Opinion
Cameron Turner: Mack Robinson — Second to None

Mack Robinson. Photo courtesy Pasadena City College Sometimes we have no idea that we’re in standing the presence of greatness.  As students at John Muir High School in the late 1970s and early ‘80s, we often saw the unassuming elderly gentleman on campus. He always had warm words of advice, encouragement and expectation for us kids. He’d ask students about homework, inquire about family members,…

Opinion: Encouraging Minority Youth in the Wake of Donald Sterling

On April 15 ballplayers at Dodger Stadium and throughout Major League Baseball donned Jackie Robinson’s number 42 in remembrance of Robinson’s historic breaking of baseball’s…

Opinion: Portantino and Social Media

Anthony Portantino likes Twitter and Facebook as much as the next guy, but he worries that extreme texting and posting are eroding young people’s ability to successfully interact in the real world. The former Assemblymember recently admonished students from Muir High School’s Mentoring & Partnership for Youth Development (MPYD) program…

Opinion | Mind Over Money: Defending Democracy in the Wake of McCutcheon

One of the countless prescient scenes in Ray Bradbury’s dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 finds the hero, Montag, struggling to memorize a simple Bible verse as…

Dr. Mark Rocha: Channeling Chávez

  On Friday morning at the Arclight Theater in Pasadena, the Cross Cultural Center, PCC Flea Market and the Office of Student Life sponsored a special premier screening of the new movie, César Chávez, for PCC faculty, staff and students.  I thank these organizations for their generosity and also for…

Opinion: CVS Caremark Pulling Tobacco Products – A Public Health Game-Changer

For the past 30 years, I’ve fought for lung health with the American Lung Association. Our organization has been a leader in the battle against…

Opinion: Why Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley Residents Should Care About Agriculture

Tom Bellamore. Photo courtesy CaliforniaAvocadoGrowers.com Current drought conditions across California are prompting a new awakening among urban dwellers about just how important agriculture is in their own lives. While great distances lie between farmland and the dense urban neighborhoods of Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley, city dwellers and farmers…

Cameron Turner: Longfellow Students Inspire at Red, Black and Green Gala

There were innumerable moving moments during the Red, Black and Green Honors gala held recently at the Pasadena Hilton. The City of Pasadena’s annual Black…

Opinion: Everyone in the Community is Concerned about Aggressive Dogs and Stopping Dog Bites

Dear Editor, re: Councilmember Madison mandatory spay and neuter Everyone in the community is concerned about aggressive dogs and stopping dog bites. No one wants their dog to be killed or shot by police who are trying to deal with the problem of dogs roaming the streets. The mandatory spaying…

Cameron Turner: Predatory Sergeant Won’t Block Hope

There’s nothing more lowdown than an adult who preys on kids. Especially an adult with power and authority to whom kids and their parents turn for help. When they use that authority and power to deceive, coerce, manipulate, intimidate or otherwise force young people to perform sexual acts, these adults not only inflict lasting (often irreparable) damage to the minds and hearts of their young victims, they shred the fragile fabric of trust that society depends on to function. Kelvin McFarland, the Pasadena youth boot camp operator who was recently sentenced to prison after pleading no contest to nine sexual…

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