header image

[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Cloudy
Cloudy
54°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
January 17
1994, 4:31 a.m. - Magnitude 6.7 Northridge earthquake rocks Santa Clarita Valley [video]
collapsed freeway bridge


The Good Long Road | Commentary by Jennifer Fischer
| Saturday, Jan 3, 2015

JenniferFischerThis time of year is often a time for reflection. I decided last week to write my own A-Z list for 2014, highlighting the past year’s news that stuck out for me.

I drew inspiration from some great A-Z lists I’ve read lately, most notably “The A to Z of Women in Film 2014” in Indiewire’s Women and Hollywood blog. So I went with the A-Z format, as well. I thought I would wrap it up in two parts, but a lot happened this past year, so I think I’m going to make this a three-part series.

Here’s Part 2 of 3:

L is for Little League World Series: Mo’ne Davis made this year’s Little League World Series one to remember through her impeccable performance, pitching a shutout. She showed the world that gender discrimination and commonly held stereotypes that assert that girls are somehow not as good as boys must be reconsidered. This year’s Little League World Series featured two girls playing among the boys, and Mo’ne became the first American girl ever to play in the series as well as the first Little League player ever to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated. She was named one of the most influential teens of 2014 by Time magazine and seemed to embrace her opportunity to be a role model, conducting herself with confidence and demonstrating that she’s got smarts as well as a killer fast baseball.

M is for Mexico: When 43 students disappeared in Mexico, the country’s ongoing struggles with drug cartels and government corruption were thrust into the spotlight. The disappearances also sparked protests and outrage throughout Mexico and brought the reality of such disappearances, which had become all too common, out into the open for the rest of the world. After uncertainty about what happened to the students and the government’s involvement and knowledge, it finally came to light in December that the students were massacred by the police and that the government knew about the attack. Voices across Mexico are calling for President Enrique Peña Nieto to resign. Although his resignation is uncertain, what is certain is that Mexico has another challenging year ahead of it.

N is for Net Neutrality: The words “net neutrality” were thrown around a lot this past year, but I wonder how many individuals fully understand what it means or what to do about it. In essence, net neutrality is connected with keeping the Internet “open” so that everyone can access whatever lawful information they would like via the Internet without concerns that their Internet provider might be selectively blocking certain information or sites. Net neutrality involves applying common carriage rules to the internet. “Common carriage prohibits the owner of a network … from discriminating against information by halting, slowing or otherwise tampering with the transfer of any data (except for legitimate network management purposes such as easing congestion or blocking spam)” – quote from the ACLU website. If this is important to you, let the FCC know it can and should immediately move to protect free speech, consumers and network neutrality.

O is for Off the Radar: Missing airplanes became a bit too common in 2014. Although most were located rapidly after being “lost,” the exact whereabouts of the Malaysian Air flight MH370 remains largely a mystery. It disappeared March 8 while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. It is currently believed the plane ended its journey in the seas east of the Australian city Perth. Evidenced suggests the plane was deliberately diverted by someone on board, but the reality of what took place on March 8 remains a complete mystery.

P is for Protest (or “the People”): In 2014, around the world, we saw uprisings, revolutions, protests and frustration at continued injustice, economic inequality and corrupt governments. Amid all of the tumult, there has also been a promise of growth and positive change. There is a movement for justice and accountability brewing – and it is growing. I believe people will continue to voice their concerns and demand change in the new year, and I believe that there will be growing pains with this process. However, I also believe that ultimately, changes that provide greater equality and understanding can help us create a more fruitful and just world that benefits and embraces us all.

Q is for – hmm.  I’m not sure what “Q” is for. I’m saving that one for next week, so stay tuned.

R is for Recess: Partisanship and bickering have meant this past year was one in which Congress “impressed” many people through its utter inability to get anything done and rounded out its year with one of its lowest approval rates of all time. It has also meant many communities began to look toward their local governments for action, rather than expecting anything from Congress.

S is for Syria: The crisis and turmoil in Syria escalated throughout the year, and it seems the escalation will continue. I’ve watched with sorrow as events have unfolded, especially since I traveled to Syria in 1999 and 2003 and met many wonderful and generous people while there. I am saddened to see the region engulfed in such intense violence and in the gross human rights violations that are taking place. It also saddens me to see how ISIS (ISIL) has reinforced for many people negative stereotypes about Islam and Muslims – stereotypes that I know are not at all valid. The Muslims I know personally are appalled by ISIS and fear the movement’s growth.

T is for Torture Report: What to say about the torture report? It’s hard to say anything, as I think I’m still a little speechless due to the grand scale of the torture and the widespread and excessive use of it. It saddens me to think our nation set a policy into place that completely dehumanized and brutally tortured others, with no results, and that we would set forth a policy so damaging to our own soldiers and intelligence agents ordered to conduct such heinous acts – things that are certainly psychologically and emotionally damaging for them.

I’m leaving U-Z (and Q) for next week, but I hate to wrap up this piece on such a sour note, so I’ll leave you with another thought about the torture report. Perhaps the reality that the torture report was released to the public offers promise for the new year. For our nation to move forward and lead effectively in the world, we must not hide our errors; instead we must stand up and be accountable for our actions and demand more from ourselves.

I am certainly hoping for a new year in which accountability and transparency are recurring themes.

What are you hoping for?

 

Jennifer Fischer is co-founder of the SCV Film Festival, a mom of two, an independent filmmaker and owner of Think Ten Media Group, whose Generation Arts division offers programs for SCV youth. She writes about her parenting journey on her blog, The Good Long Road. Her commentary is published Saturdays on SCVNews.com.

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

1 Comment

  1. joe says:

    An C is for Canadian mining leeches taking so much gold and silver from Mexico. In Guerrero there is a large gold belt where there are mining companies from Canada which you don’t hear about in mainstream american media. Communities do protest against mining but get dragged away by federales so the mining companies can extract.

Leave a Comment


Opinion Section Policy
All opinions and ideas are welcome. Factually inaccurate, libelous, defamatory, profane or hateful statements are not. Your words must be your own. All commentary is subject to editing for legibility. There is no length limit, but the shorter, the better the odds of people reading it. "Local" SCV-related topics are preferred. Send commentary to: LETTERS (at) SCVNEWS.COM. Author's full name, community name, phone number and e-mail address are required. Phone numbers and e-mail addresses are not published except at author's request. Acknowledgment of submission does not guarantee publication.
Read More From...
RECENT COMMENTARY
Wednesday, Jan 5, 2022
The start of the new year always brings with it new beginnings and new opportunities.
Tuesday, Nov 16, 2021
In last month’s blog I listed the many unusual animals DACC has impounded throughout the years. I challenged readers to guess which two species of animals that DACC has not impounded, promising to reveal the answer in this month’s blog.
Tuesday, Nov 2, 2021
October 30 was the day we cut the ribbon and welcomed residents to the new Canyon Country Community Center.
Monday, Nov 1, 2021
Tis the season to celebrate, and I know I cannot wait to come together as a community, once again, to kick off the holiday season at Light Up Main Street! This year’s event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 20, at 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct 14, 2021
People are often surprised when I tell them the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) cares for animals other than dogs and cats.
Monday, Oct 4, 2021
The culmination of a major project is always an exciting time.

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
Impulse Music Co., which is located at 21515 Soledad Canyon Road, Suite #120, is hosting an Open Mic Night free to all ages, on Wednesday, Feb. 2, from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Impulse Music Hosting Open Mic Night
The Santa Clarita Community College District's Board of Trustees will hold a virtual business meeting and public hearing via Zoom Wednesday, Jan. 19, at 5:00 p.m.
Jan. 19: COC Board of Trustees Business Meeting
The William S. Hart Union High School District's Governing Board will hold its regular meeting Wednesday, Jan. 19, beginning with a closed session at 5:45 p.m., followed immediately by open session at 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 19: Hart School District’s Regular Meeting
Whether you’ve just finished an ice skating lesson, are watching a youth hockey game or want to take a break during a public session, The Grille at The Cube is the perfect place to unwind with a delicious meal or snack.
SCV’s Newest Dining Spot Opens at The Cube
The city of Santa Clarita's Planning Commission will hold its regular meeting Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 6:00 p.m.
Jan. 18: Planning Commission Regular Meeting
LOS ANGELES (CN) — A lawsuit by two environmental groups to stop the enormous and controversial Tejon Ranch Centennial Project can continue, a Los Angeles County judge ruled Friday, despite a recent settlement in a related case.
Judge Advances Environmental Suit Against Massive Centennial Project
Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital reported Monday an additional death from COVID-19, bringing the total number to 201 since the onset of the pandemic, spokesman Patrick Moody confirmed.
Monday COVID Roundup: Henry Mayo Reports 201st Death
1994, 4:31 a.m. - Magnitude 6.7 Northridge earthquake rocks Santa Clarita Valley [video]
collapsed freeway bridge
1926 - Newhall Community Hospital, est. 1922, opens in larger, more modern hospital building at 6th & Spruce streets [story]
Newhall Community Hospital
1875 - Henry Mayo Newhall buys western half of the Santa Clarita Valley for $2 an acre [story]
Henry M. Newhall
College of the Canyons returned to the court for the first time in three weeks on Wednesday, suffering an 81-73 road loss at the hands of Glendale College in a contest that officially started Western State Conference (WSC), South Division play for the Cougars Men's Basketball team.
COC Men’s Basketball Suffers 81-73 Road Loss to Glendale in WSC, South Opener
The No. 6 College of the Canyons Cougars women's basketball team dropped a 65-61 road game to L.A. Valley College on Wednesday, as the team could only muster five points in the fourth quarter to lose its Western State Conference, South Division opener.
No. 6 COC Cougar Women Falter 65-61 at LAVC
The California Department of Transportation announces an extended weekend closures of eastbound Interstate 210 in the San Fernando Valley for paving work. Residents and local businesses located near the freeway may experience noise, vibrations and dust associated with construction activities.
Caltrans Announces Extended Weekend Closures on Eastbound I-210 in Sylmar
Drug Free Youth in Santa Clarita Valley will present a virtual workshop 6 p.m. Jan. 26 called "Suicide Awareness: Recognizing Signs and How to Get Help”.
Jan. 26: DFYinSCV to Host Virtual Suicide Awareness Workshop
The MAIN in Old Town Newhall will host an art reception in celebration of the featured art exhibit, “Picking Up The Pieces” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, in The MAIN’s lobby gallery.
Jan. 20: ‘Picking Up the Pieces’ Art Reception at The MAIN
Winter is the best season to prepare your garden and trees for the spring. Now is time to practice proper pruning techniques to take your garden to the next level in 2022.
Jan. 22: Learn Proper Pruning Techniques at Free SCV Water Virtual Gardening Class
1988 - One-month-old Santa Clarita City Council votes to form Planning Commission [minutes]
meeting minutes
The Los Angeles County Development Authority has been awarded $1.2 million in renewal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, to continue the operation of its Family Self-Sufficiency Program.
L.A. County’s Family Self-Sufficiency Program Awarded $1.2M
The Africana-Asian Collaboratory for Inclusive Excellence Project at California State University, Northridge will host a webinar celebrating the life of the late Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Tuesday, Jan. 18, from 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
CSUN Hosting Webinar Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.
The city of Santa Clarita’s Arts division invites individuals of all ages to explore the newest art exhibitions in our community.
Community Invited to Explore City’s Newest Art Exhibits
(CN) — The county of Los Angeles asked a judge to hold Sheriff Alex Villanueva in contempt for ignoring three subpoenas issued by the Civilian Oversight Commission last fall, in a court filing on Wednesday.
L.A. County Asks Judge to Hold Villanueva in Contempt
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed Thursday 45 additional deaths and 45,076 new cases of COVID-19 countywide, with 55,978 total cases in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Thursday COVID Roundup: SCV Total Cases Nearing 56,000
1847 - Gen. Andres Pico (as in Pico Canyon) surrenders to Col. John C. Fremont, effectively ending the war between U.S. and Mexico [story]
treaty table
SCVNews.com
%d bloggers like this: