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Toll lanes, part two

July 28, 2015

By Patt Orr
For the Apple Valley Review

Last week at the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce Luncheon, a nice man from the San Bernardino Associated Governments presented information on the future of our Interstates 10 and 15 corridors.

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Remember the message of Knute Rocke

July 21, 2015

By Pat Orr
For the Apple Valley Review

Starting with the July 4 holiday weekend, I've heard nothing but an endless stream of unhappy people lament about the decline of America.

People always complain. People who are in the party not in the White House usually complain the loudest. But this round of constant negativism about a laundry list of bad decisions made by President Barry and his minions — not the cute ones in the theaters — have conservatives, independents and a lot of folks who don’t wear a label spinning out of control.

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Oh yeah? Your mother wears army boots

July 14, 2015

By Pat Orr
For the Apple Valley Review

The back-and-forth between Apple Valley Ranchos and the Town is getting a little like a school yard shouting match between fourth graders.

The Town talks about surcharges and ungainly profits. AVR says nanna-na-na we are pulling your water discount.

The Town takes ads in the newspaper. Ranchos takes bigger ads and both sides flood the Daily Press with disingenuous letters-to-the-editor ghost written by their respective hired public relations firms.

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Around Town: Random declarations

July 9, 2015

Pat Orr
Apple Valley Review

Having been given free ink, I feel compelled now and again to give unsolicited advice to whom ever picks up this paper. In that vein I have the following suggestions/observations:

Make a desert golf course

Back when the debate raged over acquiring the golf course there was a plan floated to reduce costs by remaking this golf course in to a “desert style” track.

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You can make a day of it

June 30, 2015

By Pat Orr
For the Apple Valley Review

No one can complain there's nothing to do in town this weekend.

To get your day rolling on Saturday, take the kiddos down to the Aquatic Center at Civic Center Park and register for the barbecue and swim party. The fee includes the barbecued food.

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Why are we the best?

June 23, 2015

By Pat Orr
For the Apple Valley Review

Apple Valley consistently scores as the best place to live and work in the High Desert. We don’t have a big shopping mall or a Trader Joe’s or an easy path to the freeway which leads to all those places. So why then do people want to live and work here?

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Are there other motives behind the Ranchos takeover?

June 9, 2015

By Pat Orr
For the Apple Valley Review

There must be more reasons the Town is set on acquiring Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company than lowering rates.

In fact, we know rates will not go down under Town ownership, they will just go up less. Is that a reason to go through all this?

There are underlying issues not being discussed. It's much easier to “keep it simple stupid” for most of us who just want to see straightforward black and white issues. The problem is you need to look past the obvious.

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So, what really happened?

June 3, 2015

By Pat Orr
For the Apple Valley Review

Many of the pro-Apple Valley Ranchos folks want to sell the idea that the Town Council made the irreversible decision at last Tuesday night’s marathon Council session to move forward on their decision to acquire the water company.

According to Councilmember Scott Nassif, this is a long and multi-step process and at each step there will be public input.

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Cut regulations and improve incomes

May 26, 2015

By Pat Orr
For the Apple Valley Review

The liberals keep crying about California becoming a “service economy” filled with low-paying minimum-wage jobs. Their answer is to raise the minimum wage to a point where someone with no skills can enter the workforce and live comfortably. Got a family, a mortgage and car payments? No problem, your part-time job at Wendy’s should provide you with enough in salary and benefits to provide all that.

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