HAD TO BE TOLD
Although I have not yet read her book, I am dismayed by all of the negativity directed at Hillary Rodham Clinton.
She’s right about so much of what I’ve heard through news clips. We are living through the terror of Trump because of the obstructions that she cites. It had to be told.
~ CAROL SPECTOR
Traditionally, there was a close relationship between Pasadena’s prominent African-American community and our local community college, Pasadena City College. That relationship has deteriorated and the college is now suspected of turning a blind eye to our black residents.
Having worked at the college from 1980-2015, I’ve seen the slow loss of strong black leadership at an institution that is committed to providing a path of hope for students who are underprepared for or unable to afford the requirements of a four-year school.
Over the decades, outstanding educators like Bonnie James, John Hardy, Ernestine Moore, Jacqueline Jabobs, Vern Holcromb, James Crayton and Ellen Liggons, to name a few, succeeded in making major efforts to recruit and support black residents into and through the halls of PCC. That kind of leadership has diminished and the promise by PCC to our African-American community has faltered.
While 10 percent of the Pasadena Area Community College District is African American, the percentage of black students at PCC has steadily declined and is currently at 4 percent of the student body. While other major ethnic groups have all seen an increase in the number of new students enrolling at the college, new black enrollment continues to drop. It is currently at only 3 percent of all new enrollees. For those who are enrolled, success and retention rates at the college show that African Americans remain the lowest among all ethnic groups.
Where is the black leadership at the college? There is currently one African-American vice president at the college. He has been reassigned from his high-profile position to a rather quiet assignment away from the main campus. Two black managers have been forced out of their positions just this past month. A black female employee who acted as interim assistant dean for two years was recently turned down for the permanent position in favor of a Caucasian male. African-American staff and faculty numbers have also diminished.
The people most responsible for this decline are at the top — the board of trustees and the superintendent/president. The president’s web page claims to include an African-American Advisory Committee, but when checking the meeting schedule, it posts, “There are no meetings scheduled for this academic year.”
This is an election year with four board positions up for challenge next spring. Each incumbent must be held culpable for their brazen neglect of our cherished African-American population.
~ JOHN C. WOOD
THE OLD DAYS
The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution states:
“A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
Obviously the need for a state militia has been replaced by the National Guard and Coast Guard whereby trained military personnel are entrusted with the defense of this country against domestic enemies. Their weapons are tightly controlled and safeguarded.
The only two reasons for a citizen to own a firearm are for hunting or defense of the household from intruders. In either case, ownership of a handgun, shotgun or rifle is more than adequate to satisfy these purposes. There is absolutely no need for any US civilian to own any weapon more powerful or sophisticated than these.
Accordingly, all handguns, shotguns and rifles must be licensed and registered to the degree necessary to match weapon to owner at the click of a computer key.
Furthermore, we must guarantee that the mentally ill do not gain access to them under any circumstances.
Finally, if we had prohibited the purchase of more sophisticated weapons several innocent victims would not have died or been harmed at shopping malls, college campuses, churches and now concerts.
We as a country must deal with this issue immediately lest our society fall back to the days when everyone carried a holster.
~ JOE BIALEK
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