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Most of us have had a car break down at the most inopportune moment. I remember one time our car drove fine to the church office, but a few hours later when it was time to go home, I found myself broken down in a rainy parking lot with the gearshift stuck in the “park” position. For nearly a…

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Democrats are not socialists, no more than Republicans are fascists. Let’s get that straight right now. We are all social; we have roads, schools, clean water, a military, police and fire departments. Most animals are social, and humans a real example. We have extremists at both ends of the …

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The city council is determined to have built expensive and unnecessary roundabouts in Yucaipa. I could not agree more with a recent editorial by Diane Elmore. It is a waste and abuse of taxpayer money. Where are the priorities for road repair, sidewalks, curbs, gutters, bike lanes and etc.?

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Is it my imagination or do I smell a freshly baked apple pie? Or maybe it’s a breeze wafting cotton candy aroma into the air?

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I remember the very first time I went to Disneyland with my wife, Juanita. It was late in the evening and we decided to get on the Indiana Jones ride before we went home. No one else was in line with us, so we had freedom to explore at our leisure. There is a section of the line where you ar…

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I  will never forget Halloween night 2001, when we suddenly heard a loud crash out on the street in front of our house. I was about to go outside to investigate when I noticed there were already blue and red lights flashing on the wall. I opened the door and was shocked to find five police c…

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Deaths and injuries caused by military-type guns are routinely reported by the media. The number of people being lost in the U.S. exceeds the proportions found in similar worldwide data. Why is it so? A 2019 countermeasure program needs a validated database drawn from our current real-world …

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Frontier should have enough money to water its grass at its sub-station on Calimesa Boulevard in Calimesa.

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At the Stage Coach Country Music Festival in Indio, they played country music for five days and collected three million dollars. Yet Yucaipa’s leaders have not had the time to understand country music.

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I was informed the other day by another Yucaipa resident just how much Yucaipa Disposal is saving since they changed the billing to adding it on to our taxes. Well, I don’t know about you, but I feel as though I have no control just how much they are adding on to my account without me knowin…

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I just don’t get it. In spite of grants, donations, or tax money, why does this city always put the cart before the horse? I’m referring to the building of the Performing Arts Center, the upgrading of the fairly new city hall, and the up coming roundabout to be placed at Fifth and County Lin…

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This open letter to the city council pertains to the terrible condition of the Yucaipa Library parking lot. The surface has completely disintegrated, resulting in exposed rocks and stones. The uneven surface is a hazard, especially to those who are seniors or handicapped patrons of the libra…

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Like many children, my bedroom was a mess with clothes and toys strewn everywhere. My closet was the worst of all. Everything in my closet was literally held inside by the door. Opening the door was like popping a trap - everything would come pouring out! This eventually ended one weekend wh…

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Looks like Mr. Duncan just doesn’t “get it.” Perhaps he should travel to El Paso to see first hand what “hate” speech can do to a city.

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I am a former business owner in Uptown and am disgusted by the solutions that city council has approved for a solution to the parking issues in Uptown Yucaipa. Correct me if I’m wrong but this idea was brought forth by the city staff and Community Development.

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One year for Easter, I decided to wear a sweater vest that had been sitting in my closet for a couple of years. I had been waiting for the right opportunity to wear it and so I decided that Sunday morning was the day!

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Semiautomatic firearms, and those with more than 10 rounds capacity have been available for 100 years. “military style” semiautomatics with 30-round magazines have been available since the early 1960s. At that time there were very few restrictions beyond age requirements for purchase. I had …

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When is turf not turf? When Yucaipa High School gets a new field. I feel Rachael Gustuson should look up the term “turf.” If she did, she would see it means grass, not a mat, or Astro Turf which is a trade mark. YHS got a new mat, not a new turf field.

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We’ve all known people who were a bad influence in our lives. I remember being eighteen years old and hanging out with some worldly Christian friends in a shopping center parking lot. There was a shopping cart from the local grocery store nearby and one of my friends challenged me to get int…

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About two years ago and after 24 years of service, our central air conditioner stopped working. So before the oncoming summer we shopped around. All the estimates were around $8,000.

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This is a possible, not an impossible proposal for illegals: this has been sent to others. There is a solution to illegals in this country and those just entering.

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I chose to write about this because, I think all too often some of us sometimes lose sight of what’s really important.

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It pays to shop local. I recently hired Hudco to install a new air conditioning. I would highly recommend them to others in our community. I’d like to thank Hudco for their timely and efficient service and the best part was the cleanup when the work was completed.

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After reading the letters of Nancy Reitzler and Jo Ann Preston I agree that complete information to the citizens of Yucaipa was greatly lacking. It seems like the city council members decided on there own what was best for Yucaipa citizens. I was under the impression that council members wer…

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We should remind the city council that our political system is a representative democracy. We elect council members to make policy decisions and enact laws on our behalf that benefit our safety, health, and welfare to people of any income level. The responsibility to legislate is the give an…

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We can reduce gun violence in the US by employing available data. Our statistics on homicides and gun related trauma identify mental illnesses and access to firearms as their principle causes.

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After listening to Robert Mueller testify before two Congressional committees on the Weissmann Report (AKA the Mueller Report) concerning Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential Election it became very clear that Speaker Pelosi is right - the President is involved in a cover-up. He is …

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Have you ever had a difficult neighbor? Growing up, we had really interesting neighbors. There were always parties, loud music, police raids — you name it! Law enforcement even informed my parents that the neighbors’ eldest son, Luis, was a suspected gang member.

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Since the expiration of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban in 2004, the AR-15, and similar types of modifiable civilian assault rifles, have been the unfortunate weapon of choice for madmen and terrorists, both foreign and domestic.

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Proposed tax rate by San Gorgonio Water Agency, meeting on Aug. 5, at 1210 Beaumont Ave., Beaumont at 1:30 p.m. On Friday, July 19, I attended the SGPWA meeting where board members discussed the proposed debt service budget for fiscal year 2019-20 and their tax rate percent. The SGPWA board …

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I just want to add a little more information regarding the negative opinions about the Performing Arts Center. I’m guessing the comments that a nearby city with “free” concerts is referencing the Redlands Bowl. The city of Redlands does not pay for those concerts. The bowl is funded by gener…

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On behalf of the Board of Directors for Yucaipa Valley Welfare (AKA Yucaipa Family Assistance) located at 35075 Ave. B; I would like to thank Larry with Python Plumbing who assisted us with a plumbing issue last week. His quick response and excellent customer service makes us proud to recomm…

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I have read the letter in the July 26, 2019 newspaper from Nancy Reitzler, citizen of Yucaipa in which she disclosed additional information regarding the new Burttec Rubbish rates.

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“Go back to where you came from.” Oh, how those words ring a painful note in my brain. To be ousted from a place whose ancestors sweat, labored, toiled and died to build what we now call America.

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I will be brief. Never have I seen or heard a president of the United States of America use such language as the current POTUS. His vitriol against citizens, members of Congress and others who disagree with him is a sign of at best senility or deep seated beliefs, that are opposite of Americ…

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When I first started my transition into full-time vocational ministry, I also worked part-time in the clubhouse at a local camp, which was a major blessing, but it also reminded me how much I don’t know about cooking. I was the new guy and on my first shift I made plenty of rookie mistakes. …

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I have been using the Yucaipa Park & Ride for 10+ years now as part of a van pool to Riverside. As someone that grew up in Yucaipa, I have been aware of some of the concerns with the area since the Park & Ride was established. However, we have continued to use the space dedicated to …

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What’s with the 40 plus older cars stored around a tree near the southwest corners of West County Line Road and Seventh Place in Calimesa?

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I have a great update for seniors and others that have read my writings about asking our representatives to make things better. The state legislature passed the 2019 State Budget and SB 104 paragraph four, states that all senior Medi-Cal programs should allow the qualifying level of income b…

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How did we let this happen? Having received more information regarding the annual amount for disposal service, I am outraged. 1) Our NEW billable amount will increase by approximately $35.33 per billing. 2) We will be taxed on a yearly basis from June/July 2019 to August 2020. Scenario: I se…

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The summer that I worked at a Christian camp in Idyllwild, I met and befriended an incredibly anointed group of young people who would spend that summer working alongside me. I’ll never forget how we bonded the very first weekend and then spent the next two months experiencing life together.…

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Starting a business from scratch is not for the faint of heart, especially in real estate in 2007 right as the housing bubble burst and the Great Recession hit! One day, I was meeting in the office of a good friend of mine, who is a hardworking, successful, godly businessman, and I was shari…

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Waiting for the fireworks, in my comfy lawn chair facing Crafton Hills, I looked at my flag flapping in the breeze and I remembered a poem that I read in college that I didn’t understand.

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