Thought I would write about an item that has been troubling me for the past few years. I have been a member of the Ramona Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Committee for several years now and I recall a few years back with the support and special pricing of Ransom Bros. Hardware, our committee was able to walk up and down Main Street offering the discounted U.S. flag kits and we had our tools with us and even installed them on the spot for the merchants who wished. We probably installed some 15 flag kits
The debate over the pending school bond has included some bizarre and misleading ideas: that the bond is an implied left-wing conspiracy to perpetuate big government, that the school district is sitting on a pile of money, that the bond is undemocratic, that we were mismanaged into this crisis and shouldn’t reward that behavior.
What do you care most about in life?
Most of us would put family at, or near, the top of such a list. Friends would be there. So would our jobs or businesses, our livelihoods. Our homes. Maybe our pets. Our hobbies and pastimes. Add in those around us: Neighbors, the community, etc.
Oct 10 2014 | Posted in Editorial
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Accolades to Michael Long, San Vicente Road project manager, and his crew for being so sympathetic towards Ramona residents. He has agreed to preserve “Cedar Dog” and has asked that residents remove their memorials before the work is started.
What a wonderful, caring thing to do.
As a long-time resident of Ramona, I’ve spent countless hours hiking, biking, and enjoying our backcountry gems, Mount Woodson in particular. In the past 15 years I’ve logged over 2,000 trips to the top on my mountain bike and have spent several hours erasing graffiti from the rocks, not to mention occasionally collecting trash that others leave behind.
In short, I have an emotional investment in preserving the natural beauty of Mount Woodson.
Once upon a time, before absentee balloting became the preferred way for voters to express their candidate preferences, newspaper publishers and editors would spend considerable time and energy on offering ballot recommendations to their readers.
That tradition dates back to days long before the Internet, when most of the information gained by voters about those seeking pubic office would be found in printed media. The thinking behind making newspaper endorsements went something like, “We have been covering the campaigns and the issues, we have met in person with the candidates, and we’d like to offer our considered opinions as to who should be elected.” The endorsements typically were printed a week or so before Election Day.
That was then, this is now. The practice of good citizens waiting until Election Day to cast the ballots has changed. Now a majority of all ballots cast in San Diego County are done through the mail. Of ballots cast in the low-turnout June primary, 73 percent were by absentee. The November 2012 election saw 56 percent of the voting done by mail.
Absentee ballots are mailed 29 days before Election Day. For our endorsements to have any relevance, they would have to be printed four weeks before Election Day. That, in our opinion, is much too early. A lot can happen during those four weeks. Candidates can (and do) stumble.
Early endorsements might also open us up to allegations that coverage of an endorsed candidate might be “slanted” toward his or her election success. That would never happen here, but perception is seldom influenced by facts.
For these reasons, we have decided to no longer endorse candidates for political office. It is the end of a long tradition here, but one that needs to be ended.
We encourage our readers to do their own research on candidates running for office. Read us for profiles on local candidates and coverage of public candidate forums. Study our reports on how their campaigns are financed. Be skeptical of all campaign literature. Dig a little deeper. Be informed, and cast an intelligent ballot.
Aug 16 2014 | Posted in Editorial
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Appreciates coverage and Mainstage Regarding Ms. Watzek’s letter condemning the Sentinel and her comments about the attendance at the Arpaio event in Ramona Mainstage Theatre: I have been to several of the Tea Party forums there and at every one of them, all the seats were filled. I have yet to attend the midget wrestling, [...]
We hear a lot about how bored many Ramona youngsters are — particularly teenagers.
Everyone at the Ramona Junior Fair and Livestock Auction saw a different breed of youth Saturday afternoon. When the downpour started, calling a temporary halt to the livestock auction, 4-H’ers and FFA’ers and their leaders sprang into action.
They invited the buyers to seek shelter from the rain in the Ramona Community Center. As buyers enjoyed a sumptuous meal of pulled pork, chicken and beef with barbecue sauce, salad, baked potatoes, corn, rolls, watermelon, pineapple upside down cake, chocolate chip bars and other desserts, the teenage exhibitors cleared the covered beef barn of animals, eliminated the individual stalls, swept piles of shavings out of the way and, under the direction of leaders, moved bales of hay, plants and chairs from the auction arena to the beef barn.
As they were doing that, other adults were hauling the bleachers into the barn. Within a short time, everyone was ready for the buyers to finish dinner.
All of this happened in less than an hour, and not one whine or negative comment was heard. To the contrary, the teens held expressions of determination and enthusiasm and served as outstanding models to the younger exhibitors.
This isn’t to say that every teenager needs to raise a pig, goat, lamb or cow for the summer fair. What it is saying is take a fresh look at this town and what it has to offer young people. Individual and team sports, library activities, swimming, hiking, park playgrounds, music and art opportunities and more are available.
From our perspective — please comment if you disagree — the adults of this community are the key, particularly the parents.
The adults at the junior fairgrounds aren’t paid. All are volunteers. They’re parents, grandparents, older sisters and brothers, aunts and uncles, and community members, and they’re all interested and involved in helping to shape the ethics and values of Ramona’s younger generation.
The next time you hear a teen or child say he or she is bored, ask yourself: Is there something I can do to wake this young person to the joys and simple pleasures of life?
Aug 7 2014 | Posted in Editorial
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The current Ramona Municipal Water District Board of Directors has been one of the most dysfunctional boards in the water district’s history. That says a lot for a district with a long history of dysfunctional boards.
It’s time for Ramona citizens and voters to do something to fix the situation.
As reported, San Diego Gas & Electric has made the decision to increase rates for “small users.”
As mentioned in the article on this issue, “Large users currently pay up to 2½ times as much per kilowatt hour (compared to so-called “small users”), a disparity that diminishes under the adopted changes.”