Show of Support

I’m sitting here writing this just after the war against Iraq started. What struck me most as I watched the news coverage leading up to the war was how young many of the men and women are who are on the front lines. I also think about the loved ones they left behind.

My thoughts and prayers are with all the troops. And whether or not you agree with the war, I hope this community provides a strong show of support for the troops putting their lives on the line, and for their families.

On to community news. Many thanks to Councilmember Brian Maienschein who found nearly $700,000 for Scripps Ranch. Read all the details about our community money on pages 15 and 25.

A second amazing find was 45 million-year-old fossils under Scripps Lake Drive. Imagine that, ancient history under our streets. Read more about this fascinating story on page 15.

How many of you are tired of the traffic on Interstate 15? Good news–a project to widen part of I-15 is set to start any day. Details are on page 25.

More good news for our community. The large letters on the new Water Department wall across the library are coming down. Page 9 has details.

We all know sending a child to college can be an expensive proposition. The Scripps Ranch Women’s Athletic Club wants to show its support for young people by offering scholarships to Scripps Ranch High School senior girls. See page 63 for the requirements.

One of your neighbors likes to show his support for some of the youngest in our community. Craig Blower has been helping out the kids at Children’s Hospital for years–to the tune of 1,000 hours. Read his inspirational story in Spotlight on Scripps Ranch on page 47.

If you have a child safety seat in your car, or know anyone who does, be sure to visit the Child Safety Seat Check at the Information Center on Saturday, Apr. 12, from 9 am to 1 pm. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) will check if the seats are installed correctly. One CHP officer told me that nearly all car seats checked need to be corrected.

The SRCA Community Fair is just a month away. Save the date of Sunday, May 18, and join your friends and neighbors at the Community Park for a fun-filled family day. Read more on page 17.

The SRCA Community Fair is just one of the many events and programs your SRCA membership dues fund. If you haven’t joined or renewed your annual membership, it’s not too late to show your support for your community. Page 7 has a membership form.

Was your wedding the "perfect wedding?" Whether or not it was, this month you can see the Scripps Ranch Theatre’s production of Perfect Wedding, which is anything but! Details are on page 65.

Easter and Passover are in April. There are lots of events to celebrate the season. From egg hunts to the Easter Bunny to a Seder, see the list on page 19.

My thanks to Bob Dingeman, who sent me the following. It was written by a Marine in combat who became a Catholic priest and chaplain.


America and its Freedoms

It is the soldier, not the politician, who fights the country’s wars and lays his or her life on the line for our freedoms;

It is the soldier, not the reporter, who guarantees us freedom of the press;

It is the soldier, not the poet, who gives us freedom of speech;

It is the soldier, not the demonstrator or organizer, who gives us the freedom to demonstrate;

It is the soldier who allows the desecrator to burn our flag, yet who honors and fights under it and whose coffin is draped with it at his or her death.


To all the troops and their families, we can’t ever thank you enough for your sacrifices.

Gloria Tran, Editor