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On Tuesday, May 18, the Redlands City Council is set to vote on a resolution to establish a mid-block crosswalk on Eureka Street between Vine Street and Olive Avenue.

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The project proposed to convert a historic orange grove along West Palm Avenue into a gated community for senior citizens fills an important need for South Redlands.

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Historian Larry Burgess, director emeritus of A. K. Smiley Library, has long lamented the state of Redlands’ trees. In a talk 10 years ago, he called our Redlands historic trees under assault. I checked back with Burgess, and little has changed.

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The current disagreement between Coyote Aviation and the city of Redlands is a disappointing example of our contemporary obsession with presuming evil intent in our opponents and assuming unassailable pure-mindedness in our own actions.

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I lost a dear friend and companion this week. It was love at first sight. 23 years ago when I saw this beautiful, strong tree in front of this house, its presence made my decision very easy. This is it! It provided beauty, stability, strength and a sense of grounding to my new home.

One more try at the carbon tax disaster. Earlier I said that the tax seemed “kind of mean” to working Americans and those on a fixed income. Two well-informed and well-intentioned writers referred me to the Citizens Climate Lobby website. And I’ve had to change my opinion.

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I hope the discussion around the latest mall redevelopment plan will center on the facts. Here are several:

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The announcement by the Redlands Bowl Performing Arts that many performances will be live during the 98th season of the Summer Music Festival deserves a standing ovation. Bravo!

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One of the biggest challenges that our businesses and workers faced was the abrupt government shutdowns last year. Changes were happening regularly and taking effect immediately, leaving already struggling employers scrambling to review and comply with orders that may require significant and…

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Whereas, the project is not directly related to the train station and entitled to bypass Measure U, although it is in the neighborhood, and

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With the Redlands Planning Commission having unanimously voted to override the Measure U with regard to the mall redevelopment I have a suggestion.

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Re: “A carbon tax hurts the poor,” James Gunther, April 23.

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In his recent letter in response to my commentary of April 15, James Gunther concludes that a carbon fee will hurt vulnerable people. It seems perhaps he missed the paragraph on the dividend part of the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (HR 2037) where I mentioned that 100% of the co…

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As we begin to see some light at the end of this tunnel (or at least some relief at the end of a needle), we can all look back at some events that have saddened us, frustrated us, encouraged us or simply amused us — and I’m certainly no exception.

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Maybe we should be used to it by now.

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Once again, Redlands Community Toastmasters Club 8950 has stepped into the Redlands community spotlight with Earth Day reminders and a best speech award.

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We’re not entirely sure about the idea of a vaccination passport, but it seems like a good idea to have proof that you’re not at risk of spreading COVID-19. If it opens doors, all the better.

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Dear Rusty: If a person retires at age 66 and continues to work full time, Social Security taxes are still taken out of his weekly paycheck. Will this taxation for Social Security contribute more to the person’s Social Security benefit, even if already retired?

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The new administration is off to a roaring start on the critical issue of climate change, an issue they promised to take action on — and, not a moment too soon, as we watch more and more extreme weather events strike across the country.

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Re: “Who really won the election?” Thomas Candelaria, April 9.

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A 36% increase in the sewer service rate in four years is an unreasonable imposition on the citizens of Redlands in a time of COVID-19 pandemic and the hopeful economic recovery when many individuals have lost their businesses and jobs.

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Redlands has a background of citrus cultivation on a very large scale. Although most of the agricultural property has been replaced with tract homes, the City Council has celebrated the town’s history from the words of the General Plan to the walls of the freeway overpasses.

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Just wanted to say how I love what you are doing with the Redlands Community News. I am impressed with what you produce with your limited staff. Hats off to James Folmer!

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We salute the San Bernardino County Master Gardeners and other organizations pushing for more trees in North Redlands. Residents can get one or two trees to plant appropriate for the city’s climate.

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April is California Arts, Culture and Creativity Month, a time to celebrate the boundless beauty and richness the arts bring to our lives.

Re: “Rep. Aguilar is attacking our military,” John Berry, March 12.

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Two years ago today, I was a day away from my deadline to produce the first edition of the Redlands Community News. Although I was thrilled to be part of a new newspaper in my hometown of 22 years, it was not a good week for me.

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One of the biggest frustrations of this pandemic is the loss of in-person celebrations, especially funerals, or, as some prefer, including me, memorials or “celebrations of life” for those we’ve lost from COVID or otherwise.

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Our newspaper’s first anniversary last year was right at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in our area. As we now observe our second birthday on March 29, we view our first year as being Pre-Pandemic, and our second year as being Pandemic-Slammed.

A report in the Feb. 25 issue of the Redlands Community News focused on efforts made by various consultants, council members and officials to convince skeptical residents that there will be no high-density high-rises in Transit Village areas.

As a reality check, let's take a quick look at John Berry's diatribe against U.S. Rep.Pete Aguilar.

I was at the Bank of America ATM machines at about 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 19. A young Asian-appearing woman walked up to an empty machine and her father or grandfather stood behind her obviously keeping watch. My goodness!  

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Who would have expected that being in the Red would be such good news?

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Each day, more than 700,000 social workers nationwide make life better for others. They empower people with the skills and encouragement they need to overcome life’s challenges.

In the March 12 edition of the Redlands Community News, tea party spokesman John Berry accused our congressman Pete Aguilar of “attacking our military” when he introduced his “Shielding our Military from Extremists Act.”

The Heeney Grove on Palm Avenue is an iconic example of Redlands heritage and past. It is the last grove to be furrowed by Santa Ana River water through more than 100 years by the historic Redlands Water Co. system of canals.

John Berry’s commentary was nothing more than an attack on U.S. Rep. Pete Aguilar. Either that or Berry’s letter was written as a defense of white supremacists.

John Berry’s commentary (March 12) did not acknowledge that there is an issue with white supremacy in this country, which is a cancer on this great nation.

After making sure that our police community has been demoralized, our esteemed leaders have turned their sights on our military. It was stunning to hear U.S. Rep. Pete Aguilar announce that he is sponsoring come sort of "cleansing" of the military ranks.

Thank you, John Berry, for your 38 years of military service to our country and for defending our U.S. military from the sad insinuations of U.S. Rep. Pete Aguilar that our armed forces are full of white supremacists, racists and domestic terrorists.

In the strongest possible terms, I am condemning US Rep. Pete Aguilar’s proposed legislation insinuating that our great American military is infiltrated with white supremacists, nationalists and domestic terrorists.

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Next week is Sunshine Week, the newspaper industry’s annual celebration of open government.

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We don’t want to get too excited. The worldwide nightmare of COVID-19 is far from over, and we don’t know how big a threat the variants will pose.

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When I look at the issue of letting kids play sports again, I view it through both of my filters, that of a legislator and of a mother. That is why it is clear to me that parents should be allowed to decide if it is the right time for their children to get back onto the recreational field an…

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San Bernardino County has been the standard-bearer for administering the COVID-19 vaccine to our residents. The county has utilized more than 97% of the doses we have received from the state while many other counties struggle to use more than 85%.