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Those disturbed by World Run can give up a little sleep and help out

Posted: May 13, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: May 13, 2014 2:00 a.m.

In response to the letter to the editor “Wings for Life World Run disturbed the peace for 2 hours,” published May 6, I urge John Annoreno to stop for a moment and think about the purpose of the Wings for Life World Run.

You and other neighbors may have been “disturbed” for several hours, but the funding the race raises is for research to help those with spinal cord injuries. These people are “inconvenienced” for life.

Some are babies born with a spinal defect, some have been injured in service to our country, others injured were in accidents.

Whatever the cause, I think anyone can “give” a few hours of quiet for a good cause affecting the lifetimes of others.

Hooray for the city of Santa Clarita for stepping up and giving folks an opportunity to help in raising needed funds.

About $4 million was raised.

Perhaps next year, if the run is organized again, you and others could join the party for a few hours ... help out as long as you’re up, anyway ... walk home on your “able legs” ...and take a nap!




chefgirl358: Posted: May 13, 2014 8:03 a.m.

Get bent Barbara! Perhaps instead of inconveniencing people for your pet cause you could hold it at a rural out of the way location instead and (gasp!), inconvenience yourselves if it's so important to you.

I am NOT NOT NOT in any way, shape or form, knocking your event or folks with disabilities. I am however, sick and tired of people with whatever their cause is thinking it's ok to inconvenience or disturb local citizens so they can do whatever it is that they want to. I live about 1/2 mile from Bridgeport Park as the crow flies and let me tell you...I hate that freaking park. Probably at least one weekend a month and sometimes more, sometimes as early as 6, but usually closer to 7, we'll be awakened by a LIVE BAND, P.A. System, some idiot yelling on said p.a. system, and screams of participants for whatever the event happens to be. Sometimes the events happen late at night...several years ago when the drunkfest known as "Loose Goose Wine Festival" was held there, we had to listen to drunken idiots, live band and p.a. until past 1 am ON A WEEKNIGHT when normal citizens like us had to get up and go to work in the morning.

Weeks ago, I was awakened at 6 am on a Friday and tortured for HOURS (until 1 pm) by screaming children, a p.a. system and music so loud I could hear it with the doors and windows shut as though it was blaring on my home stereo. I made some phone calls and was informed that it was "fitness week" for the children. You want your kids to get exercise, fine, great in fact, but there is no excuse for subjecting neighbors to that level of racket for hours and hours on end at very inappropriate times of day.

I am 100% on the side of the person who wrote the letter last week complaining about the noise from that race. In fact, my husband told me on the morning of that race that he thought he heard the National Anthem playing somewhere in the middle of the night. He thought maybe somebody was messing around at the baseball field by the dealerships, but then we heard about this race and figured out that's what it was.

chefgirl358: Posted: May 13, 2014 8:24 a.m.

Then there are the other events like the Amgen race, which have improved since the first few years it was held here, but still, it's really an inconvenience for residents and some businesses. Besides, our city doesn't know what to do with extra money, they don't need it, they just buy stupid things with it like back-in parking, bike lanes replacing heavy traffic lanes, unsightly and costly artwork (Bouquet Bug), and $2 million dollar roundabouts, center medians with plants and trees requiring tons of water (and NO smart sprinklers) they're supposed to be conserving, or filling up our open space with huge digital electricity sucking billboards. They spent an ungodly amount on building a huge library and then seceding from the outstanding county library system we already had and hiring some crappy scab company to run the libraries. Or maybe dumping over $100 MILLION DOLLARS into the alleged "revitalization" of downtown newhall. Seriously, I really wish that no organization wanted to hold an event in our city, giving our council extra disposable income, it's like sending a 6 year old to an amusement park with $1 million dollars to see what he buys.

17trillion: Posted: May 13, 2014 8:28 a.m.

I agree, get bent Barbara, to put it mildly. I will never, EVER, give these people a penny and I give a lot to a lot of different charities. The rudeness and arrogance of people thinking they are so high and mighty for supporting a cause, one cause among millions that are equally worthy, by waking people up at 3am is pathetic.

17trillion: Posted: May 13, 2014 8:30 a.m.

Why don't you and your merry little band of do-gooders take your butts out to the desert for your run where you wont be pissing off a lot of people?

philellis: Posted: May 13, 2014 10:42 a.m.

@17, obvioulsy pissing off people doesn't bother them.

Lululemon661: Posted: May 13, 2014 2:28 p.m.

i am thoroughly disgusted by the negativity displayed by a few people--yes you chefgirl358--do you actually do anything or contribute in any way to this community? I doubt it but you sure like to mock and disparage those who do. And by the way, i love the new library and all the new plantings --maybe its time for you and your nastiness to be on your way out of town.

chefgirl358: Posted: May 13, 2014 2:54 p.m.

Lululemon, Gee, nobody else agreed with me at all on this forum did they? I was the ONLY one who said those things? Get bent.

philellis: Posted: May 13, 2014 4:33 p.m.

Lulu, what makes you think that those of us who like to sleep at night don't contribute to the community? Your arrogance is inexcusable. Nobody has been mocked for their desire to help others - just their lack of consideration for others in their pursuit thereof.

AlwaysRight: Posted: May 13, 2014 4:52 p.m.

Lulu- I am a runner and have done many events like this. The cause is good. However, the way it was done was poor and the organizers must take note.

Awaking people at 2 or 3am with blaring rock music over a loudspeaker does not win converts to your cause. It merely creates opposition.

Lotus8: Posted: May 14, 2014 2:09 p.m.

The problem is that there was no need to run around at 3 am. The timing was completely arbitrary due to the desire from the event organizers to have everyone start at the same time around the world. Why don't we just have everyone give money to the cause AND run at a time that is more convenient for all involved? Unless you contend that the participants cared more about starting at the same time around the world than they did about the cause and wouldn't have shown up or donated as much money...

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