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Category: Opinion

Off the Leash: Important “things” …

I recently returned home from a six-day kayak trip down the Rogue River in southern Oregon with my friend Phil. Early in the trip Phil was wearing a “red dirt” shirt he had brought home from his trip to Kauai. On the back of the shirt was a list of short philosophical quips, the first […]

Chief’s Corner: Lessons learned from a large fire …

Everyone has followed the struggle in Congress about the budget ceiling, the national budget and the national debt. The California state government is a smaller version of the federal government, counties and cities are smaller and special districts are smaller yet. However, all of these levels of government are struggling with the same fiscal problem. […]

Initial Thoughts: Waste? Fraud? Abuse? Not here …

I urge you to shift your eyes to Idyllwild Fire Chief Norm Walker’s column. The federal budget process is complicated and not at all akin to your private bank account. We are all aware of the recent national debate over extending the federal debt ceiling and the need to reduce that debt for future generations. […]

Opinion: Limit the letters

As a full-time, private citizen of Idyllwild I would like to cast my vote to return to the policy of one letter per person per month to the “Readers write” (letters to the editor) section in the Town Crier. Let us take the first step toward putting an end to the stream of unsubstantiated attacks […]

Opinion: Response to Mr. Dunn

A possible response to Mr. Dunn’s Aug. 11 letter to the editor. No, there are evidently not enough letters to the editor to keep the column going some weeks. Idyllwild has just as many complacent people living here as anywhere. As for hatred, it was coming from the vigilantes against their nemeses, the hippies. There […]

Opinion: Mr. Simpson did not abuse position at ICRC

A friend of mine said to me recently that I don’t have a dog to run in this race anymore and that may be true, though I expect my family will participate in recreation in this community for years to come. As a former editor of this newspaper, I had a lot of insight into […]

Opinion: Recent letters to the editor

Idyllwild is a great place to live. Wonderful natural beauty, great weather, great restaurants, world-class musicians, a great HELP Center, an excellent newspaper, and let’s not forget Idyllwild Arts, which never ceases to amaze me. But what makes Idyllwild even greater is our community. People that continually reach out, volunteer, and make this town indescribable […]

Opinion: Mistakes happened, they stopped

I wanted to print this in last week’s paper but was told that there was not enough room. This is in response to the County Service Area (CSA) 36 meeting on July 27, where Bill Brown showed the community a list of issues from over two years ago that the county wanted the Idyllwild Community […]

Opinion: Cable service 2

To date I have dealt with Time Warner’s technicians and local management. Now I am trying to deal with upper management regarding their service. I have refused to pay for something I am not receiving. As a result of this, they have disconnected me. I pay almost $150 per month for Digital TV, Premium Internet […]

Opinion: Let’s help the kids

I am not working for Town Hall, rather I am using it as a taxpayer should. Town Hall is cooperating with me. All of my efforts are, as they always have been, for the children of our mountain communities, not just Idyllwild, and their activities. Anyone willing to help me — wonderful, contact me. Yong […]

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