To Fred Dock, Pasadena Department of Transportation:
I would like to make you aware of what I consider a serious issue affecting the image of Pasadena.
Over the last few months I have received four parking citations, two on my automobile and two given to my out-of-town guests. The first two were put on my auto, which was parked in front of my home with the overnight stickers clearly visible. The second two were given to my out of town guests, with overnight stickers that I had purchased, also clearly visible on the dash.
When I was written a ticket on Friday and another on Sunday, with the same permit visible, I took it as an incompetent city worker being a little overly anxious in doing his job.
A few weeks later, when my guest received a ticket, with a parking permit clearly visible, I took it as a very uncomfortable coincidence.
The third time a ticket was issued to a guest, again with a permit clearly visible, it began to look like a city policy that is blurring the law.
Whatever the financial problems faced by our cities, they will not be lessened by instituting these types of policies. They will only affect Pasadena's image as a tourist-friendly cultural area. As a citizen of Pasadena, and someone who has worked to develop its image, this type of policy is insulting, not only to me, but all conscientious citizens.
I hope that you will take this letter seriously and take whatever measures necessary to initiate a policy that respects the residents of Pasadena.
Please let me know if this is an issue that you will deal with, or whether the community will have to take on that responsibility.
~ BILLY MITCHELL, PASADENA
The fox and the henhouse
According to a recent story in the Washington Post, the meat inspection program that USDA plans to roll out in meat and poultry plants nationwide has repeatedly failed to stop production of contaminated meat. The program allows meat producers to increase the speed of processing lines and replace USDA safety inspectors with their own employees.
But plants operating under this program have experienced some of the worst health and safety violations that include failure to remove fecal matter and partly digested food, according to USDA inspector general. These contaminants may contain complex strains of deadly E. coli and listeria.
Traditionally, USDA has catered more to the interests and profitability of the meat industry than health and safety concerns of American consumers. Consumer interests come into play only when large numbers of us get sick. Having the USDA protect consumers is like asking the fox to guard the chicken house.
The Obama administration must reallocate responsibility for consumer safety to the Food and Drug administration. In the meantime, each of us must assume responsibility for our own safety by switching to the rich variety of plant-based meats offered in local supermarkets.
PATRICK LAWSON, PASADENA
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Re: "Off target," Sept. 19
The Roving Archers is a great organization, and archery is a great martial art (especially Zen archery). Let's deal with reality, though, a bow and arrow is a deadly weapon that actually changed the course of warfare. There may have been no accidents in the Arroyo to date, and that is fortunate and impressive. It does not mean that untrained archers who do not understand the risks or how to control the arrow should be allowed unsupervised on public property. The financial risk is ultimately on the taxpayer if something goes wrong. This would be deemed "ultra-hazardous activity" in the absence of proper control and regulation (and maybe even with it). I support archery as organized activity, but not unsupervised, untrained folks on public property.
It seems the whole government intrusion element alleged and discussed ad nauseam above misses even the petticoat. The deal agreed to by the City Council and Pasadena Roving Archers contains a revenue sharing agreement in which Pasadena Roving Archers agreed to pay a certain percentage of their revenue to the city based on how many of its members live, work or go to school in Pasadena. Thus, the membership rolls are relevant and pertinent to the agreement.
Archery is not a martial art which is defined on Wikipedia as a "codified systems and traditions of combat practices." I have met so many archers I can't count and none that I have met seem to have any interest in combat.
I'd say archery is more like basketball than combat. They "shoot" at a target and, like basketball; the idea is to hit the target.
Perhaps someone who knows more than I will chime in, but I believe the archers have a perfect safety record that spans almost 80 years.
If the archers were dangerous, we'd know but nobody is contradicting their safety record. Not the police and not even the people who don't like them. Almost 80 years without an accident. Wow! I think that is impressive.
My dad used to say the proof is in the pudding.
Re: "Laughter for life," Oct. 3
Yay, Elayne! You go, girl. =)) Maybe someday we'll all see your book made into a movie and it'll be a smash hit instant cult classic. :D <3 Love ya! Xoxoxo ...
Re: "Shot down," Oct. 3
What are they afraid of?
Re: "On the shoulders of women," Oct. 3
Jennifer's film is funny, fast-paced, life changing and crucial to our evolution as women. I brought my teen son to a screening and it changed his understanding of women rights. He's a better person because of that film. Thank you for creating such a wonderful film.
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