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Letters – 04.12.18

HONEST TALK The US’s 33,000 annual gun deaths have been compared with Japan’s near lack thereof. This isn’t helpful because knives are the weapon of choice in Japan and most of the rest of the world. The United Nations Office of Drugs and Crimes reported 490,000 intentional homicides worldwide in 2004, according to “Global Study on Homicide.” In Europe, knives are involved in 43 percent of murders, reported in March 2014. Sixty percent of US gun deaths are suicides, people who would find another way to die, and most of the remaining 13,000 gun deaths are murders by...

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Letters – 03.01.18

PW HISTORY Believe me, I understand that newspaper offices have very little room for storage these days, so that it’s hard to dig up a copy of the first issues of the Pasadena Weekly from January 1984, when we started the paper in Altadena. But, contrary to what was reported in your Feb. 8 interview with Steve Coll, he wasn’t just “involved in startup discussions for the nascent Pasadena Weekly.” Steve was the paper’s full-time managing editor during its organizational period in November and December 1983, hiring and overseeing a large staff of editors and reporters. He continued in...

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Letters – 02.22.18

PII TRUTH Columnist John Grula blames market conditions for the lack of affordable housing and urges local residents to sign rent-control petitions, circulated by the Pasadena Tenants Union (“Controlling Rent,” Feb. 8). “This crisis has occurred under the current system, which is market-driven,” he writes. “The markets are clearly not working and that’s why we are in trouble.” The politically incorrect and inconvenient truth is that population outstripped the supply of affordable housing, thanks to decades of massive, poorly controlled immigration, legal or otherwise. Today, 38 million people live in California, which is projected to have 65 million people...

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Letters – 02.15.18

‘WORD NOISE’ Sometimes they are ridiculous, sometimes self-contradictory. Sometimes they are dishonest, sometimes dangerously provocative. Rants of a cranky, angry man, the tweets of the POTUS are not government policy. Policy goes through official government channels. POTUS tweets are denied or dismissed by the White House spokesperson whenever they are challenged or criticized. The media does disservice to the country when it gives POTUS tweets attention and reports them as news. They are word noise, nothing more. ~  BRUCE JOFFE VIA EMAIL HIVES OF EVIL Is it the Bilderberg group that decides and controls our future, an invitation-only, closed-to-the-public...

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LETTERS – 02.01.128

LONG WAY TO GO Melissa Michelson (Letters: “Safety Concerns,” Jan. 4) probably isn’t old enough to personally remember the overall societal breakthrough caused by Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson integrating all white-owned Major League Baseball. From Pasadena’s inception in the 1880s, all City Hall workers, through the Police and Fire departments, all school administrators and teachers, and even the Rose Parade, were white only! In 1956, upon retiring from baseball, many Pasadenans, including some of his family members, would ask Jackie why he didn’t return to live in Pasadena with his young family. Staring the questioner in the eye,...

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