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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 (

School board makes good on promise

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, — 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.

Letters to the editor

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.

Letter to editor: Keep donations in Ramona

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.

Shop local on Saturday — and the rest of the year

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”?

Letters to the Editor

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.

Letters to the editor

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.

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.