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Letters to the editor

A recent Sentinel article listed the levels of sponsorship for the Intermountain Volunteer Fire Department fundraising party, Nov. 16, in which various Old West characters denoted levels of support.

Unfortunately, Wyatt Earp, the famous and amazing “law dog” of that era, was next to lowest in tribute. Belle Starr, an “also-ran” in Western lore, gets top billing, and second place goes to Matt Dillon, a fictional lawman, likely modeled after Earp, who debuted in a radio drama in the post-war era.

Letters to the editor: public raise, national debt, Second Amendment, more

David Barnum and his 5 percent raise makes me wonder, what is this board thinking? A 5 percent raise makes him perfect. I don’t think so. I got one of those at RMWD some years ago and had it taken away with the explanation that “nobody is perfect.”

Letters to the editor

A little rain, a gentle reminder
A little bit of rain — doesn’t do much?
My husband Greg, my 87-year-old father Yoshi and I just returned from Hilo, Hawaii, where there is a little bit of rain every day. Within a week’s time, a crop of mildew started permeating the walls of our otherwise lovely B & B overlooking Honolii Pali. We also saw rusty jeeps and collapsed old plantation houses with to-tan (corrugated tin) roofs, being taken over by lilikoi vines.
In Hilo, one can tell how a family is doing financially, and how responsible the parents are by the condition of their roofs. Yoshi shook his head in dismay when he saw the black mildew lacing the newish faux tile roof installed by the present owners of his old house in Papaikou. It’s understood that a neglected roof will lead to more trouble in the home it is to protect, and that will cause a home’s demise one day. My uncle’s house had to be bulldozed after he died, and it was because of a badly neglected roof.
When we returned to San Diego, we learned that a little bit of rain had blessed Ramona. It was much needed rain and it kept alive our lone hibiscus bush, amongst acres of elephant boulders and agave.
But in Ramona, a little bit of rain, say 14 inches or so every year, over leaky school roofs, with no pitch for drainage, patched, and repatched, over decades. What is going to happen to these school buildings, in a few years, in a decade, in a generation?
Mildew in the walls and flooring, wood rot in rafters, beams, — teachers resorting to using buckets to catch the water dripping from their classroom ceilings. How long before these school buildings need to be bulldozed?
A little rain is a gentle reminder that our school roofs need fixing and replacing, Ramona.
Please contact David Patterson, project chair at, or mail your check made out to “FORUS Roof Project” at 1003 Sixth Street, Ramona, CA 92065.
A FORUS meeting was held Sunday, Oct. 13, at 6 p.m. at the Ramona Sentinel office. The next meeting will be in three weeks, the first Sunday of November at 6 p.m.
Gracias, Mahalo, Arigato, Abrigado, Thank You: Don and Denise Truett, Amanda Guttierez PhD, and Charlie and Sandy Teichert, and Chris and Jon Dahlke, for their recent generous donations to the FORUS Roof Project.
FORUS is a California nonprofit organization awaiting 501c3 status.
Jane Tanaka, MD

Supports opinion writers
Re: Oct. 3 issue, “Our First Amendment is under attack” commentary.
I support Mr. Reynolds.
I know Mr. Beck. Long may he rave!
Don Russell

What will life be like ‘after tomorrow?’
Re: Connie Bull’s “Stay informed, stay involved, and speak up” commentary in last week’s Sentinel.
Mrs. Bull’s letter was “right on.”
Not only did the administration close the commissaries on-base, they also refused to allow families of our deceased warriors to meet their remains.
So, what can the conservative Ramona citizen actually do?
The next opportunity we have to really “effect change” as legal citizens is the 2014 elections. However, our local Congressman, Duncan D. Hunter, both believes as do we and always votes same. And, our vote in 2014 for senator in California will likely be useless — the opposition party will certainly win — regardless. Sorry folks, that’s the way it is.
And what when the president wins both houses in 2014 — and pushes for a Constitutional Amendment allowing for more than two terms? Think it can’t happen? Haaah!
Want to know what life may be like “after tomorrow?”
With the able assistance and active contribution of the Ramona Christian Writer’s Guild I (we) wrote a novel in 2010 titled “Disruption, the Day after Tomorrow.” It’s uncanny and scary that the events forecast in the novel then are actually closer to reality today. Want to know what Ramona may well look like “after?” Where and how your children might have to live?
Want to awaken friends and family in congressional districts not represented by the likes of Congressman Hunter? Simply blow 99 cents on your Kindle, download the book, and send it to your friends and family living in opposition party districts.
If we don’t DO something, then we all will receive that which is given.
Joe Halsted

Tea Party proves
we’re far from perfect
Whoever came up with the name Tea Party for a political organization has much to answer for. Every bored housewife understands the lure of a tea party with fancy sandwiches, sweet cakes and gossip.
But the Tea Party sessions also offered entertaining speakers. The talks were rife with themes of ogre-Obama, tales of the scandalous government and dastardly Democratic doings. It was all such fun with clever hats of dangling tea bags.
The enthusiastic anti-government speakers won their elections and went to Washington where they found that they themselves were now “the government,” but without a clue as to what to do next. The had won on the prevailing Republican policy of “just defeat the Democrats” so the obvious thing was just keep doing what they did best — trying to win.
They found that even at this level winning was not so difficult. Just saying “No” blocked every opposition proposal. What they were doing was not about governing, just about winning with never a thought to long-range consequences.
It has been stated that both President Obama and the Republican Party failed to appreciate the power of this small contingent of freshman legislators. The damage was done. They have proved to the world that our democratic form of government is far from perfect.
But who has anything better to offer? At least in a democracy there is a regular peaceful transfer of government, unlike what we are watching in the Middle East these days. Ironically that is the area where human civilization was born. But their tribal warfare system has continued through the ages to dominate with death and destruction, limiting civilized advancement.
Perhaps it is time to invent some improvement on our own system of tribal Republicans and Democrats?
Edalee Orcutt Harwell

Letter to editor: Festive evening nets $7,000 for the cure

Our wonderful town came through again and enjoyed a festive evening at Ramona Beauty Supply & Salon in our new location, 636 Main St.

Together we have raised over $77,000 dollars for breast cancer in our nine years of participation in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for a Cure.

Letter to editor: Shocked at ho-hum response to report of mountain lion near school

I was shocked at the response to the mountain lion sighting as it appeared in a letter in the Sept. 26 issue of the Sentinel. The ho-hum attitude from the local sheriff’s department is about what I would expect based upon my own experience about a year ago, but at the very least, considering that the mountain lion can be a lethal threat to adults and especially children, the call from Mr. Strahan deserved a visit to the location by a deputy. And the person who answered the phone at the sheriff’s office does not even know the proper place to refer the call?

Letter to editor: Begging for answers

Last week Bernard Kuhn jumped all over me for using 1,200 words in an attempt to explain the 2,700-page Affordable Health Care Act (aka Obamacare). He was so aggravated over my “long lecture on the U.S. Constitution to support my negative view of Obamacare,” he suggested that my opinions concerning this program should be censored [...]

There’s a new tone at Ramona school board meetings

When Jim Robinson was on the water board, he had a reputation for pulling financial reports off the consent calendar so he could ask questions about specific expenditures. It didn’t take long, the questions were straightforward, and the public appreciated an elected official who had taken the time to scour through the financial pages and who asked public questions at a public meeting. He was one of us, elected by us to represent us.

Letter to editor: Over the top with lengthy objections

We just read another letter to the editor from Darrell Beck in the Sentinel of Sept. 12 that ran on to over 1,200 words. Darrell is a friend of mine, a good community man and a good writer, but I don’t know why the Sentinel gives him so much space rather than trying to achieve a balance of viewoints.

Darrell has gone over the top this time, using a long lecture on the U.S. Constitution and heavy reference to his own lifetime of study and acquired wisdom (?) to support his negative view of “Obamacare.” He does not mention that Obamacare was introduced by our own present federal government that was elected and installed by the majority of citizen voters under the rules of the U.S. Constitution that he praises so highly.

The government cannot please all the people, all of the time. I opposed the Iraq war, but our majority-elected Congress gave President Bush the power to wage that war, and didn’t ask me. When Social Security was started in 1935, undoubtedly there were many people w

Letters to the editor

Who’s been arrested in Ramona?

The Sentinel has been encouraging a public to debate whether or not the names of those arrested should be published. On June 7, 2013, the Sentinel posted an article about JC Playford being arrested for delaying and obstructing an officer at a May 25 traffic accident.

Arrests are light at end of tunnel

A regional crime report showing Ramona had the most dramatic drop in crime in the county the first half of this year came two days after the arrest of 65 people in Ramona and Poway. Ironic, but good news on both days.

We laud the nearly year-long investigation of the law enforcement agencies that led to the 65 arrests on Sept. 10. Most Ramonans are sick and tired of the drug abuse here and the thefts, vandalism and other crimes linked to that abuse.