Claremont COURIER/Saturday, August 11, 2012
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Island of civility
Dear Editor:I could be wrong.But the first time I heard the descrip-tion, referring to Claremont, "Island of civility in a sea of slobs," was more than40 years ago in the old COURIERofficeon Harvard Avenue in the Village.Martin Weinberger, the late, great edi-tor of the COURIER,recounted to methen that certain anonymous wags hadcoined the saying in an earlier genera-tion. I did not get the impression thatthe pithy aphorism was Martin's, as hewas always quick to attribute whatneeded attribution and was orneryenough to have taken pride in the state-ment were it his of which to be proud.Yes, Mr. Valentine has dredged up achestnut, if you will, from over 40years ago.With just a tad more effort, perhaps hemight be able to recite what juicy stuff Richard Nixon (not a crook) had to sayabout our good Congressman JerryVoorhis in 1946. Inquiring minds here inthe Athens of the Inland Empire wouldlike to know.A memory is a terrible thing to waste.I could be wrong.
Curves for Women
Dear Editor,It is a great loss to Claremont thatCurves for Women has been squeezedout of business by practices of the cen-tral corporation. As a regular attendeefor 13 years, I witnessed managementthat produced a community center forwomen in Claremont. Hours wereadapted to accommodate everyone, frommothers who came in after their childrenwere off to school to women whosework schedules only allowed exercisetime in the early morning or late after-noon and early evening.Encouragement and direction inhealthy dieting were offered. New ap-proaches such as Zumba were included.Music and conversation were constantcompanions. Women from Curves rec-ognized each other all about town be-cause of our half-hours of exercisetogether. All this came about because of superlative management and staff.It is sad that the controlling corporatebody of Curves has been losing its senseof mission in the United States. Thanks,Dana and Dianne and all who improvedthe lives of women via Curves.
Dear Editor,Thank you for the Almanac. It is atimely and refreshing antidote to thenegative letters that have appeared in theCOURIER lately.It is clear that Michael Valentine andJoe Farrell dislike the political culture of Claremont, and they take it very person-ally. Of course, it is unpleasant to be inthe political minority, but no one has amonopoly on that experience of frustra-tion. We've all been there.Mr. Farrell's opponents on measureCL certainly suffered the agony of de-feat in 2010. And many of us in Clare-mont have endured several decadeswithout any acceptable congressmen orstate legislators. Presidents, governorsand city council members have been amixed lot. That's politics: win some,lose some.Sometimes it gets personal. Mr. Far-rell is offended by Peter Weinberger'ssuggestion that Mr. Valentine couldmove to another city if life in Claremontis so intolerable to him. In response, Mr.Farrell launches a grossly insensitivecounterattack, which indicates a stun-ning lack of cognizance that Peter Wein-berger’s comment is perfectlyreasonable, and understandable, in lightof Mr. Valentine's criticism of Mr. Wein-berger's father, who died last July. Thatis not an insignificant detail.Ironically, Mr. Farrell considers him-self a significant victim of unfair treat-ment, possibly because so many people
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