A CRIME I feel very sad about the circumstances these days involving the treatment of Muslims in America, and concerning the movement of Muslims coming and going to and from America. I live in Pasadena. Residing in Pasadena is a small number of Muslims. Indeed, we have a Muslim school within our city limits. Nationwide, we have 3½ million Muslims. By and large, both as citizens and visitors, they are an important part of our freedom-loving society. President Donald Trump’s family tree in America is very limited. His grandfather was born in Germany. There was a time when Germans...Read More
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DO WHAT YOU WILL I am Muslim, register me. I am Mexican, deport me. I am African American, imprison me. I am LGBT, refuse to serve me. I am poor, blame me. I am elderly, privatize me. I am woman, defund me. I am homeless, ignore me. I am disabled, bully me. I am sick, uninsure me. I am indigenous, pollute me. I am a veteran, voucher me. I am an American, lie to me. ~ AUTHOR UNKNOWN (COURTESY ARLEAN TESSLER) MAKE ROOM Two points about the protests (“A Nation Divided,” Jan. 26). Washington had destructive protests on Jan....Read More
TRUMPISM: A DAY IN THE LIFE I thought I would never write about Donald Trump anymore. But here I go again. Increasingly it appears that Trump considers the United States presidency as just a subsidiary of the Trump Empire, on a par with his hotels, golf courses and God knows what all. He is showing no real effort to put his financial holdings into a blind trust where he will be totally free of them as long as he is in the White House. To say that he will turn his financial affairs over to members of his family...Read More
ONE CAN ONLY HOPE Attorney Mark Geragos has filed a complaint against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the California Highway Patrol, the Los Angeles Police Department and the Pasadena Police Department on behalf of the family of 71-year-old Gerald Sakamoto, who was released from law enforcement custody in a way similar to Mitrice Richardson. It has been more than seven years since Mitrice’s death and one would have hoped that law enforcement would have learned the “Deadly Consequences” (PW, Jan. 12) of releasing someone in such an inhumane manner. ~ RONDA HAMPTON, VIA EMAIL REPLACE FEAR WITH TRUST...Read More
LOVE TRUMPS HATE For the past few months I have been musing about the wholesale use of the word “hate” to describe everyone who voted for Trump. While the rise of hate speech and hate crimes continues to spread since the sleeping giant of xenophobia, bigotry and racism was reawakened during Mr. Trump’s campaign, I know the reasons for voting for him were complex. Casting a vote for a candidate is rarely based on one criteria or issue. One’s personal experiences and perspectives always influence that decision. I was cautioned against using the word “hate” as a child. If,...Read More
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