This and that with a few thank you’s in between

I pride myself on having an open door and providing a forum for our community to voice their opinions on things happening within our community. Last week, I wrote an opinion piece on the shooting death of a Whittier police officer and how many of the laws designed to open the doors for non-violent criminals were to blame for the tragic death of Officer Keith Boyer. That opinion piece struck a nerve for one Valley News reader who shall remain anonymous.

After reading “Death of police officer stark reminder that ‘enough is enough,’” in which I expressed my opinion of being quite fed up with the problems being caused by legislation such as AB-109 and Prop 47, this reader had enough and fired off an email to me. That email was full of phrases like “Republican extremist,” and “illegitimate president.” I was told my opinion was “laughable and typical of a neo-con” and not to bother responding as the author was not “interested” in my “dribble.”

Was I bothered by this? Not really. We are all entitled to our opinion and have the right to express it in a responsible mature manner. The sad thing to me is, had I not been blocked by the author, I would have reached out to him and requested to run his email to me as a letter to the editor, offering him the same platform that I have to share my thoughts and opinions on things. Such a shame.

By the way, bottom line is that crime is up and our local law enforcement and residents are the ones who have to deal with those consequences, so no, this email did not change my stance on the issue, just in case you were wondering…

On to other things!

I thought it might be nice to recognize a few businesses, people and cities within our readership area this week. There are lots of wonderful things going on in the area and it’s nice for people to know that we appreciate them.

First up, the annual Rod Run roared into Temecula this past weekend, bringing with it money for local businesses, money for the residents in the form of sales tax and some good old fashioned family fun. An estimated 30,000 people raced to Old Town Temecula to see these impressive works of art on wheels, and that equates to a lot of money flowing into the pockets for those who choose to call Temecula home. I want to throw a huge shoutout to Rod Run organizers from my editor desk. Job Well Done!

Secondly, three first responders were honored this week by State Senator Jeff Stone for the role they played in rescuing a family when their vehicle was swept into a flooded riverbed in January. Firefighters Capt. Todd Bradstreet, Capt. Sean DeGrave and Engineer Mike Macalinao were all acknowledged by Stone in a ceremony held at Murrieta Fire Station No. 1. Thanks to Senator Stone who took the time to make sure these tireless workers were recognized for all that they do and an even bigger thank you goes out to all of our first responders for all that they do to keep us safe. See the story on Page 1 of this week’s Valley News or online at if you haven’t already.

Last week, the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians broke ground on a new hotel and casino complex which is expected to bring hundreds of jobs to the area upon completion in 2018. This is definitely good news for the area as it will bring revenue, jobs and help increase visibility of the area as a tourist destination. I can’t wait to see how it all plays out. Thanks to the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians for taking on this project that will only better our local communities.

Finally, I want to remind readers, if you would like to submit a story idea or a letter to the editor, you can do so by visiting or by sending me an email at [email protected]. Good or bad, I look forward to hearing from you!

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