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.
November 13, 2010
Regarding Francis Adams' recent letter ("Glendalian is not in Kansas anymore," Nov. 11), first of all, us "no-brain Californians" actually fought off a Republican from buying the governorship for roughly $141 million of her own money. If you can remember two weeks ago, the mud-slinging went both ways, but our governor-elect actually voted for the last 28 years. The bright spot for us will be that someone will actually be looking out for the middle class again. Adams' memory seems to evade logic since it was the Republicans that put this country in the financial mess that it finds itself, with the Bush administration policies of the last eight years.
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.
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.
September 28, 2012
I read the recent letter to the editor in the News-Press, “GCC should dispense with its empires” (by Trent Sanders, Sept.18), with great excitement. As the new staff development officer at Glendale Community College, it seems, according to Sanders, that I head an office “with scads of costly 'programs' to make life comfortable for the teachers and administrators.” I wish I knew where they were hidden. Our current budget to provide training for all faculty, staff and administrators from July 1, 2012, to June 31, 2013, is $19,200.
January 23, 2012
Last weekend, a reader noted in amazingly fine detail (“Film's R-rating was well warranted,” Jan. 14) all the gory parts of the movie “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” that earned it an “R” rating. While I agree with her assessment of the reviewer, I am also glad I saw the movie on Friday, before our astute reader gave up all the good parts. The letter should have had a “spoiler alert.” As the movie was mostly static, the violence seemed all the more shocking and I felt it enhanced the movie's complexity.
January 2, 2012
Francis Adams' letter printed on Dec. 27, “A witness to history and change in America,” may be an example of freedom of speech, but it is so loaded with inaccuracies, generalizations and contradictions, that I am baffled as to why it was printed, unless it was to show the readership what kind of nonsense pervades our society. A good example is the conviction she has, along with all the people that purchased record numbers of guns (reported the same day in the Los Angeles Times)
August 18, 2010
Calligraphy, the art of designing letters, can be traced back as far as the 10th century and the inherently artistic Ottoman Turks. With today's technology and available theme font selection at our fingertips, it is easy to forget that these artistic interpretations of the alphabet have been designed by someone. Burbank's Creative Arts Center Gallery hosts an exhibition titled "Expressions — Images from Our Pens," a showcasing of the best work, from all skill levels, of the members of the Society for Calligraphy.
February 1, 2001
After reading Paul Carney's letter, I was sick to my stomach. As an Armenian American, I honor and support human rights. I recognize all the genocides that have occurred in history and those that are still going on. The issue here is this: Does the News-Press actually care about all the issues that are going to be raised from this letter? The letter clearly shows the News-Press supports Mr. Carney, and that's why it was published. It also reveals discrimination not only toward the Armenians but toward all minority groups in the United States.
November 13, 2001
The letter from Pat Tomlin regarding flag etiquette is probably the best letter with a solution that I have read. In addition to the City Council and mayor, I believe all citizens of the community should have a copy of the book, "Your Flag, Everything You Want To Know About The Flag Of The United States of America." It seems to me, the Armenian community feels you are antiArmenian if you disagree with the lowering of the flag on Armenian Genocide Day, which is not the case at all. The book should be read by all newcomers to our country and our city.