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NEWS
February 22, 2012
I read with much interest the letter from William Brown on Feb. 10 titled “ 'Road diet' plan a recipe for disaster ” and wish to comment regarding the proposed “road diet” through Montrose. I, too, agree that this ill-conceived plan is a disaster looking for a happening. Many of us local residents use Honolulu Avenue on a daily basis for our east-west commute. There are no alternate routes, other than Foothill Boulevard, which is teeming with commuters, kids and local shoppers.
NEWS
March 17, 2011
Editor's Note: Numerous instances of plagiarism have been discovered in Dan Kimber's “Education Matters” column, which ran in the News- Press from September 2003 to September 2011. In those columns where plagiarism has been found, a For the Record specifying the details will be appended to the piece. I tackle this week's topic I must apologize for last week's quiz. There were a few glaring errors that a number of people pointed out to me and I'm feeling a little contrite, since I was trying to demonstrate that human intelligence still surpasses any and all technological contrivances that simulate our brains.
LOCAL
By Jim Weling | November 2, 2009
I do wish to take issue with your Oct. 31 editorial “Council did no one any favors,” which appears more to have been written by the disgruntled owner of the unsuccessful cab company than anyone on your staff. Also, if the inference in your editorial is that people can be bought and sold by campaign contributions applies only to the City Council, and not to the fine members of the Transportation & Parking Commission, I have no objection, as many of us have learned, to our dismay, that the individual who was your good buddy when seeking your vote and help in getting elected, has absolutely no concern for you, or any other resident, after the election.
NEWS
September 29, 2000
So the Glendale Human Relations Coalition figures it will right the wrongs of the U.S. Supreme Court by cutting off funding for the Boy Scouts! ("Scouts could lose in city," Sept. 22) Recently, we have had a plethora of tragedies where our young people (especially young men) have committed heinous crimes resulting in the deaths of other young people. Now the coalition would like to cut off funding to a group that could have a direct impact on reducing this violent behavior.
NEWS
December 4, 2001
Let me see if I have this straight. Over 85% of Glendale motorists are breaking the posted speed limit on residential streets, blowing through stop signs, red lights and pedestrian walkways because there are no consequences for it. And some of our insane city officials and police want to raise the speed limit on residential streets as some twisted way of solving the problem! Where is the common sense? Stop insulting our intelligence by telling us that we are "behind the times" by keeping the speed limit at a safe speed.
NEWS
March 28, 2001
What is a good politician? Charisma, polish, power, fast thinking, issue oriented, articulate and appeasing. Glendale school board candidate Catherine Yesayan is not a particularly strong politician applying these criteria, yet she deserves to win if we ask a different question: What makes a good school board member? Family and community values, independent thinking, consensus building, common sense, intelligence, history of effective service and authenticity.
NEWS
March 19, 2001
Claudia Peschiutta GLENDALE -- A man whom locals know as a radio personality on Glendale-based KRLA-AM (870) is about to get a new title. Dennis Prager, host of a daily talk show broadcast on KRLA, will be given the Citizen of the Year Award by the Miracle Mile Lions Club later this month, according to a news release. "[Prager} provokes and inspires us to ... judge others, not on what is presently fashionable or what is presumed to be politically correct, but on the timeless principals of morality, ethics and good, old-fashioned common sense," Lions Club member Jerry Zerg said in a statement.
NEWS
October 29, 2003
Regarding Jeff Keating's highlights of the USA Patriot Act: Apparently, no one in Congress remembers the joy of having Joe McCarthy around. To paraphrase a quote: Those who fail to learn from history will be condemned to repeat it. The USA Patriot Act is ruinously expensive, and as a practical matter, highly unworkable. Yes, we need homeland security. But the USA Patriot Act will just make the bad guys more creative. This is democracy run amok. Do we really want our grandchildren to live in an era when they can't even step outside their door without some government official asking, "Papers, please"?
NEWS
February 10, 2004
Re Mr Zavos' and Mr. Minas' letter published Feb. 4: Mr. Zavos and Mr. Minas -- just because things were done wrong for many years is not an excuse to keep on doing them. Yes, there are many houses built on inappropriate lots. Yes, there are a lot of houses that are horrific examples of disdain for the surrounding environment. Yes, you have a right to build on your lot. But be fair and use your common sense. Do not act like a little kid who wants the same toy the other kid has, even if it's harmful.
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NEWS
August 3, 2013
The opinion of the News-Press A common-sense approach to resolving local healthcare issues - including repeated readmissions to hospitals - may well be on the horizon, thanks to the Glendale Healthier Community Coalition's efforts to establish of a health information exchange among the city's hospitals. Specifically, patients' electronic medical records would be shared among healthcare providers to improve coordination of their care. The potential benefits of such a system would be worth any costs to set up the network, both to the patients' health and to the bottom line of hospitals.
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NEWS
September 10, 2012
SACRAMENTO - Admittedly I'm biased about bears. I don't think they're hunted enough in California. I say hunt them down with dogs. Hunt them with drones. Maybe roll in the tanks. I've awakened to this conclusion while watching brazen black bears grow out of control in this state. They should be properly managed just like much of our wildlife: by hunting. But they should be hunted humanely - with hounds. That's why Gov. Jerry Brown should veto a fuzzy-headed bill, SB 1221 by Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance)
NEWS
February 22, 2012
I read with much interest the letter from William Brown on Feb. 10 titled “ 'Road diet' plan a recipe for disaster ” and wish to comment regarding the proposed “road diet” through Montrose. I, too, agree that this ill-conceived plan is a disaster looking for a happening. Many of us local residents use Honolulu Avenue on a daily basis for our east-west commute. There are no alternate routes, other than Foothill Boulevard, which is teeming with commuters, kids and local shoppers.
NEWS
September 10, 2011
The Glendale News-Press article on Sept. 4 titled “Smart meters in the frame” was very informative. Jim Sepe holds the title of “chief technology officer” for Ceiva. I doubt that he is a guinea pig for the new project his employer is proposing, but is just using another snake oil sell about smart meters. Does anyone with a shred of common sense need another energy consuming gadget to advise them that when they lower temperatures or activate air conditioners, power use will either decline or rise in use?
NEWS
March 17, 2011
Editor's Note: Numerous instances of plagiarism have been discovered in Dan Kimber's “Education Matters” column, which ran in the News- Press from September 2003 to September 2011. In those columns where plagiarism has been found, a For the Record specifying the details will be appended to the piece. I tackle this week's topic I must apologize for last week's quiz. There were a few glaring errors that a number of people pointed out to me and I'm feeling a little contrite, since I was trying to demonstrate that human intelligence still surpasses any and all technological contrivances that simulate our brains.
NEWS
April 24, 2010
Nadine Kay Hays’ yearlong quest to clear her name of a misdemeanor battery charge, stemming from a tussle with a security agent at Bob Hope Airport who tried to take her 93-year-old mother’s snacks, appears to have prevailed — not in the court of rigid enforcement, but of common sense. Burbank prosecutors were geared up for what could have turned into a five-day trial on whether Hays smacked the arm of a Transportation Security Administration agent who tried to wrest away a cooler packed with applesauce and other snacks for her ailing mother on a flight to Nashville, Tenn.
FEATURES
January 25, 2010
I believe that people who refuse to obey a mandatory evacuation order should expect no help from the city or county if they become trapped (“Officials urge evacuation,” Jan. 22). At the very least, they should be held financially responsible for the rescue, and criminally prosecuted if one of the workers is injured or killed. DAN BRIDSTON Glendale   Stop the amplified music on sidewalks I wonder if we all did it . . .
NEWS
By Gary Huerta | November 5, 2009
When I broke the story about Escott Norton and his $5,471 water bill last week, I thought it would make a few seats squirm within the walls of Glendale Water & Power. I was also curious if the Glendale City Council would be willing to stand up for a family being charged for using an unbelievable 1.5 million gallons of water in 64 days. I’m happy to report that Glendale Water & Power finally agreed to reduce Norton’s utility bill by $5,121. But that victory was not won easily.
LOCAL
By Jim Weling | November 2, 2009
I do wish to take issue with your Oct. 31 editorial “Council did no one any favors,” which appears more to have been written by the disgruntled owner of the unsuccessful cab company than anyone on your staff. Also, if the inference in your editorial is that people can be bought and sold by campaign contributions applies only to the City Council, and not to the fine members of the Transportation & Parking Commission, I have no objection, as many of us have learned, to our dismay, that the individual who was your good buddy when seeking your vote and help in getting elected, has absolutely no concern for you, or any other resident, after the election.
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