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By James D. McGinley | December 28, 2011
After having spent a couple of Christmases in Iraq, and another at Fifth Fleet Headquarters in the Middle Eastern island nation of Bahrain, it is impossible to take the tranquillity of Christmas in Glendale for granted. This will be my first holiday season at home in several years and I am cherishing every moment. When I look back at these combat deployments, I am thankful for the many neighbors who made special efforts to welcome me home from Iraq, to the men of Fire Station 26, who turned out in force to mark the day, and to the Glendale Police Department, which had motor officers to control traffic and display their highly visible support.
March 10, 2006
Sydney Flynn, a second grader at St. James the Less Catholic School in La Crescenta, is a second year Brownie with Troop 626, lead by leader Lisa Haug and her mother, Tricia Flynn, the Troop's assistant leader and this year's Cookie Chair. Sydney's family friends have a cousin, Adam Wahl, who is stationed in Iraq and is in the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army and loves Girl Scout Cookies. He is part of a Humvee Unit that patrols the roads all day and doesn't have time during the day to eat. Sydney thought it would be nice to send him some cookies, so she asked their friends and family to buy cookies for themselves, but would they also buy them to donate cookies to the Troops in Iraq, specifically for Adam and his unit.
April 10, 2003
Ryan Carter Fernando Mercado simply wants peace. He's not trying to push it on anyone, or use it to sell merchandise at Pattye's Closet, the retail vintage shop he manages on Honolulu Avenue in Montrose. The artist only wanted to use the storefront of the shop to express an opinion, he said. So, three weeks before the war in Iraq started, he painted large, beige peace signs on the shop's two front windows. "I did this because I think we have to express what we feel," Mercado said.
March 26, 2003
Writers' attitudes are scary ones Although I already have two letters in the News-Press hopper, I feel absolutely compelled to add another in response to the dangerous and frightening comments in two letters, "Our nation doesn't need to hear from 10th-graders" (Ron Ellis) and "What have the protesters actually done for peace?" (Joe Zuazua), both March 18. Mr. Ellis tells the 10th-graders to shut up and their teachers not to encourage them to participate in matters of national and world concern because they are still too ignorant.
March 13, 2004
Darleene Barrientos The festive Polynesian theme at Damon's Steakhouse was not quite in tune with the mood of the Glendale firefighters who gathered to say farewell to Firefighter Robert Garibay, who leaves Sunday for Iraq. Garibay, 47, was subdued and serious Wednesday night, but happy to see his fire service brothers during a farewell dinner. The 22-year Glendale Fire Department veteran has spent the past few weeks training with his combat medic unit with the Army National Guard to prepare for deployment to Iraq with Bravo Company of the 1st Battalion, 185th Armor Infantry.
By Ray Shelton | July 28, 2006
With all due respect, Col. Mark MacCarley is completely wrong on every point in his From the Lines commentary ("He's a 'single-digit midget'," Wednesday). He writes, "I have done my duty." No American soldier has a duty to serve in any military operation that is not directly related to protecting American lives or American soil. Iraq, while a former dictatorship, did not attack us. Nor was Iraq ever a threat to us. Only Congress has the authority to declare war. Congress, out of cowardice, failed in its duty and left it to a single, incompetent fraternity boy to drag America into an unnecessary war that we are losing and will continue to lose.
December 29, 2005
Dad and Mom, I got your letter last week. I know you are worried about me. I'm OK. Most of the time I'm in Kuwait at a huge supply depot in the middle of the Al Jahrah Desert. You asked, "Why are you over there in Southwest Asia, fighting a war most folks back home no longer want to hear or read about? Your kids want you back for Christmas." Well, it doesn't always come out on TV at home, but things are getting better. From our perspective, the Iraqi elections were a big success.
July 23, 2005
Robert Chacon For close to three years, the Glendale Peace Vigil has remained a weekly fixture on the corner of Brand Boulevard and Broadway. Neither rain, heat or major construction has deterred the hardy group from picketing against the U.S. war in Iraq every Friday evening. The number of members in the group has dropped, but the group, about a dozen-strong -- will celebrate its third anniversary Sept. 20. For some of the peace marchers, not even a heart attack has kept them away.
By Tania Chatila | April 12, 2006
SOUTHEAST GLENDALE ? It took about 45 minutes for John Schaefer to write a song that would touch hundreds of lives and become the foundation of his stand against the war in Iraq. Schaefer, 44, was in his car driving home from church one day in September, when he says it all came to him at once. "I had heard (anti-war activist) Cindy Sheehan being interviewed and the sincerity and the simplicity of this woman just wanting to talk to the President about her son who died just struck me," he said.
By: Sarah Hill | September 24, 2005
Burbank Neighbors for Peace and Justice joined other groups to march and rally in Los Angeles today to protest the war in Iraq. Protesters will meet at the corner of Olympic Boulevard and Broadway and march to the Federal Building, where several speakers, including Ron Kovic, whose autobiography, "Born on the Fourth of July" became an Academy Award-winning movie, will rally. "We do it primarily to educate people and let them know that war never solved anything," said Anna May Nelson, a member of the Burbank group.
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