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MVP policy doesn’t prevent identity theft

Editor, Recently Mission Valley Power issued a press release regarding compliance with Federal law concerning identity theft (so-called “Red Flag Law”). The press release lets consumers know that if they request service or a change in service, they will have to identify themselves with a picture ID and release their social security number to MVP. The release was worded so that it appeared as though Federal law required the information. I have had occasion to work on a number of these “Red Flag” policies and have yet to find that disclosure of a social security number is necessary for utility compliance. It doesn’t make sense that a utility should affirmat...


Crosses maintained through donations

Editor,  We would like to extend a special thank you to some of our local people for the most generous monetary donations for our Fatality Marker (white cross) Program. Since last spring, we built 18 white crosses, placed 11 and maintained 32 on US Hwy 93 South and US Hwy 200 to Perma.  Thank...


Advice to graduates begins long before the ceremony

Around this time every year we hear bits and pieces of advice that are shared with our graduating students. Some are sage and some are just fluff.  And some will actually stick. The recent advice passed on to graduates by First Lady Michelle Obama to “Remember that you are blessed. Remember ...


Congrats to all our grads

Editor, First of all, I want to say congratulations to Saint Ignatius High School junior Spencer Ahlborn for claiming the state singles tennis crown. Way to go, Spencer.  Now I would like to say congratulations to the girls’ softball team for making it all the way to divisionals. Your classm...


Library board thankful for support

Editor,  The Ronan City Library Board of Trustees and the Friends of Ronan City Library would like to thank Julie Moore, Craig Dulmes and Tim Piedalue for including the library in the Starving Artists fundraiser. These caring community members raised $360 for the library. This money helps keep the...


Farm programs are federal

Editor, Here’s the rest of the story: If you go to the federal website you will see that the owner of Twin Creek Ranch lives in Lake County. Many of our friends and neighbors own businesses and property in places other than Lake County. I have owned property here since 1981, and I live here. I...


Candidate forums are important

Editor, I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to the citizens attending the St. Ignatius and Rollins candidate forums for my absence.  I was unaware of the forum in St. Ignatius until the next day when a concerned citizen questioned me about my absence. As for the Rollins forum, I rec...


Faces may change, but the Valley Journal will carry on

Change happens, whether you plan for it or not. And I never thought I’d be planning around this kind of change. At the end of June, I’ll be leaving the Valley Journal. It’s not going to be a joyful occasion for me. As a matter of fact, my last day at work might be the roughest I&rsquo...


Stop pointing fingers over oil spill

Editor, I’m writing a parable. The setting is a press conference in the White House. A questioner asks, “Mr. President, we are hearing all manner of reactions to the oil spill in the gulf. There is finger pointing in every direction. Your administration is being accused of this and that. Pe...


Celebrate graduation safely

Editor, I’d like to address the parents of the senior classes of 2010.  Graduation is here and you must be proud of your high school senior. Celebrate their success and enjoy the time you have with them.  Let them have fun, but please make sure you know where they are going, who they...


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