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Homeless event at Weston Park goes viral

Facebook comment thread reveals public’s true thoughts on local charity ■ Chronicle News Staff Editor’s note: Because an upcoming event was submitted for publication by a reader – but it didn’t make the week’s newspaper prior to the event – The Valley Chronicle’s Christopher Smith, the paper’s Advisory Editor, placed the following on the newspaper’s Facebook page and also on the page of “Hemet Eye News.” Below is an edited comment thread from the public in response to those posts. Feed-the-homeless event, Weston Park, Saturday, Dec. 29 If you’ve thought about helping the homeless but weren’t sure what to do, come on down to Weston Park, 700 E. Florida Ave., from (more…)
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR – January 10, 2019

Dear Editor, I just read your front page article, “City Hires New Principal Engineer.” What kind of journalism is this? Not one mention of Robert Vestal’s qualifications, previous applicable job experience, or the other candidates he beat out for the job. It’s all very nice that he likes to watch movies with his kids and enjoys hiking, but is this your idea of investigative journalism? Really, I couldn’t care less if he enjoys movies. I want to know what talents and abilities he brings to the job. The city is not paying for a movie critic! Mark Dunn, Hemet Mark, Good points. We picked this up from the city newsletter but (more…)
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The view from a hospice room

How to finally get the best treatment you could ever imagine ■ Bracha Sarah Meyerowitcz / Contributed NEW YEAR’S REVIEW First Published: Jan. 18, 2018 I’ve been blessed with 73 years of life, so I can’t say that I’ve been cheated out of any time. Even as I lie dying in the palliative care section at the Loma Linda VA hospital, I feel fortunate. No one joins the Army, Air Force, Navy, or Marines thinking that they will get wonderful end-of-life care; they just go out to serve. I thought I was going to be able to die in my own home, but with my being less and less able even (more…)
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City services slashed to fund pensions, and now your taxes are going up, too!

Local ‘public safety’ taxes are really public employee ‘pension taxes.’ ■ Steven Greenhut / Contributed NEW YEAR’S REVIEW First Published: Jan. 4, 2018 In the coming months and years, California voters can expect to see a variety of tax increases pop up on their local election ballots. They will be called “public safety” taxes to hire more police or firefighters or “parks” or “library” taxes to pay for those popular public services. But don’t be fooled. Any new tax proposal is in reality a “pension tax” designed to help the California Public Employees’ Retirement System make up for shortfalls in its investment strategy. In fact, liberal interest groups are getting ready (more…)
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Facts versus faith

The evasiveness of truth within biases ■ By David Porter / Contributed Not too long ago, I wrote about the evasive qualities of truth, and it generated more reader response than any column I’ve put out in the 24 years that I’ve been doing this. Interestingly, one reader thought I was being anti-Trump and another thought I was being pro-Trump, and neither of them were very happy about it. It kind of proves my point about the evasiveness of truth. Two people read the same column and came away with opposite perspectives. That brings me to a new topic within the subject of news literacy. While we talk a lot about (more…)
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What does border security really entail?

■ Robert C. Koehler / Contributed It’s the phrase “border security” that freezes my soul every time I hear it uttered, every time I see it in print — so simplistically obvious, the equivalent of keeping your door locked. Did you ever have your cell phone swiped? If you’re careless about this, you’ll pay the price. “This is a national emergency,” Donald Trump said. “Drugs are pouring into our country. People with tremendous medical difficulty and medical problems are pouring in, and in many cases it’s contagious. They’re pouring into our country. We have to have border security. We have to have a wall as part of border security.” Seal up (more…)
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The end of the NRA?

Business magazines tell activists: The strategy is working ■ Rivera Sun / Contributed Good news for humanity: the NRA is weakening. The gun-lobbying group is in “deep financial trouble,” Fortune Magazine reported, and warns that the NRA may not be able to keep going. “The group says it is under such financial distress because New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has convinced a number of financial service providers, banks, and insurance providers against doing business with the gun-advocacy group. As a result, the NRA claims that it will be forced to end its magazine publishing and television services, and will be forced to curtail rallies and potentially shutter some of its offices.” (more…)
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR – December 13th, 2018

Dear Editor, We recently were able to witness all the memorialization of the late President George H.W. Bush. We have a holiday for President Abraham Lincoln who was assassinated. We have a holiday for Martin L. King who was also assassinated. So why then do we not have a day of celebration for President John F. Kennedy, who also was assassinated? All of America experienced a horrific act of terrorism on September 11, 2001. Why do we not have a day of remembrance for this horrific day? A day to remember, to reflect and to thank our first responders? Just questioning. Nancy J. Eller, Hemet (more…)
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“Grinch Alley” known as Florida Avenue

Photo by Rusty Strait/The Valley ChronicleRusty Strait, Senior Reporter. ■ By Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter Every morning at my local coffee bar, the Christmas spirit fills the air these days. Folks seem to be deep in thought about shopping for gifts, green trees, and sparkly decorations. It gives me a fuzzy feeling, that is, until I drive down Florida Avenue. From one end of downtown to the other it looks like the Grinch came through town with a bulldozer and left nothing but bare store fronts, for the most part. A small tree in a window occasionally and a few lights, but only one thing even remotely says “Merry Christmas.” (more…)
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HJTA 2018 scorecard identifies taxpayer allies, foes

■ BY Jon Coupal / Contributed In 2018, perhaps scared off by the specter of an upcoming election and the recall of state Sen. Josh Newman, D-Fullerton, the California Legislature approved no new taxes for only the second time in the last six years. This was a radical departure from a year earlier, when three new taxes were approved. However, that’s not to say that the Legislature didn’t try. New taxes on a host of items, including guns, fireworks, water and a sales tax on services were introduced without success. Next year, with tax-and-spend politicians holding a commanding two-thirds supermajority in both houses of the Legislature, the pressure to cave on (more…)