You Said It, March 9, 2014

Thanks, Johnny Carino’s! You happily took my money for a gift card recently at your restaurant. Unfortunately for me, you weren’t going to honor it. Maybe you could use it for rent or taxes?

So you thought you were about to get out from under the smog and smoke and back to some clean healthy air. Guess again. We fight hard to ban smoking in public places so hundreds of us can live healthier lives and yet we still permit mass open burning that affects the well-being of thousands. How ironic.

 

I understand farmers need to burn. However, not all burning is done by farmers. Those of us with small amounts of land can easily take care without burning. That’s what weed wackers are for. Plus, you get a little exercise and fresh air.

 

As an educator for more than 20 years, I know what a difference it makes when a 4-year-old starts kindergarten versus a 5-year-old. Leaders in education have debated this for a long time. This board had the guts to make an unpopular decision in the best interest of children and their learning, not in the interest of parents, who more than likely want free day care. The purpose of education is not to make parents’ life easier or more convenient. It is to educate your child, with you being an active participant in that education.

 

Thank you to the person who paid for our dinner (table of nine people) on Feb. 18 at Buffalo Wild Wings. What a nice surprise. Your thoughtfulness was very much appreciated by all of us. Thank you again.

 

I bet Rex Tippetts could have found funding for the Avalon.

 

Why did the idiots in our city not have a guaranteed price for the Avalon at the time they started it? I am so sick of them shelling us with one item, then sliding in something more. It appears on every single project they do. Throw out all of those “Good Ole Boys” and let’s get some real managers, people.

 

Help me out here. Is the Avalon rebuild being managed by the city, the airport board or the federal government?

 

Perhaps the city needs to call in Rex to help write a grant for the Avalon. He seemed quite good at it. It would also be a good idea for the backers of the Avalon to read the book written by the guy in the bathtub out front. The Avalon was never a money-making project and never will be.

 

Congratulations to the Avalon Theatre Foundation for reaching their fundraising goal of $1.1 million! Not an easy task in this economy. Well done!

 

There is not much difference between this City Council and the last council. Except more taxpayer money is going to luxuries they want and less money going to safety and infrastructure they said we need.

 

You can bet your bottom dollar that the state will not collect all the pot taxes due since the stores only take cash and you know there will be a lot of under-the-table cash not accounted for.

 

I’d like to thank whomever for the egg wash you gave my car; it’s been at least a year since my last one. At least this time, the back window wasn’t bashed in. Used to be a nice neighborhood we lived in, and a nice town. Change and growth isn’t always a good thing.

I was having lunch at Denny’s today with my wife and another couple when the waiter presented our bill with a note from a lady named Amber. She paid the bill and sent a note thanking me for my service in World War II. I want to thank her and appreciate her generosity.

 

I was at Home Depot and inadvertently left my phone on one of the shelves while I was shopping and didn’t realize it. A nice couple who was leaving the store saw me in the parking lot, told me that they had found my phone and turned it in. I just want to say thank you to the nice couple who notified me about my phone, as well as the people at Home Depot.

 

A man and his daughter ride beautiful horses some days along 22 1/2 Road in the Redlands, part of the time on the road but the rest of the time on the walkways. The horses leave “treasures” on the walkways that are left to be cleaned up by property owners. Once in awhile, when you’re enjoying your rides, look behind and clean up after your horses. It would be appreciated.


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