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.
Dec 28 2013 | Posted in Editorial
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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.
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 email@example.com.
Dec 16 2013 | Posted in Editorial
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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 (troop679.org).
Ramona Unified School District trustees made good on a promise they made to the public this summer when they said they would hold a second community workshop after results of a consultant’s analysis of district property were completed.
At the August workshop, the district thought the consultant’s report would be finished in early fall. It wasn’t. Trustees received it last month and it’s been on the district’s website, www.ramonausd.net — all 187 pages — for the public to read.
After the consultant presented his report, school board president Bob Stoody asked about the second community workshop. Some at the meeting were taken aback when board member Dawn Perfect said she didn’t think trustees needed to set a workshop yet. We thank trustee Rodger Dohm for saying he’s ready for a workshop, and we appreciate Stoody’s statements that the workshop be in January, after the holidays, not in March, April or later.
It was Stoody who, after the district’s school bond bid failed in November 2012, recommended a community workshop to discuss long-term fiscal planning and called for everyone to “think outside the box.” The other trustees agreed. The August workshop showed Ramonans have different ideas for approaching the financial mess the district finds itself in as a result of decisions made a decade or more ago — as well as the aftershock of the state’s and nation’s economic meltdown.
The district is considering another bond bid. If it wants the public to take the district seriously, it needs to take the public seriously. That includes giving the public every opportunity to share ideas in hopes of seeing if there isn’t more than one way to put the district on firmer fiscal ground.
Dec 7 2013 | Posted in Editorial
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Your blatant Tea Party letters section has crossed a major line. When you publish a letter urging people to “watch channel 37, Fox News” for the truth and not all the lies of other media sources, you’ve placed us firmly out of California and in Texas or (insert other red state here), and by doing so, has people fooled into thinking we’re all illiterate rednecks from 50 years ago.
The dire financial and manpower shortage at Ramona Senior Center and the food donation shortage at the Ramona Food and Clothes Closet made me think once again about the large red filled food barrels in the lobby of our local supermarkets.
I wanted to make sure that our residents know that all of the food that is placed in the red San Diego Food Bank barrels gets loaded on trucks and gets sent “down the hill.”
The San Diego Food Bank does not serve Ramona at all except for a small donation to help Ramona Food and Clothes Closet with its monthly food distribution.
You know about “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday,” two major retail shopping events that kick off the holiday shopping season.
But how about “Small Business Saturday”?
Nov 29 2013 | Posted in Editorial
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I am writing to encourage our Ramona citizens to help support the all-important life and property saving work of the Intermountain Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, which serves and protects the 125-square-mile area east of Ramona. It is an all-volunteer department that mans the Route 78 fire station on a 24/7 basis. Fundraising depends heavily on the financial support of all our residents, as the county only funds limited operational expenses.
A few weeks ago, I copied you on a letter I sent to Kristal Feilen asking why a concerned citizen was not able to comment on one of the items on your Revitalization Matrix list, the Ramona South Bypass. I have attended a number of your past meetings and spoke up on the destructive South Bypass plan and was told by you that the Revitalization Meeting was not a venue for public comments by concerned citizens.