Letters to the Editor

Rants & Raves remarks warrant response

I normally blow off the rants and raves of the uninformed, however, given that you took it upon yourself to publish these insulting remarks, the situation warrants a response. You took the time to rave about Ron’s Tire a family owned business in Ramona for 35 years and then in the next rant you insult a family owned business that has operated in Ramona for 20 years, Hidden Valley Ranch’s Highland Valley Road Project.

Hidden Valley Ranch employees 54 people, most of whom reside in Ramona. You did mention the project received county approval but the vote by the county Planning Commission was unanimous, 7-0. The appeal against the project at the Board of Supervisors was defeated, 3-2. You linked our project to expand the living area for people who have suffered a traumatic brain injury with the insidious actions of SDG&E. Whose home did we burn?

You asked the question Who is listening? The families and loved ones of our residents are listening and the people we do business with us are listening.

Hear are a few: Dr. Arsham, Arch Healthcare, Dr. Shevinsky, Dr. Nowack, Dr. Hulsey, Dr. Homesley, Dr. Searcy, Ramona Physical Therapy, Ramona Fitness Center, Albertsons, Savon Pharmacy, Union Bank, CVS, Sunny Dale Electric, Thompson Painting, AKA Reliable backhoe, The Carpet Lady, The Livery, Kirk’s Bike Shop, Ransom Brothers, AAA Plumbing, Kmart, Stater Brothers, Sears Outlet, Ramona Florist, Manzanita Press, Webb Pool and Spa, Firehouse Glass, John Scott Roofing, Cornerstone Riding Center, Sizzler, Boll Weevil, D’Carlos, Dennys, El Michoacan, Chevron Gas, Danny’s Auto, Ron’s Tire and by the way we run an ad in the Ramona Sentinel continuously.

There are a few properties that abut our 25 acres on Highland Valley Road and there were about 30 names listed against this project. I would be willing to wager that the combined contribution to Ramona’s economy from those 30 would not equal what we contribute locally in one month. Add to that what our 50+ staff members spend. Maybe if we take out all the avocado trees, orange trees, and lemon trees that our residents enjoy and put in a vineyard we might get the approval of the Ramona Community Planning Group.

Instead we get vitriolic spew. And for what? Trying to make the lives of those unfortunate enough to have suffered a traumatic brain injury better?

Frank Keane, Ramona

   
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