Sierra Madre News Net logo image and link to News Net home page

A Sierra Madre Community Information Website,

designed, developed, maintained and sponsored by The Coburn Group

More than 4,000 pages of Sierra Madre info, photos and video archives. 

The net might not catch everything, but the fishing's half the fun, right?

  

"I check two things every morning, your website and the

Wall Street Journal." --  V.E., Sierra Madre

Sierra Madre News Net is online only, we are not affiliated with the

Sierra Madre News print media, old or new

Now in our Thirteenth Year Covering Sierra Madre!!

This site is optimized for newer versions of Internet Explorer.  For best  results, use Internet Explorer.  There will be less scrolling if you set your display resolution at 1024 x 768

Multiple Award Winning Website

To get on the News Net e-mail list and receive notices of updates, click here, then click send.  We don't give away (or sell) your address, and notices are sent bcc: to protect your privacy

Home of

SierraMudre.Info

SierraMadreNewsNet.Blogspot.com

SierraMadreCalendar.Info

MtWilsonTrailRace.com

SierraMadre4thofJuly.us

SierraMadreRoseFloat.us

SMVolunteers.Info

SierraMadreWistariaFestival.com

Community Calendar SierraMadreCalendar.Info

Submit your event for the calendar here

SierraMadreNewsNet Blog - Care to share your thoughts?

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, just click on the link:   

Contact Us - Drop us a line and let us know what you think of the site

2010 Archives

2009 Archives

2008 Archives

2007 Archives

2006 Archives

2005 Archives 2004 Archives 2003 Archives 2002 Archives 2001 Archives 2000 Archives 1999 Archives 1998  Archives

Sierra Madre Local Business Web Pages

Sierra Madre Business Directory

Mountain Views News   Pasadena Star News Sierra Madre Patch Sierra Madre Weekly Sierra Madre Chamber Calendar

SierraMadreNews.Net on Facebook
Inside the News Net

Sierra Madre Business Web Pages  ($125/year, with dedicated domain name, add $50 - Sierra Madre businesses only)


Premium Advertiser Web Pages  ($250/year, with dedicated domain name, add $50 - non-Sierra Madre businesses allowed, includes premium link placement and logo)

**************

*************

 

Annual Sierra Madre Events

Arts in Sierra Madre

Sierra Madre Business

Community of Sierra Madre

Sierra Madre Real Estate

The Rest of the News Net


Local Business Web Pages

A Better Nanny

A+ Construction

Amperage Electric

Angels Everywear

Arnold's Frontier Hardware & Gifts

Bank of the West

Best Buy Drugs

Bill Traxler's Pool Service

Body Shop Private Fitness Studio

Cafe 322

Carmen Thibault, Sotheby's International Realty

Casa Del Rey Restaurant

Rambo, Century 21 Village Realty

E. Waldo Ward and Son

Epiphany California Realty

Four Seasons Tea Room

Gem Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning

Gwen Gordon, Fine Art/Graphic Design Solutions

Hands 2 Health Wellness Center, Dr. Teresa Smith, Chiropractor

Harlequin Art Gallery and Restoration

Highlander Jr. Market

Iris Intrigue

Janette Ledea, Tri-City ReMax

Joe Feeney Painting

Julia Rocks, Prof. Skin Care

Leonora Moss

The Louie Lucero Team

Lucky Baldwin's Delirium Pub

Mailbox & Postal

Moe's Automotive Service Center

Once Upon A Time

Real Estate Photography

Redstone Commercial Real Estate

Reni Rose, Prudential CA Realty

Rotary Club of Sierra Madre

Ruth Richardson, Fine/Portrait Artist

Savor the Flavor

Sierra Fitness

Sierra Madre Farmer's Market

Sierra Madre Grocery Company

Sierra Madre Homes For Sale

Sierra Madre Playhouse

Sierra Madre Self Storage

The Bottle Shop

The Coburn Group

The Destination Group

The Shabby Dog

Tres Immune, Inc.

Village Pizzeria

Webb-Martin Realtors

 

Random Observations by Pat Ostrye

Please, Somebody Do Something!!

     Self-proclaimed writers, like me, cannot resist the opportunity to say "something" about whatever is making the current headlines.  Certainly the Pennsylvania Primary has been making headlines for the past six weeks and, from what I've seen in the Opinion pages and on TV, I'm the only one in the nation that thinks this past two years of primaries has been one charade after another and is winding down as a useless effort at futility.

    Why on earth can't there be just one National Primary, say in June of election year, thereby foregoing oneupsmanship and future political chaos, as we have had for the past two years. One more time I shout that caucuses should be outlawed altogether.  It is beyond comprehension how anyone can compare a caucus to a Primary, but "they" do and get away with it!

     Also, repeating myself, why do we need so many debates?!  Even before it came down to just two eligible candidates on the Democrat side and the one survivor on the Republican side, we were fed two or more every week, each candidate aiming to spout what he/she thinks the electorate wants to hear, in various degrees of faux sincerity, opportunistic timeliness and countrified showmanship.  What's left for the normally-anticipated last two months preceding the Big Day on November 4th?!

     Then there's the money.  As it is the country is unnecessarily at war on two fronts, costing trillions that could have been used for our own youngsters' educations, desperately needed healthcare in all corners of the country, jobs, jobs, jobs and affordable housing everywhere.  To say nothing of over 4000 lives lost and thousands of wounded in all of the veterans' hospitals. 

     So, where's the common sense in spending millions and millions to prove what in choosing the best-qualified to run for the Top Job, while dragging it out over a two-year period?!  Think about it, if there had been one Primary, we wouldn't still be faced with another five weeks of debating and throwing millions more down the drain, before we even get to the convention and the nuts and bolts of that final partisan show-down.

     While I'm at all of this ranting, we could save another million or so by having only "voting by mail" as Oregon has done successfully for years, its many advantages and savings too obvious to go through again.  It will happen but I may be long gone before at least one Washington legislator has the courage and foresight to start the ball rolling. 

      Before 2010 when we have another go at the Governors and many state legislators, somebody among the powers that be, step up to the plate and do Something to change this antiquated system of electing our governing body!    postrye@netzero.com  

Copyright 1998 - 2011 by The Coburn Group, Sierra Madre. All logos, trademarks or product names mentioned or displayed herein are the property of their respective owners. All photographs and videos on this site Copyright 1998 - 2011, by Bill Coburn, Sierra Madre, CA unless otherwise noted Any reference to the City of Sierra Madre or Sierra Madre applies to the community of Sierra Madre and not the city government. The City of Sierra Madre, California government is not affiliated with Sierra Madre News.Net at this time. Any city government information provided herein has been previously published for public dissemination and is shown here as a public service of Sierra Madre News.Net without explicit permission of the government of the City of Sierra Madre.