Editorials & Letters to the Editor

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Whoever took my friend’s 5-pound, 12-year-old red teacup Chihuahua from the Stater Bros. parking lot by Burger King about 11:15 to 11:30, Thursday, March 14, I bet the devil is coming to your dreams.

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We were blessed to meet Jeannette Goodman (a Texas woman who walked from El Paso to Simi Valley to draw attention to the plight of homeless and mentally-ill Americans in 1992) and help her. We coordinated the news coverage from Palm Springs to the Ronald Regan Presidential Library. 

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America, while imperfect, has been — is — will continue to have greatness as long as our Constitution, Bill of Rights, American creed, diversity, right to disagree respectfully remain intact.

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The Star’s online thread following Bob Stadum’s global warming as hoax soapbox faithfully represents the tone and tenets of today’s political divisions. People on both sides produced articulate arguments, often with biting refutations of their opponents’ views and motives. The level of vitri…

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I was shocked this morning to read Bob Stadum’s letter on the Hi-Desert Star website stirring up the old dangerous nonsense about climate change being a hoax. I thought even the most ardent climate change deniers had long given up the argument that it isn’t happening at all because the numbe…

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“I will take him at his word.” There is an axis of evil-doers afoot in the world, and the American president is completely in their thrall. Trump is acting in ways that no American president has ever acted, and that no American president should ever act. 

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Regarding shutdown damage at national parks — after reading the article in the Feb. 3 issue of the Idaho Statesman, I have to say that my wife and I had a different experience. We had read all the horror stories about how the parks were being trashed during the shutdown, and we considered ab…

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He created a place where we could be safe — where we could laugh and learn — where we were free to be ourselves. Student after student wrote something like that in eulogies for their teacher John Frakes, who died suddenly this month. They wrote a lot more, and all of it was more eloquent tha…

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When the Morongo Basin was subjected to a wave of cold, wet weather it left some complaining about the harsh winter. What many of them failed to grasp was that, as harsh as the winter has been for them, it has been exponentially more cruel to their homeless neighbors.

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The Lord created us for a purpose, which is to fellowship with him and know him intimately, among many other things. He wants us to be closer than a brother. Draw close to him and he will draw close to you. He seeks us out like lost sheep and rejoices over sheep that return to him. We are th…

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Have you noticed how the same people here locally move from this commission, to this advisory board, to an appointment of the local Copper Mountain College advisory commission; and on and on?

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Military bases and local communities typically share the same people, the same interests, and often the same needs. Service members might live off base with their families, while civilians work on base to support the mission, and their basic utility needs like electricity and water are commo…

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On Jan. 19, citizens of the Morongo Basin, members from both the local Democratic Club and Indivisible Morongo Basin (even two couples from Quebec!) held a rally at the corner of Old Woman Springs and the highway for the third Woman’s March and to protest our displeasure with the current adm…

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When Donald Trump washes up on the shores of hell, Volkswagen engineers, who’ve been there for decades, will celebrate by revving up their diesel engines while warming up the fire with more shovels full, with help from the man who “digs coal.”

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I would like to thank an anonymous neighbor who had called the police to do a wellness check on me since I had fallen in my front yard when it was cold and windy last Tuesday and I had been sitting on the ground for three hours! If I had not been able to crawl into my house before dark, thos…

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With the new year just around the corner we thought we would take some time to suggest a few resolutions for some of the people and institutions that keep things moving in the Morongo Basin.

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To all the Virginias out there, yes there is still a Santa Claus. He lives in the hearts of the many people who think of others before themselves every month of the year.

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I was lucky enough to attend the city hall meeting Tuesday night to see and hear the remarks of the incoming and outgoing city council members as well as the recognition of the “Employee of the Year” Cindy Villescas. It was an exciting meeting as reported in The Desert Trail with the carols …

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In 2018, the cities of San Jacinto and Rancho Mirage became power companies, through the Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program, which allows the cities to purchase and generate electricity for local residents and businesses.

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If anyone still doubts whether every vote counts, all you have to do is look at the City Council race in Twentynine Palms.

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The city of Twentynine Palms would like to thank all those who participated in making this year’s Light Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony a great success.

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I need some help. The front page headline of the Desert Trail for 29 Nov. 2018 reads: “Record 22,000 visit park for holiday.” According to the article the 22,000 figure was the total for the four-day Thanksgiving holiday. Doing the math the daily average for this period would be 5,500 people…

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Thank you for your coverage of the exciting 5th annual Night Sky Festival on Nov. 10. In addition to the people named in the article, we want to thank everyone who participated. The event was a huge success because of teamwork and the generous donation of time, energy, and materials by so ma…

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Red Greene, author of “Do you hear a warning fire bell in the night; do you?” needs a history lesson. He describes Trump as a dictator that is only restrained by his staff. Question, what do all dictators and wannabe dictators have in common? They disarm law-abiding citizens. What political …

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It is that time when us citizens must come together to have our voices heard again. This year we once again need to go to the polls to select candidates as well as approve or disapprove measures. Some of us are angered by what we are seeing in Sacramento and Washington, some of us are okay w…

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Mike Reynolds is a former director and a plumber by trade. Al Marquez has been attending meetings and highlights the waste of money, over a million, to rehab a well. Both should be elected instead of the current rubber stamp members up for re-election. The existing board relies on a consulta…

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This year’s Pioneer Days was not without its problems. After losing the carnival, which traditionally forms the center of the weekend’s celebration, some other events, most notably the arm-wrestling competition, were canceled, and others saw a drop in participation.

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Voting districts prohibit me from voting for three City Council seats up for election this year.  The only way I can “vote” is by writing this letter to the editor to express my opinions.

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I would like to encourage all the voters in the various districts to re-elect John Cole, Danny Mintz and McArthur Wright for City Council.

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I agreed to be part of the “yes” on Measure O committee for many reasons. After 16 years of sitting on the local school board, I understand how we are restricted by our funding. I have grandchildren attending district schools and I intend to stay in this community and believe the quality of …

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So a billboard calling out funding for transgender surgeries by the military is hate speech? Pray tell me how? I was kept out of the military due to physical issues but this is somehow exempt under the ridiculous cover of hate speech? No poor snowflakes, it is fiscal responsibility of public…

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I am writing to express my disgust at the political billboard supporting U.S. Congressional candidate Tim Donnelly that is displayed on the south side of Twentynine Palms Highway just east of downtown Joshua Tree. The billboard is blatantly transphobic and actively asserts hate into our comm…

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Isn’t it fascinating how our intrepid protectors in Sacramento have found it expedient to censure Dr. Salhotra based initially on four alleged cases? Later, after public scrutiny, the number was reduced to two. Two cases out of surely more than 600! That amounts to a percentage of less than …

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On behalf of the entire Lomeli family, we would like to extend our heartfelt and sincere thanks to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, Caltrans and Wiefels Mortuary for allowing the funeral procession for Guadalupe Lomeli to proceed through Highway 62 d…

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On Sept. 11, 2018, a terrible accident on Highway 62 in Twentynine Palms changed the lives of the Bitter family forever. My son Bobby Bitter’s fiancée, Krystal Robbins, and my 1-year-old granddaughter, Keara, were both severely injured and airlifted to two different hospitals. While baby Kea…

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So a billboard calling out funding for transgender surgeries by the military is hate speech? Pray tell me how?

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I am writing to express my disgust at the political billboard supporting US Congressional candidate Tim Donnelly that is displayed on the south side of 29 Palms Hwy just east of downtown Joshua Tree. The billboard is blatantly trans-phobic and actively asserts hate into our community. Each t…

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On Sept. 11, 2018, a terrible accident on Hwy. 62 in 29 Palms changed the lives of the Bitter family forever. My son Bobby Bitter’s fiancée, Krystal Robbins and my one-year-old granddaughter Keara were both severely injured and air lifted to two different hospitals.  While baby Keara’s head …

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Isn’t it fascinating how our intrepid protectors in Sacramento have found it expedient to censure Dr. Salhotra based initially on four alleged cases. Later, after public scrutiny, the number was reduced to two. Two cases out of surely more than six hundred! That amounts to a percentage of le…

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For the next couple of weeks, Twentynine Palms will be busy hosting activities related to its annual Pioneer Days celebration.

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There is a process that property owners can use to challenge fire district annexations such as the one which would expand Fire Protection District 5 across the county and lead to higher annual fire protection assessments for some, most notably in Wonder Valley.

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John McCain was the type of politician we need more of these days: The kind who willingly sacrificed the good of himself or his party in the name of the good of the nation. Who happily spoke well of his opponents and ill of his friends when the truth called for it. Who understood the need fo…

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There are no easy answers in the question of whether property owners should agree to pay a new yearly assessment for fire services. But a couple of things are clear: The fire department is more important than ever, and money is tighter than ever.

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Last week’s editorial on the library was one of the most thought-provoking I have read in a very long time. That primarily is why it has taken so long for me to respond. The things — both good and bad — that were said about the library were based in fact. The real problem now lies in definition.

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Not long ago teams of high school students piloting solar-powered vehicles moved through Twentynine Palms on their way from Forth Worth, Texas, to Palmdale.

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Thank you for your July 26 article in response to the Forbes editorial calling for public libraries to be replaced by Amazon. Forbes has since deleted the misinformed opinion piece from its website.

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With Memorial Day, and Memorial Day services, on the horizon, we would like to take this opportunity to remind our readers that the annual holiday is more than just a day off of work or school.

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The Twentynine Palms Parks and Recreation Department would like to thank all of the riders that participated in the Third annual Park 2 Park Bike Ride.

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It looks like most of us scarcely noticed that Saturday, May 19, 2018 was Armed Forces Day.

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Last wee I read the article about dogs and rattlesnakes. I do not know if this will help your dog or not but this is what my parents did in the 40s.

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The time has come for all Californians to examine what these candidates stand for. Put aside the normal party line votes and campaign promises and instead focus on how they stand on something that effects all Californians, TAXES. Example, the Brown gas tax and the raising of DMV fees. The ti…

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I think we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to deal with the issue of violence in our schools that is now being wasted/undermined by focusing it on guns! This isn’t political; it’s personal!

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When asked to sign the petition bringing commercial pot growing to a vote, I was told it would bring an abundance of tax dollars to the community, create “hundreds” of jobs, and pay for the sewer, to name a few.

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In his letter to the editor, “Vote no on Measure L” (published April 19), the author points out a series of fabricated and misleading problems he alleges the marijuana industry is facing, arguing these issues should cause town voters to vote against Measure L, but doing so will only prevent …

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The primary elections are fast approaching. With June 5 just a few weeks away, it is so important for citizens to be vigilant, do their homework and then vote.

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Many have stated that our society needs more places where civil conversation can take place concerning controversial subjects. I have tried to provide such a place with Lifetree Cafe Morongo Basin. Participation has exceeded 4 to 6 participants on only a handful of weekly episodes (a maximum…

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Action Council for 29 Palms, Inc., a.k.a. Action 29 Palms would like to thank the Twentynine Palms City Council for their support voting in favor of the Resolution for Action 29 Palms to restore the Twentynine Palms outdoor murals at its March 13 meeting.  

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The people of Twentynine Palms will soon join the people of Joshua tree in having a new source of fresh produce and GMO free food products to help them get healthier.

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 The AR-15 rifle was developed by the Armalite Division of Fairchild Aircraft with Eugene Stoner as the chief designer. The “AR” stands for Armalite Rifle. The goal was to develop a lightweight infantry rifle.

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It’s an easy mistake to make, turning left or making a U-turn where we know we shouldn’t. Sometimes it seems like just the more convenient thing to do, much more convenient than traveling an extra block to get to a place where we can legally make a turn. It’s especially that way now that mos…

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Having served for nearly a decade as chancellor of the Los Angeles community colleges (nine colleges, 250,000 students, approximately five million voters in district which encompasses most of LA County) I had an opportunity to observe the advantages/disadvantages of at-large versus district …

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I’m writing this letter about Reach Out Morongo Basin and their amazing people! Their motto is neighbors helping neighbors and I am lucky enough to have experienced this.

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The Friends of the 29 Palms Library would like to thank the businesses and individuals who supported our recent Scrabble Tournament on March 24.

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