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Sunday, May 8: Sheriff’s Department Community Awareness Day

VICTORVILLE, CA- Spring Valley Lake Country Club will be hosting a Sheriff’s Department Community Awareness Day for all High Desert residents and the Spring Valle Lake Community on Sunday, May 8 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Activities for the day will include CSI Truck, S.W.A.T, kids face painting, bloodhounds, Lady Be Aware Program, raffle drawings, and more. The country club is located at 13229 Spring Valley Lake Parkway in Victorville. For more information call (760) 245-5356.

Thursday, May 8: Former NFL Player Sam Cunningham Hosts ARMC Inaugural Gala

sam_cunningham_2011COLTON, CA- The Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) Foundation will recognize five honorees at its Inaugural Gala and Awards Dinner on Thursday, May 8. The event, which will be held at the National Orange Show Events Center in San Bernardino, will benefit Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. This year gala committee and members of the community were asked for nominations in five categories that consists of Honorary Chair; Arrowhead of the Year; Physician of the Year; Partnership of the Year; and Philanthropist of the Year. The Gala’s nominating subcommittee based its selections on support for the medical facility and the community.

The award winners for the Inaugural Gala are: County of San Bernardino Fifth District Supervisor, Josie Gonzales, Honorary Chair; Dr. Dev GnanaDev, Arrowhead of the Year; Dr. Steven M. Beutler, Physician of the Year; Professional Hospital Supply, Partnership of the Year; and Anne Hirschman Cress, Philanthropist of the Year.

The award winners will be recognized at the Gala and receive a distinctive plaque. The theme for this year is, ‘What I love about ARMC,’ which reflects the appreciation that the community has for the great care the hospital provides,” said Reyes. “The funds raised from the Gala will help purchase much-needed equipment for the hospital.”

The Gala will feature keynote speaker Sam Cunningham, a former USC running back, who also played nine seasons in the NFL for the New England Patriots. For more information about the ARMC Foundation Inaugural Gala and Awards Dinner, call Event Coordinator, Patty Holohan at (909) 518-4612 or email PSHoloha@aol.com. For more information about the ARMC Foundation, visit www.arrowheadmedcenter.org/foundation

Does It Take a Recording to Make You Believe Your Eyes and Ears?

BOTTOM-LINE…Commentary By WallaceJ.Allen 

A billionaire, White man’s response to seeing his Black girlfriend with a Black man has caused more references to the “horror of racism” than the disproportionate number of Blacks kicked out of school, the disproportionate number of Blacks that are poorly educated when in school, the disproportionate number of Blacks that are unemployed, the disproportionate number of Blacks that are jailed, that live in poverty, that are without health insurance, the disproportionate number of Blacks that are homeless veterans, and the list goes on.

We cannot transfer America’s race relations problem and remedy to the Donald Sterling saga. Can everyone that is condemning Sterling pass the Michael Jackson test? The test that requires one to “look at the man in the mirror”? America’s racism is documented in our institutions. The reality of the race-problem is trivialized by the concept that an illegal tape recording is needed in order for the problem to be seen. Do we need to destroy our privacy rights to justify punishing acts of racism?

An illegal taping was used, again, to give us information that no matter how incriminating, is not new. How exclusive are the feelings expressed by Sterling? Are we satisfied that he is the only “rich White man in charge” that has made racist remarks or even performed racist acts?  As we place cell phone cameras and recording devices throughout society, do we want to simply trust that our privacy is respected?   So, as we joyously embrace the illegally taped “redundant evidence” of Donald Sterling’s racist views, do we also tighten the noose that is chocking the life out of our privacy rights?

The “last straw” concept is valid but how many straws do we ignore before one qualifies as the last? There were enough straws polluted in public by Sterling to have done something about him long ago. I am among the elated regarding Donald Sterling’s come-up pence, however, I think we all should be concerned about the tendency to sneak up and record a person in their private moment. WHAT DO YOU THINK?  Respond to walleniv@yahoo.com.