Those of you who do not read the LA Times sports section (or those far larger numbers who do not read the LA Times, period), will miss an excellent story this Sunday by Bill Plaschke. It tells the simple story of a small town little league umpire who after 34 years of service to the sport, discovers he is dying of four kinds of cancer, and the response to this by the community.
It is plainly and simply and elegantly written. And it breaks your heart and reinforces your belief in the goodness of people.
Also in the paper that day is Steve Lopez's follow-up column on a mentally ill homeless man on skid row. It's not a bad column.
Again, it is not a bad column. But in a just world, a man like Bill Plaschke would write a LA Times column about the people of