‘Our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor’

Every year I see in print or hear on the radio one or two versions of this piece. We’ve done a compilation that I hope will help our readers to reflect and remember the sacrifice that makes our 4th of July such an important holiday. Also, remember this as you hear people malign these men’s […]

Fantastic coverage with a correction

The article on the Children’s Museum was fantastic! I have one little correction…the quote “As far as I know, it’s the only interactive children’s museum in the United States,” should have been “As far as I know, it’s the only themed children’s museum in the United States.” There are actually over 400 children’s museums in […]

Thank God for our Servicemen and women

Independence Day at the beach in Oceanside – a beautiful, sunny day. One minor inconvience was having to use the public restrooms. The day was accented as we stood in line waiting to use the restroom. As the line grew longer two young men stood behind me. Both about the same age, one had the […]

No rest for the weary

In May of 2000, my wife Karen returned home from her doctor’s appointment, handed me a small blue paper bag and stated, “We have to move!” Thinking that there was a dead mouse in the bag, I gingerly opened it and peered inside. I saw three baby rattles! Being the quick-witted person that I am, […]

Finally fixing the budget (Capping the bottle)

P.J. O’Rourke once wrote that “giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.” We have seen this time and again with the reckless behavior of our state government. History should be a good teacher. We should learn from experience. Every child who touches a hot stove once […]

Guest Column: Reverend Brown leaves a lasting local legacy

Reverend Howard W. Brown of Sun City retired – for the second time – as a Methodist minister when he turned his pulpit at Winchester Community United Methodist Church over to his replacement, Reverend Douglas Dickson, on July 1st. During his twelve years of ministry at Winchester Church, Reverend Brown had become locally famous for […]

Going for broke on minimum wage

The economic recovery in America has begun, if you believe the Labor reports and most of the economists. It has also started in California. If you look at the increased revenues coming into the state and some other indicators. It hasn’t recovered so strongly, though, that it can withstand continued efforts by the Democrats in […]

Response to Murrieta Mayor Jack van Haaster’s open letter

(On June 1, 2004, the City Council approved the van Haaster project. Council members Seyarto and McAllister voted in favor. Enochs and Ostling voted against approval. Therefore, the Planning Commission’s approval stands.)Mayor van Haaster, your open letter gives us insights about your perceptions of the community. You apparently think we are very gullible, have a […]

Letters to the editor

In glancing at the front page of the June 11-17 Temecula/Murrieta Valley News I was dismayed and actually shocked that the first and biggest “news” there was a 12-year-old murder mystery and that the passing of President Reagan received a 4×5 insert on the bottom half of the page. That struck me as very upside […]

Abusing the credit card

This week the state bailed out Vallejo Unified School district by giving them $60 million. Last year the state bailed out Oakland Unified by giving that district $100 million. Over the last three years, more school districts have come to the state asking for money, and threatening to go bankrupt, than ever before.From 1850 to […]