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Here are the recommendations by the Redlands Community News editorial board for candidates and issues on the Nov. 3 ballot. Board members interviewed all candidates before making recommendations.

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We find ourselves living in an era of rapid dynamic changes in technology, employment opportunities, climate change, and economic and political polarizations — not to mention a pandemic. The rampant “us-versus-them” mentality has led to facts and science denial, social media “news” tailored …

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Once you learn the facts I hope you will join me in voting yes on Measure T for Redlands.  

The city keeps issuing the-sky-is-falling long-term budget predictions when it doesn't know what's going to happen tomorrow. One council member has claimed they'd been working on plans for a sales tax increase for years. That's the stuff of conspiracy theories.

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Serving as a San Bernardino County supervisor is a huge job. At 20,105 square miles, it is the largest county in the United States, although some boroughs in Alaska are larger. With more than 2 million residents, it is the fifth most populous county in California and the 14th most populous i…

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The Redlands Unified School District race for Area 4 is the most intriguing contest on the Nov. 3 ballot.

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The city clerk is one of most critical positions in city government. Redlands had strong city clerks for more than three decades. The late Lorrie Poyzer held the position for 27 years. When she retired in 2009, Sam Irwin was appointed and served until 2016.

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Here are recommendations by the Redlands Community News editorial board for the 12 statewide propositions on the Nov. 3 ballot.

I just got a slick flyer promoting a 1% sales tax increase for Redlands. The basic message: “your life will get better if we can just raise your taxes.” Life in this state would be nearly utopia if that were true!

For nearly 40 years, I have lived with a remarkable woman, smart and funny, wise and witty, attractive and godly. She is unique in so many ways.

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On Sept. 18, 2020, we lost a giant. The passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an immeasurable loss for our country. Throughout her career, Justice Bader Ginsburg rightfully earned folk-hero status. Known for her fearless and unapologetic defenses of women’s rights, she was…

The proposed 1-cent sales tax increase on the Nov. 3 presidential election ballot is the answer to Redlands’ challenges for the short term and the long term.

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It has been a month since we asked our renewing subscribers to donate to our new Fund for Local News, and I want to report the results as of last Friday, Sept. 25.

Many ask, didn’t our vote on G take care of the problem? Unfortunately, the City Council ignored our vote on G and is proceeding with its original plans for multi-story apartment buildings in the heart of our town, housing 6,000. Buildings of unlimited height would be possible.

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I like this newspaper. It isn’t a lot of heavy reading at 20 pages, and it presents views from parts of the spectrum that I would not usually interact with. I might even move away if someone shared those views from a seat next to me on the train. Not that we actually have a train or sit next…

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It’s been a year since my first column appeared here and to say many remarkable events have happened since then would be the expected cliché, but, nevertheless, it’s true. Of course that many events will happen in a year is inevitable, but, as I supposed you’ve noticed, 2020 will go down as …

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Re: “Who created the counter-protest,” Joe Colella, Sept. 11.

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For the past 12 years, Redlands has operated with balanced budgets, always living within our means, using recurring revenues to meet recurring expenses. During that time, the city steadily reduced its debt and built reserves for a rainy day.

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Governments at all levels seem to need increasingly more money from their citizens. However, the timing of the sales tax increase the Redlands City Council wants is egregious.

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COVID-19, unfortunately, has taken its toll on our dear movie ambassador, Al Harris.

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Congratulations to the Redlands Bowl Performing Arts for bringing the 97th season of the Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival to thousands of viewers watching online performances.

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Since we announced our new Fund for Local News last week, the donations in support of the Community News have been filling our mailbox. All I can say is “Wow! Thank you very much!”

Measure T proposes to change the sales tax rate in Redlands from 7.75% to 8.75%. In describing this change I have read in various columns in the Redlands Community News that this is a 1-cent increase. I have also read in the “Argument against Measure T” that “this is a 100% increase.”

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If there was a city that could somehow avoid all the obvious issues with the current state of politics and the politicized influence of standard and mass media, why couldn’t it be the city of Redlands? In my involvement with several government, charitable and service oriented organizations i…

Please, tell me it’s not true. Tell me that what was reported in this newspaper is not true: Did a Redlands city councilman coordinate and participate in a counter-demonstration to the Black Lives Matter movement?

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You have probably noticed that the Redlands Community News has had fewer pages during the past four or five months. Some issues have had as few as 16 pages compared to 24 or 28 prior to COVID-19.

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The nation’s Centers for Disease Control recently released the results of a survey studying the impact of the pandemic on mental health. Their findings were startling. The CDC survey revealed that more than 40 percent of the survey’s respondents reported COVID-19 had created mental stress in…

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Thank you to the people of Redlands who make up the membership and the clubs and organizations that contribute to worthwhile, nonprofit organizations. Redlands is the most generous community when it comes to helping others and this is a unique place because of its generosity.  

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Will this pandemic ever end? Of course it will. As painful as it has been to witness at least 169,870 Americans die from COVID-19 and more than 5.4 million infected, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we have no choice but to keep hope alive.

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My column in April about my runs through downtown Redlands during the height of the COVID clampdowns noted with irony several “essential” businesses that were still open, including a liquor store and a vaping shop. Several readers were particularly struck by the vaping shop, open at a time w…

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Re: “Campaign season begins,” Aug. 14.

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How can a city with the history of cherishing so many heritage homes settle for a museum fronted by what appears to be an abandoned fruit stand or an old, lopsided cardboard box?

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With another election date drawing near, it is more important than ever to revisit the former Measure G, which was so soundly defeated by Redlands voters not long ago.

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On Saturday a woman was apparently having an emotional breakdown, yelling obscenities. She was in and out of her car, which had a dead battery. I thought a Redlands police officer had arrested her, but then I saw that RPD had shown up with a tow truck.

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The recent donation of the new U.S. Post Office building was a lovely gesture and much anticipated event as the old New York Street Post Office slid into disrepair. However, the architectural style and construction materials of the new building are not lovely.

There are 195 countries on the planet and all have had to respond to cases of COVID-19. Some 700,000 people are confirmed to have died from COVID-19 around the planet.

I was extremely disappointed to see that on July 16, Mayor Paul Foster of Redlands posted a link to an article arguing against the defunding of police on his Facebook page with little or no critical engagement on his part.

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You could say there have been some silver linings to the pandemic we are all now living through. Our homes have never been cleaner, we have finally found time to clean out closets and garages and the shop local movement has been getting a boost, evidenced by cities all over America encouragi…