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Dear Editor,

On April 30, 13 members of the La Verne basketball team took their Saturday to volunteer at the Anthesis Autism Services Second Annual “Athletes for Autism” event, held at the Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona. The athletes worked with autistic adults and supported the efforts of Pomona Valley Workshop to provide services for adults with developmental disabilities. With a 400 percent increase in autism in California, these program are increasingly needed.

Pomona Valley Workshop is very lucky that Coach Richard Reed asked his players to provide activities for the attendees. In their La Verne uniforms, they added spirit and fun to the event.

For information, contact Sharon Armagast at PVW, 909-624-3555, ext. 239, or Janis Dietz at 909-593-3511, ext. 4213.

Janis Dietz
Professor of Business Administration


Dear Editor,

This memorandum is in response to a letter to the editor written Feb. 25. I highly believe that it is crucially important that a traffic signal is put in at the intersection of C and Bonita in the city of La Verne.

As a graduate student at the University of La Verne, tuition is very expensive and consequently, finding ways to save any dollar makes a big difference in my life! In order to save some money, I avoid purchasing a parking pass, which forces me to park and cross Bonita at C Street, where tons of traffic is consistently flowing through, usually with little or no regard to pedestrians attempting to cross. Numerous students, including myself, in addition to faculty, staff and members of the La Verne community, are constantly dodging cars and waiting over 10 minutes to cross sometimes.

A traffic light would ensure that people are able to cross the street safely and it would also prevent car accidents from occurring there. The four-way intersection on C and Bonita is always crowded, especially on Thursdays for the Farmers Market, and cars are continuously swerving to avoid accidents. Additionally, swerving could also cause innocent pedestrians, including La Verne residents, to be hit and killed.

I would like to also bring attention to members of the La Verne community who live in the homes where students and faculty park, who are always walking with their children and their dogs across that same street. If the city of La Verne installs the stoplight, they are saving members of their own community and improving life for everyone by making the city much safer.

In the evening after class, if we had to hike to D Street just to cross at the light, we are wasting precious time that we all know no one has. Students need to get home to study and prepare for exams, while faculty and staff need to rush to pick up their kids from school, make dinner, etc.

If the city of La Verne thinks that putting in a stoplight is too expensive, paying for someone’s life would only cost everyone that much more. If a stoplight is too expensive, then putting a stop sign and a lit up crosswalk would be efficient enough, and would not cost the city as much money.

Saving lives should never have a price limit to it.

Drea Aoun
Psy.D. Student

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