Letters to the Editor

Using Care in Disposing Masks, Gloves

Within three blocks of our home in Montrose I recently saw four medical gloves and one mask discarded on sidewalks, parkways and in gutters. Littering is always bad, particularly the huge numbers of cigarettes butts dropped everywhere that the rains wash into storm drains and to the ocean, but during the current health emergency this irresponsibility and thoughtlessness is unacceptable.

I can’t help but believe that the numerous retirement, senior, assisted living and other health facilities in this area are the common sources of [this] stuff that I see to a lesser extent in normal times. But blame has surely widened now.

And I am not alone in noticing with horror – see for instance a March 28 Facebook post by GUSD Board Member/VP Armine Gharpetian and the community’s many supportive comments, along with comments on my own post that same day.

Just as we are pulling together in other ways, I urge everyone to think, care and find a trashcan!

Roberta Medford




Baseball’s Greatest Rivalry

Last Thursday was supposed to be opening day with all 30 Major League Baseball teams in action. The Dodgers were scheduled to open the season with the hated San Francisco Giants at the Stadium in Chavez Ravine. It was to be the 2,507th game in this 132 year-old rivalry.

The Dodger Giant rivalry began with the 1889 World Series between the National League champion New York Giants and the American Association winning Brooklyn Bridegrooms. The two managers had agreed that the first team to win six games would be world champions. The Bridegrooms broke on top winning three of the first four. Then the Giants came roaring back with five straight victories to win the Series six games to three and the greatest rivalry in baseball was born.

The Bridegrooms moved to the National League the next year and won the championship, becoming the only team to ever win a championship back-to-back in each major league. In 1895 Brooklyn became the Trolley Dodgers. Brooklyn dropped “Trolley” from its name and officially became the Dodgers in 1932 when only Dodgers appeared on the jerseys. The Giants won the New York chapter of this storied rivalry 722 to 671.

The rivalry moved west in 1958 when Walter O’Malley relocated the Dodgers to Los Angeles and Horace Stoneham moved his Giants to San Francisco. The Dodgers lead the west coast chapter of this classic rivalry 562 to 534.

America’s national pastime should return sometime in June with good pitching, clutch hitting and happy fans. The fans’ emotions will take over and tempers will flare when the Dodgers face the Giants for the 2,507th time … and I can’t wait. 

Lynn McGinnis