By Jeff Mitchell
RAVE: The Summer Reader Club at the Ramona Library attracted over 1,000 readers during the summer. Congrats on a great program. Speaking of the library, check out the Friends of the Ramona Library new website at www.friendsoframonalibrary.org. Plus, congrats to Ramona Unified School District for having close to a 90 percent graduation rate! Knowledge is power.
RANT: Children attending public schools without the required vaccinations. If you choose not to vaccinate your children, that’s your right. But realize that whooping cough is a highly contagious bacterial illness that is spread by coughs and sneezes. More than 9,000 cases were reported in California last year killing 10 infants. There have been nearly 2,000 whooping cough cases so far this year, so beware.
RAVE: Collier Park Soccer Arena. Thanks to Dianne Jacob, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater San Diego and the County Department of Parks and Recreation. This is a great addition to our community.
RANT: The San Diego Citizenry Group for appealing the Superior Court of California ruling that favored San Diego County’s tiered winery ordinance. The ruling was made; time to move forward and work with the wineries instead of against them. Rural fire tax that does not increase fire protection but instead puts more money into the state government’s budget.
RAVE: New businesses that have opened up recently in Ramona including the Stallion Cigar room on Main Street, 3rd Street Grill, Ramona Business Barn, Cup Of Ol Joe and coming soon: The Yogurt Barn, Little Caesar’s Pizza, and a new deli by Albertsons.
RANT: A matter of priorities. President Obama announces he has yet another plan to create new jobs, but he is going to wait 10 days before telling the country. The jobless want to know now, so why even bring it up if you’re not ready to fully disclose the details. Politics as usual, thinking of re-election first, country second.
RAVE: A fond farewell to Oscar Pike who passed away Aug. 9. Oscar was passionate about Ramona and a major contributor to making what our community is today. Oscar would come by the office to share stories, offer advice and provide historical facts. He will be missed.