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  • Re: 'The spiraling demise of our nation' [Village News, Maynard letter, 5/9/24]

    Updated May 18, 2024

    So we have another screed from Magaworld, otherwise known as Earth 2, claiming the imminent demise of America and all those values held dear by “real Americans.” To start, we will concur on one point – the protests on college campuses sympathetic to Hamas are a disgrace, and one can certainly sympathize with the Palestinian people without being anti-Semitic. The indiscriminate slaughter of Palestinian women and children is horrendous and must be addressed, but blaming Jewish people as a whole for Netanyahu’s war tactics is no...

  • Helping young women achieve

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated May 18, 2024

    Encouraging young women to fulfill their life’s potential by taking full advantage of available educational opportunities is one of my passions. As a member of the Legislative Women’s Caucus, I am happy to spread the word about the Minerva Scholarship program, established by the Women in California Leadership Foundation to educate, support and empower young women and girls. The foundation is committed to providing select young women of good character and demonstrated accomplis...

  • Gas tax rising again

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated May 18, 2024

    As you know, we're facing a critical situation with soaring gas prices, escalating energy and utility costs, out-of-control housing expenses, and relentless inflation driving up the prices of goods and services. Many of our fellow Californians, including seniors on fixed incomes and hardworking families, are finding it increasingly difficult to afford even the most basic necessities. With these challenges, it is inconceivable that the State of California is once again moving...

  • The Mill closing is reminiscent of my own experience

    Julie Reeder, Publisher|Updated May 18, 2024

    The Mill closing is sad. It’s a loss for our town and I have to believe if we were incorporated as a city, it wouldn’t have happened. We would have more influence and control over our own businesses and our own Department of Planning and Services or Land Use. What was a neglected rundown property at the entrance to town, a haven for drug addicts, heroin users and the homeless, was transformed into a beautiful building and a hip, cool business. It was different. It was fun, and...

  • Bonsall High School's Mock Trial club is a valuable program

    Jeffrey Lee, Village News Intern|Updated May 18, 2024

    The Mock Trial club has been a great experience for me at Bonsall High School. In fact, I have decided to go into law and have already been accepted at two schools, including UC Berkeley. When I examine how Mock Trial has benefited me, the impact this club has had is shown through all areas of my life. When I was a freshman and deciding what clubs would be best for me, it was vastly different from what I was used to. I thought it wouldn't hurt to try something out of my comfort zone. Because of this single decision, I discove...

  • The spiraling demise of our nation

    Updated May 9, 2024

    In the year 2024 of our Lord, America's story reads like a Greek tragedy, a sordid tale that not even the revered sixteenth-century scholar Nostradamus could have predicted. After decades of political dominance decimating the core values that define our country, we find ourselves bracing for the spiraling demise of our nation. Our bridges and highways are crumbling under the sheer weight of neglect. Our public schools have become indoctrination centers fostering Marxist maxims. Boys compete in girls' sports and shower in...

  • Important healthcare legislation moving

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated May 9, 2024

    As many of you know, I have served on the Assembly Health Committee for most of my term in the State Legislature, and I am now the committee’s Vice Chair. The committee’s jurisdiction includes healthcare, behavioral and mental health, medical insurance, Medi-Cal and other public healthcare programs, and long-term care licensing. The lives of millions of Californians are impacted by legislation that comes before this committee. For example, several important health-related bil...

  • Green Oak Ranch

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated May 9, 2024

    I am thrilled to share a significant milestone achieved at this week's board meeting: the approval to purchase Green Oak Ranch. This marks a pivotal step towards addressing the pressing issues of homelessness, mental health, and addiction in San Diego County. As many of you are aware, homelessness, mental health, and addiction continue to pose profound challenges in our community. Despite our collective efforts, the 2023 Point in Time Count revealed a 22% increase in...

  • The war for our humanness: Embracing our amazing biology

    Julie Reeder, Publisher|Updated May 2, 2024

    I believe that, as a species, we are in a battle for our very humanness. We are at a crossroads unlike any other in history. This is a moment where the very essence of our humanity is under siege, a war waged on multiple fronts, challenging us to redefine who we are and what we stand for. The battle for our humanness is multifaceted, touching upon technological advancements, medical interventions, censorship, and the fundamental narratives that shape our understanding of...

  • San Diego is the new epicenter

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated May 2, 2024

    San Diego is the new epicenter for migrants and illegal immigration. Last week alone, Border Patrol apprehended 9,000 illegal border crossers within the San Diego sector, including 206 Chinese nationals. This surge in illegal crossings has propelled San Diego to the unfortunate position of leading all nine southern border sectors in April, a trend unseen since the 1990s. Since Oct. 1, the San Diego sector has witnessed a staggering 214,855 apprehensions, representing...

  • Update: No more SVPs for rural San Diego County

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated May 2, 2024

    As you know, the placement of Sexually Violent Predators in rural areas of California, including San Diego County, has been an ongoing problem. SVPs have been placed in Jacumba Hot Springs, Campo, Boulevard, Borrego Springs and other locations, often near homes, parks and schools. Currently, the Department of State Hospitals oversees placement and contracts with Liberty Healthcare, which then seeks court approval. Courts sometimes intervene to deny inappropriate placements,...

  • Exciting days are here

    Updated May 2, 2024

    A pack of activities come for juniors and seniors now. For instance, Fallbrook High School will have Prom on May 4. I missed many teenage joys, like prom, because a drunk driver hit me when I was 16 in 1992. I graduated in 1993 in a wheelchair with hearing difficulties. After 32 years, my hearing is still damaged and I can walk as best as I can. I am used to my daily challenges but I am trying to prevent others from facing this. No one wants to live with these difficulties: I guarantee that. Believing you can drive like a...

  • Re: Re: 'The climes they are a-changin'' [Village News, Lewis Letter, 4/18/24]

    Updated May 2, 2024

    Only in America is Global Warming a political issue. That’s because only America has a political party that politicizes everything, with emphasis on anything that clashes with their anti-science and technology stance. And that is despite the fact that America rose to be a global power house largely because of its full embrace of science and technology. Former President Trump denounced Global Warming as a “Chinese hoax.” It’s obvious Mr. Lewis buys into that misinformation and is ignorant of the scientific method and the rol...

  • Carlsbad boat drops

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Apr 24, 2024

    Last week, I stood alongside the Mayors of Carlsbad, Vista, and San Marcos and the Deputy Mayor of Oceanside to address a pressing concern that affects us all: illegal immigration and maritime smuggling. Just this past Saturday, another incident unfolded as a boat raced into our shoreline, endangering surfers, swimmers, and our community. Ten individuals disembarked, fled into a Carlsbad neighborhood, and were whisked away in an SUV. What's deeply troubling is that we do not...

  • Rebuilding California cities

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated Apr 24, 2024

    In 2011, the legislature worked in an effort to abolish California’s Redevelopment Districts. Although some RDAs were poorly managed, their abolition deprived cities of an important tool that had often been successfully used to stimulate business, create new housing and revitalize blighted areas, especially for older cities Last Week, the Assembly Local Government Committee, on which I serve as Vice Chair, passed Assembly bill 2945 (AB 2945) introduced by Assemblyman David A...

  • Opinion: Murrieta School board votes to uphold Parental Rights

    Julie Reeder, Publisher|Updated Apr 24, 2024

    In a recent defiant move against state directives, the Murrieta Valley Unified School Board in Southern California has stood firm in its decision to retain a policy requiring parental notification if a student wishes to identify as transgender, becomes suicidal or is involved in violence. This act of resistance, fueled by a commitment to parental involvement and local autonomy, is a reminder of the rightful authority school boards wield in shaping educational policies...

  • Re: 'Higher wages bring layoff' [Village News, Letter, 4/11/24]

    Updated Apr 24, 2024

    My lifetime friend Rod Smith who lives in Fallbrook shared the article "Higher wages brings layoffs," a very well written and factual article by the way. Rod asked for my thoughts and I sent the email below to him. Upon reading my email Rod asked me to submit my email to your paper. So here is what a small business owner and entrepreneur thinks. A new policy of any sort is spun with the idea of good intentions with politicians knowing full well or even denying what the actual results will be. Whoever proposes such ideas...

  • Re: 'Get Out the Vote' [Village News, Letter, 4/18/24]

    Updated Apr 24, 2024

    The country needs your vote. Only twice have I ever agreed with Mr. Terrell (I don't remember the first), but I do agree with "Get Out the Vote." This is the most important election of our lifetime. I am voting for President Trump for the following reasons. It is to support the First Amendment and free speech; however, I feel like the far left activists are taking great advantage of that amendment with their hate speech. "Death to America" is taking free speech too far. I'm voting for the Second Amendment and my right to defe...

  • Re: 'Blanket Project helps the less fortunate' [Village News, 4/4/24]

    Updated Apr 24, 2024

    Thank you so much for the wonderful front page picture and article! I am sorry to take so long in thanking you but the publicity has created more "business" for me and, along with preparing for a rare visit from our Vermont daughter and family, I have been overwhelmed. We have also responded to a request to teach crocheting at the high school as a new after school activity. Busy, busy. I was contacted to pick up a new yarn donation which has ended in helping a 77 year old combat veteran clear out his home of his wife's many...

  • A question for voters

    Updated Apr 24, 2024

    California’s population last year was 38.9 million, hardly changed from 38.3 million a decade earlier. Yet in those 10 years, our state budget more than tripled in size – growing from $91 billion to $301 billion. That unprecedented increase in spending has not only failed to achieve anything meaningful in our lives, but by most measures, we’re worse off. Compared to other states, we pay among the highest income tax, highest capital gains tax, highest gasoline tax, highest sales tax when local rates are included with the s...

  • Re: 'La Paloma Good News Club celebrates Easter' [Village News, 3/28/24]

    Updated Apr 24, 2024

    Thank you Lucette, Julie and Team for the nice article in the paper. Our kids loved it! Their parents were so surprised and the office manager at La Paloma texted me. We continue to enjoy all the wonderful things our neighbors in Fallbrook do to make the town a giving and thoughtful place to live. Because of the Village News, we get to know what others are doing. Colleen Sharp Good News Club, La Paloma Elementary...

  • Jones's measure to protect communities from sexually violent predators unanimously passes

    Updated Apr 17, 2024

    SACRAMENTO – The Senate Public Safety Committee unanimously approved Senate Minority Leader Brian W. Jones’s (R-San Diego) bipartisan Senate Bill 1074, called the “Sexually Violent Predator Accountability, Fairness, and Enforcement Act” (SAFE Act), April 9. “The SAFE Act is designed to protect our neighborhoods and families from dangerous sexually violent predators, perpetrators of some of the most horrendous and violent sex crimes,” said Jones. “We are thankful that the Senate Public Safety Committee understands the need to...

  • Re: 'State works to better adapt to extreme dry, wet conditions' [Village News, 4/4/24]

    Updated Apr 17, 2024

    I've just read "State works to better adapt to extreme dry/wet conditions." Wet indeed. Lots of talk about "pulling the agencies together is lots of work" and other double talk about fees and property taxes. Water, like air, should be free. That's why I hyperventilate at water board meetings. It's free. You and I and anyone can have all the water one needs for personal use and even for larger farms and groves, you're breathing it now! The water is derived from the atmosphere by machines called "Atmospheric Water Generators."...

  • Let's get out the vote

    Updated Apr 17, 2024

    You’re reading the Village News; odds are that means you’re a voter. Unfortunately a large percentage of vote-eligible citizens regularly decline to exercise that right (and responsibility). But the 2024 Presidential Election will put our future as a democracy on the line. No one should sit this one out. So, let’s all work to get a super turnout to defend our democracy in no uncertain terms. The Republican Party has chosen Donald Trump as their candidate. I’m surprised that the party’s billionaire supporters allowed t...

  • Protecting Our Children: From Hollywood to the local school board

    Julie Reeder, Publisher|Updated Apr 17, 2024

    In the midst of celebrity glamor, there is a sinister underbelly that threatens the innocence of our children. Recent events involving high-profile figures like P. Diddy Combs have brought to light disturbing truths – a world where exploitation of the vulnerable and abuse of power are all too real, not only with underage young women and men, but with adult men and women as well. Party goers were given drugs without their knowledge and consent and when they didn’t have any pre...

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