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Monte Rio Musings by Chuck Ramsey

2018 Year in Review - It's Over!

Dec 29, 2017
by Chuck Ramsey


Between the devastating fires and the first year under the Trump administration it wasn’t easy. On the bright side people got engaged and worked together for change. With recent successes in the national elections, including Alabama, I’m optimistic the mid-term elections this year will further turn things around. The world is changing and so is America. We need leadership and progress we can be proud of. We should be moving the world forward, not backwards. I recently traveled to a poor communist island country, aka Cuba, and my government attempted to limit my freedoms while on the island. When I saw lower crime, total gun control, higher literacy rates, healthcare for all, nationwide non-discrimination laws for all, a government free from religion, and no people living on the streets, something is clearly wrong here at home. We can do better. We can learn from each other and share best practices. I highly recommend visiting Cuba. The history, the architecture, the music, the people, the beaches, and of course the cars. You will be blown away. Havana will be celebrating its 500 year anniversary two years from now. See where our New World civilization began. 

We do have good government locally. I am proud of our hardworking Supervisor Lynda Hopkins, as well as the other Supervisors. I’m proud and encouraged by the transformation that has taken place this past year in our River communities. This change has been realized through hard work on the part of many engaged volunteers.

Some changes are in store for Monte Rio Rec and Park District. Cutty Muggs owner Leah is unfortunately relocating out of the area, so the café will have a new operator. A lease hasn’t been signed as of yet, but it appears that we will have a successful, well respected, local operator taking over the location soon. We are still also working on obtaining a public EV charging station at the district. This will be Monte Rio’s first and is certainly needed for our residents and tourists. Like Steve Baxman told me recently (with a witness present), he is now on board as an “agent of change” for the greater good. Change doesn’t come easy but with persistence anything is possible. My hero Steve!

In other local news it seems the River will not have the Pride festival this year as it will be held in Rohnert Park. Locals were able to at least keep the parade here and our resorts will provide entertainment for the weekend.

2018, time to chill out with recreational pot, celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Highland Dell, enjoy dinner, music, and friends at the first Mondays Monte Rio Supper Club.

Special thanks to Robert Gray of Cuts on the Green for providing holiday lights on the bridge and to our fire department for installing them.

Happy New Year Monte Rio!


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