From the daily archives: Friday, November 18, 2011

Cities Make Reasonable Vote On Utility Taxes & Boring GOP Debates

holtville and brawley voters decided to vote for reasonableness when it comes to the Utility Taxes in their cities.
Both cities retained them and, thus retained a whole bunch of necessary services provided at a reasonable cost.
Holtville, of course had the most controversy, even though the electorate decided what’s right for the people, not some pompous, overly opinionated zealots who thought they knew better than the public.
Well, they didn’t.
It’s amazing what happens when the people speak through a fair and open election. Some members of the city council in Holtville ought to consider running in an election. But, then they might meet the same fate as their utility tax rebellion.
People want fairness and reasonable services for their money. They got it with the Utility Tax and said so.
ONE THING THAT WAS MISSING IN HOLTVILLE, however, was an animal control officer. Whoever heard of a city without a dog catcher? Or, in Holtville’s case, a cat catcher.
Apparently that must have been overlooked in the contract with the County Sheriff.
There are cats everywhere in town. They’ve been left to breed unattended for too long. The city wants the citizens to trap them with traps they provide. But then what do you do with them?
For years, Holtville had an animal control officer roaming the streets looking for strays. It’s time to get back to that before the dogs and cats are roaming unattended everywhere.
The Council and the City Manager needs to put aside the hooey about “we don’t have any money” and go find it. Do something for the people that will provide a service that is definitely needed.
YAWN. POLITICAL DEBATES ARE QUITE possibly the most boring form of entertainment you can find.
Entertainment? Well, little gets said that is of any importance and what does is immediately pounced upon by “the media.” Then it is over analyzed and criticized to the point of non-existence.
So it must be entertainment. Reporters must get tired of hearing the same old thing day after day form the same old candidates, so if anything gout of the ordinary happens, they immediately try to destroy the perpetrator of a faux paus.
Witness Rick Perry who forgot one line of his speech and was plastered all over the front page and editorial page, as well as all the television news and talk shows in the country.
If you take a look at the eight candidates who are going around debating each other, you see seven middle aged men and one woman who look like they’ve been cut out of molds. Perfect hair, perfect teeth, perfect suits, perfect ties. They even shine their shoes.
We in this county  have to pick our leaders somehow. But this public hanging of a venture hardly appears to be very effective. The primaries are coming up. Maybe we’ll get some answers from the electorate as to who they want.
Then these cardboard cutouts of candidates can be put back in the closet for another four years.


 June 15, 1955 – November. 10, 2011

Memorial services will take place on Sunday, November 20, at 2 p.m. at the Calvary Chapel for longtime resident of Holtville.   David Strong, 56, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his family and loved ones on November 10, 2011.
David was born in Portland, Oregon on June 15, 1955 to John and Shirli Strong. He attended Holtville High School, graduating in 1973. He married Diana Dhillon on June 10, 1978.
He received his degree in Education from Point Loma College in San Diego and went on to earn his master’s degree in English from Northern Arizona University.
Mr. Strong gave his life to serve his community as a pastor, teacher, and coach. As a pastor, he led Calvary Chapel in Holtville for twenty-six years. He impacted countless students as an 8th grade   English teacher. After starting his career in Imperial, he devoted his life to young people at Holtville Middle School for thirty-one years and then at Pine Elementary for two years. As a coach, he inspired athletes from basketball, soccer, track and field, and cross country teams for over thirty years. Strong believed that his roles as a pastor, teacher and coach were all “one job”. He loved his community and was passionate about teaching people about loving God, loving each other, and pursuing excellence.
David was preceded in death by his father; John M. Strong. He is survived by his wife, Diana; daughter, Sarah Loraine; son and daughter-in-law, Michael Lawrence and Sarah Grace, two grandchildren, Poema Grace and Canon David Lawrence; mother, Shirli; brother and sister-in-law, John M. and Gayla; sister and brother-in-law Deborah and Robert Whalen; and nieces and nephews, Daniel and Carissa Strong and Marlys, Alexandra, and Dakota Whalen.


By Luke Phillips

Ocotillo resident and author Mary Rincon stopped by the Holtville library last week to talk to a handful of residents about her new book ‘Dead or Alive Agent Orange’, a fictionalized version of events that Rincon took from her own life.
Rincon says the book’s main character is based on her father who died years after being exposed to agent orange in Vietnam. Rincon says the military denied that her father was exposed to the toxic substance and tried to send him back to Vietnam, but he went AWOL and spent years running from the FBI.
“It was a chance to be close to and relate in some way to my dad,” Rincon said.
In Rincon’s novel the character based on her father dies before making it back home but is found to have been replaced by a clone, which turns out to be part of a wider conspiracy to replace U.S. Soldiers with clones as fodder for wars. Rincon says the story is part mystery, part action, and part science fiction.
Rincon claims that the government covered up the fact that her father died from exposure to agent orange by not performing an autopsy and burning the body right away, all of which she says is also part of the book.
“All this stuff is in the book,” she says. “It’s got mystery, murder and suspense.
‘Dead or Alive Agent Orange’ was published by Publish America, Inc. and is available at Barnes and Noble, Borders Book Stores and at
Rincon has previously written seven other books including her series of ‘Maresa’ children’s books.


By Jim Predmore
For the past 13 years there has been a wonderful aroma coming from Holt Park in Holtville on Thanksgiving as Turning Point prepared a wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner for anyone that would like to partake.
Turning Point will be continuing their tradition of serving Thanksgiving Dinner on Thanksgiving Day at Holt Park in Holtville on November 24th 2011, Turning Point will be having their 13th Annual Thanksgiving in Holt Park.
This is a tradition that was started by Turning Point’s late Pastor and Director Mike Johnson. Mike made his final public appearance at last year’s Thanksgiving event before his passing in December. This tradition will continue on as Turning Point will be preparing over 20 turkeys. Thanksgiving dinners with all of the trimmings from turkey to pumpkin pie will be provided to all who would like to come and fellowship. There is no cost to those that come and partake.
They will start serving at 11a.m. and conclude serving around 3p.m.


Holtville Tribune 11-18-11

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