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The Redlands City Council decided wisely this week that there is no reason for Redlands to change the way it selects the mayor. The system of having the council choose a mayor every two years after a new council is seated works fine. It’s logical, simple and the way most cities do it.

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Three days before the president incited a deadly attack on the Capitol, my colleagues and I swore an oath to defend our Constitution. In that oath, I swore “that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

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Redlands is changing and the way we elect our mayor needs to change as well. Redlands has elected their mayor the same way for well over 50 years. Our current system opens the door to backroom deals and discontent on the council. It isn’t equitable and does not give council members time to p…

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The governor’s spending plan is a balanced and focused priority list of what we need to address now:

In the early days of 2020 — at a time when the only Coronas I’d heard of were the name of a beer and my hometown — I sent out an email to friends with some of my “visions” for 2020. Since none of them came to pass in 2020, I thought I’d give it another go in 2021.

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A shout-out to the work of Sherli Leonard, Kathy Behrens and Jonathan Baty of the Redlands Conservancy Trails program, especially on the idea and the setting up of the new Fresh Air Challenge fund-raising program to explore the park trails via walking, biking or horseback.

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Virus pounds Inland Empire proclaims the headline on the front page of the Christmas Eve edition of the Los Angeles Times. The article calls attention to “how dire” the situation is. Eight miles from Redlands and where I sit writing this late but timely holiday greeting to you, the San Berna…

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Who gets vaccinated first? That has become a big question in the painful saga of COVID-19.

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The Friends of Redlands have studied the General Plan 2035, Downtown Specific Plan and Transit Villages Specific Plan Draft with the objective of informing the residents of Redlands about the City Council and city planning objectives for our city.

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Despite the rather disconcerting results of the presidential election — which shouldn’t have been even remotely close, let alone as close as it was — the country continues to catch up to those of us who’ve always attempted to take a rational approach to some of the contentious issues and pro…

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New Year’s Day is a time for optimism, a day for looking ahead with recharged resolve.

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Dear Rusty: It is common knowledge that over the decades politicians have taken billions if not trillions of dollars out of the Social Security fund to finance other government programs. This information is never published or addressed and having the government repay this money back to SS is…

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It was reassuring to see health workers receiving Pfizer vaccination shots at Redlands Community Hospital last week. And it was exciting to hear on Monday that San Bernardino County received 21,650 doses of the Moderna, the newly approved vaccine that doesn’t need to be stored in subfreezing…

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Imagine that you could be sitting comfortably in your living room enjoying all the amazing Christmas art that Redlands has to offer to get into the Christmas spirit. Behold! Your wishes have been granted.

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I am humbled by the expression of genuine love displayed by our community and Redlanders living all over the United States in support of Redlands locally owned businesses this year.

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My first experience with Panorama Point was painful, but ultimately rewarding. Soon after moving the family to Redlands, I ran the Run Through Redlands half-marathon.

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In the Dec. 4 edition of the Redlands Community News, I saw a startling photograph. Mary, Joseph and the Wise Men were reclining on their backs on the steps of a downtown church. It made me laugh out loud. That trip on donkey-back to Bethlehem must have been grueling. I could just imagine Ma…

We salute the organizations that have kept their missions alive despite the challenge of the pandemic.

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As a lifelong resident of the Inland Empire, I have grown more and more alarmed about the dangers that climate change brings to our area and for a future for our grandchildren.

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Thanks to the Redlands City Council for encouraging citizens to put up Christmas lights to brighten our outlook during the dark times of the pandemic.

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As a parent of a high school senior, it is difficult to watch a child suffer during these unprecedented times, knowing one of the most memorable times of a senior’s life has been stripped away from them.

Re: “Redlands reacts to the presidential election,” Shari Forbes, Nov.6, and “Don’t claim fraud without proof,” Bill Emmerson, Nov. 13.

Recently, my wife, who has difficulty walking unaided, and I went down to join the waiting line for COVID-19 testing at the University of Redlands.  

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Veterans Day was Wednesday, so it might seem unusual to see a column in honor of the men and women who put their lives on the line to protect our freedom after the annual salute of the end of World War I and veterans in general. But it has been a busy time for the Redlands Community News wit…

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On Tuesday, Nov. 10, Chief of Police Chris Catren hosted an online Esri Forum answering many questions and elaborating on the role of policing in Redlands. His presentation gave me confidence that our Police Department is in good hands and is worth our trust and support.

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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.

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.