Dear Sidney – 10/19/2023

Oct 18, 2023 | Dear Sidney

Regarding the question you published in the Oct. 5 issue, has anyone replied to you about this person? I live here in Crestline and have some things to say that might help her.

  1. The domestic violence people in Victorville helped me file for divorce back in 2005 and they will again. There’s a group up here called Doves. Although there may not be physical violence, I think this certainly counts as neglect and should qualify.
  2. I am happy to help her fill out the paperwork for a divorce. I did most of my own back then, and I helped my 40+ year old stepdaughter do hers. It’s very easy online.
  3. Does she use the mountain transportation? She will need to file down in SB.
  4. There are groups that advertise “free diapers/formula/etc.” on a billboard coming up the 18 from 40th street.
  5. Has she reached out to her mom? That might be an immediate solution.

I feel for this woman and would like to help, although not financially. As a survivor myself, it’s my duty! Please keep me in the loop, and maybe start an email or text chain for anyone who would like to help her get back on her feet. She will.

Please let her know people here do care about her.

Karen from Crestline



Dear Karen in Crestline:

As Desperate in Crestline mailed in her question to our post office box with no return address, I am unable to get your kind and informative message to her directly. I’m sure she will be reading my column this coming week. Unfortunately, in my experience over the years, there are many such situations.

Hopefully, your suggestions may help others. Thank you for your kindness in wanting to help this young lady.



Send your questions for Sidney to [email protected] or by snail mail to Dear Sidney, The Alpine Mountaineer, P.O. Box 4572, Crestline, CA 92325.

This advice is intended for entertainment purposes only. No animals were harmed in the writing of this column.


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