Opinion & Columnists
Guest Opinion | Senate Passes “Wealth-Building Tax Plan” at Expense of the Middle Class

Over the weekend, the Senate Republicans passed their version of the Trump Tax Plan that will not only impact the amount of taxes you will pay; it will also impact your ability to build wealth, educate your children, preserve your health, plan your estate, and grow your business in California. It provides a $10,000 special tax-free college savings credit to pay tuition for private and…

Open Letter to Pasadena Residents on Caltrans 710 Project in Pasadena

Dear Pasadena Residents, I know that many of you living in the areas surrounding Caltrans’ plant are dealing with noise and dust caused by Caltrans’…

Opinion | A Twenty-First Century Holocaust is Taking Place in China

I would like to talk about a 21st century Holocaust that is taking place in China. Some may not wish to hear this…but it is the unvarnished truth. Evidence strongly supports that Falun Gong practitioners and others are being murdered for their organs in Communist China: https://www.facebook.com/OrganHarvestingTruth/videos/372757586487793/ There is no…

Guest Opinion | Attorney General Opinion on Pasadena Elections Indicted as “Fatally Flawed”

Two local civil rights attorneys announced they have issued a counter-opinion to the argument put forth by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra last July which indicates…

Guest Opinion | Take a Knee – Pride and Shame on Resistance to Racism

We feel pride when we resist racism, and we rightly feel shame when we fail to do so. My first direct resistance to racism was as a college senior in 1959 with my professor in a History of Illinois class. In one of our class periods, we each gave oral…

Letter to the Editor | Don’t Let Her Get Away with Just a Slap on the Hand

Earlier last month, Jasmine Abdullah Richards, who is currently on probation, was lawfully arrested, for interfering with our Police Department. She was subsequently arrested and…

Guest Opinion | Christian Rodgers: Home Sharing Brings Economic Opportunities to Pasadena

The City of Pasadena is not a secret. Each year, the Tournament of Roses Parade and events at the Rose Bowl–the 11th largest stadium in the country–attract tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world to our city. When it comes to staying the night however, Pasadena often…

Guest Opinion | Mr. Hamer’s Shotgun and Resistance to Racist Violence

In July, 1964, I spent a night alternating with another SNCC* volunteer aiming Mr. Hamer’s shotgun at the front door of the house in which…

Guest Opinion | School Board Member Scott Phelps: The Culture of PUSD Critics

Scott Phelps A beautiful new middle school at Blair. A beautiful new Sierra Madre Middle School. A state of the art auditorium at Eliot. A state of the art TV studio at Muir. Nice renovations and new additions to McKinley. Beautiful new gyms at McKinley and Washington for the schools…

Guest Opinion | Overcoming ‘NIMBY’ if We Want to House People

In the course of my work week, many people ask me what can be done to increase the number of affordable, low-income and permanent supportive housing units to help the homeless and most vulnerable. The short answer is: Build the units as quickly as possible and begin to house the most vulnerable with the supportive services needed to rebuild their lives. So, what is the problem? Why can’t we get this done? It seems that it is much easier to vote for measures to help the homeless population, than to actually approve of them in your neighborhood. The crucible to…

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