In God We Trust

Murrieta City Council’s recent decision to display the national motto “In God We Trust” in the city council chambers is a bold move in a day and age when the separation of church and state is more prominent than ever. It seems that more and more these days there are news stories from all around […]

Medi-Cal is in crisis

Assemblywoman Marie Waldron Special to the Valley News Last June the Legislature approved a budget for the 2014-15 Fiscal Year. Though it was an improvement over past budgets, I voted “no” for a number of reasons, including the continuing failure to adequately compensate Medi-Cal providers. In 2011, when California was bleeding red ink, Medi-Cal provider […]

Dear Editor,

I am a senior at Temecula Valley High School. Throughout this senior year I have encountered myself asking the same question countless of times. Does this system of education really work? I strongly believe that as a young teen who is going to school, working, and preparing for college that the classes and workload that […]

Dear Editor,

Over the past 5 years, my classic rock cover band, Wine Brew, has been performing at the Old Town Temecula Rod Run. We have been raising money for Rancho Damacitas Children’s Home in Temecula Valley Wine Country for the past five years at this event. On March 7, we had another performance in which we […]

Cynthia (Bitsy) Funke Jarvis

Cynthia (Bitsy) Funke Jarvis

Cynthia (Bitsy) Funke Jarvis, 81, died suddenly of a pancreatic infection at the Temecula Valley Hospital on January 4, 2015. Cindy’s father, Frederick Funke Jr., graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1927 and married Rosialee Kerley, in 1930. They had two daughters, Cynthia on Jan. 16, 1933 and Martha, and traveled the world as […]

Out and about

Each year as the weather begins to warm my mind wanders to days at the beach, barbeques with families and friends and my personal favorite, festivals. Complete with funnel cakes, those gigantic fresh-squeezed lemonades and any given number of fried foods that taste oh so delicious, there is no better way to get out and […]

Research animals deserve another chance

Marie Waldron, Assemblywoman Special to the Valley News We all love animals, and many, if not most of us have pets. These non-human members of our families become integral parts of our lives. Even when they destroy furniture, carpets or eat our pot-roast dinners when we aren’t looking, we still love them. As a dog […]

Creating an educational culture is the right angle on education

Dr. Gary Welton Special to the Valley News The basic problem with America’s educational system is not that college is too expensive. Nor is the basic problem that public school teachers are underpaid or that educators are poorly trained. The basic problem with America’s educational system today is that far too many children are given the implicit […]

Prioritizing public safety over politics

Melissa Melendez, Assemblywoman  Special to the Valley News Last November, California voters passed Proposition 47 – a measure that was sold as a cost saver with the savings going to schools and crime prevention. But there were several provisions in Proposition 47 that threaten the safety of our neighborhoods. One aspect of Proposition 47 reduced penalties […]

Talking trash

According to a report issued by the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans generated about 251 million tons of trash in 2012. Of those 251 million tons, 87 million tons was recycled or composted. That’s about a 34 and a half percent recycling rate. Not too shabby, if you ask me. That report, which can be found […]

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