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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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The students became the teachers March 14, when children attending Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms high schools took part in brief walkouts to protest gun violence at our nation’s schools. No matter what side of the issue you are on, we can all learn a lot from these young people.

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The Twentynine Palms High School boys varsity basketball team endured more than its share of drama this season. When head coach T.J. Stanford quit mid-season, citing harassment from a parent, several players quit the team in support of their coach.

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Every time we have a mass shooting, like the one that killed at least 17 people in Florida the other day, we should resolve to fly all our flags at half-mast one day for each person killed. If another mass shooting takes place before we have honored each and every person killed in the last s…

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Most of us have seen it at a game at some point: a parent getting angry at a coach, upset that his or her child hasn’t gotten more floor time, or that the team isn’t winning, or isn’t winning the way that parent wants them to. It’s easy to see the parent’s perspective: When you love and beli…

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Residents from across the Morongo Basin are invited to take part in this year’s Prayer Bowl tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy of fighting for civil rights.

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Over the years, the homeless population in the Morongo Basin has become something like the weather in that it is something many people talk about but few feel they can do anything about.

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The time has come to add civility to the list of officially recognized critically-endangered species. For evidence of this, look at the comment thread on almost any subject on almost any social media platform.

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Two pedestrians were struck by a vehicle Thursday night, Nov. 9, in Twentynine Palms. 

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One problem facing the Morongo Basin is that too many of the things that most of us take for granted exist with a proverbial Sword of Damocles hanging over their head.

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For years, the complaint lodged against the planners in Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley has been that they either do not do enough to attract national stores and restaurants or that they prevent those businesses from locating here.

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Time is fleeting and Christmas is fewer than 12 weeks away. If there is a group in this community that can take up Mara Cantelo’s torch and organize this year’s Tender Loving Christmas, they need to get started now, and we all need to be ready to help them.

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The public lands in the Morongo Basin belong to all Americans, but they are home to those of us who live here. They are our particularly local treasures, offering us solace for our souls, adventure for our bodies and income for our livelihoods. 

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The rest of the world has Father Christmas, but the Morongo Basin had a Mother Christmas: Mara Cantelo, who for 34 years made sure growing numbers of people were fed, clothed and loved on Christmas Day.

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Many years ago, when the people of Twentynine Palms petitioned county government officials for a one-room schoolhouse so they could educate their children, their request was rebuffed.

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In the year 2017 it should be easy for any person or organization to say that racism is repugnant. We will all disagree on a thousand other things but right and left, religious and secular, we should all be able to stand in unity and moral clarity on this issue: Racism is a moral sin and a s…

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Tragedy piled upon tragedy last weekend when two hikers who became disoriented while exploring the Amboy Crater were found dead. Looming in the background of their deaths, of course, is the disappearance of Joseph

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While waiting for the city of Twentynine Palms’ fireworks display to begin Tuesday night at Luckie Park, we were distracted by the sight of an apparently unsanctioned fireworks display in the sky several blocks west of the park.

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Having just celebrated the 241st anniversary of the founding of this great nation, we thought we would reprint the preamble to the documents, issued on July 4, 1776, which got this whole experiment in democracy going.

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The Mojave desert lost a dedicated defender last week when Susan Luckie Reilly passed away peacefully, surrounded by friends and family, on her 101st birthday.

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Summer is upon us. A heat warning that begin last week is continuing this week and will likely continue for some time to come.

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With the new parking and bike lane in downtown Joshua Tree, the work of Caltrans crews and engineers is in the public eye again, and we think they deserve some applause.

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A good, dedicated, hard-working volunteer who puts the needs of the community above her own is a difficult thing to come by so when you have one it’s important not to let her burn herself out.

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If you were among the millions of Americans who got their tax paperwork filled out and filed, or at least mailed in, by the Tuesday, April 17, deadline, we would like to say congratulations and thank you.

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A preliminary market study of the city of Twentynine Palms shows there is a retail vacancy rate of just over 41 percent in this desert city.

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The people of the Morongo Basin came through big time this past weekend when they came out in force to support this year’s Morongo Basin Relay For Life.

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