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Category: Opinion

Opinion: Costs of fire insurance

Idyllwild Fire Protection District (IFPD) underfunding, added to fees for CAL FIRE protection areas, Brown’s chopping the “Super Tanker” — all these mean something for Idyllwilders. Up here, fire is everything and sometimes the only thing. Why do I say that? Not because we worry about flames consuming our houses — we do — but […]

Opinion: Opportunity for change

I am hesitant to even write this letter, with the affection both my husband (since his Boy Scout days!) and I have had for Idyllwild. It was quite apparent at last week’s County Service Area 36 special meeting that the discontent and feeling of loss about employment and control came close to being raucous and […]

Opinion: Succinct and insightful

As I sit here playing my dobro, anxiously awaiting the opening of the new park where I can play chess under the pines and sit on a bench and chew the fat with my old friends, it occurred to me that a great deal of silliness has gone on in our community since I last […]

Opinion: Let’s stand up for the good guys

First off, I would like to state that in over 30 years on the Hill, I have been hesitant to respond to delusional letters to the editor. I feel compelled at this time to speak up in response to Norm Cassen’s letter [in the July 28 issue] in which he makes disparaging remarks about John […]

Opinion: John Simpson, my friend

In [a letter to the editor] published in the July 28 issue of the Town Crier, Norm Cassen wrote that John Simpson, former president of the Idyllwild Community Recreation Council (ICRC), was guilty of a conflict of interest over the possible building of the new community center because [Simpson] stood to gain financially by having […]

Opinion: It’s the Town Crier’s fault

Last week, you published a letter to the editor that included one man’s opinion that John Simpson of the Rainbow Inn was driven by a profit motive for his work on the Idyllwild Community Recreation Council (ICRC). All who know Mr. Simpson and the Rainbow Inn are aware that they have made immeasurable contributions of […]

Opinion: ICRC is development company

In 1969, Jack Garner sold land in Garner Valley to a development company. Not wasting any time, like Idyllwild Community Recreation Council (ICRC), they cut down all the heirloom trees and sold them for lumber. They submitted the plans for zoning change to the Riverside Planning Commission. They knew that few Garner Valley residents would […]

Opinion: I’m impressed. But!

Perhaps I should be less critical of specific town residents given their filthy mouths? Hmm. Bill Brown and Jeff Stone took control of a failing recreation program, it’s that simple. ICRC refused and refuses to purchase liability insurance while transporting children, and refused to provide liability and property insurance when repeatedly told to do so. […]

Before Our Time: Paradise, roads, traffic, then serenity …

One of the joys of living in Idyllwild is our freedom from the usual trend of modern resort towns toward suburban sprawl and congestion. I take special pleasure in discovering spots that have reverted to an earlier, more primitive condition. One such place is the recently dedicated Roe Memorial Grove on the Idyllwild Arts campus. […]

Creature Corner: Aug. 4, 2011

Creature Corner: Aug. 4, 2011

By Mimi & Hooch “Did you leave me because I am too old?” A senior male Chihuahua abandoned at ARF is wondering what he did wrong. “Is it because I need some dental attention, or because I can’t keep up with you on the walk?” And another abandoned dog, a beagle puppy, is asking, “Did […]

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