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2 The Julian News Art Gallery ;-2168 Books The Julian BOOK HOUSE Purveyors of superb reading material Selling Rare and Good Used Books Diana & Don Garren - Owners 2230 Main Street P.O. Box 2003 Julian, CA 92036 760-765-1989 Art Gallery Santa Ysabel Art Gallery 30352 Hwy. 78 (at Hwy. 79) P.O. Box 480 Santa Ysabel. CA 92070 765 1676 OPEN Thursday - Monday 11 a.m. 5 p.m. Featuring the Finest Local Artists Business Services I Julian, CA,. 92036 (760) 765 fax FED EX 0 92036 // / / / About Letters To The Editor 7 / RusHc October 7, 2009 Candy - Fudge Garden & Gifts Home. Decor 765 O48O Heron & ' to Monday 11 -4 2116 Street IN THy:HNES i ........ 4470 HWY 78 800.939.5894, Motorcycle Apparel HOG Lu ,Appara Wood. Burning Stoves ~!~I ~RTH Wood Stoves & Outdoor Furniture WOOD STOVES . FIREPLACES .BARBEQUES OUTDOOR FURNITURE KITCHEN & GIFTWARE 2115 Main Street P.(). Box 189 .Julian, CA 92036 (,760) 765-1022 00O Main St. 760-765-2966 . on corner of Main & C St, Drafting / House Plans Lori Arr, er MANAGEMENT CAD/Drafting ' v' Building Permits Project Coordination Bookkeeping P.O. 13ox 401 Julian, CA 92036 760-765-1113 Legal Advice IANTHONYJ, ROMAN01 Attorney-At-Law Real Estate, Estate Planning, Business and Water Law (619) 696-9916 1901 First Avenue, Suite l 10 San Diego, CA. Bookkeeping - Taxes 011 BOOKKEEPING & TAX SERVICE WE INVITE YOUR OPINION/ The views expressed by our contributing writers are their own and not necessarily those of The Julian News management. We invite all parties to submit their opinions and comments to The Julian News. All contributed items are subject to editorial approval prior to acceptance for pub/ication. Letters must include your name and contact information. Letters may be mailed to: Julian News P.O. Box 639 Julian, CA 92036 emaih /etters@ju/ in person: Julian News Office (in Soundings Complex) 1453 Hollow Glen Road (gain - 3:30pro Mon-Fri) Deadline is Friday Noon for the next weeks issue MAILED 52 WEEKS - $40.00 First Class Delivery - $120.00 Mail Subscription To: Julian News P.O.Box 639 Julian, CA 92036-0639 tw.e~,, Prom3 NAME: ADDRESS: cny TELEPHONE: ( E! MASTERCARD [-i CRmrr CAm) NUMER: EXI~IRATION DATE: Zip+4 PAYMENT METHOD CHECK ~ MONEY ORDER CASH['1 For I~, call (760) 765-22"31 In the past we have attempted to make the residents and readers of this paper feel they have a voice. That is the purpose of letters to the editor, to provide the outlet that is needed for public discourse of issues. It is also the goal of this paper to be a community paper, that serves the area with information that is of interest and use to those that live here. We have tried to concentrate on local issues that affect the entire community and bring forward information that they can use to better make informed decisions. The Sunrise Power Link, Fire Service Consolidation, the funding and support of Jess Martin Park have all been argued in these columns. They are local issues involving local control and have a direct affect on all who live here. In the past few weeks we have received some letters that we have chosen not to print because they are either not addressing a local issue or not accurate in their portrayal of the facts. For these omissions we have received numerous phone calls from "friends" of the author wondering why we have chosen not to publish them. A situation I personally find amusing, if your friends are already aware of your opinion what makes you think the rest of us want to hear it? We have also had some letters that people have responded to in a very civil manner, setting the record straight to their satisfaction, perception being reality in any ones mind, and the author of the original now wanting a rebuttal to the second writer. Although we (I) realize that this newspaper is the main public communications outlet for the residents of the back country there are some things I have made the "editorial decision" to put a stop to, endless back and forth on issues being one of them. You take your best shot. Don't expect to be able to reload because someone had a point you didn't anticipate or made you think outside your box. I would also like to stress that this is a community newspaper, not a regional newspaper.-Our issues involve what happens in the back county of San Diego. Too often people wish to address issues that are not just out of our control but out of our area completely. If some of the people who have these deep opinions and strong emotional feelings about these national and international issues wish to speak up there are plenty of outlets to have your voice heard including starting your own blog or discussion group on the internet. The Julian News =s not the proper medium for these issues or opinions to be disseminated. It does not mean we will always file away an opinion or view on these types of issues, it is just we would like to see more attention paid to the issues that are right here. These are the issues we as residents need to be paying attention to. Many times you will learn of these issues by looking at the legal notices in the back of the paper. As an example The Julian Community Services District is proposing a couple of new ordinances that will affect the people who live in the area they serve, The Planning group is always addressing issues that affect the greater community, yet, often the public seating area consists of empty chairs staring at the members. I am just as guilty for not being at these public meetings, as the newspaper it is my job to know what is going on and not to rely on hear say and second hand information. My problem is sometimes there just are not enough of me to go around. The Architectural Review Board is another group where the public input is often behind the curve, not that the ARB hasn't made an effort to solicit the input of townsfolk. Again there are more empty seats than voices coming from public. A day seldom passes when I will get stopped on the street and asked what I am doing~ to resolve this issue or that ... sorry to disappoint but that is not my job. If you want to influence the lifestyle of this community then you need to go to School Board meetings, ARB meetings and Planning group meetings. You need to get involved with the Chamber of Commerce (they have an individual membership, so you don't have to be a business owner). I don't recall who made the statement first that "...all politics is local" but if no one is involved locally then it's a false statement. The only way you can improve your community is to be involved in it, at some level, PONY baseball the Lions Club or Women's Club and Triangle Club AYSO soccer, the High School Booster Club, all count too. On Thursday, October 29th Supervisor Jacob will hold a "Coffee with Constituents" at the town hall. Will you make the time to be there with your ideas on how she can help this community? Or will you show up thinking you will somehow influence the debate on health care and the national debt? Keep it local. That is where we have some direct say and control. Michael Hart publisher "I'E~T IN I/TAI4 FOR AI~5 1 ~ I:~J