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Q: Inappropriate at this time

My three children have all attended Ramona schools, and with my youngest just starting first grade, I have a strong interest in maintaining a quality public school system here. Despite the critiques of some, I believe we have one of the best districts anywhere, and I applaud the teachers, staff and board for their efforts and successes in making this happen.

If Proposition Q doesn’t pass

For those of you voting on the principle of no new taxes, this article really isn’t for you. Nothing I or anyone can say will change your mind and I respect your position to view this situation differently than I do.

We are so blessed to live in a country where our voices can be heard and where we can make a difference regardless of the position we take on this issue. I am proud to be an American.

Letter to editor: Reasons to support Measure Q

I support Measure Q — Quality Schools for Ramona — because I care about our community. My husband and I moved here 36 years ago because we wanted to raise our family in a place with good, old-fashioned American values and traditions: neighbor helping neighbor, patriotic devotion, and a commitment to future generations.

Bulldogs lose Palomar League title to Rancho Bernardo


Thursday, Oct. 30—Ramona High School’s football team lost the Palomar League title to Rancho Bernardo 31-21 tonight.

Measure Q: Facts & Figures

With Election Day just ahead, here are some answers to questions we have recently received related to the school district’s ballot proposition, Measure Q.

In sharp contrast to Prop R in 2012, the District has reduced the request for bond revenue from $66 million to $40 million. Accordingly, the District has reduced the tax rate from $60 per $100,000 to $39 per $100,000.

Olive Peirce Middle School redesignated state and national School to Watch

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Ramona Unified School District learned today that Olive Peirce Middle School has been redesignated a California and National School to Watch, reports Superintendent Robert Graeff, Ed.D.

“One of only 35 middle schools in the entire state to earn this honor, OPMS first earned this distinction three years ago — and has re-earned the right to continue flying this banner over its school,” Graeff said in his emailed announcement.

Ramona Girl Scouts strive to make world a better place

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From sprucing up the Welcome to Ramona sign and collecting donations for foster youth to serving military troops and providing clean water across the globe, the nearly 300 Girl Scouts of Ramona and surrounding areas strive to make the world a better place.

To celebrate the achievements of local Girl Scouts, the Sunrise Valley Service Unit — which serves Ramona, Julian, Borrego Springs and Warner Springs — recently held its seventh annual Court of Awards ceremony in Ramona. Girl Scout Cadettes Sarah Dean and Makena Jackson served as emcees for the occasion, which began with a flag ceremony.

Ramona Senior Center provides meals, activities

Ramona Senior Activity Center at 434 Aqua Lane is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meals also are delivered to the homebound.

Suggested lunch donation for seniors age 60 and older and for the homebound is $4. Transportation is $1. Lunch for a non-senior guest of a senior is $6. For reservations and more information, call 760-789-0440.

What’s at the movies this Halloween weekend?

New in Theaters — October 31

Before I Go to Sleep R A middle age writer is incapable of forming new memories with her patient husband due to an accident in her mid-20s. Stars: Nicole Kidman, Mark Strong, Colin Firth

Nightcrawler R A TV journalist seeks out crimes and accidents in progress with a group of rogue cameramen and a veteran news reporter. Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton

Letter to editor: Borrowing to repay debt is risky business, poor management

Measure Q is full of double-talk. Let’s be honest. It’s not about quality education or students. It’s about a loan coming due and no money to pay it. Ramona Unified School District owes $25 million plus other obligations. The total is said to be $32 million.