Toasting to the New Year on December 23, 1994
Always the cheerleader,
a number of my editorials would be pep-talks on creating unity in our ranks.
Closing the chapter on 1994 is bittersweet. The past year has been filled with
victories and sadness, challenges and obstacles, gains and losses. It was a year that witnessed the first openly gay city councilman in the Coachella Valley, the many losses of friends and acquaintances, the debut of the Palm Springs Open Tennis Tournament,
the 2nd Desert Rodeo, another Desert Gay Festival and Parade, as well as a myriad of parties, events, fundraisers and memorials. I tend to become maudlin at this time of the year; as my mind is flooded with the images of 1994 - memories of times gone
by that now are part of our desert community's history.
With the ushering in of the New Year comes the hopes, aspirations and expectations brimming with optimism and potential.
The Desert Business Association and the Gay Tourism Council are on the threshold of joining forces in creating a strong, more cohesive and unified coalition. With the appointment of Greg Pettis to the Cathedral City Council, comes the unparalleled opportunity
for that community to truly exemplify "a city in perfect balance." In many business people's minds, the logical and anticipated result when the Agua Caliente Casino opens in 1995, will be a stronger more stable economy. While formulating
your resolutions for the New Year may we add a few suggested elements that, if allowed to exist, will hasten the fulfillment of the many great expectations:
Realize that cooperation and compromise are based on mutual respect and will make any endeavor - any effort so much easier to attain.
Carry in your hearts a positive feeling about yourself and your community and learn to plumb the depths of your potential and abilities. Anything is possible - it just needs to be approached with the confidence and belief that success
is just a matter of overcoming egos and releasing past difficulties.
Strive to become part of the solution rather than complain
about the problems. Negativity is in itself, a detriment to success.
Compel yourself to establish and encourage lines
of communication with others. More harm can be created when communication is conveniently forgotten.
love and concern for others. Remember, "No man is an island." We need to build upon our strengths rather than upholding our weaknesses to ridicule.
Be patient, be kind and be involved in everything and everyone around you. Jumping to conclusions, or worse yet, allowing others to coerce you into negative actions is destructive to the strength and cohesion of
Our wish for everyone is that this holiday season be filled with happiness, understanding and joy.
And, may those feelings of respect and love permeate the New Year. 1995 can be a banner year for our community and the Coachella Valley.