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January 13, 2012
In response to Sonny Shear's Jan. 3 letter, “Baffling letter was full of inaccuracies,” and in defense of Francis Adams. In my view, it comes down very hard on an 87-year-old who has experienced life for a lot more years than I wager Mr. Shear has and who, like the rest of us who write letters, expresses his views and opinions. We are not journalists or reporters. We cannot be held to those standards. I hope that if I live to be 87, I will still have the interest and ability to be involved in issues affecting our community and country.
NEWS
February 14, 2014
On Feb. 8 police had a safety checkpoint in Glendale at which 19 drivers were subjected to a sobriety test and five were arrested for suspicion of drunk driving . Even as a small sample size, that amounts to 26%, a statistic which is both sad and scary. Phillip Hain Glendale  
NEWS
October 11, 2013
Re: Start the Presses column, Oct. 5. Dan Evans is wringing his hands over the intellectual property rights of Ron Kaye's drivel at the behest of the Aids Healthcare Foundation, but Evans is admittedly indifferent to Kaye's lack of journalistic integrity and intelligence. It's no surprise that Kaye's bird-cage liner is being recycled for a distasteful mailer. Matthew Clemente Glendale
NEWS
May 14, 2013
This is in response to Dan Kimber's May 4 letter re: Bryan Griem's response to an In Theory question about people of different faiths marrying. Kimber rebuts Griem's viewpoint and makes a number of other erroneous observations as to what the Bible says. Kimber obviously has in his all-knowing response overlooked the biblical passage of II Corinthians 6:14, which states that Christians should not be “unequally yoked,” the meaning of which is open to much interpretation but is certainly very supportive of Bryan Griem's point of view.
NEWS
February 5, 2013
I am writing concerning a letter which was titled “ Antidepressants are to blame for violence ” in your Jan. 30 issue. I believe the writer has made some false cause-and-effect conclusions. Does he think that the people who committed violent acts were just fine before they took the antidepressants, and then went off? They were taking medications because they were having some mental health issues. Television ads for some antidepressants caution about possible suicidal thoughts for the person taking the medications or their family to be alert to any problems.
NEWS
March 25, 2014
I love the city of Glendale and I was so happy to hear Paula Devine say this phrase when she opened her speech at a recent meeting she spoke at. She was well aware of the areas we need to improve and what important services we need for safety, a clean community and to keep traffic under control. Also, the need to make our city safe for pedestrians, be fiscally responsible and open to business were among her remarks. Her commitment and a passion for the city will make her a great member of the Glendale City Council.
NEWS
January 14, 2014
I want to personally thank Dan Evans for his column, “ Stand up against absurdity” (Start the Presses column, Jan. 11 ). Had it not been for his column, I would not have known about this abhorrent group's (the Westboro Baptist Church) plans to protest in front of four of our churches last weekend. Because of Evans' column I went, along with two of my neighbors, to stand up against these really sick people. To my delight there were many, many people at the Presbyterian and Catholic churches (the two churches we stood in front of)
NEWS
November 21, 2013
Re: “Statue could use some company,” Mailbag, Nov. 20. Nancy Comeau makes an excellent suggestion about memorials in Glendale when she says that our park statues should celebrate peace, harmony and unity. In the past, Japanese exchange students have visited Glendale high schools each year. I recently received a letter from their chaperon, expressing his own and his students' sadness about the dispute, and that it has resulted in their being unable to visit next year. These young Japanese students, as well as the children and grandchildren of Glendale citizens who were placed in Japanese internment camps during the war, only know Glendale as a friendly home and place to visit for those of Japanese descent.
NEWS
January 21, 2014
Our council members like to think of themselves as great visionaries. So why did the public have to read in the News-Press on Jan. 10 that Caltrans confirmed the consistent concerns of the public over planning for the approximately 21 apartment complexes with 3,800 apartments for south Glendale? Caltrans would not have been so critical of our council and planning department had the council spent less time on design and more time planning for the infrastructure of the city. The individual buildings wouldn't have a significant effect on the infrastructure of the city, but the cumulative effect of approximately 3,800 apartments will not only impinge on nearby neighborhood street parking and traffic, but will also create more havoc at the 134 Freeway exits at Pacific, Brand, Central and Glendale avenues.
NEWS
February 11, 2014
Just wanted to say we really enjoyed Lisa Dupuy's article about places to eat in Sunland-Tujunga . It really resonated with the people of the community and also educated some on just how good these mom-and-pop shops around the corner really are. Sunland-Tujunga is not by any means a destination for foodies (for now) but we do have people that truly care about what they are doing. Thank you for raising awareness and hopefully S-T will become a stronger force for tourists (and foodies!
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April 29, 2014
I read in amazement the article about our beloved Rockhaven Sanitarium being put up for consideration by the Glendale City Council for development other than to be used as a library and community center, which we were promised when the property was purchased some six years ago. Is the City of Glendale really that strung up and in need of cash that it might even consider turning the historic property into “affordable housing” as Commissioner Ara...
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NEWS
April 29, 2014
On Sunday, April 27, millions of viewers across the globe witnessed the momentous, historical occasion in Vatican City when Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII were canonized as saints by Pope Francis, with Pope Emeritus Benedict VI in attendance. Many pilgrims spent the night on the streets of Rome to be able to be present for this solemn event. It was, as are most Vatican celebrations, a gathering of diverse people from many countries, backgrounds and religions. It was a once-in-a-lifetime beautiful and memorable ceremony for those who chose to observe this on Eternal Word Television Network.
NEWS
April 29, 2014
In his book “Requiem for a Nun,” William Faulkner gave one of his most famous lines, “The past is never dead. It's not even past.” The past is never past for an Armenian. The wounds do not heal if they are left open. We are survivors of an event that has never stopped. Fast forward 99 years of Turkish negationism and threats. On March 21, 2014, the past again appeared not to be past. Turkish-backed rebels attacked the historic town of Kessab in Syria populated by Armenian Christians where they had taken refuge after the genocide.
NEWS
April 29, 2014
This is in reply to Edward Fortier's April 26 Mailbag letter about the Deukmejian property . I don't know who you are or where you are coming from, but grab a meal, go up to Deukmejian Park, sit at one of the lovely maintained grass areas with picnic tables and benches on a clear beautiful day, and enjoy the view and the fresh air, thanks to the city of Glendale. Bill James La Crescenta  
NEWS
April 25, 2014
Recent outcries express outrage at the vastly reduced jail sentence of former Glendale councilman and mayor, John Drayman . This outrage is misplaced and misdirected. I believed Mr. Drayman was doing a good job for our city and particularly my community, Montrose. Boy, was I wrong. He turned out to be a crook, embezzler, defalcator, tax cheat and liar. But is ours now a system of justice or vindictiveness? Indeed, merchants and residents of our community suffered theft, financial loss and grief at his hands.
NEWS
April 25, 2014
As a 30-year resident of Glendale, I have never enjoyed a cartoon more than Bert Ring's “Dangerous Waters” in the Forum section on the weekend of April 5 and 6. Give the guy a raise - a hefty one. Bert Ring is not only politically astute, but courageous as well, to illustrate pictorially how the Glendale City Council, directed by former City Manager Jim Starbird and current City Manager Scott Ochoa have violated and trampled on the Glendale City...
NEWS
April 25, 2014
Glendale city officials suggest preservation of the Rockhaven property and played the same game with the Deukmejian property. Have you been up to that park? It is currently in pretty sad shape, neglected by the city. I don't think Jess Duran, the director of Community Services and Parks, has any idea as to how unkempt that facility is. It's like out of sight, out of mind. If the Rockhaven property does receive the attention to bring it up to the necessary standards, will it later be neglected by Parks and Recreation?
NEWS
April 25, 2014
Our City Council likes to brag how we are spending millions of dollars on parkland services. But, nearly 90% of the parkland money comes from grants by the county, state or federal government. Thus, only 10% comes from the city's General Fund. With over 63% of the city's budget going for just the police and fire union employees for their salaries and pension benefits plus about 84% of our pension obligations being unfunded, our council will continue to count on using grant money to fund essential needed city services.
NEWS
April 22, 2014
On Saturday, April 19, “weed abatement” began in Glenoaks Canyon as several men attacked property on the undeveloped ridge between the Canyon and Eagle Rock. I watched one man cutting green grass down to the surface of the ground. Nothing remained when he finished. The pamphlet issued by the Glendale Fire Prevention Bureau on “Fire Hazard Reduction Guidelines” states that, for areas 30 to 100 feet from the house: “Grasses and small shrubs may be left as high as 18 inches from the ground on steep slopes for slope stability purposes.” The grass clearance I witnessed was being performed on a steep slope more than 100 feet from the nearest house.
NEWS
April 22, 2014
I went to a movie at the Americana on a Sunday afternoon. Leaving the parking structure via the Central Avenue exit at about 6 p.m. I was struck with an easy way to resolve any budget shortfall in the city of Glendale: Issue traffic citations to the hundreds of pedestrians who flagrantly ignore the signal on Central Avenue between the Galleria and the Americana. I was first in line to turn right onto Central. The light turned green for all exiting lanes onto Central from the Americana and also for pedestrians.
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