transfer Station was not a problem. The recycle products went into a long white box with three doors on the side for access. Today, a commercial dumpster rests in its place with an open top and sides one needs to breach that are more […]

Fire and Forest: Fire budgets and reality …

Texas has had a terrible fire season. The state has been in a multi-year draught, and this year set a record for low rainfall. Another unwanted record was in heat, in which Texas had the highest average daily temperature through the summer of any state ever recorded. This summer was the hottest and driest Texas […]

Creature Corner: Oct. 6, 2011

Creature Corner: Oct. 6, 2011

Come on over to ARF to celebrate because October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. Our dogs and cats will be wagging tails and purring tunes all month to help you find the perfect pet. For every dog adoption, we will include dog treats and a CD from Cesar Millan, the renowned dog whisperer, with tips for adding a new pet to your pack. With every cat adoption, we will include a “get started” package that includes cat toys, litter and cat food. Always included, of course, is the forever love you receive from your 4-legged companion.

Past Tense: Oct. 6, 2011

Past Tense: Oct. 6, 2011

60 years ago – 1951 With only a couple of deer season weeks left, just 94 bucks had been shot locally, compared to 193 in the previous year and 365 bagged 20 years earlier. 55 years ago – 1956 The Riverside County Board of Supervisors denied two liquor license applications from Idyllwild businessmen who sought […]

Outside Idyllwild: A walk in the park …

Outside Idyllwild: A walk in the park …

County Park, actually the official name is Idyllwild Park, is part of the Riverside County Regional Park and Open-Space District and is located at 54000 Riverside County Playground Road. The actual sign, which I have called County Park Rd. for the 35 years I have lived in Idyllwild, says Riv. Co. Playground Rd. I know […]

Initial Thoughts: Bureaucratic who’s on first? …

Initial Thoughts: Bureaucratic who’s on first? …

The following story is true. A behind-the-scenes exposé of the working relationship between the media and law enforcement agencies. Last Thursday, Gary Kuscher called and alerted me to a breaking story. He said law enforcement agents were in the midst of a marijuana eradication exercise in progress on Thomas Mountain. (I don’t have the creativity […]

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