OPINION JULY 2005 The West View This opinion section is an open forum for community issues. Editorial columns and opinion articles are strictly the opinion Letters of an indecent or demeaning nature will not be published. Letters will be edited for style and space. ,sabian que hay un lugar donde se pueden ir para hablar de los problemas de la communidad? Se llama el “community Editor council” (concejo comunitario). I believe that all humans are innately good, but that experiences in life influence the choices people make. Everyone handles differently the cards they are dealt, and it takes a strong person with a good support system to overcome the effects of bad experiences, especially experiences that left their imprint early on in life. I also believe that individuals have great power to influence others around them. They can provide positive support that might help someone, or they can cause harm that perpetuates negativity. People influence one another whether they try to or not, and they do it in countless ways. I recently attended a funeral of longtime Poplar Grove resident Molly Taylor, who passed away at the age of 92. The remarks of one of Molly’s many grandchildren, J.D. Taylor, stuck in my mind: ‘As a young boy, many Saturday mornings I filled my hard-sided Samsonite suitcase and heaved the heavy load aboard a UTA bus that would transport me the short distance from my home in Taylorsville, down Redwood Road to where it intersects with Indiana Avenue. the driver eased the bus to a stop, I would lug my luggage off the bus and look up to find the warm and welcoming smile of Grandma following me intently as I crossed the street and hoisted my suitcase into the back seat of her car — ready to leave behind the tension and turmoil of home and find sanctuary at 816 West 700 South. Afternoons were spent kneading and forming loaves of raisin bread and playing games of Husker Do, Stratego and Battleship as the loaves baked and the aroma of cinnamon and spice wafted through the house. At night, it was dinner of my choosing and Looney Tunes on the television with a bowl of Fruit Loops for a late night snack while we watched. The morning brought church where I sat next to Grandma on the organ bench and watched her work the pedals and keys while Grandpa led the congregation and choir in singing. A short walk from home and it was time for dinner again and my weekend of wonder was complete. As far as I am aware, not a single photograph exists from any of those many magnificent weekends. There are no home movies to help me remember. Yet, it would be difficult for me to recall with as much emotion any childhood experience that made a deeper and more important imprint on my heart than my weekends with Grandma. Indeed, I loved her, because she first loved me.” Contrast that to a group of people who broke out into a fight at the Fourth of July Celebration at Jordan Park. According to witnesses, pieces of an illegal firework landed dangerously close to some young couples’ babies. Instead of working out the problem tactfully and peacefully, they chose to start a fight, In the commotion, the babies were left on the grass. If it hadn’t been for some caring bystanders, who picked them up, they might have been trampled. 30 minutes of the author. A Los Vecinos de Salt Lake City: From the When Page 3 En todas partes de Salt Lake City, los concejos comunitarios estan intentando de mejorar y unir los miembros de la communidad. En especial queremos que se junten todos los miembros de nuestras diversas communidades, Con tanta diversidad en nuestras communidades, se necesita que todos los residentes asistan a tales reuniones para que podamos mejorar el standard de vida de todos los que viven aqui. Los miembros de los concejos comunitarios y los residentes han trabajado juntos por muchos afios, dando de su tiempo y energia para mejorar las communidades, pero a la vez se les critican porque no hay mucha diversidad humana que asiste a las reuniones. Les urgimos por favor a que asistan a estas reuniones. Su participacion sera bienvenida y podran ayudarse a si mismos al igual que a sus communidades. Asi que les invitamos a todas las personas de nuestras communidades. No les obligamos a que asistan a estas reunions, pero si les motivamos a que esten mas informados de sus communidades y sus concejos comunitarios. jLe nesecitamos a usted! ;Sea un participante! Jay Ingelby, Vice Chairman Glendale Community Council This is a Spanish translation of a letter that was published in our June issue encouraging Salt Lake City neighbors to attend their community council meetings. West Little League Football Gears up for Upcoming Season with Fundraisers With little league all-star baseball well underway, football a hole for $300, which covers a foursome at $75 per person. is just around the corner. The West Ute Conference League is kicking off their season with two community fundraisers: The annual fundraiser breakfast, sponsored by the Rose Registration starts at 7:00 a.m. with tee-off at 7:30 a.m. Call Stephanie Rendon at 531-1177 to sign-up in advance. West Little League Football sign-ups will happen on July 16 and 30 at Riverside Park near the grassy football/soccer field area from 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. Girls and boys, ages eight — 15, who live in the West High School boundaries are welcome to participate. Cost per player is $150, or $175 if after July 30. Only cash will be accepted, and a legal parent or guardian must be present. New players must bring a copy of their birth certificate. High school freshman not on the West High football team are eligible to play. Interested players may also sign up online with a credit card at the Ute Conference Little League’s Park Lions Club, will take place on Aug. 20 from 7:00 —11:00 a.m. at Riverside Park, 1450 West and 750 North. members will cook an all-you-can-eat feast of hash browns, pancakes and beverages in the big the main playground. Youth and football league will play host to this fun event. The cost for the Lions Club ham, eggs, pavilion by organizers breakfast is $5 for adults, $4 for children, or $20 for a family of four or more, A fundraiser golf tournament/scramble is scheduled for Aug. 27 at Wingpointe Golf Course, 3602 West 100 North, near the airport. Cost to play is $75 per person. There are still holes available for sponsorship. Businesses can sponsor Web site: Utefootball.com. For more information, contact Stephanie Rendon at 531-1177, ROCK STAR continued from page 2 hearing him play a few bars of the classic “Stairway to Heaven,” it’s actually quite incredible. Sure, “Stairway to Heaven,” along with “Smoke on the Water,” is usually the first song an aspiring young Jimmy Page or Ritchie Blackmore learn, but usually only bits and pieces, and usually after a year of playing; the bane of music store instructors. After seeing a small sampling of Polacek’s fretwork, one can’t help but be impressed. His recent performance as a vocalist and guitar player in the PGSROM show of Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” at Jordan Park as part of KRCL’s (90.9 FM) Day in the Park was even more impressive. Outside of the School of Rock, Polacek works with a band that he and some mates he’s known since kindergarten are trying to get off the ground. They call themselves the Insomniacs, and consist of a bass player, keyboardist, guitarist, as well as Polacek’s vocals and guitar. Aspiring drummers who would like to audition for the Insomniacs can probably track Polacek down at the School of Rock. When asked to describe himself, Polacek smiled and said, “I’m a rowdy, preteen, anar- chist rock ‘n roll freak.” guitar hero. Spoken like a true later, the young mothers looked around to find their babies being held by strangers. What kind of effect did the brawlers have on their families and the surrounding spectators? - Charlotte Fife-Jepperson For further information on PGSORM, visit their Web site at www.schoolofrock.com, call 801-413-2894, or attend one of their free summer shows: Saturday, July 16 at noon on Main Street in Tooele; Tuesday, Aug. 2, at the Pioneer Precinct, 1040 West 700 South, 5-9 p.m. during the West Side’s Night Out Against Crime; and Thursday, Aug. II at noon in City Creek Park. West-side resident Henry Polacek, 12, displays his vocal skills with a band from the Paul Green School of Rock Music. The band performed at local radio station KRCL’s Day in the Park in Jordan Park on June 11. Photo by Mike Polacek.