Guest Opinions | Pasadena Weekly https://www.pasadenaweekly.com Greater Pasadena's Free News and Entertainment Weekly Fri, 22 Jun 2018 20:58:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 https://i1.wp.com/www.pasadenaweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/cropped-jgpw-512-px-copy.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Guest Opinions | Pasadena Weekly https://www.pasadenaweekly.com 32 32 136211528 New traffic-stop reporting procedures not likely to end racial profiling https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/06/21/new-traffic-stop-reporting-procedures-not-likely-to-end-racial-profiling/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/06/21/new-traffic-stop-reporting-procedures-not-likely-to-end-racial-profiling/#respond Thu, 21 Jun 2018 13:00:38 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=104318 Two things happened within a couple days of each other that brought the volatile issue of racial profiling back into the public discussion. The first was the mistaken arrest of actor Darris Love by the Glendale Police Department. Love was spread out on the ground at gunpoint and handcuffed after a report of a robbery […]

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The US, the UN and other democratic countries must unite and support the threatened island nation https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/06/14/the-us-the-un-and-other-democratic-countries-must-unite-and-support-the-threatened-island-nation/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/06/14/the-us-the-un-and-other-democratic-countries-must-unite-and-support-the-threatened-island-nation/#respond Thu, 14 Jun 2018 13:00:20 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=104216 Taiwan is situated in the center of a chain of islands stretching from Japan in the north to the Philippines in the south, only 95 miles off the coast of mainland China. Taiwan enjoys a very favorable geographic location and has been rightfully called “the natural gateway to East Asia.” With a population of approximately […]

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Members of John Muir’s Class of 2018 earn awards, grants and scholarships totaling $1.4 million https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/06/07/members-of-john-muirs-class-of-2018-earn-awards-grants-and-scholarships-totaling-1-4-million/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/06/07/members-of-john-muirs-class-of-2018-earn-awards-grants-and-scholarships-totaling-1-4-million/#respond Thu, 07 Jun 2018 13:00:10 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103998 Continuing a long tradition of giving back to the students, many community and academic organizations awarded over 30 top John Muir High School seniors approximately $120,000 in cash scholarships and awards raised from their members at the annual Senior Awards Ceremony held on May 29 in the Muir gym.  Muir’s Class of 2018 has been […]

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Let’s never forget the federal government’s hand in lynching https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/31/lets-never-forget-the-federal-governments-hand-in-lynching/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/31/lets-never-forget-the-federal-governments-hand-in-lynching/#respond Thu, 31 May 2018 13:00:16 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103892 The National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama opened with a mix of applause and catcalls. The applause was for recognition of arguably the most hideous, heinous and barbaric assault on black rights in the form of thousands of documented lynchings of black men and women. There are many gruesome pictures on display […]

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There’s more than meets the eye in some of Pasadena’s most controversial cases https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/24/theres-more-than-meets-the-eye-in-some-of-pasadenas-most-controversial-cases/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/24/theres-more-than-meets-the-eye-in-some-of-pasadenas-most-controversial-cases/#comments Thu, 24 May 2018 13:00:12 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103711 One of the great things about this country is that everyone has the right to say and write what they want no matter how wrong they might be. Such is the case with the May 3 Opinion article by Bill Paparian. His willingness to cherry pick facts and tell half-truths in an effort to vilify […]

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Homelessness and mental illness go hand in hand https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/17/homelessness-and-mental-illness-go-hand-in-hand-2/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/17/homelessness-and-mental-illness-go-hand-in-hand-2/#respond Thu, 17 May 2018 13:00:12 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103616 There is now widespread agreement that we have a major homelessness problem in Los Angeles County, including Pasadena. The county now has almost 58,000 homeless, many of whom are living on the streets, in encampments, transitional housing, and sometimes in their vehicles. As the Pasadena Weekly reported in March, the number of homeless in Los […]

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Former police chief defends against recent attack on department’s integrity https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/10/former-police-chief-defends-against-recent-attack-on-departments-integrity/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/10/former-police-chief-defends-against-recent-attack-on-departments-integrity/#comments Thu, 10 May 2018 13:00:37 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103423 In his opinion piece of May 3, Bill Paparian wrote a vicious personal attack directed not only at me, but toward the entire Pasadena Police Department. The attack on me isn’t worthy of a reply. However, the attack on the men and women of the Pasadena Police Department cannot go unanswered. I have been in […]

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Questions arise from the first steps toward an independent review of local police https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/03/questions-arise-from-the-first-steps-toward-an-independent-review-of-local-police/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/03/questions-arise-from-the-first-steps-toward-an-independent-review-of-local-police/#respond Thu, 03 May 2018 13:00:56 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103304 When he was running for president at one of the roughest moments in modern American history, Barack Obama excoriated the Washington insiders who said he wasn’t ready to lead. “You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change,” he said, “but it’s still going to stink.” That, in a nutshell, is […]

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Owners of Webster’s in Altadena have earned the benefit of the doubt in trademark dispute https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/03/owners-of-websters-in-altadena-have-earned-the-benefit-of-the-doubt-in-trademark-dispute/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/03/owners-of-websters-in-altadena-have-earned-the-benefit-of-the-doubt-in-trademark-dispute/#comments Thu, 03 May 2018 13:00:36 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103307 When I read the Pasadena Weekly’s story last week about the “feud” brewing in Altadena over who can use the town’s unofficial slogan, I was extremely disturbed. Not about the emotion, intentions behind or details of the so-called fight, which is about a single issue involving a trademark. As a member of the community and the Altadena […]

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Pasadena Senior Center offers resources and programs many may not have known existed https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/04/26/pasadena-senior-center-offers-resources-and-programs-many-may-not-have-known-existed/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/04/26/pasadena-senior-center-offers-resources-and-programs-many-may-not-have-known-existed/#respond Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:00:53 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103137 Most of today’s adults 50 and older had grandparents who spent their golden years at a leisurely pace, living out the rest of their lives slowly, cautiously and stereotypically.  Fast forward to the 21st century, and we are living an average of 34 years longer than our grandparents — nearly half an entire lifespan longer. […]

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