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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…

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Despite the depressing news that California Gov. Gavin Newsom put the economy back into low gear on Monday, there are things to cheer about in Redlands this week.

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Assemblyman James C. Ramos, D-Highland, and Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, last Thursday asked the Legislature’s administrative committees to obtain input from an advisory group that includes historians and California Native Americans before determining the fate of the Junípero Serra st…

On June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court rendered a 5-4 decision in support of school choice in the case of Espinoza v. Montana Dept. of Revenue.  The Montana legislature had passed a tax credit scholarship program that would allow state funding of educational scholarships to qualified students to…

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Just eight days after the U.S. Census Bureau released the digital 2020 Census survey, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a Stay at Home Order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 exposed a crisis that has been prevalent for decades in hard-to-count communities, and that is the lack of …

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Late 1949, dad buys the Holland bakery. We move into a modest home on East Highland Avenue. We escape Los Angeles for a wonderland of orange, palm and pepper trees.

The California Public Utilities Commission should scrap its plans for an overlay area code in the Inland Empire and just create a new area code.

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This letter is No. 2 in the series on Redlands City Planning. The subject of the first letter was parking in downtown Redlands. Friends of Redlands has been studying the Redlands General Plan 2035, Downtown Specific Plan and Transit Villages Specific Plan with the objective of informing the …

John Berry invited people to a Tea Party Patriots rally to show support for the police and reject arguments by Black Lives Matter who seek to rein in police behavior toward people of color. Obviously, indicting all cops is unacceptable, but we definitely need substantial reform in how police…

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Another night, another round of these inconsiderate boneheads in Redlands setting off fireworks and M80s (apparently it’s happening nationwide), upsetting our dogs and disturbing the peace — sometimes well after midnight — and all a month before the Fourth!

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Last week’s commentary by John Berry of the Redlands Tea Party Patriots deserves a response. Mr. Berry set the tone by writing, “What started as a racial justice protest has devolved into violent mobs wantonly destroying public property as well as vandalizing statues of ... great American ic…

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Due to the recent budget cuts within the Redlands Animal Shelter, two kennel attendant positions have been eliminated. Despite the budget cuts the animal shelter staff remain committed to caring for the animals and the shelter will continue to be run with the utmost professionalism. Less sta…

On Saturday, the Redlands Tea Party Patriots will lead a “Defend Our Police and Defend America” rally because it’s time somebody stood against the bullies.

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When I saw swastikas and Hitler references at a protest in Orange County, I didn't get it.