March 12, 2008
There are better options for homeless Administrators of a daily homeless meals program are considering the Glendale Transportation Center as a drop-off point for sack lunches for the homeless (?Homeless meal program on hold,? Friday). After the remodeling and beautifying of our train station, the city neglected to compromise with Amtrak, and have the Coast Starlite stop in Glendale once again. Instead they wish to un-beautify the station by creating a homeless shelter to be paid for the people of Glendale.
November 5, 2004
A thank you to those who voted It is an honor to thank the voters for their support. Now, the work begins, and it is my hope that we can unite. As the president said in his speech to the nation, to those of you who did not vote for me, I hope to earn your trust. Winning the global war on terror, which includes securing our borders, continues to be at the top of my priority list. Additionally, growing our economy, along with improving our schools, relieving traffic congestion, and cleaning up our groundwater will be high on that list as well.
October 10, 2009
I just could not let Patricia Harris’ commentary (“Marching toward taking the country back,” Oct. 3) go by without asking myself and her a few salient questions. The first of which is: taking the country back from whom, exactly? Would it be the 53% of voters that actually elected Barack Obama? Patricia doesn’t ever clearly state who this might be (a black man in the White House?) or for what reason. She waxes poetic about the people she meets on the metro in Washington, D.C., (the government-run metro I would assume)
August 4, 2007
What sports we like is often handed down to us through generations. Unlike many of my fellow high school classmates, I did not grow up watching baseball or American football. I was introduced to baseball later in life. The sports of choice in our household were soccer and boxing. My dad played soccer when he was young; so did I. English soccer and American heavyweight boxers were the main TV entertainment programs at our house when Dad was home. No cartoons, no "Bewitched" and no "I Dream of Jeannie" if 22 men were chasing a round ball on the screen of our black-and-white RCA TV set. So I adjusted.
September 1, 2004
Thank you, Mr. Brandstater, for the history lesson. Your Community Commentary ("Opponents of Patriot Act 'ill-informed'," Aug. 17) is filled not only with irrelevant tidbits on American history, but it smacks of Cold War-era fear tactics, which have no place in public discourse today. Your attempt at invoking irrational sentiments by connecting a legal association with communists is utterly laughable. I mean, the communists are no longer communists in places they used to rule.
April 14, 2001
I am thankful U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell opposes the un-American Armenian "genocide resolution before the Maryland Legislature," because as a Baltimorean by birth, I find it disgusting in reading "Will Bush back earlier statement on Armenia?" (March 27). The issue has nothing to do with Americans, and leaders are getting more and more Americans angry because of their antics and mischief, like the city of Glendale lowering the United States flag for the April genocide recognition.
January 14, 2002
I am increasingly concerned about the level of hatred that is expressed under the guise of protecting the flag. It is clear that a couple of individuals have taken it upon themselves to form a Committee on Un-American Activity and recruit a contingent of xenophobes to carry their banner. It was these very people who brought shame on Glendale in the 1950s, when people of color and Jews were made to feel unwelcome. I am very proud that the community resoundingly rejected these tactics and sent them packing.
September 7, 2002
Mr. Solis is morally and legally correct in arguing that opening prayers at City Council meetings are un-American. Recently, the Supreme Court has ruled that opening high school games with prayers led by school officials is unconstitutional. Pray if you want, pray at City Council meetings if you want, but don't have government officials lead a prayer. The principle of separation of church and state does not forbid prayer; it only forbids government officials -- acting in their official capacity -- from supporting (by offering prayers)
October 5, 2004
Since Allen Brandstater is interested in our government and our permanent "War on Terrorism," I hope he'll attend the free screening of the film, "Hijacking Catastrophe," that the Glendale Peace Vigil will show at 7 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Glendale Central Library. Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Colonel Karen Kwiatkowski mentions in her review of this film -- posted on www.hijacking catastrophe.com -- that it includes information about the "loss of domestic freedom, the growing and invasive state, a permanent tattering of the Constitution and Bill of Rights."
December 10, 1999
Robert Shaffer GLENDALE -- Glendale resident H. Allen Smith, a lawyer, FBI agent and Communist hunter, dominated Glendale's political landscape in the 1960s. Smith served eight terms in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1956 until 1972. Before that, he served four terms in the state Assembly. Born in Dixon, Ill., Smith attended Hollywood High School and eventually became a lawyer. But the law was not his only ambition. Smith joined the FBI as a special agent in 1935, a position he held for several years.