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It was Benjamin Franklin who summed up the best case for public office term limits more than two centuries ago: “In free governments, the rulers are the servants and the people their superiors... For the former to return among the latter does not degrade, but promote them.”

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Teachers and teachers unions love Proposition 15. Why? Because it's a payback from Sacramento polititians for their support over the years.

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Now I know you don’t like President Trump. That’s a given, so let’s move on. How about the division of America. Do you really blame Trump for that? How about when none of the Democrats showed up for his inauguration except Clinton and Obama? Can you imagine if the Republicans didn’t show up …

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As I look back on my life, I see the influence of many godly people, but the four men that stand out from the rest are the ones that the Lord anointed to demonstrate to me what it means to be a godly man.

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Have you ever wondered if God’s promises no longer applied to you because of past failures? I remember when I was in high school the Lord spoke some profound promises into my life through His Word and the Holy Spirit. Then I made some poor choices and the next thing I knew, I was wallowing i…

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Over the past weeks, I have had the opportunity to observe and evaluate the perspectives and agendas of various candidates for City Council. Candidates Jon Thorp and Justin Beaver are honest, sensible, and have an insight into our community. Jon and Justin have examined the issues and listen…

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Who is the perfect politician or representative? That would be whoever votes on everything the way you'd like. That just isn't going to happen with anyone, and whoever is in office will inevitably disappoint you from time to time.

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There is a lot of discussion regarding voter suppression and voter intimidation. In practicality, I see the manifestation of these issues on two fronts. First, in California, the party that obtains the majority, takes the votes of the opposing side towards its count, calling that “winner tak…

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I would like to share that Calimesa City Council candidate Wendy Hewitt was Girl Scout Troop 1833’s very first virtual guest at our last Zoom meeting. I asked her if she could be our guest to discuss local government with our Brownies and Juniors. She responded right away and was so gracious…

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If resistance to the Republican Party is eliminated, Republican Rage will subside.

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To the shoppers and staff at Aldi on Saturday morning, Oct. 10: When I was in the check-out line I realized I did not put my mask on when I got out of the car. I grabbed another one I keep in my purse, but I know it was too late to prevent the anxiety you must have felt. It is one thing to e…

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When I think about the beautiful community Yucaipa is today, I think of the dedication and wisdom of Dick Riddell. I moved to this valley 31 years ago to raise my family in a safe, beautiful rural community. We have seen councilman come and go, but Dick Riddell has served our citizens for ov…

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Over the past few years, calls for services and response times for the fire and police departments have increased, while revenues are down. Providing for public safety is crucial to building and maintaining a strong and safe city, it is also local government’s greatest responsibility. Dick h…

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The entire city council as it stands are big spenders contrary to what their campaign literature says. They voted 5-0 to build the Yucaipa Performing Arts Center in the confines of an Uptown residential area. They voted 5-0 for the original construction budget of 10.7 million and they voted …

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The American Legion Post 426 needs a few good men and women. Bring your DD FM 214 to the post. We are collecting pennies and recyclables for our youth fund. Drop them off at 12167 California St. Look for the cannon at the corners of California Street and A Street.

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It has been my pleasure to know Dick Riddell for over 25 years. I first met he and his wife Cherrie when it came to my attention that the city council was in the process of approving both the Birmingham and Porter Ranch developments in Wildwood Canyon. If built, there would have been thousan…

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As election time approaches, I think it’s very important to review the candidates qualifications, who is paying for their campaign, why they wand to be on the council, and how I feel they would truly represent the residents of Yucaipa. I want to avoid those individuals whose agenda is narrow…

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Yucaipa needs, and deserves, Dick Riddell again on our city council. I’ve known Dick for nearly 30 years, including his 20 plus years as a council member and mayor. His dedication to our city is above reproach and while we now vote by district for our council members, Dick will continue to w…

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As I was driving down Avenue E I saw a sign that said “Vote Biblically” I was confused as I know not all Americans read their Bibles. Then I remembered I was in Yucaipa.

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The administration team at Inland Leaders Charter School would like to commend our amazing teachers. After offering in-person summer school, the teachers transitioned quickly to Distance Learning under the state mandate, and then to a Hybrid model once the county offered the waiver, which al…

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The way President Trump sees the world circumstances are either: “a disgrace,” “disaster,” “fake news,”  “hoax” or a “witch hunt.”

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I would like to comment on the El Dorado Fire cause. I am a retired fire investigator with thirty-five years experience, public and private. I am also a past president of the California Conference of Arson Investigators. I have been involved in many fire cases that included fireworks and oth…

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This is a critical election, nationwide and certainly city-wide. We live in District 5 and are voting for Dick Riddell.

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The El Dorado fire is a horrible tragedy and was started with an accidental ignition by a family having a gender party. Yes, they were ignorant and broke the law. They didn’t check the labels to see that it was a pyrotechnic. (A smoke bomb that uses fire to work.) It was wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong!

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Bill Barr should be disbarred from the Bar for lying under oath to the Senate.

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I wish more people felt the way Bethanne Kiernan, (Sept. 17, Letter to the Editor) does about living together with people of other races and creeds. Unfortunately, former First Lady Michelle Obama has every reason to be concerned about the negative way far too many whites view blacks in our …

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I’ve noticed a disturbing trend in our political discourse and finally found out what to call it, “political hobbyism.” Back in the good old days, it was considered rude to ask your neighbors which side of the political debate they fell on. Beyond keeping the peace and making sure that neigh…

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The News Mirror staff and the entire community is thankful for the incredible work from Yucaipa Fire Department, CAL FIRE, San Bernardino County Fire and all other agencies that have assisted with the El Dorado Fire. If you see one of these heroes around town, be sure to thank them for all o…

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I enjoy hunting for antique or vintage items that are undervalued by the seller. Once, I found a great set of vintage lockers for an incredible price. I knew I could sell this piece for double what I paid, so after a friend helped me pick them up in his truck to get them to my house, I got r…

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Wild fires in Yucaipa have happened time and time again and continue. Easy to see is high dry grass in open areas and along side of our public streets and highways.

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There are three seats up for grabs in the upcoming election for Yucaipa City Council. Since there are only five councilmembers in total, this constitutes a majority. It takes only three votes to pass any item. The thought of three brand new councilmembers scares me.

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This was my public comment at the city council meeting on Sept. 14. Three topics, three separate comments.

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I was heartbroken when I listened to our past first Lady, Michelle Obama speaking about “white folk” running from minority communities.” That’s not us, not my family, what about you and Barack? Where are you running to, as I see your homes and wealth. I do not envy you, as I see a sadness in…

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Every person is challenged by worry and anxiety in their lives. Yet, worrying does not change our circumstances and can actually cause us emotional, physical, and spiritual harm. Satan uses worrying to distract us so that we are focused more on ourselves than on God. Worrying implies that we…

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Our Yucaipa/Calimesa area has recently experienced two major fires. During the fire based in Cherry Valley, I was watching on Wildwood Canyon Rd. and noticed fire engines and trucks from all over the state and even Arizona coming to our rescue. Even though I was there for only a little while…

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Have you ever considered the “natural” behavior of a young child? No different than an adult, a child’s inherent tendency is to manifest sin. I remember years ago when my son, Maksim, was a toddler, he got into some craft paint when he thought no one was looking. Instinctively, he took the p…

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We are seniors living in District 5 in Yucaipa. With the upcoming city council election, we believe it is important to re-elect Council Member Dick Riddell.

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Ever since the infamous video of Rodney King resisting arrest in 1991, we have had an increasing number of short, viral videos depicting criminals, thugs, and assorted low-life bad actors resisting arrest by the police. This situation has been made much worse because of the plethora of smart…

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Sometimes in life, you hear something that just plain makes sense. When our longtime friend Stacey Chester told us she’d be running for Yucaipa City Council, for me, it was one of those times.

It’s sobering how we behave when we’re walking in the flesh and not in the Spirit. I remember this one time I was driving a company vehicle, performing building inspections for a former employer, when suddenly this huge, burly guy stepped right in front of my car as I was exiting the driveway and demanded to know why I was taking pictures of the building next door. I was already in a bad mood and there was a part of my flesh that was foolishly looking to pick a fight with this man, so I basically chewed him out. Then I waited for his angry response. Instead, his face contorted and he got teary-eyed, then he mumbled, “I was just asking a question,” as he meekly shuffled away. I felt terrible. He had every right to ask his question, he could have been disrespectful back to me, and he could have probably beat me to a pulp, but instead he humbly walked away. I was ashamed the whole ride home as I meditated on the word “mercy.” Mercy can be defined as “receiving compassion or forgiveness instead of harsh treatment.” Mercy is something we don’t deserve; yet, it’s God’s mercy that allows us to come to the cross, unworthy but grateful for the gift of salvation through faith by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The realization of this undeserved gift should profoundly affect who we are and how we interact with other people. In Luke 7:47, after a notoriously sinful woman washes and wipes Jesus’ feet with her tears and hair, then kisses and pours fragrant oil on them, He says, “Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.” We have been forgiven much; therefore, we should love much. God has poured out so much mercy upon us that we should be filled with mercy for others in return. And it is with the same measure of mercy that we have received, that we are to love those who do not deserve or return our love. Right now, stop and think about people in your life who may be difficult to love and forgive. Next, consider all that we have done to wrong others, including our Savior, and then further consider the mercy that Christ and others have bestowed undeservedly upon us. In Luke 6:37-38, Jesus says, “Forgive, and you will be forgiven…For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” Let’s not only receive mercy, but thankfully extend it to others who have not earned it as well; for that is the very heart of giving what we don’t deserve ourselves.

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It’s sobering how we behave when we’re walking in the flesh and not in the Spirit. I remember this one time I was driving a company vehicle, performing building inspections for a former employer, when suddenly this huge, burly guy stepped right in front of my car as I was exiting the drivewa…

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Roy Prifogle. Lydia Abrams. Melissa Lane. Rosario Garcia. Have you ever heard these names before? If not, it’s about time. All four of these people are missing out of the Idyllwild/Hemet area.

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A vote for Dick Riddell is a vote for tried and true leadership. His 26 years in city government, combined with many more years on county committees, has made him the kind of leader that everyone respects.

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My name is Randy Main. This last weekend, I went exploring in our own little Oak Glen. I stopped in at Apple Annie’s and was pleasantly surprised. It’s all new. It’s wonderful. I liked it before, but this is special. Everything is new, revamped, bright and shiny. A whole new menu. A whole ne…

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Yet another police shooting of an unarmed black man, seven times in the back, in front of his children, in broad, glaring daylight.

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I had a “friend” once who was very controlling. I was a baby believer at the time and so when he first approached me and told me that God had told him we were “supposed to be best friends,” I honestly didn’t know any better. I naively just went along with it.

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Dear editor and citizens of Yucaipa, I suggest and recommend citizens vote for Dick Riddell for the city of Yucaipa city council. Mr. Riddell is steady, thoughtful, calm, and perceptive. His years on the city council are unique indeed. His steady guidance have been vital to the people of the city.

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My name is Randy Main. Like most of you, I try to “stay home.” Occasionally, I must go out. I saw two things I would like to change. I went to the city hall and discovered it is closed to general entry. If you must go in, you must have an appointment. To get an appointment is more than I can…

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It is with humble gratitude that we give thanks for the unbelievable amount of kindness, love, compassion, and generosity bestowed upon our family in the days following our son, Christian Perryman’s passing.

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I am very concerned about the recent decimation of the USPS. The President’s newly appointed postmaster general has made a commitment to slow down the delivery of the mail. There is no real reason to do so right now, as so many of us now rely heavily on the mail due to the coronavirus.

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I first moved to Yucaipa in 1957. As you might imagine, I have seen many changes over the years since then. Thankfully, during the last two decades, when we have seen the most growth, we have been blessed to have some good leadership in city hall.

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I realize that I must not have made myself clear. I think we may have more in common than he thinks. I have lived in Yucaipa for most of my 71 years. I love my community and want it to be a happy, healthy, safe and thriving place to live. At this point our definitions may diverge. I want us …

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Some people say, “Black Lives Matter.” They protest at various kinds of places including business places where they like to riot. But I have not heard of anybody going to abortion mills and saying, “unborn babies lives matter.” Do the lives of unborn babies not matter? According to the Bible…

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Yes, we planned and put into action for you! (Who else?) The racetrack through uptown Yucaipa was done for you. Took out the traffic lights, no stop signs. As planned, you can bully your way through all intersections and deny access to the locals. Come out and enjoy the rocky pavement! Shoul…

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I have been involved in homeschooling since the ‘80s, when my mom started homeschooling my younger siblings. I knew before any of my children were born that I would homeschool my kids. My youngest graduated last year.

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I recently heard that Dick Riddell is running for city council in Yucaipa. For 22 years, Dick has been a strong cheerleader for the city. He has served as mayor and councilman and has overseen many projects and improvements that make Yucaipa the unique place it is. He has been involved in yo…

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