Letters to editor: Newspaper coverage, road extension, school trustee and budget, more....

Appreciates coverage and Mainstage

Regarding Ms. Watzek’s letter condemning the Sentinel and her comments about the attendance at the Arpaio event in Ramona Mainstage Theatre: I have been to several of the Tea Party forums there and at every one of them, all the seats were filled.

I have yet to attend the midget wrestling, so I can’t compare the attendance, nevertheless I don’t see the relevance of her remarks in that regard. Nor can I make any sense whatsoever of her remarks about Mr. Reynolds.

One of those forums at the Mainstage presented a speaker from the Center for Immigration Studies, a non-partisan think tank that compiles statistics and studies immigration in the U.S. I learned many facts about immigration and how it has helped and hurt our country. If Ms. Watzek had attended that event she would have learned a lot about our history of immigration — that in the past much of our immigration was controlled and legal.

Perhaps a relative of hers was a stowaway in the 1600s, but that does not mean we should join Ms. Watzek and hitch a ride on Cleopatra’s barge and float down that famous river along with her. Really, what kind of newspaper would the Sentinel be if it didn’t cover the Arpaio event as front page news when it was covered by all the major news outlets?

I give kudos to the Sentinel for reporting ALL the news of our community and to the Ramona Mainstage for donating their facility for the educational forums presented there.

As to the business aspect of the Ramona Mainstage, I applaud them for their extremely nice venue and the large variety of entertainment they book.

When I pick up the

Sentinel,

I want to read the news and anything of note that happens in Ramona. Each of us has our own way of relaxing. If I want to relax, I’ll have a margarita and sit in my spa.

Susan Leukhardt

Ramona

Imagine the red tape to extend road I recently read Gerard Forgnone’s submittal regarding extending Ramona Oaks Road to the bottom of the canyon at Cedar Creek and building a bridge across the river. Are you kidding me? Seems simple, Mr. Forgnone? C'mon, can you imagine the red tape alone to even think about such a project, crossing national forest, water district and probably a bit of Indian land, not to mention the millions of dollars in costs. Just so a few people don’t have to hike back up a hill and so the few people at the current parking area won’t be bothered. Now that’s funny.

Thomas W. Cook

Ramona

Trustee John Rajcic makes budget sense Our school district's budget is a qualified budget. It is my understanding that a qualified budget triggers a process whereby the San Diego County Office of Education may step in to help the district balance its budget. A fiscal consultant may be appointed to work with the district's management and board or, in the most difficult cases, a state-appointed trustee will take charge of the district when other forms of assistance have been unsuccessful. The law precludes a district from filing bankruptcy. Board member John Rajcic make a lot of sense when apparently he insists on a balanced budget. John Rajcic has not only taught school finance and accounting for many years. He has also served as a school district business manager in the Irvine and Oceanview school districts. I have known John Rajcic for many years. He is not a mean-spirited person but realizes that a budget is the foundation of a sound operating school district that adequately serves the educcational needs of our community. I voted for John Rajcic for many reasons, including he pledged to not increase taxes.

Joe Ocampo

Ramona Business helps send FFA'er to college I'm excited to announce that I am leaving for college at Northern Arizona University in one week. This has partly been made possible by the endless support I have received from the generous people at EDCO Disposal. Throughout my nine years of raising animals I have seen their support for not only myself, but for other kids as well. They are an asset to the Ramona Junior Fair and community and I am happy to call them my friends. Thank you, once again, EDCO, for making my dream of going off to college come true.

Maddie Muhr

Poway

Editor's note" EDCO Disposal operates as Ramona Disposal in Ramona.

Mostly Monkeys holds fundraiser Did you know that San Diego has its very own Primate Sanctuary in Ramona called Mostly Monkeys? Many locals have no idea. Mostly Monkeys just launched an online Animal Health Care Fundraiser in hopes of raising much needed funds for veterinary care for all the residents, a large animal scale, and also for ongoing geriatric care for animals who have been with us literally for decades. One Capuchin Monkey in particular, Jade (pictured) had all her teeth removed from a previous owner and now has ongoing nasal and breathing problems because of it. Readers can learn more about Jade and help donate at: www.youcaring.com/nonprofits/mostly-monkeys-sanctuary-animal-health-care-fundraiser/213341 or visit www.mostlymonkeys.org. Tours are also available. Mostly Monkeys is a licensed 501(c)(3) that has been in Ramona since 1989 and provides permanent forever homes for monkeys and many other wild species that have come from unwanted homes, illegal confiscations or labs.

Alison Cook

Ramona

   
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