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Mailbag: Martial arts don’t deserve bad image

May 06, 2010

In relation to the April 8 article “Council lifts boxing ban,” I am pleased to hear that the City Council has agreed to lift the restriction and accept boxing as a “wholesome impact on the city.”

As a martial artist with a second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, I feel that a 62-year-old ordinance that implies negative ideas about boxing, or any other pro fighting sport, such as mixed martial arts, is completely false. The notion of worrying that they will bring about negative consequences to the city is unreasonable.

As athletes in the field of martial arts, we are always taught to respect the opponent, making respect a valuable trait to the game.

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Moreover, we as trained athletes are taught that the sport should not be used to instill violence, except in self-defense.

Any trained and respectable athlete knows and follows these guidelines.

What the city of Glendale should focus its attention on is monitoring the unnecessary fights and quarrels by some students and other citizens who enjoy picking fights for the pleasure of it.

MICHELLE SHAHNAZARIANS

Glendale

No end in sight to rising taxes

Our voter discontent should not be a right-versus-left argument. The fault lies in unbridled one-party rule of either side, and politicians who vote on a bill before reading it.

In a recent case, politicians voted in a “temporary” tax, only to realize it was permanent. Didn’t they know what they were voting on? It’s their job to know.

Young families with children to raise will feel the effects of this burden. We see our taxes rise almost daily with no end in sight.

Let’s have honest campaigning and voting for the good of all citizens and for the future of our country and our children.

ROSEMARY KLEM

Glendale

Child Internet use must be monitored

In regards to the April 9 column from Dan Kimber, “Bullying that follows children home,” I fully agree with the idea that children, or even adolescents, in schools are being bullied through cyberspace, with the use of social networking websites.

However, the major problem is that parents or guardians have no idea, at times, what their child may or may not be experiencing outside or even during school. With the new crazed era of social networking, e-mailing and electronic communication, parents who don’t monitor their children’s activities often are left with a big surprise.

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