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11/15/2012

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Stay put
I just heard that the local paper, the Glendale New Press, is closing its offices in Glendale (“Bad news,” Oct. 25).
What a shame to lose such a large part of Glendale’s foundation. The paper has been here at least since the 1930s. How many Glendale friends posted their community news, births, deaths and civic and community events in the paper?
I know of a lot of fellow Glendale friends who will not travel all the way to downtown Los Angeles to post their local news. 
This is a big disappointment. 
Yeah, they may boast about going “digital,” but what happens when the machines break down? Where will the human interaction be? 
They really need to stay in the community and continue to be a part of it.
 
 ~  CAROLINE CORRIGAN, VIA EMAIL
 
‘Blind’ faith
As an independent voter, I’d like to point out that our Founding Fathers established the separation between church and state. Thomas Jefferson and many others of his day were deists, not the rabid Christians we have today who seem to hold no tolerance for any belief that in any way contrasts with their own. 
I am a believer in a higher power, but I don’t believe that our very human politics should hinge on blind faith in a “God” that many sinful humans try to describe and control and speak for. Blind faith is just that — blind. 
Politics is pragmatic. We must endeavor to do our best with the proofs we have at hand. I don’t find it objectionable that the Democrats are trying to preserve a separation between church and state. They are upholding our Founding Fathers’ beliefs far better than those who would shove their version of God down the rest of our throats.

~ ALYSON SCHUSTER, VIA EMAIL

Romney’s no Reagan
With the stock market doubling in the last few years under Obama, Americans favor raising taxes on millionaires. But our elected representatives will not act. Most in the GOP signed a pledge to Grover Norquist that they won’t raise taxes, ever. It doesn’t matter to them what we want. Mitt Romney pledged to Grover to oppose all efforts to increase the marginal tax rate for individuals and business. And, contrary to Romney’s statements in his debate, he promised Grover not to eliminate or reduce deductions and credits. 
Perhaps Romney should join the Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength. These wealthy men and women think it’s crazy that millions of Americans pay more taxes than millionaires.
Even Ronald Reagan thought this tax scheme was crazy and said, “We’re going to close the unproductive tax loopholes that allow some of the truly wealthy to avoid paying their fair share. [These loopholes] sometimes made it possible for millionaires to pay nothing while a bus driver was paying 10 percent of his salary, and that’s crazy.”

~ SHEILA SMITH, VIA EMAIL

GOP’s future unknown
When Mitt Romney loses in the November general election (not if, but when; his loss seems assured, barring any widespread voting machine tampering), we could see one of two possible reactions from the Republican Party.
First, it could react rationally and realize that, despite its money bazookas and avalanche of lies and propaganda, its views are simply not popular with the American public. And thus, it would move back toward the center to a more sustainable position from which to debate Democrats.
 
But more likely, it will choose the second, insane alternative, which is what it’s done the past two elections. In this scenario, it will blame the loss on “not having a genuine conservative candidate” and go even farther to the extreme right with the platform, thus alienating an even larger part of the electorate. Because, let’s face it, it isn’t Mitt Romney’s, shall we say, malleable positions that are the problem. It is the actual positions of his party that are the problem. 
 
I predict this response because conservatives have lately surrounded themselves with impenetrable bubbles of unreality. Whether it’s the echo chamber of FOX “News” or the more recent attempts to marginalize all polls that show them in an unfavorable light — even polls conducted by FOX or other bonafide right-wing organizations — it is clear that modern conservative Republicans simply cannot and will not accept anything that disagrees with their myopic, intellectually constipated world view.
What we will see is the slow, sad march of an entire political party into complete irrelevance. Eventually, Republican = Whig.
 
On the bright side, maybe the aftermath will lead to the rise of a brand new, more viable party that will spur legitimate debate and democracy. 

~ TOM BECHAM, VENTURA

FROM THE WEB:
 
Re: “Bloody good time,” Oct. 18
Try $180,000 in student loans for an undergraduate opera degree. These kids are amazing. Saw it last week and was so impressed with the vocal performances. I loved everything but the air conditioning on my poor neck. Bring a wrap, but come. Well worth it. 

~ FRIEDA

Re:  One Day on the Gold Line,” Aug. 30
It is unfortunate and sad that anyone would have to go through such a trauma. In a perfect world, law enforcement would be less adversarial and more compassionate, smile more and have better people skills. However, it is naive to expect law enforcement to back off if a suspect is resisting a search or is in any way challenging an officer’s directives. 
Ms. Sameth admits to resisting the search (“I cry and pull to the side”), yet what was the officer expected to do? Be gentler? Stop the search? No. Ms. Sameth pulled away from the officer. The officer needed to regain control over Ms. Sameth, which, unfortunately, resulted in injury. Whether those injuries were accidental or the result of excessive force, we’ll never know, because we weren’t there and the case will never go to trial. What is sad are the hours Ms. Sameth spent in custody at county hospital, injured and with no ability to communicate with her family.  

~ PW READER

Re: “A play by any other name,” Aug. 9
“Tales of Fourth Grade Lesbo” is going up at the Pasadena Playhouse Dec. 8-9 and the cast and crew are currently raising funds for the production. Please support our Kickstarter Campaign: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ginayoung/tales-of-a-fourth-grade-lesbo-in-pasadena.

~ SUMIKOBRAUN
 

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