The Claremont Courier (United States Postal Service 115-180) is published twice weekly by the Courier Graph-ics Corporation at 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Ste. 205B, Claremont, California 91711-5003. The Courier is anewspaper of general circulation as defined by the political code of the state of California, entered as period-icals matter September 17, 1908 at the post office at Claremont, California under the act of March 3, 1879.Periodicals postage is paid at Claremont, California 91711-5003. Single copy: 75 cents. Annual subscription:$52.00. Annual online subscription: $47. Send all remittances and correspondence about subscriptions, un-delivered copies and changes of address to the Courier, 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Ste. 205B, Claremont, Cal-ifornia 91711-5003. Telephone: 909-621-4761. Copyright © 2010. Claremont CourierOne hundred and second year, number 46
Claremont COURIER/Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Paying for our community
Dear Editor:I am grateful for Steven Harrison’sletter (The Teacher Tax, COURIER,June 5th) suggesting the need for citi-zens to rethink their relationship to thewider community.It brought to mind Oliver WendellHolmes’ dictum that “every time I paymy taxes I feel that I have bought ashare of civilization.” Such a sentimentmay draw hoots in our cynical age ex-clusively devoted—it often seems—to“me” and “mine,” but it deserves con-sideration.We are, in fact, herd animals. No onegets there by himself or herself. Thereare always individuals or institutionsthat provide the necessary direction andinspiration for achievement.As we hack away at our lifelines(education, environment, welfare) wewould do well to recall another importantobservation—that by Arnold Toynbee:“civilizations do not die, they commitsuicide.”
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Reporter At Large
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The Almanac has always been our most inspired annualundertaking. At around 100 pages, it can certainly test ourpatience, and the fact that it’s published in the hot summermonths certainly doesn’t help matters. Yet the thrill of seeingour work in print certainly makes up for the added pressure.It’s a labor of love, as they say.Our tradition will continue this year, but we’ve opted tospin it a bit. In addition to the typical community listings, weinvite community input on what we, Claremonters, like bestabout our fair town. Night spots, galleries, parks and coffeeshops are all on the ballot. See page 3 of today’s COURIERfor your entry form.Ballots can be mailed, emailed or hand-delivered to ouroffice at 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Suite 205 B. If you are soinclined, stop by our booth at the Wednesday Night FamilyFestival and let us know what you think. And, the very tech-savvy Peter Weinberger has set up an email address firstname.lastname@example.org where the younger set (or theyoung at heart) can simply email ballots.We’ve added a feature for 2010 and are hard at work todetermine the top ten Claremont newsmakers this year. Thisdecision will ultimately be left to the editorial staff, but wewelcome suggestions. If you have a nominee, I encourageyou to email me at email@example.com.My hope is that this year’s journal will be one for all of us.I invite you to take part in the Almanac.
With summer, comes the Almanac
by Kathryn Dunn, Managing Editor
t’s official. We’re working on the Almanac.For those of you unfamiliar, the Almanac isour annual magazine designed to alertreaders to everything and anything in Clare-mont. It tells you what to do, where to go andwho to call for fun, services and volunteering.The elder Weinberger called it “a journal of ideas and pleasures.” For all things Claremont,of course.
The COURIER welcomes all readers’ com-ments on any issue or concern. Letters may besubmitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, by fax 621-4072, by mail 1420 N.Claremont Blvd. Ste. 205B, Claremont, CA91711, or hand-delivery. Email is the preferredmethod.Deadline for submissions in the Wednesdayissue is Monday at 3 p.m.; the deadline for the Sat-urday issue is Thursday at 3 p.m.The COURIER cannot guarantee publicationof every letter. We reserve the right to edit lettersfor space. Letters should not exceed 250 words.