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Crescenta Valley Sun has heart

Every Friday night we look forward to starting the weekend by retrieving the Crescenta Valley Sun from our driveway and finding out what is going on in our community. We read Robin Goldsworthy's editorial first — always entertaining, often thought-provoking. We read about what our town council is doing, problems our neighbors are facing, the good things going on at our schools, reflect on stories about the pioneers of our valley courtesy of the Historical Society of the Crescenta Valley, see how the Falcons are doing, and look forward to events being planned by our chambers.

The Crescenta Valley Sun is a lively snapshot of life in our community, a gem of a newspaper, given heart and soul by Robin and her staff. Why on earth would someone close down this newspaper (“Plans to fold V Sun announced,” June 12)?

The reason, they say, is efficiency, that the Glendale News-Press and the Crescenta Valley Sun compete for the same stories.

It will cut down on overlap, they say. Hmm. Not so fast. Glendale is a diverse, wonderful city with great schools, interesting people, civic leaders, a unique history, community events, generous charitable organizations, bigger and more bustling than the Crescenta Valley. Yet, we read the Glendale paper every morning and the energy and vibrancy of that city doesn't seem to be in the pages of its newspaper. Why is that? They don't need to compete for stories — they have plenty.

There is no overlap; there is a rich variety in each community. It must be something else.

The Glendale News-Press is getting staff from the Crescenta Valley Sun. They are lucky, especially that Mary O'Keefe is coming on board. Her breaking stories and investigative reporting shed light on important issues in our community.

But we will miss Robin Goldsworthy's lively presence most of all. Her leadership and love for our community shows on every page of every edition of the Crescenta Valley Sun.

Oh, wait, maybe that's what the Glendale News-Press is looking for — not efficiency, but heart. Good luck. We're losing part of ours.

— Greg

and Marilyn Smith

La Crescenta

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In praise of Rachel Maddow

I am a Republican. I have great disdain for nearly everything broadcast on MSNBC, except for one recent dramatic exception.

On May 21, Maddow analyzed a speech by President Obama, given in the National Archives, in front of the original constitution, where he denounced the Bush administration.

Then he described plans to create “ prolonged detention ” To do this he will develop “ an appropriate legal regime ” that HE will create to grab all the power he can in a framework ignoring our constitutional rights, but has never been done before.

Here is the link (to learn more): www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uuWVHT1WUY.

Cliff Jones

La Crescenta

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Union Station CEO seeks support

The end of Union Station's fiscal year is fast approaching (June 30) and we face a $160,000 budget deficit.

Our shelters are full, and every day more people come to us seeking shelter and support.

Please give these men, women and children a chance at a better life.

Why support Union Station?

We're local: Your donations directly improve our community and the lives of people in Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley.

Our programs really work: 90% of families and 60% of single adults in our shelters find a place to call home.

We use your donations wisely: We feel a deep responsibility and accountability to our donors.

Your gifts help provide housing, employment and life skills programs to our homeless community members.

You can be part of the solution:

You have the power to give someone in need a hand up and make a critical difference in their life.

Please consider a gift to Union Station before June 30. You will give a homeless man, woman or child real hope and a new lease on life.

Visit unionstationhs.org to make your gift online today!

With sincere thanks

— Marvin M. Gross

CEO


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