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Talk, Red, and Sing to the Children…

By Wallace Allen IV

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- Experts say that reading to babies and toddlers improves their learning potential. San Bernardino County’s First 5 Program added talking and singing to the formula at last Saturday’s “Talk, Read, Sing Fest” at the Highland Library. At least 100 children visited the event and received access to a variety of activities.

They received free books and piggy banks (No they were not full of money). There was also face painting, a magic show, plus a short concert! In addition to the fun stuff, there was a resource fair that provided valuable information to the many parents in attendance.

The free event was from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call First 5 for information regarding upcoming events being scheduled for young children at (909) 386-7706.

What It Do With The LUE: Feeding Those in Need

By Lue Dowdy

What up IEeeeeeeeeeee! Well feeding those in need is what it DO in a real way! LUE Productions, along with several other community organizations, artists, and community members that come together every year to deliver hot meals to the homeless in downtown San Bernardino are getting together again. Giving back is such a rewarding feeling. Mobilize with us to feed over 400 individuals in the Inland Empire.

Last year we made 477 hot meals and passed out socks, sleeping bags and more. This year we’re doing it bigger and better. Please join in!!!

Items that are still needed include: Rolls, Corn, Dressing Mix, Gravy packages, Cranberry Sauce and Cakes and Pies.

Drop off Days for food donations are Friday, November 18th at Starbucks in Colton located at1181 S Mount Vernon Avenue in Colton at 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. We must have ALL Turkey’s donated by this date in order to get it our cooks; and on November 20 located at 254 Carousel Mall in San Bernardino from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information, please call (909) 567-1000 or email Lue.info@yahoo.com.

Bottomline: Time To Play Our “Trump” Card

Publisher’s Commentary By Wallace Allen IV

Today, and every new day presents an opportunity to choose to attempt to go forward or to quit or possibly do something in between. The President Elect, Donald Trump, said things that some will find encouraging. He will rebuild the inner city and African American Community, build bridges and highways and create jobs, and he has not at this writing, mentioned building a wall!

However, many people are disappointed and possibly afraid of the Trump Presidency. I suggest that depending on government action is risky business even when you feel good about who is elected. Life is surely stressful if you feel disrespected by them. I suggest that the election of Donald Trump can and must become a good thing, and to assure our community’s success, we must play our “Trump” card!

Economic issues confronting our community require that concerned and talented community members visualize and effect plans that acknowledge our resources. Demonstrating respect for our resources and potential is a big but very achievable step. Consider that our churches deposit a estimated $500,000,000 per Monday. That deposit is not being levered. Additionally, our trillion dollar annual buying- power is promptly diluted by our propensity to immediately spend it outside of our community. Correcting that bad habit will change things very quickly. Circulating money is how a community grows itself. There can be safety and security in numbers. A community that successfully utilizes its member resources will find that others outside their community will respect that accomplishment and want to work with them also. Whether the President Elect is somehow able to do something for us or not, controlling our resources can be more beneficial than any government program.    

That a group of people can spend a trillion dollars a year and not be economically viable is a demonstration of inappropriate behavior. The fact is, behavior is something that can be corrected. In the ‘games of life’ we know that doing the unexpected, the unusual, can lead to triumph. Our community will find economic triumph by doing the unexpected, the unusual. Focusing on levering our resources and ‘vesting our money in developing our community’ is indeed, an unexpected change and definitely appropriate behavior!

In this game of economics, changing from a random, suicidal spending attitude to a focused buying/spending strategy is in effect, “playing our Trump card”!