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Proudly paying homage to all of our veterans

I wanted to take a quick moment to respond to a recommendation made to VFW Post 3783 in a letter in last week’s Sentinel.

First off, I don’t know Dave Patterson. I don’t know the path he has walked. He’s not a member of VFW Post 3783 and he didn’t contact us in any way prior to writing the Sentinel.

A bit of advice can be powerful

There is a lot running around concerning Ramona Municipal Water District and its board — a lot of misstatements and a lot of emotion.

My life has been interesting and I miss my Dad. He would frequently stop doing something and ponder a thought, then speak one or two sentences, and go back to work. Many of those comments went into the brain matter without impact until they were triggered years later. A bit of advice can be powerful, regardless of the timing.

Missing directors should do their job or resign

As you may have been reading in the Ramona Sentinel, there are presently two Ramona Municipal Water District Board members who have essentially quit their elected posts as representatives of the ratepayers, leaving the board with a mere quorum of three members.

The two missing board members, however, have not officially vacated their seats, which can only be done if they resign outright. Therefore by holding onto their seats, while shirking their duty, they are doing a great disservice to the entire district and to their constituents who trusted them with their votes.

Common core should enrich curriculum, not standardize it

In 1957 the Soviets launched Sputnik. Our federal government scrambled to close a perceived technological and scientific gap with the Soviets by enacting the National Defense Education Act (NDEA) in 1958.

Educators rushed to get their share of taxpayer funds. Then in 1965, to close an academic achievement gap between groups of students, Congress passed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which morphed into today’s No Child Left Behind.

How to induce hysteria, cripple a cause and leave a really bad taste all around

Recently the Ramona Community Planning Group held their monthly meeting and one of the issues was the South Bypass or Dye Road project. Along with this was the Ramona Street extension and the 13th Street bridge projects. The meeting was well attended especially so after the CFARR group and a certain individual when all down Main Street to purposely gin up every business owner that he (they) could.

A taste of our planning group

Most people with common sense agree that the focus on traffic should be the areas of growth (Cumming Ranch, Montecito Ranch) and the limited scope of Highway 67 to handle traffic as is. There is no growth coming from the Estates and Keyes Road.

How to cripple Main Street business and destroy land values, way of life

By DIANE CHAPMAN

If you live in Ramona, the Southern Bypass will affect you. As I read more about this project and after to speaking to citizens who live on Keyes Road and the surrounding area as well as various businesses on Main Street, there appeared to be one gaping question.
WHY?
The following highlights why this project must be taken off the county’s Top Ten Road Projects for Ramona.
Main Street Businesses
The most obvious problem with this plan is the devastation it would create on the businesses along Main Street. With traffic flowing around Main Street, the decrease in potential customers, especially in tough economic times, would put many out of business. This plan was rejected in the mid-1990s by the Ramona Community Planning Group but with the current makeup of the Ramona Community Planning Group it has found favor.
As I handed out information sheets about the bypass to many business owners on Main Street, the overwhelming question was “Why? We depend on this traffic for our livelihood. Why would they do this to us?”
We have heard our Chamber of Commerce state that they want Ramona to become a “destination” point. They have been silent on this matter and I hope to hear them support the very people who create the destination.
Adjacent Homes and Communities
Quiet rural areas in the valley would experience tremendous volumes of traffic, noise and pollution that they haven’t experienced before. This would open these areas to industrialization and development. Can you imagine if your area was targeted to divert weekend traffic going to Julian or the desert through your rural area, an area you had every right to expect would stay rural and not have a 50 mph roadway on your street or near your home. And you certainly would not expect to bear the burden of this foreign traffic flow from outside our area.
Property owners as well as business owners will have to disclose this bypass if they intend to sell.
Longer and More Time Consuming Route
This proposed bypass is about one third longer, and there will be a comparable number of traffic stops. So this route will take traffic longer to cross Ramona than Main Street. That is not an improvement. And most likely, it will not be used for the small population of people it was intended to serve, and thus will be a huge waste of time and money.
Ignores the More Pressing Traffic Problems
Besides the monetary cost and devastation of business and property values, the southern bypass will take our eyes off the more critical traffic and growth problems in Ramona. The Montecito Ranch and Cumming Ranch developments will mean significant traffic loads onto 67 and getting into and out of Ramona. The focus should be on improving Highway 67 and addressing the growth from the new residential areas.
What You Can Do?
Attend these two public meetings to opposed the Main Street bypass:
•Monday, March 24, 7 p.m., Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane, across from the rodeo grounds.
•Thursday, April 3, 7 p.m. Ramona Library Community Room, 1275 Main St.

Diane Chapman is a Ramona resident.

National Medal of Honor Day

Most Americans, in fact most people reading this article, probably hadn’t known that our federal government had set aside a day to honor those men and a woman who’ve received our nation’s highest award for military valor in combat — the Medal of Honor. That day is March 25 of each year.

The Congressional legislation that created the National Medal of Honor Day is Public Law 101-564. This Tuesday, March 25, will be the 24th annual National Medal of Honor Day, so the Public Law that created it has been in effect for almost a quarter of a century.

It began as House Resolution 652 during the 101st Congress. Representative Rod Chandler, representing the 8th Congressional District in the state of Washington, sponsored the bill. His bill had 151 co-sponsors from both the House and the Senate.

Introduced on Sept. 24, 1990, the bill became law on Nov. 15, 1990. President George Herbert Walker Bush signed it into law, and the first National Medal of Honor Day was March 25, 1991.

Is history repeating itself?

“Bread and Circuses” was a term that came about to describe the demise and fall of the mighty Roman Empire. Beginning as the Roman Republic about 750 BC, it expanded its political and military control over a vast region including all land around the Mediterranean Sea in Africa, Asia and Europe.

Don’t fall for the guilt trip

The special school board meeting/community workshop held on Jan. 25 exposed our school district’s unwillingness to take the measures necessary to balance its budget. Their unwillingness seems to be based upon desperation and fear.

The meeting focused on the district’s strategies regarding how it might survive its fiscal difficulties. What should be remembered from this meeting is that, if everything the district proposed could be accomplished — closing schools, selling properties and getting their next bond measure passed — by their own admission, all of these accomplishments would not solve their long-term fiscal problems. These strategies are only stop-gap measures to kick their self-inflicted difficulties down the road. These school officials are operating under the assumption that ultimately you will be required to bail them out of their habitual overspending.

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