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By Ron Kaye | March 9, 2013
The setting was beautiful: a hill high above the intersection of the Santa Monica (10) and Long Beach (710) freeways, with panoramic views of downtown L.A. and much of the San Gabriel Valley, even on this dark and misty Thursday night. But the scene inside the banquet room at Luminarias, the landmark restaurant in Monterey Park, was ugly - dozens of conspirators were set to finish the job they had started back in December when they launched a sneak attack on the reappointment of Glendale Councilman Ara Najarian to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority board.
FEATURES
July 1, 2006
The vision of fireworks in the night sky this Fourth of July will be a wondrous sight, as will the diverse communities gathered to watch them. Burbank, Glendale and La Cañada Flintridge's communities thrive because they are free to pursue the inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness our forefathers enshrined in the American Constitution 230 years ago. On Tuesday, we should offer thanks for that freedom ? a great experiment in democracy. You can see the evidence of this experiment working as immigrant families pursue happiness, turning a Brand Boulevard storefront into a business.
FEATURES
June 10, 2006
Once again the polls opened, and once again the vast majority of voters elected to stay at home instead of exercising their right to cast a ballot. This is one of the greatest paradoxes in America today ? that many people are happy to harp on about their rights and freedoms but are utterly apathetic about actually using those rights and freedoms. What makes this even worse is that, at this very moment, American and coalition troops are fighting and dying in Iraq to bring democracy to that country while voters in the U.S. seem utterly uninterested in switching off "Desperate Housewives" to drive a few minutes down the road to vote.
NEWS
November 1, 2004
World War II was the last conflict where the nation could agree that sending our children to war was a moral mandate. That concept of mutual sacrifice was not present during the Vietnam war, and it is not shared by many today in the war in Iraq. We paid the price for that great victory at a great cost that touched practically every family in America. But, our success also created the myth of our destiny -- that we could shape the world in our image to admiring throngs or protect the world from itself through the sheer force of our military, our ideals and our commitment.
NEWS
May 7, 2004
Food, wine, medicine or sunshine are fine when used in moderation. The same goes for democracy. Glendale witnessed protracted and suspenseful drama about the Town Center. Finally, all excesses crystallized in an overwhelming approval by both Glendale residents and elected city officials. Thus, every rational person would accept the matter as decided. However, there are some untiring [people] -- one would call them kooks -- calling for a referendum about the Town Center.
NEWS
December 20, 2001
We keep reading about all the upstanding citizens who are giving of their time to circulate recall petitions in our fair city, so that democracy is not thwarted and Mr. Gomez is removed from office. I, for one, am curious who all these citizens are, and would hope the News-Press would consider publishing the names of those equally great citizens who are signing the petition in support of this effort. All the defenders of democracy should have their names cast into the light so the entire city can acknowledge their efforts, and thank them for their dedication to the principles of democracy.
NEWS
June 2, 2004
Re "Looking forward to democracy in action with a referendum" by Aram Barsoumian: Glendale, as is all of the United States, is a "representative constitutional republic." It isn't "a democracy" as ignorantly quoted by Barsoumian out of a "dictionary." Try the Constitution. And neither can it be "ruled by the majority or co-exist with a democracy." Glendale appears so messed up because its voters and officials, those on both sides of most issues, seem to believe Glendale is unique.
NEWS
January 6, 2012
My letter is in response to Ron Kaye's Jan. 1 column, “Time to restore democracy.” Kaye's column suggests that because our congressional districts have been redrawn and we will have open primaries, this can allow two candidates from the same party to face each other in November, which is an improvement to our current system. I can't think of anything more harmful to our freedom and democracy than to have as your only choice in a November election two candidates with identical viewpoints running for the same office.
NEWS
By Herbert Molano | July 11, 2007
What sparkled on the Fourth of July was more than our rendition of "Bombs bursting in air." It was a celebration of the victory of the oppressed over tyranny. I wonder how many watching the pomp and fireworks at Crescenta Valley Elementary paused to think that our struggle for democracy requires our persistent involvement. Our national story of democracy is still evolving. So long as man's capability for greed, selfishness and cruelty remain, so must our efforts to overcome them.
NEWS
September 29, 2004
The lessons on democracy learned from Sept. 14 The special election of Sept. 14 was a battle fought in many different fronts, and it was fought with so many diverse motivations and aspirations. First and foremost, it was a perfect opportunity for the Armenian-American community of Glendale to learn about the government and election in their city. On the other hand, their naive perception about democracy was demolished and replaced by a more mature and realistic version, which is quite established and understandable to the natives.
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By Ron Kaye | March 9, 2013
The setting was beautiful: a hill high above the intersection of the Santa Monica (10) and Long Beach (710) freeways, with panoramic views of downtown L.A. and much of the San Gabriel Valley, even on this dark and misty Thursday night. But the scene inside the banquet room at Luminarias, the landmark restaurant in Monterey Park, was ugly - dozens of conspirators were set to finish the job they had started back in December when they launched a sneak attack on the reappointment of Glendale Councilman Ara Najarian to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority board.
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THE818NOW
October 1, 2012
With the recent celebration of the 21st anniversary of Armenia's independence, we should note that Americans of Armenian descent have helped, participated or, in many instances, just watched from the sidelines as the country has tried to stabilize itself in a tough neighborhood where it is surrounded by hostile neighbors like Turkey and Azerbaijan. The country is far from perfect, and like most of the former Soviet countries, is predominantly run by oligarchs who control most of the business and government infrastructure.
NEWS
By Adam Schiff | September 21, 2012
Three months ago, in a decision all but lost in the tumult over the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act, the justices overturned a century-old Montana law that prohibited corporate spending in that state's elections. In the Montana case, the Supreme Court had the chance to revisit its deeply flawed 2010 decision in Citizens United. But despite the urgings of members of the court itself and a public shell-shocked by the recent torrent of unregulated corporate expenditures, the court chose instead to double down and reaffirm the conclusion of Citizens United that corporations are people, at least as far as the First Amendment is concerned.
NEWS
By Herbert Molano | April 20, 2012
As Glendale and other cities throughout the world schedule the commemoration of the Armenian Genocide by the Ottoman Turks nearly 100 years ago, we are often asked why? Why the inhumanity? We are getting closer to the answer. Unlike the sporadic newspaper stories that surfaced of that genocide during World War I, we can now witness nightly the level of atrocity men are willing to perpetrate on their fellow men. We can now dig faster and deeper into the psychic of these perpetrators.
NEWS
January 6, 2012
My letter is in response to Ron Kaye's Jan. 1 column, “Time to restore democracy.” Kaye's column suggests that because our congressional districts have been redrawn and we will have open primaries, this can allow two candidates from the same party to face each other in November, which is an improvement to our current system. I can't think of anything more harmful to our freedom and democracy than to have as your only choice in a November election two candidates with identical viewpoints running for the same office.
NEWS
January 1, 2012
Politically speaking, all bets are off, the rules have changed and everything is up for grabs in 2012. Legislative and congressional districts have been redrawn by a citizen's commission without the gerrymandering that has contributed so much to the stalemates and gridlock in Washington and Sacramento for most of the last two decades. Even more importantly, the party primary system is gone, replaced by an open primary system that allows you on June 5 to cast your ballot for any candidate, no matter the party affiliation.
NEWS
By Zanku Armenian | August 27, 2011
Some news in the last few weeks has demonstrated the fragile nature of our freedoms. As riots in Great Britain spread, on Aug. 11 the British prime minister's reaction was to begin an assault on freedom of speech and assembly by attempting to ban social media and other communication channels, hoping it would quell protesters. Less than a week later in San Francisco, protests broke out against Bay Area Rapid Transit in response to the July shooting of a homeless man by BART police.
NEWS
By Patrick Caneday | April 7, 2011
A favorite pastime for the parents on our block is to sit in their Adirondack chairs on our front lawns and yell at speeding, rush-hour motorists using our street to shave 12 seconds off their drives home. We leap to our feet upon hearing the telltale roar of approaching speeders, hollering at them to slow down, doing our best not to spill a drop of Dewar's or whatever merlot is on sale at Fresh & Easy that week. The drivers rarely hear their hecklers through closed windows. But our playing children do. I, for one, gave up trying to set a good example for my children after the Birthday Clown Incident of '06. (She had it coming, by the way.)
NEWS
By Sharon Raghavachary | February 23, 2011
This week I’d like to explain how just a handful of people can make a difference in La Crescenta and Glendale. My first example came last week, when local home builder Mark Anderson came last Thursday evening to the Crescenta Valley Town Council’s Land Use Committee meeting to explain some requirements that the L.A. County Department of Public Works is trying to place on a housing project he’s planning for the corner of Briggs and...
NEWS
By Jason Wells | June 23, 2009
NORTHWEST GLENDALE — Hundreds of demonstrators, many with friends and family hunkered down in the aftermath of Iran’s controversial June 12 presidential election, spilled onto Glenoaks Boulevard and Pacific Avenue on Monday evening chanting pro-democracy slogans amid the incessant blare of car horns. Wearing green T-shirts and wristbands, demonstrators packed all four corners of the busy intersection Monday as part of an ad hoc gathering of mostly Persian, Iranian and Armenian-Iranian residents who have increasingly harnessed the organizing power of online sites Facebook and Twitter to, as 20-year-old Artin Sukiassian said, “show the world that we back them, no matter what.
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