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Category: Opinion

Tax Tips: A kinder, friendlier IRS and FTB?

I think it was back when George H.W. Bush was president that there was an effort to create a kinder, friendlier Internal Revenue Service (IRS). With the current budgetary pressures in Washington and the reluctance of Congress to reduce spending or to pass new taxes, there is an effort to make up a part of […]

Sustainability: Lighting the way to sustainability and savings …

Idyllwild Arts Academy (IAA) has substantial outside lighting requirements for visibility and safety. Students, faculty and visitors are often out in darker hours, going to and from dorms and the dining hall, the library and various art studios, or attending on-campus performances and recitals. To assure these needs, IAA has an annual utility bill totaling more than a half million dollars. Consequently, the school has a strong incentive to undertake a sustainability program. So, outside lighting is one of many areas we have been looking at. Plus, many of us have outside lighting needs at home.

Outside Idyllwild: Idyllwild scenic spots …

Outside Idyllwild: Idyllwild scenic spots …

About four years ago, I wrote a column about a hiker asking me if there were any “sights to see” up ahead on the trail. I was just coming down from Saddle Junction (he was heading up). This inquiry surprised me and I answered, “Just more of the same; trails, mountain peaks, trees and rocks.” […]

Initial Thoughts: Political largesse, earmarks and public policy …

Sue Nash, the Press-Enterprise editorial board and the Town Crier have overlapping but dissimilar views of good government. A once well-known Massachusetts Democratic Congressman, Tip O’Neill, replied “All politics is local,” when asked about a campaign strategy. O’Neill, Speaker of the House for 10 years, demonstrated its validity in 1982, when he defended a national […]

Opinion: Ambulance service in jeopardy

I still think the fire commission is fully responsible. For months, before the general election, it should have been warning us of crisis. Instead there were only a few editorials in the paper (by our Crumrine) and letters from Jeff Smith. Buchanan (now commissioner) at the debate said not to vote for the increase, until […]

Opinion: IIFC audience choice award

Kudos to Steve [Savage] and Phil [Calderone] for a well-run festival. It introduces new people to our hamlet, and with the exceptionally low price to locals for four days of entertainment, we felt privileged to attend. The opening night party was well-attended and we devoured the great grub and swell spirits. However, the awards ceremony […]

Opinion: Re-establish the Municipal Advisory Commitee

I live in Idyllwild Calif., where [3rd District] Supervisor [Jeff] Stone has flatly refused to re-establish the Hill MAC (Municipal Advisory Council) because (as he stated to six members of Sustainable Idyllwild at a meeting several years ago) he is too busy meeting with private groups in private (we cannot attend those meetings) handing out […]

Opinion: License or not

Homeowners and landlords know a contractor is better off without a contractors license! Why? Because if they screw up, then it’s not their problem. I really don’t think homeowners and well-meaning third parties understand the implications of who does the work and what the risks are. The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) under the California […]

Creature Corner: Jan. 26, 2012

Creature Corner: Jan. 26, 2012

All tails are wagging and paws are up for Shasta and Chloe who finally were reunited with their humans. As well as the Pomeranian in Garner Valley. Sugar, one of the “Girl Scout Kitties” is now in his furever home with a new name of Forest!

Past Tense: Jan. 26, 2012

65 years ago – 1947 The Chamber of Commerce announced that a deputy sheriff would be assigned to the area, and a new switchboard would be installed in the summer to handle 200 phones. • • • A University of Southern California movie crew photographed the Chamber meeting for a film dealing with the proposed […]

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