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Opinion: IFPD’s opposition to the state fire fee

Opinion: IFPD’s opposition to the state fire fee

I must be missing something in the Town Crier article (see the Dec. 6 issue) about the IFPD’s opposition to the State Fire Prevention Fee. That opposition apparently revolves around three points:

Opinion: Relative tax values

We hear it everyday. Taxes are too high in California. I believe it, too.

Past Tense: Dec. 13, 2012

Past Tense: Dec. 13, 2012

65 years ago – 1947
November had been a cold month with a low of 14 degrees. Joe McGaugh reported 10 degrees in his cow barn, but people thought he was just trying to get ice cream the easy way.

Creature corner: Dec. 13, 2012

Creature corner: Dec. 13, 2012

Santa is checking his list of animal shelter babies, and he knows who is nice. They all are! Freya, now known as Freda went on a sleepover and never returned. Well, just to visit. She now sports her Christmas harness, and is the love of her human’s life. Guido is now Alfie, and quickly learned the way to melt his human’s hearts. Paws up Alfie. Merry Christmas from ARF to both.

Idyllwild Botany: Idyllwild County Park flora upadate …

As of Nov. 29, the web page for the [Tom] Chester and [Dave] Stith et al flora of the county park has been updated with more photos and maps. Chester added some really cool new features. Now you can click on the scientific name for a complete botanical description of each species including which […]

Opinion: Response to ‘Why unions redux’

Neal Simpson, M.D., Hemet, wrote a rebuttal to Conor O’Farrell’s column about unions. [See the Nov. 29 issue of the Town Crier for Simpson’s view and the Nov. 15 issue for O’Farrell’s original column.] Many of us have watched the TV show “The Big Bang Theory.” My understanding is that Sheldon Cooper should refrain from […]

Opinion: Yea, Dore

How wonderful that a local artist has achieved the recognition of having his sculpture displayed on El Paseo in Palm Desert. It is a sign that music and the arts are flourishing on the Hill. We all know our beloved local musician of American Idol fame, Casey Abrams. So get to know Dore’s work by […]

Outside Idyllwild: Observe our seasons — grandiose and subtle changes …

Outside Idyllwild: Observe our seasons — grandiose and subtle changes …

I spent the spring chasing after wildflowers. During the summer months, there were flowers, butterflies, birds and bees to seek out. When fall finally arrived, I lamented seeing the last butterfly as it flew a quick circle around me and disappeared until spring comes once again. Autumn proved to have its own charms with bluer […]

Opinion: Tax changes, who gains?

After hearing many discussions regarding the effect of reverting to the Clinton era federal income tax rates, I decided to estimate, using IRS tax tables, the effect for three hypothetical married couples filing jointly each with different taxable incomes. See the accompanying table below for the results. Superficially, at least, it seems the effect is […]

Fire & Forest: How we change regarding fire safety …

The fire season has ended. I know fire professionals in the state who prefer to say that it never really ends, but when the rain and snow comes we feel like the main threat is over. An extended period of dry winds off the desert could change that, but barring that, we won’t worry about […]

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