As a cancer survivor, I appreciate the work Lance Armstrong has done for the cancer community. Lance was wrong in using performance enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France. (Though whom among us really understands the pressures of the sport, its level of competitiveness or the lack of enforcement among his international competitors?) His work with cancer patients was groundbreaking and provided many survivors with hope and an identity of acceptance. Beating the disease is just the first hurdle for patients. There are plenty of challenges in life as a survivor and no hospital is there to advocate for you once you have “beaten” the disease.
Here is how Lance impacted me personally. One of my closest friends in life was Sandy Beardsley. I was there, along with Sandy’s husband, Dan.
It was obvious that Sandy was in her final days. Lance saw us there and came right over to her. Being a fellow cancer patient he shared very special thoughts with Sandy about his time with cancer as she faced imminent death.
When we came to the finish line Sandy got up out of her wheelchair and walked several final symbolic steps, one for each member of her team. The entire auditorium stopped and shared love!
Please understand that his bike racing is separate from the real work he has done for cancer survivors. And yet, had he not been “successful” in racing, he might never had been able to start the Livestrong Foundation. So if you must, please judge him by his racing, but embrace what he has done to advance survivorship among cancer.
Yes, a great investment
Thank you for your editorial, “Conservation, the great investment” this past Sunday. I couldn’t agree more with your strong support for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) and join you in urging the 2013 Legislature to fund this critical program.
Many projects being considered for funding this year are right here in our backyard and would serve our community for generations to come, including programs that would preserve the Dryden Water Access and Mid-Columbia shrub-steppe, as well as fund the Methow forest restoration. But those programs risk being unrealized if the Legislature does not fund the WWRP full $90 million being advocated for. And it is not just our local projects in danger. Across the state communities like ours risk losing their park, trail, conservation and farmland preservation projects.
As a sponsor of the Cashmere Riverside Park Project, I cannot stress enough the importance of WWRP and the role it plays in our ability to build our local recreation economy and maintain our quality of life. The Riverside Park Project will provide environmental education, sports and outdoor activities and public service for the Mid-Wenatchee Valley community.
Director of planning
City of Cashmere
A strong connection?
After listening to President Obama address the nation concerning gun control, I was reminded of an experience I had at the University of Washington in 1963. A group of students enrolled with the Far East Institute asked me to attend their meeting about our American society. They asked many questions about Americans. I answered their questions. There was one question that has bothered me for years. I had no answer.
One student from Sumatra, working toward a master’s degree in education, asked me to explain about our Christian society. The subject moved to Christmas, Dec. 25, and why do we give presents to each other on that day? I answered that Christ came to this world as the prince of peace and love to mankind. We, as a Christian society, must promote peace and goodwill to all mankind.
He then asked me to explain: Why does your Christian society give their children killing toys of war such as toy submachine guns, armored tanks, military clothing, GI Joe war equipment and military helmets on Christmas Day, the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the “prince of peace”?
When I went home that weekend, I spoke to my sons, aged 9 and 11 at the time, and asked them to trade in all their toy guns for Tonka trucks and bulldozers. As a poor college student, I asked Janice’s parents to help me with the project. Her dad financed the new Tonka toys, which replaced the toy guns. I never again gave my sons toy guns.
Now our society will debate gun control. Is there a strong connection between our gun control and our behavior control?
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