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County should reconsider backing drone testing zone

On Sept. 24, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors threw its support behind a Southern California drone testing zone. This rash decision puts San Diego County at risk for $2.7 billion in liability for the property alone if a drone goes down and starts a fire in the backcountry.

The supervisors need to rethink this position quickly before the FAA opens our skies to drones for testing purposes and puts us all at risk.

Should Ramona Unified close a school?

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The “40 acres” of vacant land just north of Ramona High is thought to be the most valuable income property for the district. Although this property contains more than 17 acres of vernal pools and wetlands, the property as a whole has potential value for the construction of residences and for environmental mitigation. In the current market, the property is estimated to be in the range of $2.2 to $3.2 million.

Let’s fill school roof canisters

Ramonans, please visit the kind businesses who volunteered to house our donations canisters, including: Sav-on Pharmacy, Richardson’s Recycling, the office of mortgage consultant Shelly Heimer at WJ Bradley, Ramona Sentinel, ChuckAlek Independent Brewers, Greg Chick—Ramona’s Plumber, and the office of Jane Tanaka MD.

Second Amendment views

Dear Ramona Sentinel Readers:

In recent weeks several constituents have contacted my office informing me they are offended about comments I’ve made regarding the Second Amendment. This is an open letter to all of my constituents to share the background of my views on the Second Amendment.

What steps has Ramona Unified taken to dispose of excess property?

As the district continues to explore ways to improve its long-term fiscal health, one of the most challenging areas of potential opportunity lies in property management. With two vacant pieces of property, one former school site, and 10 current school sites, we are asked frequently about disposing of property to make ends meet during these tough financial times.

Let’s serve veterans as well as they have served us

During the recent government shutdown many numbers were thrown around. But there is one number that stands out and it has nothing to do with the debate over the federal budget.

More than one a day. That is how many members of our active-duty military, National Guard and reserve forces have committed suicide over the last year. Simply put, we are losing more service members by their own hands than we are by the enemy in Afghanistan.

A look at Ramona school district finances

The school board is again discussing a bond issue. Five times the school board has tried to pass a bond issue, and all five have failed.

The last one, in 2012, was among these failures. Contributing to its failure was the inclusion of such things as maintenance costs, computer purchases, computer wiring, in addition to the payoff of the COP (certificate of participation, a loan) a previous board had incurred.

How does Ramona Unified spend its maintenance money?

Questions continue to emerge about how the school district uses the annual funding it receives for routine school maintenance. Many employees and community members often ask why our local facilities — some of which are more than 70 years old — are not maintained in better condition and appear to be declining in appearance.

At $5 per person, we can reroof Ramona school/s

One factor that can as easily improve or destroy a community is the quality of the children’s education, and Ramona is no different. The best investment we can make is in the schooling of our children, as the results directly affect our standard of living.

Tired of politicians playing, dividing us

This pain must come to an end.

I am so tired of our politicians playing us and dividing us.

It hurts my heart to see our World War II veterans treated with such great disregard and disrespect by those we entrusted to serve us. And if we do nothing we are at fault as well.

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