When did openly supporting this repressive country become acceptable? After 17 years and trillions of dollars since our invasion of the Middle East, why haven’t we freed the woman living this real “Handmaid’s Tale”?

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We love your publication. It’s exactly what Redlands needs and has needed for a long time. I’ve lived in Redlands 42 years and reading about our history and what’s happening in the community among other things is what makes me continue to look forward to each week’s edition.

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Your current online poll is misleading and perpetuates the falsehood being used to disingenuously gain support for the “Stop High-Rise” initiative. The initiative uses the term “high-rise” to try to prevent a development that does not actually include high-rise buildings.

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I want to voice my strong feelings against what the City Council (not Paul Foster, of course, he rightly voted against an exemption for the State Street developer) has done by approving an exemption to allow 3, 4, 5 or 6 stories in the mall area.

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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 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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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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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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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!

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

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!  

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.

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The Redlands City Council needs to come back together for the good of our town. It's more at odds, and it's more partisan right now than I have ever seen it.

I’m writing about the current state of the City Council. In the 38 years of living in Redlands, I have never seen it so dysfunctional. The constant complaining when someone doesn’t get his or her way is distracting from the business of the council. It’s childish and makes the city look like …

The Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol was horrifying and should serve as a wake-up call. No elected officials, staff members or government workers should be threatened with execution for going about their duties.

Anyone who still thinks our “two parties” are about unity, leadership and representation hasn’t been paying attention for the past 30 years.

The health insurance industry profited nearly $1 trillion in 2019 while we frantically search for needed medical supplies. What’s wrong with this picture? You can read this report in newspapers nationwide, yet I don’t hear this fact reported on any TV newscast.

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The Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol was horrifying and should serve as a wake-up call. No elected officials, staff members or government workers should be threatened with execution for going about their duties. This is undemocratic and lawless. However, unity, healing and reconciliat…

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I fully support Juliet Wozniak’s condemnation of violence and domestic terrorism. Likewise, I agree with her call for an end to hate speech, desensitizing rhetoric and name-calling. I found her arguments against impeachment, however, inconsistent with her call for unity.

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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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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.