January 23, 2001
Though all have the freedom to speak or write their opinion, a responsible and journalistically sound newspaper will not print horrifically racist and intolerant letters. Not a newspaper in America in the 21st century. Not after a century of racism and intolerance that lead to at least seven major genocides. Responsible journalism does not fan the fires of intolerance and racism and so I am shocked that the News-Press printed the invectives Paul Carney unleashed upon the Armenian community of Glendale on Jan. 16. Has the Glendale News-Press stooped so low as print such things to attract readers?
October 2, 2001
Fighting terrorists takes courage and intelligence. Hate crimes are dumb and cowardly. Know your enemy! The turban of a Sikh is totally different than that of an Afghani, Moslem or a Tuareg (Sahara region). The Palestinians wear the headdress like Yasser Arafat. The Indonesian Moslem wears the Kopi, a cap usually made out of velvet. The Taliban clerics have distorted and dishonored the Islam religion with their messages of hate and intolerance. Then I heard Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson -- neither wears a turban -- spewing hate and intolerance.
May 10, 2000
Armenian National Committee of Glendale Our Glendale community has been beset by yet another senseless tragedy with the fatal stabbing of Hoover High School student Raul Aguirre. Consequently, we forlornly add the name of Raul Aguirre to far too many other youths, like "Avo" Demirchyan who died of a gun shot wound in 1998, in the city whose tragic fate illustrates the need to redouble our collective efforts to eradicate ignorance, violence and intolerance.
August 16, 2000
Jerry Lane's column pointed out idiot drivers on our freeways, but Glendale has a far worse problem. There is an overt intolerance, impatience, rudeness and downright dangerous driving and pedestrian behaviors exhibited by a few in downtown Glendale that threatens the very desirability of living here. I and my wife have experienced fist waiving, blatant tailgaters impatient at my prudent speed -- which is usually speed limit, two instances of someone just walking off the sidewalk in traffic where I had to slam on the brakes, aggressive lane changes and pulling into traffic without regard to oncoming traffic.
December 15, 2003
Columnist's lesson on tolerance applauded Thank you [to Dan Kimber] for the excellent article you wrote in the Dec. 5 News-Press. Not only did you share the human side of who gay people are, but you also showed the homophobic reaction of students and a parent for what it is -- intolerance of other human beings. I applaud you for helping your students to understand this important issue and doing it in a way that helped them to learn from the tragedy of history.
January 1, 2002
I am so glad to read that the hate-mongers advocating for recall have failed in their quest to bring their ugly brand of politics to Glendale. As one who has had to endure the letters of Mr. Manus, Ms. Kussman and their ilk, I am glad to see that the wonderful people of Glendale have sent these people packing. May I suggest they move their ideology to another city, as this one has rejected their intolerance and bigotry. It would truly be a sad day when the likes of these people come to define how any of us express our patriotism.
February 8, 2008
French President Nicholas Sarkozy said in a speech to foreign ambassadors recently that the return of intolerant religious faith is the biggest challenge facing the world — on par with the dangers of climate change. Do you agree? How do you draw a line that distinguishes your faith while keeping it away from a path toward intolerance? The French president is on to something. Religious intolerance is a big threat. While it would be easy to point fingers at the Taliban in Afghanistan who blew up two ancient statues of Buddha, we Christians have our own history of intolerance.
October 15, 2004
It is becoming increasingly frustrating to watch the polarization that is occurring in our nation and in our community. Letters like Bob Tanabe's last week do nothing to ease the tensions. I too have yard signs in my front yard. So far three have been stolen, again in the middle of the night so the culprits are anonymous. However, my signs support John Kerry. So it would seem that "liberals" do not have the monopoly on yard terrorism. My car, with Kerry stickers, has been egged twice in La Cañada.
May 18, 2001
If I hear anything else about the lowering of the American flag, I think I'm going to pull my hair out. I know America is a melting pot and we celebrate cultural diversity here. It's fine to remember and love one's country of origin but, as the old expression goes, "When in Rome, do as the Romans do." T The American flag should be lowered only for things that happened to Americans. We're on very dangerous ground here. America has come very far in a short time and the kind of mass intolerance directed toward immigrant groups in the past is almost unheard of today, at least on the scale that it once was. Most cultures tend to stay close when they go to a new place.
July 10, 2000
My dear friend recently returned from U.C. Santa Cruz to La Crescenta to attend the ceremony celebrating her, her mother's and her brother's new U.S. citizenship. She is proud and happy to have this official validation of the only national identity she remembers. She is majoring in American studies, fascinated with the political process, and excited about voting. My friend was an American long before the process that declared her as one; she attended and contributed much to local schools from kindergarten through her senior year, she cared for our community's children at the YMCA, and she volunteered her time and energy to benefit us all through programs as diverse as voter registration and feeding the homeless.