Drawing the Line
I have to chuckle at the die-hard political followers who feel it necessary to voice their opinion without extending a similar opportunity to those who they think hold opposing viewpoints.
Specifically, earlier this week I received a phone call from a woman who had just opened the paper and read my column titled A Chilly Reception. She chastised me for mentioning the election at all and since it is apparent that I am a Clinton supporter she won’t be reading my paper anymore. Click. Phone call disconnected; “conversation” over.
Had I had the chance to ask her, I would inquire why she thought that my column indicated a preference for the Clintons. I don’t understand it. Was I not accurate in writing that detractors of President Trump gave him a chilly reception at his inauguration?
What ticked me off the most was that a) someone had the audacity to think she knew my political leanings and b) she hung up the phone without giving me the chance to ask why she thought what she did.
Her behavior does remind me of the 2008 election when Prop 8 – the initiative to ban same-sex marriage – was on the ballot. Back then we received reports of Prop 8 lawn signs – both pro and against –being removed from people’s lawns. Coming onto someone’s property is inexcusable to me and definitely an example of crossing the line.
I do know that I’m thin-skinned; I would make a horrible politician. Which leads me to congratulate those who threw their hats into the ring to run for office in April. Seats are open on the Glendale City Council, the Glendale Community College Board of Trustees, Glendale Unified School District Board of Education, Glendale City Clerk and Glendale City Treasurer. When you visit http://www.glendalevotes.org/candidates/nomination-papers-issued you’ll see some familiar names as well as some new ones.
I salute you (regardless of where you sit on the partisan fence) for making a run for office.
I also extend a note of thanks to those who answered the call to help Prom Plus. Prom Plus is the nonprofit organization that was started over 25 years ago after a Crescenta Valley High School student was murdered at an unsupervised post-prom hotel party. Since 1994 we (I’m the president of Prom Plus) have hosted a $20,000 party for CVHS seniors and their guests that has so much to do, and costs nothing for prom goers to attend, that it is now part of the night’s plans for many seniors.
The problem is that the number of organizers has dwindled over the years and those who are involved have kids who have already graduated. It’s almost like the organizers are more interested in keeping kids safe than the parents of current students.
So we put out a call for people to learn more. Our meeting was held on Monday night and it was wonderful to see some new faces. Thanks for coming out.
The next Prom Plus meeting is Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Sadler Hall at St. Luke’s of the Mountains (2563 Foothill Blvd.). Learn more about Prom Plus at www.promplus.org and plan now to attend our next meeting.