Letters to the Editor

Who are they to judge this champion?

I read here that my friend Dave Bittner is to be judged in a court of law as to whether he has broken “a sacred trust to preserve our natural heritage for future generations,” as quoted by the U.S prosecuting attorney Laura E. Duffy.

No one and I mean NO ONE has done more to hold that sacred trust more than Dave Bittner. I ought to know, I was there from the start to convince the public that the Ramona Airport field should set aside for eternity as a grasslands preserve, doing what I could, when I could to help.

It was bigger than I. But not for Mr. Bittner. Without him there would be no Grasslands Preserve with nesting bald eagles, a first for Ramona.

Never in that trying time for the preservation of the grasslands did I see a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agent or the bureaucrat Duffy lend a hand or even show their face except menacingly.

Who are they to judge this champion of the wild? So what if his permit fees are in arrears. Let him pay the fees and fine and submit the data he collected. It’s all good. This is yet another lesson to teach us sheeple to cower to our new masters.

Our nation was founded on liberty. Anything less than that is tyranny. That tyranny rears its ugly head each day now from DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) programs to snooping drones.

For example, the Second Amendment passage “shall not be infringed” makes any and all gun laws passed by either state or federal agencies illegal.

Sure they write laws to make it legal but it’s in violation of our God given rights nonetheless.

This is referred to as “Legal Plunder.” Read the book by Frederick Bastiat titled “The Law.” This excellent book is billed as a “Blueprint for a Free Society.” I have free copies for any and all who want one.

Tom Stephan


“When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.

“When the government fears the people, there is liberty.”

Thomas Jefferson

If school trustee can’t stand the heat…

This is my third year of regularly attending school board meetings. I don’t always agree with some of the decisions of the school board, but I always respect their opinions, decisions, hard work and willingness to serve the community. I really do love the political process!

While attending school board meetings, one would notice who also is in attendance because a lot of these meetings are pretty sparsely attended. Among people in attendance in the past was Dr. John Rajcic. I liked his wanting to be involved.

After Dr. Rajcic got elected to the school board, I was optimistic that this was a good thing. He appeared to really want to serve the community on the school board.

At his first meeting, Dr. Rajcic got up in the middle of the meeting and handed a note to the RTA (Ramona Teachers Association) president (Donna Braye-Romero). She reviewed the note, wrote something on it, and then got up, walked over and handed it back to Dr. Rajcic. I thought this was very inappropriate, but I was willing to forgive it as no one seemed to mind what had just happened and I figured there was a learning curve to procedure. He said he just was asking what a particular word meant.

At his second meeting, there were a few items that the board needed to vote on. So, they took a vote. All voted “yes” on a couple items. However, as if he wanted to make a statement, Dr. Rajcic loudly and quickly states “no.” Then he proceeded to tell us why he voted no. He said that he voted no because he hadn’t looked over the material that was given him on these items. Then he chuckled and said that he just forgot to look over the items. Why vote “no?” Then, shortly after that he began voting “present.” He seemed to vote “present” more than a “yes” or “no.”

So, fast forward a couple months and here we are. We are in one of the most important issues that RUSD and the community of Ramona has ever faced. Dr. Rajcic still insists on voting ”present.”

He voted “present” at the school board meeting to cut teachers’ salaries. I believe the people of Ramona elected him to vote his conscience and not just sit and vote “present” on these very important issues!

So, now I am wondering, is Dr Rajcic really interested in serving the community of Ramona? I think he should review the information and “vote yes or no” as his conscience suggests. Is he afraid of the backlash from the community? Stand up and be counted. “Yes” or “No,” there is no in-between!

Sonny Adams


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4 Comments for “Letters to the Editor”

  1. Alice Jacobs

    Reply to Tom Stephan,

    Interesting perspective on Dave Bittner. I also know Mr. Bittner and I have a different perspective … Of course the court has every right to judge Dave Bittner!

    Dave Bittner is a con man that has costs Ramona millions over the years. He allegedly has planted a non native species of rat in the grasslands so that no one could expand the airport and then he has taken potentially millions in federal, state, county and citizen donations to fund a wildlife RESEARCH Foundation AND DID NO RESEARCH! He is nothing more than an eco terrorist that fooled a bunch of stupid people.

    Like all schemes this scam was bound to be caught and this con man needs to answer some difficult questions. “Dave, where is the money?”

    Dave has plead to a lessor charge to avoid jail time. He is lucky that he is not in jail right now. I would be interested in his opinion … Mt. Bittner do you deny it?

    Innocent people do not plead guilty. Guilty people escape justice by pleading guilty.

    • Sandy

      Thanks Alice for having the guts to write that. He is a con-man. I even question Stephan's motives. He's all about raptors like he's some sort of environmentalist. We used to live near Stephan and on more than one occasion had to shoo him off our property. He would get out of his truck, rifle in hand, and proceed to shoot birds out of OUR tree. He claimed he was getting food for HIS falcon's. What a strange individual.

  2. MWorkman

    Sonny. I'm glad you wrote this letter. I have thought long and hard about the "present" vote on the most important issue this school board may EVER face. Agree or disagree, the rest of the board had to vote. That is what we elected them to do. Mr. Rajcic chose to make some sort of statement that only he seems to understand. He failed the people who narrowly voted him on to this board. Period. He failed the children. These are not the times to simply occupy a chair on this board. It's unacceptable for anyone on this board to fail to read materials presented. This man apparently thinks we are going to sit tight while he plays games with our children's education.
    Those of us with children attending school in this district have a lot at stake in the months and years ahead. Perhaps the electorate of this community has risen from our sleepy haze and realize we HAVE to pay attention to who we vote in to local office. We need a board who is engaged, informed, and brave enough to vote on issues that have immense impact. He needs to be recalled before the next board election and we need board members who are courageous enough to tackle the tough issues and seek solutions, not pathetic word play.

    • Sandy

      Ramona Unified School District is a joke. The only way your kids are going to get a decent education is for total parental involvement. Leaving it up to the school to educate them is ridiculous. I graduated from RHS and had two kids attend. Believe me, my wife and I did not leave their education up to RUSD faculty and administration. I am always amazed at the turnout to sporting events. You don't see that kind of involvement with academics. Parents priorities in this town are backwards. Cut sports to a bare minimum, if not all, and concentrate on academics first. And we wonder why our country is so far down in education than the rest of the world. Water seeks it's own level. You get just what you deserve Ramona.

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