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Archived: A Letter from the Editor: Hope for the Future Born Out of Hard Times

The front page of this week’s edition of our newspaper will be placed in a special time capsule monument to be erected at the East Los Angeles Civic Center. It will be placed behind clear plexi glass, and will serve as a reminder to all who stop to read to return to East Los Angeles in the year 2059 to unearth a time capsule buried at the site on Jan. 8, 2009.

A better time to bury a time capsule could not have been chosen since our city, county and country are undergoing tremendous change.

We are about to inaugurate our first black president, Barack Obama next Tuesday, Jan.20. Barack Obama was elected on a wave of change, on a promise of a different, better future for us all.

The new president takes office at a time when we are in throws of the deepest recession since the great depression of the 1930s. Not since World War II, has this country seen so many jobs lost, over 500,000 in December alone, and as many as two million in all of 2008.

As many as one in 10 homes is in foreclosure, and locally, more than 60 percent of students in the Los Angeles Unified School District fail to graduate from high school, much less go on to college.
The state of California is an economic mess, the County of Los Angeles and local cities are struggling to find ways to pay for services that are needed more than ever.

Included in the buried Angel Time Capsule are 2008 and 2009 editions of our newspapers. While there are many stories of people making a difference, and positive advancements in all areas of society, we have no doubt that when those newspapers are unearthed – by people who are most likely just children today – they will reflect a time of crisis and uncertainty.

We wonder if California will still be the highest tax state in the nation or will it again be the Golden State, with great schools, jobs that pay a living wage, and health care for all?  Will Californians be able to afford a home, will our education system finally graduate a majority of its students; if that’s the way we are still educating our youth.

And, what about global warming? What will our climate and air quality be like?

What about the energy problems? Will we have new and better sources of fuel and will better public transportation have gotten people out of their cars?

And to those reading this editorial 50 years from now, we wish we could be there with you to see how our city, state and country have evolved, because, you see, despite all our problems, we still believe California is the Golden State, and we have nothing but great expectations for the future.