Letters to the Editor



The globe should be preserved with the continents in place. A symbol of Leisure World for more than 50 years, the globe will have its landmark status degraded if a recommendation by the beautification sub-committee is adopted.

In a May 16, 2013 Sun Newspapers article, a member of the beautification sub-committee stated, that some Leisure World residents consider the globe an eyesore. Therefore the committee decided to recommend the removal of the globe’s continents and turn it into a sphere “to make it more aesthetically appealing.”

I am not aware of any overwhelming sentiment among our 6,608 shareholders, that the globe is an eyesore and in need of a cosmetic makeover.

Quite the opposite. The preservation of the globe for so many years is an affirmation that the thousands of past and current residents have found it appealing and a source of pride. Removing the continents from the globe will merely transform this iconic landmark into a generic steel sphere with no connection to the history of our community.

The Orange County Historical Commission is a neutral and knowledgeable resource on landmark and preservation issues. In a July 16, 2013 letter to the GRF board, the commission advised against “any alterations that would harm the integrity of the globe” and recommended that every effort be made to “preserve and celebrate this iconic landmark.”

Shareholders who want to preserve the globe should contact their GRF board representatives and ask them to oppose stripping the continents from the globe.

Abe Samansky

Mutual 16


While waiting to be called into a doctor’s office, I was amazed to watch an elderly man being told that this doctor is not on the medical list as of last month and his co-pay would be $45.

As the man turned to leave, a lady rushed to window and said, “I’ll pay it for him.”

After they both sat back down, I asked the lady if she knew the man and she said no.

I and two other people waiting there were overwhelmed. What a moment and what a conversion we had after seeing this act of kindness.

Lorene Christian

Mutual 15


I need help. At the estate sale Nov. 8 in Mutual 1-45G, I was purchasing some items. Unfortunately on my last trip to my car I put down my cane at the sale site and left with my goodies.

Arriving home I immediately realized my mistake and called the sale site supervisor. He looked around and was unable to find my cane which was of a distinctive design.

Either someone picked it up or maybe it was even sold to someone. I will gladly reimburse the price of purchase.

Whoever has the cane, please return it to me. It was given to me recently by my late son-in-law. When he saw I was having problems walking, he said “Papa, I have just the cane for you.”

His gift was a hard oak cane with a brass goose head handle and inserted brass shamrocks in the stock.

I am a 92-year- old WWII veteran and the cane is special to me since my ex-Vietnam son-in-law and I shared many a tale or two.

My name is Gene Keefner and I live in Mutual 2, 72-G. Call me at 431-3121. If you prefer you can hand in at the Gates and Patrol desk. Your understanding, compassion and honesty will be appreciated.

Gene Keefner

Mutual 2


As a native of Germany, I am proud of the globe with its continents, as it represents the community of many nations, of which Leisure World consists.

Maria Scheel

Mutual 16

GRF Director’s Column


by Carole Damoci

GRF Director

I moved to California in December of 1968.

After growing up in New Jersey and spending the last eight years in whatever cold place the Army could think of, I was ready for warm.

About a year later I was driving down what is now known as Seal Beach Boulevard and saw the Globe. It was pretty new then. Shiny, turning, with lights, plants and a fountain.

The Globe looked pretty good, out of place but good.

“What’s that?” I asked my friend in the car. “That’s where the old people live,” I was told.

Interesting concept, in California you keep your old people behind a globe and a guard shack. At 27 the only “old people” I knew were my grandmothers and they lived with us in the same house. We didn’t lock them away somewhere behind a globe and a guard shack.

Only in California.

As I got older so did the globe. We both weren’t as shiny as we once were. I would drive past through the years and watch it change. Pretty soon the fountains no longer worked, the paint got dull and it no longer turned. It looked old and uncared for.

So now I’m an “old person” and I live in the place behind the globe. I find I have almost nothing invested in the name Leisure World. Change it or keep it I really don’t care one way or the other.

But the globe? I’ve looked at that globe for over 40 years. I am invested in it. I find I don’t want to tear it down or remove the continents and call it a sphere.

To me it’s a symbol of our community. There are people in Leisure World from the many different places on the globe. Them or their parents. Nothing signifies community unity like the globe.

As a GRF Director I get one vote. My vote would be to clean it up, repaint it, put in some plants, maybe a palm tree or two, new lights and a fountain. Nothing else.

I hope there are enough people in Leisure World who feel the same way I do.

Maybe together we can save the Globe. If you feel the same and

Executive Director’s Column


With the holiday season rapidly arriving and with cooler fall temperatures here, many of us enjoy the warmth and light offered by a candle.

Candles are decorative, come in many pleasing aromas, and can offer ready and simple light during power outages and emergencies. But the use of candles has also resulted in the following statistics (as provided by the U.S. Fire Administration):

• On average, 42 home candle fires are reported every day.

• More than half of all candle fires start when something that could burn, such as furniture, mattresses or bedding, curtains, or decorations is too close to the candle.

• In one-fifth (20 percent) of candle fires, the candles are unattended or abandoned.

• Over one-third (36 percent) of home candle fires begin in the bedroom.

• Falling asleep is a factor in 12 percent of home candle fires and 36 percent of the associated deaths.

• December is the peak time of year for home candle fires. In December, 13 percent of home candle fires begin with decorations compared to 4 percent the rest of the year.

• One-half of home candle fire deaths occur between Midnight and 6 a.m.

• Young children and older adults have the highest death risk from candle fires.

• The risk of fatal candle fires appears higher when candles are used for light.

If you use a candle please make sure to follow the following candle safety tips.

• Consider using battery-operated or electric flameless candles and fragrance warmers, which can look, smell and feel like real candles, ithout the flame.

• If you do use candles, ensure they are in sturdy metal, glass or ceramic holders and placed where they cannot be easily knocked down.

• Avoid using candles in bedrooms and sleeping areas.

• Extinguish candles after use and before going to bed.

• Keep candles at least 12 inches from anything that can burn.

• Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.

• Set a good example by using matches, lighters and fire carefully.

• Children should never be allowed to play with matches, lighters or candles.

• Never use a candle where medical oxygen is being used. The two can combine to create a large, unexpected fire.

• Always use a flashlight – not a candle – for emergency lighting.

• Never put candles on a Christmas tree.

• When using in home worship, don’t place lit candles in windows, where blinds and curtains can close over them, or pass handheld candles from one person to another. To lower the risk of fire, candles should be used by only a few designated adults.

• And never leave burning candles unattended!

• Remember! Candle fires are preventable and the top five days for home candle fires are:

• Christmas Day

• Christmas Eve

• New Year’s Day

• Halloween

• December 23

In the event of a fire, remember time is the biggest enemy and every second counts!

Escape first, and then call 911 for help. Develop a home fire escape plan and practice it frequently.

Never stand up in a fire, always crawl low under the smoke, and try to keep your mouth covered.

Never return to a burning building for any reason: it may cost you your life.

Finally, having a working smoke alarm dramatically increases your chances of surviving a fire.

Please have a safe holiday season.

– Randy Ankeny, Executive Director