What an incredible 4th of July we had here. For the first time in about four years, the community came together to have fun — some by participating and some by providing support by cheering the participants on.
Our local clubs and organizations that were almost driven out of existence by apathy came together and created a moment in time where everybody from the homeless in Sunland Park to the ranchers of Shadow Hills put aside their differences and proudly marched down Foothill Blvd.
Maybe this is the start of a new beginning for us. Maybe we have actually overwhelmed the haters in the community. Hell, I even saw Kurt Koesler — who had demanded on the Facebook hate sites that everyone boycott the parade — making himself useful on the parade route. (That meant that he wasn’t out stealing newspapers!) Good boy, Kurt.
I saw so many people having fun that it was fun just watching them. The SunlandTujunga, Shadow Hills Rotary Club pulled it off. And the American Legion was cooking hot dogs and hamburgers for anyone who dropped by the hall after the parade.
If we can keep this up, we have a good shot of becoming a fun community with lots of great things for people to do.
Now the next thing we have to work on is the traffic accidents and fatalities we’re seeing on an almost daily basis. Three traffic fatalities and 15 serious accidents in five weeks isn’t something we can be proud of. After nine years of banging the drum and talking to anyone who would listen, The Foothills Paper is finally getting people’s attention on how serious the problem is.
In fact, the STNC has finally gotten around to forming an ad-hoc committee to look into the problem. That will be interesting. But I’m willing to give them a chance. If you’ve ever watched the video on the “Stop The Car-nage” site, you’d see more than 1,000 of the 5,000+ accident photos we have in our archives.
Now would be a good time to publish them. We just need some people that are serious about stopping the crazy and distracted drivers.
Funny thing though, with all the accidents, no one has claimed that“It’s The Water!”