Here we go! Reaching out to these communities: Yucca Valley! Joshua Tree! And Twentynine Palms! We are asking for people who have been mistreated by property managers throughout these areas! We are looking for individuals and families who have been allowed to move into less-than-habitable homes in which the property managers continue to neglect! Please! Those who have been mistreated and neglected by these real estate offices, stand up for your rights as tenants of these apartments and homes. Please help us to stand up against those that have no interest in taking care of their tenants in any way. Please step forward and join the fight to stand up for our rights as tenants to live within habitable means.
I, like many of us who live in the Morongo Basin, am fascinated and inspired by the beautiful and diverse deserts and mountains that surround us. They provide us nearby access to recreation, relief from extreme temperatures, beauty that drives our tourism and art communities and the opportunities to view wildlife. Each of these values improves the quality of our daily life.
I wanted to give a heartfelt thanks to our local source of information here in the Basin, and the person who delivers the Hi-Desert Star like clockwork, always on time, always over my fence and in my yard.
In August 2013, I authored an editorial in the Hi-Desert Star indicating that in 2003/2004, Richard Brewer, who was the finance director for the CSD, allowed co-mingling of funds between the Morongo Valley Community Services District and the nonprofit organization Fire Safe Council. I have since learned that this information is inaccurate. I wish to publicly clear up this inaccuracy. I wish Mr. Brewer the best in his future endeavors.
As young adults we are often told that kids of today have it easy, that we don’t know the value of money or hard work or appreciate the time others invest into us to help us succeed and we are not thankful for what we have.
“We should insist that if the immigrant who comes here does in good faith become an American and assimilates himself to us he shall be treated on an exact equality with every one else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed or birth-place or origin. But this is predicated upon the man’s becoming in very fact an American and nothing but an American. If he tries to keep segregated with men of his own origin and separated from the rest of America, then he isn’t doing his part as an American. There can be no divided allegiance here.” — Theodore Roosevelt, 1919
Conservatism is great. Political conservatism that demands limited government, adherence to the Constitution and personal freedom is the America of old. This America hasn’t existed for at least a hundred years and when it did, the country wasn’t big enough to handle that much freedom. One man’s freedom began to intrude upon the freedom of others and the government had to grow to mediate. This is an oversimplification but for this discussion, the point being made is that conservatism has never been a political or societal cure all.
Bravo to P. Hall for the Jan. 23 Guest Soapbox, “Harsher punishments, not community watch, deter crime.” I think the paragraph just before the last one had a comment which may not have been overlooked by the good people of Yucca Valley. He points out that this area — which has been notorious for narcotics use and sales — is now in full fruition due to the town forbidding the use of marijuana!
This letter is to thank and celebrate Coach Cole’s contribution to the young men of Twentynine Palms basketball the past few decades. In your roles as a player, father, fan and coach, your love and dedication to 29 Hoop and the family environment that it embodies have been palpable through your actions more than your words.
Pioneertown was founded as a live-in Old West film set in the 1940s. The storied landscape surrounding Pioneertown has provided the scenic backdrop to hundreds of Western films and TV shows such as “The Cisco Kid,” “Annie Oakley” and scores of Gene Autry and Roy Rogers’ films and specials.
Are community watch groups the panacea, the Penicillin that is best to cure the crime wave in Yucca Valley? Last I checked communities are made of people and a watch group would be only as good as its worst members. Do people have axes to grind with others? Might they allow, for example, some to post horrendous things about some in the neighborhood and chuckle if that person complained? What if some of those people had ties to criminal groups like gangs or clubs known for criminal activity in that area? Or they or those in their household had broken into homes in that neighborhood and upon being discovered, claimed they were merely drunk or confused and therefore not responsible? Would they drive around like the Dukes of Hazzard, smashing and crashing into the property of their neighbors and then claim that the person least likely to face incarceration in that household was then responsible for the act? Would they blame others for the acts committed by a son, brother, daughter, etc. or those they associate with? They just might, because that is human nature, now is it not?
The Morongo Basin is filled with talented young people. If you don’t believe us, go down to the 29 Palms Art Gallery and see three rooms filled with the work of high school and middle school artists in training.
As the spouse of a Morongo Basin teacher, I see the amount of time, effort and money that our teachers put into their mission of helping the children of the Morongo Basin. My wife regularly spends 10 to 12 hours per day at her school, because she feels that her students are worth it. At the same time, it is depressing to see how little appreciation for our teachers is shown by the Morongo Unified School District Office and school board.
We the simple people, when we want to understand a word, we reach for the dictionary. Capitalism is the word for our day. The most important issue before the voter in 2016 is to what extent our economy will continue to be defined by this word. The current world chaos is the deserved hot-button issue, however, our economic plans, which are theoretically within our control, will have the longest consequence upon the children of the American voter.
In The Desert Trail’s last issue, Thursday, Jan. 14, in the article “Residents turn out to object to OHV routes,” I am pictured and quoted as saying I think the BLM proposed routes are ridiculous, which I do think.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a man of faith who inspired us and continues to inspire us to fight for civil rights, to fight poverty, to fight injustice and to strive for peace through peaceful means.
Wow, the Saturday opinion page was just chock full of really bad information and ideas. Again, I need to point out to all of you that liberalism is a mental disorder caused by cognitive dissonance, and these two letters are perfect examples.
“One shot, one kill” is the famous slogan of our military snipers, especially Marine Corps snipers, and it demonstrates the possible strategy that could be used by our country’s Congress that would eliminate the worldwide terrorist threat in an estimated one to two years by privately contracted assassination hit teams appointed by Congress and authorized by the marque and reprisal sections of our U.S. Constitution to go after pirates, and terrorists certainly qualify as pirates, I would say, today.
The state Public Employment Relations Board’s announcement Dec. 30 that Proposition B — San Diego’s 2012 voter-approved pension benefits reform measure — was an illegal affront to collective bargaining laws was completely predictable. After Jerry Brown’s return to the governor’s office in 2011, he appointed former attorneys for the California Teachers Association and California Nurses Association to top PERB positions, and an agency that was supposed to be a neutral, quasi-judicial referee in disputes between government employees and management instead became a cog in the union machine that dominates state government.
Breaking Bread/Food For Life is busy facing challenges on three fronts. First, we are busy looking for a facility to serve meals in after Jan. 31. We need a large hall with tables and chairs able to seat at least 60 people. Ideally it needs to be on the bus line to provide ready access to our neighbors. This is our most pressing need right now so that we can continue offering Saturday afternoon meals. We will do what is necessary to keep our meals available to the community of 29 Palms. We are not giving up this ministry.
God is watching us from a distance and from a distance the world is a peaceful-looking place. He cannot see man’s inhumanity toward man, he cannot see the savage cruelty, the suffering of the poor and sick, the lack of compassion, the biased hatred and intolerance. These things also existed when Jesus was here and when man killed Jesus, what did he say?
Amanda Alsoomse’s excellent letter of Jan. 9 deserves backing. The idea that owning a gun somehow makes you a man is not new. Under Saddam Hussein, private gun ownership was prevalent, because it was a sign of masculinity and a source of pride. Perhaps guns are the ultimate phallic symbol.
This Christmas I got to watch some reruns of “The Andy Griffith Show.” For the younger generation, you might want to watch some of these old sitcoms, about Sheriff Andy and his deputy, Barney, Don Knotts. The town, Mayberry, was a way of life when I grew up.
I’ve seen Donald Trump on TV often recently (not on paid advertisements, of course, but on news channels). I have a few comments about his unbelievable, some times untrue, unneighborly, even un-American ideas:
Obama says it’s not some slippery slope to gun confiscation (really). OK, then, after all background checks are done, delete, remove and discard them. I thought not. Another lie. He might want to ask Mrs. Clinton for help on government record keeping. Thank you.
As we move into 2016, the county of San Bernardino will forever look back on 2015 with sadness for the good people we lost and those who were wounded during the December 2 terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.
Presidential candidate Donald Trump recently joked about killing journalists. The context was Trump being criticized for glibly saying he did not know of any evidence or lists of journalists killed after criticizing Putin. There are such lists and evidence. We all recall seeing ISIS line up journalists and cut off their heads.
I, like many in my neighborhood, received a notice from Southern California Edison on the 23rd of December that there would be a power outage for up to 14 hours on the 30th of December to install “smart technology” to our power grid.
Here we are with all this insanity coming upon us and around the world. With cellphones, TV and all the high-tech gadgets just years ago we would have had no idea. War has been on this planet from day one; it seems to be part of our culture. Defense, offence, it’s part of our everyday life.
Having taught in an Islamic school in the Midwest, I must express my disgust with Donald J. Trump’s recent ranting. First he characterizes Muslims as evil, because one Muslim pair committed a massacre. Has he described Christians in the same way when they have committed some of the horrors of the past decade? The Muslims I taught came from beautiful families, were very well behaved, worked hard and were as patriotic as any students I knew. My time with them was a wonderful period in my career.
In your Sports section last Thursday, among the celebrations of local football teams, I noticed something interesting: a one-quarter-page ad for the film “Concussion,” about brain damage suffered by professional football players.
This has been one of the most toilsome years of my life. Each month seemed to bring on new health challenges and the endless battle to determine what is wrong. I suffered from everything from hyperthyroidism, infections, cysts, sprains and a broken bone resulting in surgery and a lengthy recovery that still has me down. Although a considerable amount of my year has been physically daunting and emotionally draining, there have been countless blessings that have revealed themselves to me through all the trials I’ve faced, and those blessings are what I strive to focus on.
My wife and I are residents in the Pipes Canyon area of the Morongo Basin. We moved here full time from Los Angeles five years ago after weekending for nearly 20 years. We are fortunate to experience daily the quiet, dark skies and natural landscape of the area and especially value the iconic features of Flat Top Mesa and Black Lava Buttes. I am an architect and the view of “the Buttes” has inspired me to build an energy efficient off-the-grid home in their shadow.
I’m an American. Land of the free, home of the brave. I know what it means to be an American. I fought for America. I was injured severely for America. And honestly I would rather die then not act like an American! People in other countries are being murdered, raped and worse and yes, I know what worse is, I’ve seen it. Americans don’t turn away people who are experiencing this kind of brutality.
Fifteen years ago I was living in Los Angeles and knew I had to get out. A friend mentioned a desert not too far away. I told him, “I don’t like bugs heat or dirt!” Needless to say, he talked me into an overnighter and I never left.