Ramona Supports equal greeting I noticed a letter in a recent Sentinel about a local store choosing to use a “Happy Holiday” greeting instead of any that was aimed at a specific culture or religion. I just wanted to show my support for my neighbors who choose to greet or send their well-wishes to everyone equally, without any presumption about the recipient’s religious affiliation. While I have celebrated Christmas most years of my life, it does often make me uncomfortable when someone assumes I subscribe to one religion or another, come from one culture or another, or that I celebrate religious holidays at all. Do I look Jewish? Do I look Christian? Can you tell just by looking at me? Should you be able to? Much of history’s evils have taken advantage of people supporting a cause or idea simply because everyone around them did so. I think it behooves us to remember that we are all individuals with our own separate beliefs, none exactly like the next. I am not particularly offended when someone wishes me a Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah or Joyous Kwanzaa, but I must applaud those who choose to wish everyone well regardless of their holiday choice, or indeed whether they even have a holiday this season. Namaste.
Ramona Toy drive thanks Thank you to all our customers for helping us make our fourth annual toy drive, “Keep the Toys in Ramona,” a huge success. We were able to provide gifts for at least 150 children from the Ramona Boys & Girls Club. We are very grateful for everybody generosity. I would like to also thank Santa for being part of our drive, and my new helpers — Heather Winters Photography, your pictures are amazing and Roxanne Dyer, Century 21 agent, for keeping the Santa line going smooth. Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.