My Birthday Mixed with Disheartening

first_imgMr. Editor:One of the best treats you could give me on my birthday will be to publish my views in your widely read newspaper. Thanks for the space.Today Friday, November 14, 2014 marks my 50th birthday anniversary, but I am observing this milestone in my life with mixed reactions.Indeed, I am grateful to God for sparing my life to see this day, but I am also imbued with excruciating pains to see the dreadful trend in which Liberia, our mother land is taking.How disheartening it is to see Liberia retrogresses in achieving its development goals. What a pity that in a country of abundance of resources, a vast majority of Liberians still live in abject poverty while a privileged few enjoy unprecedented luxury?Many government officials entrusted with the mantle of authority to effectively manage the resources of the nation for the great benefits of all Liberians have over the years engaged in the systematic corruption which has heightened poverty and misery amongst ordinary Liberians.Without the shadow of doubt, the case of forging development in Liberia is proving to be a stubborn one owing to two basic reasons: Firstly, because the policymakers and planners in Liberia are almost always playing “deaf ears” to analytical views from critical thinkers expressed to see Liberia’s development enhanced; and secondly, bulk of the Liberian people have decided to play the role of spectators rather than play pro-active role in the nation building process.It is a pity that Liberia can show hardly anything, speaking in terms of development, after 167 long years of independence.The blunt reality is that Liberia will probably observe two or more centuries of independence without accomplishing any development if Liberians from all walks of life fail to reconcile their divergent views, and strategize the way forward to national growth and development.Let me close with an excerpt from Rev. Martin Luther Kings’ “Letter from Birmingham Jail” written on April 16, 1963: “We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Boys’ soccer: Sanchez’s dream real

first_imgIf the excitement leading up to Friday’s game wasn’t enough to keep Kevin Sanchez awake at night, it’s not likely he had a much easier time getting to sleep Friday night. Sanchez sparked an outburst of excitement and celebration for the Chatsworth High boys’ soccer team when he scored the winning goal in the 79th minute of Friday’s City Section quarterfinal against visiting Sylmar. The 2-1 victory extends the third-seeded Chancellors’ deepest playoff run in more than a decade, with a matchup Wednesday at No. 2 San Fernando being the final obstacle in the way of Chatsworth’s first final since 1991. The Chancellors failed to score on three consecutive corner kicks shortly before Sanchez’s goal, but Chatsworth coach Vahan Minassian said he never felt a sense of desperation from his team. “I think we knew we had it,” Minassian said. “If we play our game, we are in control. “After that first goal, it was, `Wow, we thought it was offsides.’ But that’s why you play the game and you have to go with the ref’s calls. “These guys, they didn’t let that get to them, they never let up. My hats go off to all of them, they did a phenomenal job.” The loss was just the third of the season for sixth-seeded Sylmar (21-3-3). “That’s a fantastic team and they gave us a great game,” Minassian said. Up next is a San Fernando team that has defeated Chatsworth twice this season. heather.gripp@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Teammates dogpiled on Sanchez after his decisive shot, which came off a rebound of a Travis Bowen shot that hit the post. “I couldn’t believe it,” Sanchez said. “It’s like a dream. I couldn’t even sleep last night I was thinking about the game so much. This is even better than what I’d dream. I can’t even describe it.” center_img Chatsworth (19-6-2) never led until that score in the closing minutes. The Chancellors spent much of the game trying to erase an early deficit created when Sylmar’s Cesar Sarabia scored on an open net in the third minute. Chatsworth goalkeeper Giovanni Castaneda had make a sliding play to prevent one score, but before he could get up, Sarabia ran past him for a lead that lasted until the second half. Bowen scored the tying Chatsworth’s tying goal in the 55th minute. “I think it actually helped when they got the lead,” Sanchez said. “That was important because it made us more focused and made us play our hardest the whole game.” last_img
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