The anger and ego

I would like to share my concern on the presidential race underway and the role that ego and anger are playing. I hope to do so while avoiding commenting on the character or faith of any of the candidates.

I will caution on embracing and encouraging and multiplying anger. Especially under the impression that this is righteous anger. 

Righteous anger does exist. Per Wikipedia — Righteous anger is typically a reactive emotion of anger over mistreatment, insult or malice. It is akin to what is called the sense of injustice.

Still, I think back over my own life. On times when I myself was filled with what I imagined was righteous anger — and then, upon further reflection discovering, in some instances, that anger was manifested in my own ego and prejudices.

I will pose the question — do we have a much huger problem? Does what we see happening mirror present-day America? Perhaps we should take this as a wake-up call — a canary in the coal mine moment — and respond by better reflecting the sacredness of others, besides oneself. Perhaps we can take a cue from the lyrics to the Tim McGraw song, “Always be humble and kind.” As an individual or as a nation, we cannot possibly be great without first being humble. While I am not capable of altering the anger and ego that exists in the presidential campaign, I can, in my daily actions, let others know, be they neighbors or co-workers or family or strangers or the person taking my morning coffee order, that their lives are sacred and precious.

John Sanders Jones
Ventura

Progress for the Condor Trail

Thank you for your excellent article on the Condor Trail: “Alone on the Condor Trail,” 2/18/16.

The Condor Trail Association (CTA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and official lead organization for the Condor Trail, would like to thank a few other partners that were not mentioned in the article — specifically the Rose Foundation, which has supported the CTA with initial grant funding for the establishment of our Cooperative Agreement with the Los Padres National Forest (LPNF). This agreement gives the CTA the ability to begin cooperative work to develop the Condor Trail directly in concert with the LPNF. The Rose Foundation has been an invaluable partner in the growth of the CTA, and Los Padres Forest Supervisor Bob Baird has also been an excellent partner in these efforts. With this agreement in place, the CTA anticipates receiving additional grant funding sources for further development and improvement of the Condor Trail route. The CTA is currently pursuing funding to relocate the southern trailhead of the Condor Trail (the Pothole Trail at Lake Piru), as well as fully restoring the Aqua Blanca Trail, the southern gateway to the Condor Trail and the Sespe Wilderness.

Lastly — it’s important to highlight the work of Bryan Conant, president of the CTA, and the Central Coast Wild Heritage Coalition, but also the invaluable support that the CTA has received from Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara, Ventura Counties), Rep. Sam Farr (D-San Benito, Monterey Counties) and Rep. Julia Brownley’s (D-Westlake Village) offices, as well as other organizations such as the Backcountry Horsemen of California (Los Padres Chapter), Cal Wild and more recently — the LPNF Forest Service itself via our cooperative cost-sharing agreement.  The CTA is an all-volunteer organization, with a broad base of support of individuals, organizations and businesses all along the Central Coast.

Please visit www.condortrail.com or email info@condortrail.com for more information on how to get involved with our work.

Christopher Danch
Director Condor Trail Association
Goleta