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Another Point of View: Compassionate conservatism in 2012?

I swear the Republicans are the stupidest people on the planet. It’s the first time since I have been voting that we actually have a candidate with a higher disapproval rating than his approval rating. Even in losing, McCain, Kerry and Gore enjoyed double digit approval ratings. Romney is negative five percent. He is losing […]

Outside Idyllwild: The golden hour: Part 1 …

Outside Idyllwild: The golden hour: Part 1 …

If a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing, then I am a menace to myself and everyone around me because I know a little bit about a lot of things.   How else do you explain spending half an hour staring through a viewfinder at the setting sun at least twice a week? For […]

Past Tense: Oct. 4, 2012

65 years ago – 1947 Postmaster Harry Wendelken lamented, “There’s Idyllwilds all over the country, and all the mail for the other Idyllwilds comes to this station.” 60 years ago – 1952 Wilma Chapman was conscientious about the change to standard time. She set her clock resolutely, and hopped into bed. In the darkness of […]

Creature Corner: Oct. 4, 2012

Creature Corner: Oct. 4, 2012

Way to go Miss Betty Boop, the pug. She knew something was up last weekend when her forever human tearfully left her for the week, to make absolutely sure this was the right decision. And this weekend, when she came back, you could see the love flowing right through the leash. Good job and paws […]

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 […]

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