Hemet Library has much to offer besides books
So much has been written about the San Jacinto Valley and its problems that I wanted to mention one of the wonderful features located in the valley. Our Hemet Public Library located at 300 E. Latham Ave. is more than just a great place to get books, it also provides many quality programs for people of all ages. On Saturday, Oct. 28 I took my grandsons to a wonderful magic show and trick-or-treat event at 2 p.m.
I must confess that while it was advertised for children, I think most of the adults had a good time watching the magic show for a full hour. The trick-or-treat portion had the children go around the library and they had to stop at certain locations to get their treat. Rather than give out candy, the library gave out small inexpensive toys but the joy on the faces of the kids was just as big as if they had just received a major prize.
While watching the magician’s show, the man next to me with his daughter asked me how often the library had these kinds of events and how he could get more information. It’s really simple. Just go to the library website at https://www.cityofhemet.org/library and click on Notify Me. You will find a large number of various services offered by the city listed here. Check the ones you wish to be notified about and you will be placed on the email or text list regarding upcoming events.
You can check Children’s Library, Teen Chat Room, and a host of other events happening in the library. Check out Children’s Library to find out what is coming soon or look at the Teen Chat Room if you have teenagers in your home. You don’t have to do anything else except leave your email address in the appropriate box and you will automatically receive notification when an event in that area is about to happen. It’s just that easy. I take my grandchildren to Preschool Storytime every Thursday and Bark for Books the first Friday of every month. When their time comes, I hope to sign them up for the library’s Free Homework Help Online. I also check Facebook where the Hemet Library has a page of pictures and listing of events that have taken place.
There are lots of adult things happening at the library as well as activities for youth. If you are at all interested, I hope this letter helps you get the information for your family. There are good things happening in this valley and the Hemet Library, in my opinion, is a place to consider visiting often.
Larry Bowles, Hemet
Editorial content lacking
It is unfortunate that your “newspaper” is so devoid of contributors that you see fit to regularly regurgitate the leftist rantings of Bob Franken and Thomas Elias.
Eugene A. Stock, Hemet
Webb of intrigue
On Feb. 19, 2008, Fidel Castro resigned as leader of Cuba. He named his brother Raul as his replacement until the National Assembly could choose a successor. Five days later, they unanimously chose Raul Castro.
Luckily, the process of choosing a successor to the Hemet Police Department is less confusing. In Hemet, the Police Chief simply names his successor. And the City Council is there to defend that decision, as Mayor Linda Krupa did when she addressed my skepticism: “There is a process and it was followed!”
But if there is a process, why haven’t the police shared it? Why was Deputy Chief Webb named to be Hemet’s top cop while he’s mired in intrigue? Why did the city pay more than $400,000 for his defense in a wrongful death suit that didn’t involve the city? That’s nearly half the money needed for all senior programs in Hemet, which have now been left to Community Development Block Grants for funding.
What process was used to make that decision? Who decided the city was so rich we could afford to pay Webb’s defense attorneys?
For his part, Webb says he wants to “remove some of the divisiveness and negativity that some continue to proliferate.” We can only assume that means those who ask embarrassing questions. He says a safe community “cannot be the sole responsibility of the police.” Yet the police retain the “sole responsibility” to coronate their own leader. He says we need to “stop dwelling on the past” which we assume means stop reporting on the intrigue that follows him.
But take heart! To the uninitiated, Hemet might smell of an almost Castro-esque corruption. But don’t let that fool you. In time you’ll be able to smell the cronyism, too.
Andrea Feodorov, Hemet