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Letter: Civility seems lost in modern SCV

Posted: May 1, 2011 1:30 a.m.
Updated: May 1, 2011 1:30 a.m.

I have been a resident of the Santa Clarita Valley since 1982. I remember a time here when sheep grazed on the grassy hills off Valencia Boulevard and farm stands stood where fast food restaurants and discount department stores are now.

I remember a time when people smiled and asked how your day was going. People in the SCV were hometown folks. We were different from those valley people. We knew who our neighbors were.

We stood together after that terrible earthquake. We offered a hand or a kind word to our fellow Claritian. We all stood together in long lines on Election Day to vote to become a city. We all stood together in our local parks, waiting politely
for water after the earthquake.

Back then, we were civil. I am sorry to say that is not the case anymore. I was exposed to a very sorry case of offensiveness on Monday from a passerby. I do not know who this person was. I would not know what he looked like if he was standing in front of me today. I do remember the rude, terrible, gross and untrue things he said to me.

I feel very sorry for him. Maybe he is a victim of a bad marriage, or just a bad day. I just don’t know.
I do know that he is my neighbor. My SCV neighbor.

Unfortunately, we as citizens of this beautiful city have forgotten why we moved here.  We were looking for a small town.

We were looking for safety. We were looking for peace of mind.

Yesterday, I did not feel any of those things. Yesterday, I felt like a victim. Standing right there, in the parking lot that not so long ago was a farm stand. Right there in front of Vons.


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