Differing Opinions Needed
It’s ironic that Julie Hill comes to Jim Chase’s defense by essentially stating that his detractors should be the very ones “welcoming a diversity of writers and opinions.” That indeed is the heart of the matter. If the CV Weekly ran a column next to his that expressed a point of view other than his narrow minded – and what some would label bigoted opinions – they’d be subjected to far less criticism.
This has been going on for years and its time the CV Weekly acknowledged the fact that it serves a very diverse community who hope to see more sides presented than this one voice that seems to have an “agenda” of his own.
Thinks Things Haven’t Changed Much
In response to Mike Lawler’s Feb. 2 “Treasures of the Valley” he states that “…those of differing color, ethnic background and faith had problems being accepted … in La Crescenta in the late ’20s.” Well, here we are in 2012 and I don’t think much has changed.
Recently, my son stopped his car for a few minutes to make a phone call in front of a residence on Henrietta Avenue near Pennsylvania and no sooner than he got on the phone a “gentleman” walked over to his car, questioned him about why he was in the neighborhood and told him to leave, [that] he didn’t belong there because he is black.
So even though John “Drayman believes things have changed and that CV is today a tolerant and inclusive place,” there are still those out there are living in the past.
And yes, Mr. Lawler, history often repeats and will continue to repeat until people are more tolerant.
Countdown To Relay
Your child has cancer! Four words the no parent need ever hear. After the initial shock has worn off, you as a parent turn on the auto pilot and move on. That’s where our journey began.
In December 2002, our son CJ, whose passion was running long distance, was diagnosed with osteo-sarcoma (bone-cancer) in his left heel. His doctors told us the course of action would be chemo- therapy and a below the knee amputation, followed by more chemo. During our shock and disbelief, the doctors suggested we call the American Cancer Society’s toll free number, 1-800-ACS-2345. With some reluctance we did.
We were blown away by all the programs and services the American Cancer Society provides. Yes, we used their services and were grateful for them.
In May 2003, shortly after CJ’s surgery, we were invited to Relay For Life, an American Cancer Society community event at CJ’s former high school. Wow! Who knew that communities celebrated cancer survivors? Relay is a 24-hour party and all are welcome.
During the evening’s luminary ceremony, our son turned to his dad and me and said, “Mom, Dad, regardless if I’m here or not next year, you have to promise me to get involved … this is so cool.”
Chuck and I kept our promise to our son and we are happy to be involved for our ninth year.
Oh, CJ is doing well and loving life. He didn’t give up his passion to run – he held the world record for the half marathon (1:21:12) and a few more! His new passion? Rock climbing.
Please join us for this year’s Foothills Relay For Life at Clark Magnet High School,
4747 New York Ave. on Saturday, May 12, at 9 a.m. to Sunday, May 13 at 9 a.m.
It is 24 hours that will change your life.
Chuck and Regan Boone