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In a recent “shocking” survey highlighted the growing concern and threat of the United States First Amendment freedom. Polling “1,004 respondents” conducted by the Campaign for Free Speech, found 51% think the “First Amendment is outdated and should be rewritten” since it doesn’t fit in “our…

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Nov. 11., 2019, the Memorial Day/Veterans Day Committee displayed honor and loyalty to our veterans, their family and friends, and the communities of Yucaipa and Calimesa.

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It is so nice to see all this praise going out to Mesa View Middle School and Calimesa Elementary School, Fire and Police departments, Beaumont Unified School District along with those pictures with the banners that Cali Binks presented. The “Board of Ed praises” article does leave me with a…

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Have you ever wanted something so badly you could hardly stand it, and then once you finally got it, you realized it wasn’t so special after all?

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One Saturday evening, when I lived in the first block west of a railroad track on Harding Avenue, in Hollydale, Southgate, I heard fire sirens. I imagined that these fire engines were on the way to put out a fire at a house. The house was on Main Street, which is the first street north of Ha…

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The American Legion Auxiliary wishes to thank American Road Trip, Suni Godbold, Manny Suarez, Cowboy Mike Mullins, Corinna Daering, Pam Blaze, and all our great performers and those wonderful people in the audience when we held our first annual variety show. It was a great success.

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I wish the mail carrier who leaves mail at the 13000 block of California Street, would be good enough to put the flag down after delivering the mail. I am a 98-year-old crippled Veteran of World War II. I depend on others to bring my mail from the mailbox to my door.

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The heavy build-up of traffic from the Yucaipa Pointe development on Yucaipa’s extreme west side will impact drivers trying to negotiate the tight cluster of Yucaipa Boulevard, E Street and the Outer Highway that are all converging on the I-10 Freeway east and west.  Essentially all retail, …

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The American Legion Post #426 is having a Penny Drive for our youth fund. Bring them and your tattered flags to 12167 California Street. If you are a Veteran bring your DD Form 214 and join. We have food, music and lots of laughs. So get off the couch and come on down. Semper Fi.

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There is a forgotten history of the great woman of the frontier. Is she an American Indian from Yucaipa?

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After a recent volunteer function, hanging out and veering into politics with a thoughtful, lifelong Republican ardent for Trump, she used one word to sum up her leanings: safe.

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A friend in the UK posted a quasi-religious article using biblical references to warning against President Trump’s political motives. This was my response.

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There was very little coverage of a phone deal between the POTUS and AMLO, the president of Mexico.

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To Lenny Stephenson, Director Dev. 5 SGPWA, Calimesa: After being billed for over 50 years on our property taxes by the San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency, where is our water?

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In my family, I was the eldest child and on the school playground I never had an “older” brother or sister to come to my defense if someone was pushing me around. In fact, I remember when I was in elementary school I often wished I had an older sibling that could come and lend me a hand when…

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Taxpayers don’t care because he made his money in private industry. He didn’t work for the government or collect a check from taxpayers.

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A very big thank you to everyone who helped replant and re-burlap 196 hanging baskets with fall and winter flowers in preparation for the Harvest Festival and the WinterFest.

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I want to recognize and thank Debbie Mangum for her contributions to our community. Debbie worked for almost 30 years as a dental office receptionist in Calimesa that covered two sets of father/son dentists (Dr. Kenneth Mertz and Dr. Daniel Mertz, and then Dr. Richard Parker and me, Dr. Scot…

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Bobby Duncan, I voted for you before and will probably do the same again. However, I take exception to your letter of Oct. 18. It should come as a surprise to you and Greg Bogh, that many residents in our community are retired and on fixed incomes. Increases in groceries, gasoline, car regis…

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The alarm screams “SIX!” and she’s making waffles, piles the kids in the SUV for 3 different schools.

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Recently, I had the opportunity to travel to Tanzania, Africa. It’s such a privilege to have the opportunity to travel to another nation to share the love of Christ. Our team was able to minister by bringing the children shoes and playing with them, teaching at a local pastors conference, pr…

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I know everyone appreciates all the diligent work YVWD has done over the past decade to make Yucaipa and Calimesa sustainable. However, I believe that keeping Yucaipa’s ultra-pure recycled water and using it to recharge Yucaipa’s aquifers would help Yucaipa’s sustainability a whole lot more …

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It looks like California has a power crisis. When we need power and the wind blows, the power company must turn it off. Have electrical lines become more dangerous or has maintenance gone down because of the huge state push for renewable energy? So the electric companies push for higher cost…

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I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of the people who sent cards, or called, to express their sympathies to me, on the passing of my mother, Ruth L. Holden. I would also like to thank The Yucaipa Joint Unified School District, and Superintendent Cali Binks, for honoring my moth…

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A huge thank you to Mesa Grande Academy (MGA) located on Fremont Street in Calimesa that was the designated Red Cross Shelter and resource command center for people needing assistance and information during the Calimesa fire on Oct. 10, 2019. MGA principal Alfred Riddle and Ed Haddad, busine…

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Recently I spoke of my woes about “recycling.” Basically, I am stuck with an ever-increasing amount of cans and bottles that I can’t return. I am not going to throw them away, I won’t take “half price” (or less), and I certainly won’t wait out in the hot sun. What to do?

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Whenever I contemplate who I was before Jesus Christ radically transformed my life, it always shocks me. Though I know that person is my past, I no longer recognize him. I don’t have any relationship or connection with that former version of myself anymore. He might as well be a stranger to …

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I have a handicap license plate on both vehicles. I do most of the family business in Yucaipa. For several years I have encountered people’s vehicles parked in the handy cap parking spaces without a license plate or placard indicating that the person(s) is handy capped.

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Yucaipa was rocking last night! Kudos to the Yucaipa Performing Arts Center organizers for bringing Creedence Clearwater Revisited to town. It was a great show and refreshing to see the entire diverse audience having such cheerful fun! Thank you YPAC!

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I received my 2019 to 2020 annual property tax bill from the County of San Bernardino. The added trash service item is labeled “Annual Solid Waste Fee.”

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Recycling Woes? Yes.! I’m sick and tired of the way California addresses many problems in our state - one of them being charged CRV fees on just about everything you drink, with almost no way of getting your deposit back. When you go to a center to get your deposit back, you're told you no l…

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We know there are people who think they know more about horses than we do. Except we know there are lots of them that don’t have our experience.

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The American Legion Post #426, 12167 California St., needs a few good men and women to join. Bring your DD Form 214 and enjoy the comradeship, music and food. We are open to the public during all festivals. We have reasonable prices and clean bathrooms. For more information, call 790-4030.

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We all have our strengths and weaknesses, and I am very much aware of my weaknesses. If not for my wife who knows how to whip up a delicious meal, and for fast food (when she isn’t around), I would probably go hungry. It’s not that I don’t want to cook; I’m not very good at it. Perhaps I hav…

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I  represent Division 5 on the Yucaipa Valley Water Board, Calimesa and a small area in Yucaipa.

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As September closed out, the 24th was memorable, the birthdate of F. Scott Fitzgerald, still, for me, the best writer of the 20th century, through the difficult, constricting medium of language, able to guide us fluently into the subtleties of attachment and ambition.

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Does anyone else save cans and bottles for recycling? Recently I brought my cans and bottles to the market to cash them in, only to find out that redemption is no longer being offered.

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At many churches on Sunday morning, bleached flour donuts are offered to people as they arrive. If you ask the donut tender whether or not they contain bleached flour, he most likely will say something like, “I don’t know. Someone told me to go and get donuts and handed some money to me. I d…

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In my Letter to the Editor on Sept. 20, I said Yucaipa residents owned the recycled water produced by the Wochholz Sewer Treatment Plant. I made reference to California Water Law section 1210 that was not accurate. I apologize to everyone who read that letter.

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Thank you Randy Main for sharing last week your experience on how the city operates the use of our public park. And yes, $22 an hour to rent the smallest area is too high for many to afford.

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My baseball catcher cousin explained that a pitcher would be taken off the mound for throwing a curve ball when he had been signaled to deliver one straight and fast. The choice is given to the pitcher by the catcher based on a batter profile communicated to him by their team leaders for eac…

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Whenever I look back on my childhood, I always laugh because of the funny memories I share with my siblings. For example, one thing that drove me crazy, but is hilarious now, was my younger brother’s definition of “sharing” food.

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If you’re a chronic pain patient in California and are on opioid pain meds, you know the drill you go to your doctor’s appointment and every year you have to sign a pain contract saying you take your meds as prescribed and not doctor shop or sell your meds you also agree to a urine drug scre…

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What more do we need to know about President Trump’s phone call and conversation with Ukraine’s President Zelensky?

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Calimesa should clean up the fire trap home directly behind the closed smog check on Calimesa Boulevard.

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I was a newly minted freshman in high school when my parents decided I was old enough to do my own laundry. I had watched my mom do it countless times, so when she asked me if I needed instructions, I firmly told her “no.” Exuberantly embracing my new responsibility in life, I proceeded to t…

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It is Friday, another day in the life of our beautiful community. We wake up anticipating a wonderful day, but the air waves are broadcasting another story of rules and regulations being disregarded and abused by the very person that should be protecting these laws.

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