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Letter to the Editor: Kudos for the Good News

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By Dr. Mildred D. Henry

Pick up the newspaper and you will read that San Bernardino is one of the cities with the highest crime rate in the nation. I turn on the TV and Internet and see that San Bernardino is one of the 10 worst cities in which to raise a family. The city of San Bernardino continues to be portrayed as the worst this and the worst that. Unfortunately, the same so-called news will broadcast for three days straight as if there are no other events taking place in the world. Particularly in the sports world, negative behaviors make the headlines.

I want to share some good news about San Bernardino.  Good things are happening in our city. San Bernardino has an unbeaten Minor League football team that just defeated unbeaten Las Vegas to maintain San Bernardino’s undefeated record of 9-0.

The San Bernardino California Raiders, a group of young men from assorted backgrounds and temperaments, molded into a winning machine that brings positive notoriety to the city. They should be recognized and lauded for their efforts and achievements.  A minor league football team that is affiliated with the National Developmental Professional Football League (NDPFL), The Raiders play teams from all over Southern California and Las Vegas, Nevada.

These young adults come from different gang related neighborhoods and nobody asks about gang membership or turf.  They come from law enforcement, from the corporate world, and on Saturday night the players all wear the California Raiders colors and share the one common thrill of winning a championship. This is reportedly the longest running, winnings, minor-league football team in the Inland Empire.

The Raiders have been located at San Bernardino High School, engaged in the same sport, for 10 years. On Saturday nights you will find them on the football field rather than on the street corners. How about a pat on the back and some kudos for these positive thinking football players. The detrimental elements of our society can so easily entice our young people to go astray. Consequently, when we have young people in school and organizations, that are engaged in positive endeavors, we should praise and support them as much as possible.  This is an excellent program for young men, 18 years of age and older, who aspire to play football.

Hats off to owner, Dwaine Radden, Sr., the coaches, the players, and supporters of the San Bernardino California Raiders.  Full speed ahead to another championship!



Letter to the Editor: Turning San Bernardino Around

Roxanne Williams

Roxanne Williams

By Roxanne Williams

There are many concerns from the residents in our city, but one issue that takes the forefront as I’ve talked to voters is safety, and this matter is urgent.

Emotions in neighbors have elevated from feelings of abandonment and exasperation to rage.  For example, one resident told me about an incident that happened on the border of San Bernardino and Rialto. A man was beating a woman on the street, so neighbors called 911. The dispatcher told the caller that the police were extremely busy and would arrive in 3 hours. Alarmed at this response, the neighbor saw a nearby Rialto police car, and asked the officer to intervene. The officer told the resident it was not Rialto’s jurisdiction, but that as a courtesy they would apprehend the male suspect and hold him until San Bernardino police arrived. Many residents are fed up and tired of the slow or no response times for calls.  Over and over, they are demanding more police patrols in the neighborhoods.  The perception is that law enforcement is rarely seen.  Some have just given up.

There are many consequences of not acting on this urgent matter, but most importantly, we are leaving our senior citizens at risk and failing to protect our families and children.

There is still hope and a solution. For that reason, I have made safety a number one priority of my campaign. If more police are urgently needed and the city is in bankruptcy, how can residents realistically expect better safety within the constraints of an overburdened budget? In my opinion, the city should hire CSO officers (non-uniformed staff at a fraction of the salary) for the part 2 (non-violent) crimes, thereby CSO can quickly respond to calls/reports for burglaries, car thefts, stolen bikes, etc. This would free up the patrol officers to respond to part 1 (violent) crimes.

Also, businesses should form Business Improvement Districts (BID) and pay into a pool for private security. Those businesses could then have a rapid response for panhandling, shoplifting and nighttime vandalisms. As the businesses patrol themselves, this would allow the police to concentrate on the part 1 crimes. Thus, when 911 is called, there would be a more rapid response for your safety.

To find out more, visit my website at www.RoxanneCanWin.com. I hope to have your support on November 3, 2015.

BOTTOMLINE: Does That Mean Turkey Bacon Too?

Publisher’s Commentary by Wallace J. Allen                                                                                                                       

When I first heard the news that processed foods, meats in particular, were potentially cancer causing, I focused on the concept of ‘potential’. I took that and other cancer warnings as information for ‘someone else’.  My ‘blessed’ life would surely not include cancer! However I learned that God’s love would include giving me a reason to demonstrate my faith and good sense.  Prostate Cancer corrected my attitude. It makes me realize how easy it is to resist good advice. Eating food for fuel and exercising regularly is good advice!

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently reported something that reinforces advice that many Black people ignored because of whom they heard first give the advice. The leader of the USA Based Nation Of Islam… The Honorable Elijah Muhammad in the early 1950’s, told Black People and anyone else that wanted to listen, that eating pork was not healthy….Many Blacks, to show their disregard for The Minister’s separatist philosophy, bragged about cooking and eating pork that they said “taste so good it would change the Minister’s mind”. The Minister’s message of “Eat To Live” was lost on many who did not want to do anything that would appear to be in harmony with that group of Blacks who’s leader kept saying things like “Do For Self”… another piece of good advice.

According to various internet sites, WHO’s research arm found that all processed meats, including sausages, ham, and hot dogs, are carcinogens. The report says that 50 grams a day—about two slices of bacon—raises the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%, per the BBC.

This news from WHO is the last reminder that I will need…  I have two grandsons that love loving bacon! Refusing them is not one of my natural talents. However, making adjustments is. For instance in the past when we would take them to breakfast, Mrs. Allen cooked turkey bacon at home and took it with us, so they could have the ‘healthy’ bacon. Well according to WHO, turkey bacon is processed and therefore as much a carcinogen as red meats.

You may be one of the many people to whom Mrs. Allen and I have preached the virtues of turkey bacon. Well, here is some new advice… Unless you are making your own bacon from turkey you cook, stop feeding it to the kids!

Since an adjustment is necessary…For their future, we will choose to take our grandchildren out for dinner, where bacon is not on the menu. We advise you to do the same!