Opinion: A La Jollan’s view of the Christmas Parade
La Jolla resident
I wish to comment on the so-called “Community View” objecting to the name of the Christmas Parade by Ellyn Quiggle in the Dec. 17 La Jolla Light.
There have been many community discussions and surveys on this matter. The parade is put on by a private (not municipal) group. They volunteer their time and expertise, money is raised to put on the Parade, people choose to march in it and people choose to come and watch it. No one is required to participate or is surprised that it is a Christmas Parade when they get there.
If the naysayers want to put on a Holiday Parade, they have every right to do so. No one has a monopoly on putting on a parade in La Jolla. Anyone is free to organize a group and do the necessary work to make it happen. It is a big undertaking and if there is broad-based support for a Holiday Parade, it can happen. Isn’t that a better way than to try and snuff out a longtime, well attended and well loved Christmas Parade?
A charge of anti-Semitism in the La Jolla Village as a basis for the demand to deep-six Christmas is out of place. If it happened, I am not aware of it and have been here since 1956. If there was such a thing, I’m sure the culprits are all dead and buried. Let’s not try to raise the dead. My belief, after many years here is that La Jollans in general don’t have such a personal bias as you describe, though in any society there are a few that may.
The headline to the article is presumptuous on the part of your paper. The lady is trying to make a point and the paper jumps the gun with a biased headline making it clear that the paper is in support of the letter. Wasn’t it wonderful when papers at least pretended to be neutral! It is a shame to damn so many good people in La Jolla by such intemperate remarks.
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