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Solution to community’s problems lies in dialogue

A great philosopher once stated, “If the spirit of many in body

but one in mind prevails among the people, they will achieve all

their goals, whereas if one in body but different in mind, they can


achieve nothing remarkable.”

Certainly the proof of this has been clearly demonstrated in the

city of Glendale this year.

In the past few years, the Montrose Family Festival has been a


blessing for the community, and we owe a debt of gratitude to the

Montrose Merchants Assn. for providing a place for a community

gathering on Thursday evenings. Only after the demise do we realize

the value of the sacrifice made by these merchants.

Unfortunately, the merchants’ association became trapped in the

hard shell of its differences, and was racked by contention.

Unwilling or unable to seek commonality in the minds of the other

members, they distanced themselves from each other until the


association imploded.

Likewise, the community was unable to come together to commemorate

the tragic losses of the Armenian Genocide. We were unable to express

one in mind about the evil of genocide. Some even implied that

genocide was justified.

Clearly, we passed the opportunity to display a remarkable unity

in the community. This was a chance for Armenians to share a part of

their history with the rest of us. This was a chance for the rest of


us to seek and understand the hearts of our Armenian friends.

Nor are these examples mentioned as a judgment or criticism of

those involved. The people involved are, after all, friends and

neighbors, many of whom have notable accomplishments for our city.

Nevertheless, life naturally gives rise to many differences,

distinctions and mindsets Trapped in our attachment to these

differences, the inevitable result is contention. What, then, is the


The answer is dialogue. The closed silence of the disengaged

causes us to slide away from a peaceful heart. Only within the open

space of dialogue, in which people seek first to understand and then

to be understood, can we find the solution. Disciplined dialogue is

the key to learning and self-mastery. It is only through open-minded

dialogue that we can develop a community that has at its core the

desire for peace.

Peace is therefore essential. People can only live fully by

sharing life with others. It is never too late to overcome our

negative tendencies and seek to have relationships that are mutually

inspiring and harmonious. If we can do so, we will become a city

which is many in body with one mind of peace. We will then be able to

accomplish our goals.


La Crescenta

Greed flows first down the hill, then back up it

All that greed that is being produced in those once-beautiful

hills above the city of Glendale was supposed to flow down the flood

control channel to the Pacific Ocean and disappear. Somehow, there

was so much of it, it began to overflow at Brand Boulevard and went

all the way down to Los Feliz. Now it’s back up to Colorado.

Those involved would like to close off some of our streets so they

can create more business for themselves, thus closing a lot more

businesses that rely on these streets for their own survival. I

understand one of these streets is Elk Street. This is the main

street for Holy Family Church and school. This is one of the most

beautiful churches in the San Fernando Valley.

I would think this church and school would have a lot more

priority over a new and used car lot, especially one that will

produce more pollution and noise within the city of Glendale.

Already, they keep city parking lot No. 11 full of their private

automobiles, and nothing ever goes in the meters.

If this was ever approved, the first thing they will do is put a

new-car showroom on Colorado, so they can get all those so-called

customers traveling east and west on one of Glendale’s main

thoroughfares. This is what the greed for money has done to some of

the businessmen within our city.

By closing off these streets, they will have to change what is

known as Brand Boulevard into The Brand Freeway, with offramps only

to the car dealers.

As all that extra greed came out at Brand Boulevard, some started

sifting uphill to Mountain and getting into the side streets.

Thus, some of the landlords are becoming a little extra greedy,

and want to raise their rents much higher than the tenants can


The city of Glendale has no rent-control laws, so maybe it should

come up with some landlord laws.



Team’s decision wasn’t really very sportsmanlike

It was with disappointment that I read Hamlet Nalbandyan’s article

in the sports section regarding the outcome of the 13-/14-year-old

All-Star baseball competition. (News-Press, July 19-20), particularly

in light of the efforts currently being made by various groups in our

city to emphasize the teaching of sportsmanship to our youth.

Crescenta Valley’s Landry’s team obviously had the talent to

compete against other All-Star teams in the area, and certainly

deserved the opportunity to don the uniform and represent their

section. However, assistant coach Crum’s comment that there would be

more than one Little League All-Star team to end its season with a

win exhibited a rather narrow perspective and belied the spirit of


The coaches of this team missed an opportunity to teach their

players a life lesson in sportsmanship and generosity. Conceding the

final game would have allowed them not only the pleasure garnered by

their success, but also left them with the knowledge that they had

done “the right thing” by allowing another team that was willing to

represent the Glendale area in the regional tournament the

opportunity to do so.

I am sure that the decision made by the Crescenta Valley coaches

to continue with the final game, knowing that their team would not be

going on to the next level, was well within the bounds of Little

League rules.

But did it embody the true spirit of sportsmanship?

Sadly, no.