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"Ham Radio Operators Are A Worldwide Community "

“Calling All Ham Operators” by Ernie Cowan in the Jan. 7, 2021 issue of the Borrego Sun, awakened fond memories of my undergraduate days. I was a ham, back in India in the early 1980s before I came to the U.S. My call sign was Victor Uniform Two Sierra Japan Nancy (VU2SJN).... — Updated 2/12/2021


"Vaccine Rollout"

My office has received hundreds of questions and I want to provide an update on how you can sign up to receive the vaccine. To sign up for the vaccine, visit, where you’ll see the list of available appointments. Another option is by calling 2-1-1. Last week, the... — Updated 2/4/2021


VIEWPOINT: Outrage and Hope

Protests in the streets. American towns literally on fire. Police outnumbered by looters. And millions of unemployed. All the events that have led to where we are as a country have happened, for better or worse. The only thing we can do now is live in the present and prepare for... — Updated 2/4/2021


"Where are you V.A.?"

Regarding the distribution of COVID-19 vaccinations, where is the Veterans Administration (V.A.) acting on this matter? There are more than 4.2 million Veterans over the age of 75, many with age-related medical conditions, eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations in the U.S. The V.A.... — Updated 1/26/2021


"Scared Person"

My gardener who has been with me for years knows I am a senior citizen with an asthmatic condition and tells me I should not go to the market as there are a number of out-of-towners shopping there, knowing if I caught the COVID-19 virus, I could be in serious trouble, especially... — Updated 1/21/2021


"A Small Town Filled With Love"

As the new year rolls in, things are getting hard. The extension of the lockdown is frustrating, especially for a little town of Borrego Springs. But what I can appreciate and be grateful for is the love the community has for each other. The amount of support everyone gives for... — Updated 1/19/2021


Vaccine Rollout

We must get the COVID-19 vaccine to San Diegans! To me, this is the most important task in San Diego County. While our COVID-19 numbers continue to rise, we know there is light at the end of the tunnel. We’ve known for months the vaccine would be here, but unfortunately the... — Updated 1/19/2021


"Back to Basics"

I think we can all agree, I’m glad 2020 is in the rearview mirror. As we head into the new year, I don’t want to dwell on the past, I want to focus on the future, by getting back to basics. While there’s been a lot of media attention surrounding three new members joining... — Updated 1/6/2021


"Who? What? Where?"

Dear editor, I, like so many others, try hard to stay within the rules to protect ourselves and others. With that said, I feel as if someone is dropping the ball. Example: Community Valley Bank closed on Dec. 9 and reopened on Dec. 14. A line of 10 or more people, stood in line... — Updated 1/6/2021


"American Legion Riders Support Borrego Toy Drive 2020"

The American Legion Riders donated $300 worth of toys to the Coldwell Banker/Rotary Club “Borrego Christmas Toy Drive.” During this challenging year, the riders made it a priority to help the Borrego Spring kids during the Holiday Season with our donation. The Riders look... — Updated 1/6/2021


"Merry Christmas"

I’m focused on reflection and gratitude this holiday season. As I reflect on the changes brought in 2020, there’s a lot I’ve missed in light of our new normal. I’ve missed going out to our different communities in District 5 and interacting with all of our wonderful... — Updated 12/31/2020


"Whos in Whoville"

Overwhelming is the word for this Secret Santa operation this Christmas! Like waving a magic wand, we asked and they gave. Eighteen baskets promptly filled and overflowing, required some serious saran wrapping! Four impromptu workers appeared on Thursday morning at Graphics You... — Updated 12/31/2020


"Sacramento Sets the Rules, Now They Own the Outcome"

Has shuttering businesses and crushing livelihoods worked to control the virus? Obviously not. If businesses aren’t spreading the virus, what is? Dr. Ghaly, the head of the California’s Health and Human Service Agency’s response to where people are getting the virus; his... — Updated 12/13/2020


"Applause to Nikki Symington"

The Borrego Sun and reporter Nikki Symington should be nominated for a 2020 Pulitzer Prize, the most prestigious honor in journalism. For months, this small community newspaper has been all alone chronicling one of the most significant stories in recent years. Only when the FBI... — Updated 12/12/2020


Viewpoint: Restaurant Closures

Getting closed down again is really quite a blow, particularly at this time of year. Borrego Springs has done such an exemplary job of stopping the spread of COVID-19, but unfortunately gets lumped in with other communities and counties in Southern California that have not done... — Updated 12/9/2020


"We Can Do Both"

Throughout the past seven months, I’ve tried to follow the facts and the science. I’ve listened to our public health officials and the great work they’ve done. I’ve tried to get as much information as possible when it comes to this virus and I must say, I am concerned... — Updated 12/9/2020


"A Severely Disadvantaged Community is in Distress"

To all friends of BASIC, We reach out to you this year with an urgent request for help. Due to COVID-19, we have had to cancel three of our fundraisers (Circle of Art 2020, 2021, and our 2021 Golf Tournament). This amounts to a loss of more than $60,000 for BASIC’s programs. The... — Updated 12/1/2020


Borrego Springs Senior Center 2020 Fundraising Drive

Dear Neighbors and Friends, We are reaching out in our annual fundraising campaign to ask you for your help. It has never been more important than now. We are witnessing a well-documented explosion in the numbers of older Americans. We were already suffering from isolation,... — Updated 11/18/2020


"It's Finally Over"

No more TV commercials, no more opening up your mailbox to 20 different mailers from candidates, no more political signs, the 2020 election has come to a close, sort of. At the time of writing this, 64.4% of the votes have been counted in San Diego County, and over 95% of the... — Updated 11/13/2020


"The Entire Public Health Picture"

As we now come upon the seventh month of lockdowns in San Diego County, I see us getting further and further away from our original goal. As I’m writing this, COVID-19 patients make up 5% of current hospitalizations, which is a credit to our public health officials and the... — Updated 11/3/2020


"Lane Sharing"

This letter is in response to a Letter To the Editor from the Oct. 1, 2020 issue of the Borrego Sun, titled “Lane Wars” on Page 7. Dear Ms. Red Mustang, Sorry, but you are indeed wrong because there are two aspects of the vehicle code that you perhaps have overlooked. First... — Updated 10/20/2020


BSPAC Intermission Continues

A letter sent out by the Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center Board to Borrego Springs: To Our Patrons : We are sad to announce that the Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center (BSPAC), following the guidelines of the California Department of Health, is continuing the... — Updated 10/9/2020


"Lane Wars"

I can’t blame these avid bicyclists for wanting to ride in our community; we have some of the most user friendly, scenic roads in the County. Though it boggles my mind how some of them can manage to keep their balance with such an enormous chip on their shoulder. I drove all... — Updated 10/8/2020


"Not Good Enough"

A celebration is not in order. Even though San Diego County barely missed dropping into the purple tier, there is no cause for celebrating. There is no business plan for a gym to operate 10% capacity. There is no business plan for a restaurant to operate at 25% capacity. We cannot... — Updated 10/5/2020


"Car Antics"

Who is doing all those donuts with their cars leaving tire marks all over the town, especially Christmas Circle? One car went into the Circle and hit a tree, another went over the front of the Borrego Sun doing some damage. If this is not stopped soon, somebody is going to be... — Updated 10/5/2020


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