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Category: Opinion

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 […]

Lifelines: The revitalizing nature of nature …

After his recent visit, my wife and I invited our 30-year-old son to move to Idyllwild. He loves fishing, hiking, and the outdoors, all which provide him a much-needed respite from the pressure of his days in the Marine Corps. When I saw a T-shirt hanging in the Idyllwild Gift Shop the other day, I […]

Off the Leash: Citizens unite against “Citizens United” …

Recently, during a Town Hall meeting in New Hampshire, GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney fielded a question from a young man in the crowd, asking the candidate if he thought that corporations were people. The question was in reference to the Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission decision handed down by the Supreme Court on […]

Another Point of View: Keep Walker, but get financial help

Based on the standing room only attendance at the Jan. 10 Idyllwild Fire Protection District (IFPD) board meeting, it seems obvious to me that the community is not happy about the dismissal of our former fire chief, Norm Walker. In the well over 30 board meetings I have attended during last three years, this was […]

Outside Idyllwild: Chasing the sun ...

Outside Idyllwild: Chasing the sun …

It seems I have been spending an inordinate amount of time with my camera in the pursuit of sunrises and sunsets. My recent trip to Wyoming whetted my appetite for sunrise photographs. Now Idyllwild has proved to be no slouch when it comes to great sunsets. After Wyoming, I started paying attention to the sunrise […]

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