Category archives for: Commentary

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.

Stay informed, stay involved, and speak up

When did our elected servants become our masters? Do we dare say dictators?

Who asked them to govern out their visual agenda rather than serve our needs while using our money to do so?

Some would say the elected have gone to “cash in” rather than “serve.” We know they didn’t lose pay money during this time.

Our First Amendment is under attack

In the Sept. 26 issue of this paper, Bernard Kuhn gives voice to a complaint that the Sentinel is giving Darrell Beck too much “face” time. Mr. Kuhn should rejoice that Mr. Beck is still allowed to voice his opinion at all given that it runs contrary to what our folks in power and those who put them there believe.

Or is it only liberals that have the rights to free speech and outrage? I am beginning to think so, as the First Amendment is under attack on more than one front. Witness the new Media Shield Law that the Senate Judiciary Committee recently passed and will now ask the Senate to vote on.

Median barrier dangerous, potentially deadly

My family lives on Quail Rock Road. We have lived here since 2001 and been evacuated twice because of fires. We have great concerns about the impact a median barrier would have on our ability to safely flee Ramona in the event of a fire. Getting out of Ramona (heading west “down the hill”) is already challenging given the number of people fleeing the fires and the associated traffic. The fires generally come from the east and the north and there is only one reasonably safe way out of Ramona from where I live, that is heading west on SR-67.

Disagreement interpreted as disloyalty, irresponsibility

I do not take myself seriously. I take my job very seriously and the role of a board member is of paramount importance. Timely honest information is essential in a democratic society.

I believe my humanity, integrity and character have been impugned by the complaint the district’s educational leader filed against me. Life has been good to me for over eight decades, and being a school board member is a life-changing event at my age. A school board me