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Why doesn’t the county health department let us know what communities have confirmed COVID-19 cases. They should do this as a courtesy to the residents of the county to keep us better informed on the extent of this emergency.

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Our dear supreme leader, who some here think walks on water, has suggested that folks should fill the churches come Easter Sunday and then go back to work. So if there is a spike in virus cases will he then continue to blame Obama and us Dems? Of course we all know the answer to that.

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I read with dismay and disappointment recent letters to the editor published in this community newspaper. I wish to inspire a change in the way we communicate publicly.

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With the continuing coronavirus crisis taking up all the oxygen in the room and swallowing most of our lives whole, it may be easy to forget that other things are at least trying to proceed.

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Everyday, normal activities aren’t so normal anymore these days. Running errands, visiting with friends and family, helping the kids with their homework — it’s all turned topsy-turvy as the COVID-19 crisis gets worse. One thing we’ve noticed is that as our world becomes more unfamiliar, we’r…

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With the schools closed, and perhaps limited time or availability for online work, may I suggest that mom, dad and other caregivers turn to the superb, fairly new, Kid Scoop page?

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I read that Joshua Tree National Park is not only NOT shutting down, but eliminating the entrances fee to get in! How can that be? We are shutting down private business, being told to shelter in place, so as not to spread the virus. Does no unnecessary travel not include the park?

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Over hill, over dale, as I ran the dusty trails, Coach Stepp was there with sunflower seeds and beverage in hand to root the cross country runners along. Running for coach was a Godsend. I found a place to belong during those awkward high school years and running pushed me to my limits both …

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No one in the Morongo Basin has tested positive for the new coronavirus yet, but the effects of this international crisis are rippling through here just the same. Like an 8.0 earthquake elsewhere in Southern California, we feel the shocks even if we’re not at the epicenter.

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Busy day, illness, injury, surgery, job loss, natural or manmade disasters. Everybody has emergencies that affect our lives — currently the COVID virus. Look at the shelves in the supermarket — no toilet paper!

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All this panic shopping has not only been expensive but foolish in my opinion. In trying to stock up and hoard, you have exposed yourselves more to the virus than you would have just doing your regular weekly shopping. Think about the crowd you put yourselves in rather than your usual shoppi…

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At the Speak up for the Arts event last week in Joshua Tree, the speaker made me aware of what an incredible goat rope AB5 is. This blunder, this attempt to fix something that isn’t broken, is projected to take away from the state of California budget seven billion dollars a year! That’s bil…

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EDITOR’S NOTE — Before the fall of the Soviet Union, William Swinnerton spent more than 30 days in the USSR, living with Soviet families. He provided this list of conditions he observed, which he attributed to living under socialism.

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My son, Ryan Swanson, and daughter, Sarah Swanson, both graduated from YVHS in 2004 and 2006 respectively. They both spent four years running track/field and cross country for Coach Stepp. I served as secretary for the parent group for cross country for two years under Coach Stepp and attend…

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I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of support. It’s been a very rough few weeks for me, but I am extremely grateful for the letters, texts and phone calls. My story is not over but right now, we have a more pressing issue.

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Voters are being lobbied through costly mailers to support Measure C extolling the need for classroom repairs and modernization. Measure C will levy new property costs of $37 to $39 per $100,000: e.g. a property/home assessed at $500,000 will incur yearly property fees in a range of $185-$20…

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Thanks to Mr. Hunter for pointing out that our seniors are in danger of losing their homes due to property taxes. Morongo doesn’t need fancy aquatic/performing art centers — a homeless shelter would be more appropriate! When I was in grade school, we received a good education sans luxuries. …

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Proposition 13 is on the March 3, 2020, ballot; but it really isn’t. By an ironic twist of ballot measure labeling fate, a school bond measure on steroids was given the honor of being called Proposition 13 this March.

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What you people call climate change are God’s judgments. The human family is suffering because of the transgressions of God’s laws. His 10 Commandments and his laws of health.

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