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Category: Opinion

Before Our Time: What we do …

I’m sometimes asked what we do at the Idyllwild Area Historical Society, so let me share an example. One of the minor charms of living on our Hill is celebrity sightings. While we typically associate celebrity with entertainments like movies, television, or sports, it sometimes extends to the superwealthy. Think Warren Buffett, Bill Gates … […]

Opinion: San Onofre nuclear plant hearing

Do we need another Fukushima in our own backyard? The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) has been closed since January due to faulty steam generators that were installed in 2010 and 2011 at a cost of $671 million to SoCal Edison ratepayers. This closure provides Southern California residents with an unprecedented opportunity to decommission […]

Opinion: The 47 percent

Referring to 47 percent of Americans, Mitt Romney [Republican presidential candidate] has said, “My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” Does Romney really believe that nearly half of all Americans are irresponsible freeloaders? Is he talking about you? If […]

Opinion: “Nothing” changes

Regarding Hector Trujillo’s “Science and Reality Today” column in the Sept. 27 issue of the Town Crier, the problem is not with the physics. The problem is with the present (old?) concept of “nothing,” “nothingness,” or “empty.” The evidence is that “empty” space is not empty in the way we thought of “empty” before experiments […]

Opinion: Shadow over new library opening

I would argue against the descriptor “Grand” in the [announcement for the “Opening and Dedication Ceremony”] of the Idyllwild Library. A pall hangs over it since the personnel changeover months ago, whatever the undisclosed reasons. The distasteful manner in which this occurred remains fresh in the minds of many of us who were volunteers and […]

Opinion: A new low for “Letters”

There are three infuriating aspects of Michael Rasson’s recent letter [see the Sept. 20 issue of the Town Crier] concerning access to the creek near Idyllwild Pines. First, it’s a cowardly, ad hominem smear (meaning an attack on an opponent’s personal character, rather than the policy or position she or he maintains). Second, it’s not […]

Ramblings From Roscoe: Fall fireplace and heating safety …

Fall is upon us and with it comes shorter days and colder weather. It is also time for a few reminders about fireplace and heating safety. Now is also the time many of you are firing up those stoves, heaters and fireplaces to fend off the cooler nights. But before you do, make sure that everything is clean and working properly.

Lola’s Kitchen: For a small friendly dinner …

On Friday, Sept. 14, I drove to Palm Springs and picked up a girlfriend whom I have not seen in about 25 years. My car’s air conditioning is broken, so the trip was somewhat uncomfortable. I was more concerned the heat would be difficult for her since she is from Santa Cruz. But what worried […]

Opinion: The purpose of Town Jazz

As the new treasurer for the Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce, I have taken on the task of recording the finances from the Town Jazz event that took place at the end of August. Since I was not in town at the time, I was told of the event, as well as rumors, that I feel […]

Science & Reality Today: Something from nothing? …

At one time, we have all been part of that great philosophical debate — “What is nothing?” We can try to imagine nothing, we can try to contemplate what nothing looks and sounds like (just turn off the lights and mute the television) or close your eyes and put earmuffs on. Unfortunately, no matter how […]

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