Category archives for: Editorial

Letter to editor: Make sure your help goes where it’s needed

I read the Sentinel every week. Back in 2012 when the school board was trying to float the last bond issue I read a guest commentary, submitted by our esteemed school board leader, outlining the dire need for passage of the bond. Listed as a top priority was replacing the aging administration facility. (Read his office facility).

I live in Ramona, I know the administration building is old, but so are most of our schools, with the exception of our newest elementary school, which was more expensive due to the fact we had to seize the land through eminent domain. Now we’re all reading about low attendance and surplus land. Clearly the management of our schools has been a lesson in what not to do.

Letter: Support Jacob’s efforts for power competition

The Tribune reported on the latest San Diego Gas & Electric plans to extort more money from our already overly-gouged citizenry.

The new “plan” is not only to add a minimum “service fee” to every meter holder, but to reduce the current four-tier rate system to a two-tier system, of course both tiers higher than we now suffer.

Bond contract worth a second look

Ramona school trustees will meet soon to take another look at a proposed contract with the firm that will work on a campaign for voter approval of a bond, likely in November.

We applaud the school board for responding to member Bob Stoody’s concerns about what a contract might mean after the election.

Community newspaper celebrates 128 years

Ramona Sentinel starts its 128th year as the community’s newspaper with this issue and, starting with the first issue in March, it will have a new look. When the Sentinel changed hands in November, the most common question was: What does this mean for our community newspaper? Other than a stronger resource base, there’s been [...]

Critical decisions are being made — what’s our responsibility?

Some of the conversation at the school district workshop on Saturday targeted communications. Here’s part of what was said: Not everyone reads the local newspaper, not everyone reads online reports, not everyone goes to school board meetings, not everyone checks the district website, not everyone checks Facebook, not everyone — fill in the blanks.

Letters to editor: Mounted patrol, equal greeting, more

Appreciates mounted patrol It is a real pleasure to see the Mounted Patrol in the Kmart parking lot during the holiday season. The presence of the Mounted Patrol brings some piece of mind with their presence. Not only is it reassuring to know that another set of eyes is watching the parking lot and other [...]

Helping others is not just for the holidays

It always seems that the further we get into the December holiday season, the larger our hearts grow.
In recent weeks countless volunteer groups, churches, schools, families and individuals have stepped up to help the less fortunate in our community. Some have purchased toys for low- and moderate-income children. Others have provided donations of cash and gift cards for families for whom the holidays would otherwise mean only disappointment (there are more of them than we realize.)
Our growing senior population is remembered and celebrated with special programs, meals and related activities. And the homeless are viewed with a kinder eye.
While all of the holiday donations are sincerely appreciated, a question lingering in the minds of many recipients, and those who look after them, is “What about next month?”
Hunger returns every day.
Rent is due every month.
Children outgrow their clothes and shoes.
Blankets wear out.
Yet the holiday contribution barrels and the little red kettles are being put away in storage till next year. The media will move on to other topics.
Helping people in need is a basic tenet of being a compassionate human being. We give when we’re asked to, when we’re reminded of the need. But what about when we’re not?
Let us all remember that every day is an opportunity to help others in any way we can, and not just during the holiday season.

Letters to the editor

I hope this letter moves someone in Ramona, in the way it did to me, to help Ian find a home for the dogs he loves so much. If you have room in your heart this Christmas and room in your home, helping Ian will truly be a gift you will never regret.

Stay local and help our schools

We’ve heard a lot about shopping locally lately, and we’ve heard a lot about school needs. Here’s an opportunity for us to do something positive for both. Imagine — a program that encourages us to patronize Ramona businesses and at the same time assist a school or high school club or activity.

The best person to talk to about Ramona Unified’s gift and cash card program is Connie Claxton at Ramona High School. You’ll find her in the main office near the Student Store or you can contact her at 760-787-4015. You may also email her at

Letter to the editor: Invitation to a Boy Scout meeting

I am a 16-year-old Boy Scout in Ramona, writing to you about Troop 679. Our troop is growing and is planning several exciting activities and outings for 2014.

As the Senior Patrol leader, I invite the male youth of Ramona to visit one of our troop meetings. The next one is on Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Weiss House in Ramona Oaks Park (