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.
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.
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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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!
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.
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
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.