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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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When I learned that Dick Riddell was running again for city council I was overjoyed. It is often said age is just a number and that definitely applies to Dick. He shows his love and passion for the city in everything he does. He researches problems, visits and applies himself to every projec…

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I urge every voter in Yucaipa to seriously consider what it will take to be our next Mayor and then cast your vote for Dick Riddell. As a member of the Trails and Open Space Committee for over 20 years, I had the opportunity to work with Dick on occasion, and he was always available and easy…

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I heard from one of the protesters for BLM, who was carrying an American flag that she was called a communist, a sinner, a demonic, etc., and that she was going to hell, by a MAGA group.

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This is in response to Jo Sutt and her complete snaptopenic version of events at the recent Aug. 1 BLM event on Yucaipa Boulevard.

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Our Family, all 13 of us , wish to thank Yucaipa police department for the way they responded Saturday the 1st of August as ‘80 members BLM protesters’ descended upon our city.

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I heard that the POTUS cult were demonstrating out on the Boulevard this weekend.

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In my early thirties I was very confused where my provision truly came from. I was working several jobs, owned a business, and had political aspirations. I felt secure in my ability to provide for my family. In other words, like Lot in Genesis 13:10, I had taken my eyes off God and had place…

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Thank you to the men and women of CAL FIRE. Your courage and resolve again saved lives and property during the Apple Fire.

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It’s been one hard road to follow, like it or not. Sometimes it’s steep, rough and narrow with twists like a knot. It’s been one hard road just hauling that payload, the one they call “freedom.”  It’s been one hard road to travel. No one said it’s smooth. Some people still get unraveled, som…

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It is with great joy that I read that Dick Riddell has decided to run for another term as a city councilman in not only my district, but also for Yucaipa as a whole. His re-election would be a win-win for all Yucaipians not just the residents of District 5. I had the distinct pleasure of ser…

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I have all the sympathy in the world for President Donald Trump in trying to fight the Denizens of the DC Swamp.

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Regarding the Black Lives Matter demonstration in downtown/uptown Yucaipa on Aug. 1, the accompanying counter demonstration and the activities of the law enforcement personnel who are charged with the role of “keepers of the peace.”

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I would like to know what action has been taken about (Councilmember) Bobby Duncan and the firearms and so called protecting businesses. I want to know were the businesses his? If not, why not charges on open public/display carry of a loaded firearm?

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The wisdom traditions I’ve checked out all teach the same interior process toward well-being, god-centered or not: detach, surrender, trust. Early on, I recognized competition as antithetical to the process, way too hyper, and so did public theologians and psychologists after World War II. T…

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I have this simple but loud speaking idea for the city of Yucaipa, Calimesa, Oak Glen… I think this would be an awesome “team effort.”

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General James Mattis. the esteemed Marine who resigned as Secretary of Defense, December 2018, writes about the President’s photo op, holding a Bible, in front of St. John’s Parish House in Washington, D.C., June 1.

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The Friday Night Car Show for Aug. 7 is cancelled due to the CDC guidelines and state mandates for large gatherings. Updates for future shows will be posted on the club website, pastpleasurescarclub.com.

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I am a registered nurse at a Southern California children’s hospital. As a health care professional and concerned citizen, I feel compelled to offer my perspective on mask vs no mask debate by way of analogy.

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I am so glad that Dick Riddell is running for our city council again. He has represented our city as Chairman on Omnitrans, SANBAG, and many other County committees, and continues to represent us on several local committees.

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Back in the summer of 2016, I decided that a dietary change was in order. It was time to stop drinking all the soda, eating so much pizza and burgers, and not exercising my body. For two entire months I ate a more balanced diet with lots of fruit and veggies, tons of water, no sweets, and ex…

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Do you believe that our words have the power to change lives? There was a time in my life that if someone had posed the same question to me, I would have laughed. I don’t deny the power of healing words now though; not since I witnessed the power of words in my own life.

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The world is changing. We now have better means of communications and this is even affecting how we vote for politicians. For example, we used to vote for the respectable sweet family type guy (who put us through the ringer time after time). Now we look at who will make commitments and recor…

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I disagree with Bishop Barnes decision to end all masses at St. Frances Catholic Church in Yucaipa.

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On June 25, 1950, 68 years ago, the Korean War erupted. Before it ended on June 27, 1953, the United Nations forces suffered 995,601 casualties, killed, wounded and missing. U.S. forces lost 29,550 and 106,978 missing and wounded. No one knows the number of Korean civilian men women and chil…

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If you use marijuana to help with your pain and are also taking Opioid pain meds, such as Oxycontin, Norcos, Percoset, etc. Your doctor Most likely has you sign an agreement or contract of some kind saying you will not use alcohol , cannabis or other controlled substances ect.ect.a whole lis…

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I’m for marijuana sales in Yucaipa. It’s called Mary Jane, weed, pot, grass and a host of unprintable names all of which produce the same effect. I believe it was Shakespeare who said, “Marijuana by any other name would smell as sweet.”

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I find it humorous how we complicate things that are actually quite simple. When I was in my early 20s, as a favor, I drove a friend’s mom to a job interview. While she took a written math test, I enjoyed some light conversation with the interviewer. The conversation was so enjoyable that ab…

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Regarding the letter from Denise Work disagreeing with another shutdown, you know what they say about statistics. Whilst I agree another shutdown would be devastating, there are some numbers she left out. Some local hospital ICU’s are at 90% capacity, and the positivity rate on testing is ar…

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Extremism means, literally, “the quality or state of being extreme” or “the advocacy of extreme measures or views” ... Political agendas perceived as extremist often include those from the far-left politics or far-right politics as well as radicalism, reactionism, fundamentalism and fanaticism.

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The city of Calimesa said fire works are illegal in the city and will be enforced. Where was the enforcement on the Fourth of July? No sheriffs, Citizens on Patrol, helicopters, drones or Calimesa Fire Deptartment in the east Calimesa area.

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On the evening of July 6th, I took a chance and put a letter in my rural mailbox to go out the next day, knowing mail theft runs rampant along the many rural routes serving both Yucaipa and southeast Redlands residents. I had an unexpected animal care appointment early the next morning, and …

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Have you ever had peace about moving a certain direction in life, yet seemingly God kept closing the door? I remember studying for my California Real Estate Exam. Initially, I found myself eligible to take the exam on a whim and entirely just for fun. I did well in the test preparation class…

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I find it quite absurd and ironic that Trump seems to care more for statues and monuments to dead men on the wrong side of history than to actual citizens living and dying during the pandemic.

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Kids today need to know where foods come from, farms. They say we don’t need farmers; they can go to the store and get food.

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Our Governors inclusion of San Bernardino County in his re-shut down is truly absurd. As of today (7/5) the County Department of Public Health web site shows 13,676 cases of COVID 19, with a “projected” recovery rate of 7,800. Using their numbers, in a County of 2.18 million residents, there…

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Back in 2011, I had to make a big decision: follow the Lord’s call into full-time ministry, which meant selling (then eventually giving away) my business, or ignore the Lord’s call and maintain the status quo. As a believer, I knew the right decision was to obey my Lord, but as a husband and…

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On Father’s Day, I was thinking “paradigm shift,” which hit the language in 1962 via Thomas Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. It ended up describing the decade. Men finally wrestled with patriarchy and its terribly stratifying effects, its paradigm. Guys were taught early to co…

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I just came from Sunday Mass at Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church in Beaumont. There was plenty of space with COVID-19 health and safety protocols in place to ensure social distancing. The message at Mass today was to put Jesus Christ first, above all, to take up our cross and follow h…

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With so much negativity going on at this time, I would like to put in a few positive words about the wonderful city workers in Yucaipa. I volunteer for the city trail program and have kept a trail for 10 years in need of new fencing for many of those years. Finally we were approved and city …

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The letters to the editor last week from Mr. Aguilar, Mr. Miller, Ms. Drom, Ms. Sutt and Ms. Gibeault did a very good job of articulating my thoughts regarding the heinous murder of George Floyd by four police officers, the fundamental racism of Bobby Duncan, and the frightening spectacle of…

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I just want to make a few observations/rebuttals about the recent turmoil regarding racism and excessive force. First of all, I’ve lived in Yucaipa for most of my 71 years so I really get irritated when hecklers yell “go home” at those of us who have the audacity to walk the streets of Yucai…

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The old life, who we were formerly apart from Christ, is a dead end. I learned this the hard way when at nineteen years old, due to a personal, spiritual failure on my part, in shame I returned to the world which I had previously left behind. I can’t justify or rationalize what I did, all I …

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I find myself as so many others unable to stay silent in the times we are facing. I doubted myself; my voice couldn’t bring any change. I knew staying silent was not the answer. We all have a voice and finding away for it to be heard will be our legacy. We follow in the steps of some many ot…

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The Juneteenth Letters to the Editor section were great. Ten letters, mostly positive solutions to the current events in our simple, little hamlet.

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Just like clockwork, we must yet suffer again another redundant negative opinion of our President. Every month, for many months, she never fails to trash our President. She must feel it is her duty to badmouth him every month. Since we all have heard your opinion many times in the past we ar…

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Thank you for the demonstration of leadership during these challenging times of pandemic and social unrest. During my training to become a military officer, I learned that to be a good leader you must be a good follower. Bishop Barnes followed the California Guidelines for opening places of …

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I would like to thank Michael Aguilar, David Miller, Linda Lee Drom, David Alban, Jo Sutt and especially Susan Gibeault for their Letters to the Editor expressing disappointment, dismay and shame regarding the happenings in Yucaipa during the first week of June. I could not have written it b…

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When you walk into Jim and Mike’s Barber Shop they have the chair separated so that you have the correct distance, and both barbers are wearing masks. They only let four people in at a time. They have chairs set outside so everyone is 6 feet away. Jim and Mike are not only the best barbers i…

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When the quarantine started I found myself angrier than I have been in a long time. Not because of having to stay at home but because of people who were willing to just go along with everything without educating themselves. How I long for the days of funny covid memes and protests against go…

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Looters and rioters and Antifa didn’t come to Yucaipa after all. Why would they make the bother? I love this town but there’s nothing here worth making the trip for. The kickback from some citizens who believed evil was coming to pay a visit was evident by the rampant hysteria on the interne…

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