November 5, 2009
Both the Senate and House are finally getting ready to debate and vote on separate versions of health-care reform. Both bills fall short of what President Obama promised and the American people voted for last year. President Obama repeatedly called for bipartisan reform that reduced Americans’ health-care costs. He called for a bipartisan, open process that included televising the entire process on C-SPAN. This, he said, would make the process transparent. Unfortunately, the Senate majority leader and the House speaker rejected the president’s leadership.
September 30, 2006
A new survey of American religious beliefs reportedly finds that one out of five Americans believe God favors the United States in worldly affairs. Among those Americans, the Baylor University study also reportedly found that more Republicans — four times as many — than Democrats believe God favors the U.S. What do you think? It is always a dangerous prospect (not to mention idolatrous) to think that God favors "us" over "them." The Hebrew prophets of old were aware of this danger, and they urged their listeners not to assume any specialness simply because God had chosen Israel.
May 10, 2013
I am a seventh-grader at St. Bede Elementary School in La Cañada. I am trying to bring awareness to the benefits of recycling to your readers. The seventh-graders at St. Bede School have worked hard this week to recycle $68 worth of cans. Our class wants your readers to know that you can also make a big difference in your community by recycling. You can make the world a better place if you recycle because you will conserve energy and save valuable landfill space that is greatly needed by the city of Glendale.
October 15, 2001
Flag critics quickly become flag wavers I would like to thank the gentleman who owns the Shell Station on Pacific Avenue for the wonderful display of flags that he has. People say he uses the flags to draw attention to his business, but I don't agree. I have passed that station for years, stopping for gas only once or twice. The flags are a beautiful sight. When the tragedy in New York City happened, how many Americans owned a flag? I say not many.
April 14, 2006
Congressman David Dreier (R-San Dimas,CA), chairman of the House Rules Committee, voted to encourage increased financial literacy amongst Americans. H.Res. 737, Supporting the Goals and Ideals of Financial Literacy Month, was approved by the House with broad bipartisan support,423-1. "As we enter the 21st Century, more Americans have access to financial services and products than ever before," Dreier said in a prepared statement. "With the click of a button, consumers can perform a variety of financial activities over the Internet, from paying bills to managing investments.
October 31, 2000
I thought that at least one non-Armenian should register disappointment in Rep. James Rogan's flip-flop on the Armenian Genocide bill. I am, of course, equally disappointed with President Clinton, and the State Department in general. We Americans condemn the Germans and Japanese for the genocides they committed in World War II, yet they remain our allies. Americans are even now willing to admit our own atrocities in the past against the American Indians and African Americans.
September 4, 2000
I thank Albert Abkarian for his down-to-earth letter in the Aug. 17 Glendale News-Press, "Freedom of speech and press cannot be compromised." So therefore, may I say let's quit using hyphenated nationality titles. Most people say they come here for the opportunities and or the great fears and dangers they want to flee from. So why not plain Americans when you come. My father was not called German-American, my husband's family not called Norwegian-American, they came and were sponsored by family members here, no help from anyone else, so they had to learn the language as quick as possible and get a job. Family members were very hard-up and strict but they all considered themselves Americans and worked hard to prove themselves.
January 29, 2001
I must say that after reading Paul Carney's letter, I feel happy and proud not to be an American. I got sick in the stomach. I am from Italy and have lived in Los Angeles for three years. His letter just proved the opinion I got of America during the period I spent here. America isn't the great country Americans think it is. Its people are uneducated and often racist. What he wrote about the Armenian Genocide is an insult to people's rights. I wonder what would happen if he wrote the same things about other numerous races that make this country.
February 8, 2001
Francesca De Cesari's letter (Jan. 29) saddened me. Instead of helping to find a solution for racism, she has chosen to become part of the problem. She has branded Americans, as a group, as uneducated and racist. To her and to others who believe as she does, I say this: America is a dream in the process of becoming a reality. The vast majority of us want America to be a country where there is equal opportunity for all, and we are working to make it that way. Americans have made terrible mistakes, like allowing slavery to exist.
December 27, 2001
If Mr. Konialian knew anything regarding American history, he would not place Gus Gomez shoulder to shoulder with Lincoln, JFK, MLK and FDR. Also, the loss of 3,000 Americans had nothing to do with improved understanding and respecting other peoples cultures. What's great about America: too much to put in print here. However, here is one thing: If enough voters feel that Mayor Gomez was irresponsible in carrying out his duties, then this country, state, city, municipality affords these people the right to place a measure before all the voters to determine if enough agree.