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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 a toothpaste commercial blares over the radio on a commuter train. Living in Bradbury’s imagined America in which substantive reading and critical thinking are illegal has accustomed Montag to superficial, lazy communication. Incapable of focusing his thoughts, he is quickly…

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…

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 tobacco, which is the leading cause of preventable illness and death in the U.S. Over the years, this battle has experienced dramatic highs and disappointing…

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…

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 History Month celebration organized through the Jackie Robinson Community Center is one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the year in our city, and…

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…

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…

Cameron Turner: Martin Luther King Day is a Time for Honesty

According to “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson, black people were happy in the Jim Crow south. Paula Deen told a New York Times interviewer that…

Opinion: Councilman Steve Madison Wants to Ban My Dogs

We all want safe communities for everyone–those that we love, those that we know, those that we don’t know. Safety is of the utmost importance to anyone that has a genuine care for people and for animals alike. With that being said, Pasadena City Councilman Steve Madison wants to ban my dogs. He’d…

Cameron Turner: What Dae Dae and David Reminded Us

A great man who was recently laid to rest on the southern tip of humanity’s birth continent once said, “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” The truth of that simple-yet-profound statement is not limited to towering, larger-than-life leaders like Nelson Mandela. Here in Pasadena, a couple of high school student athletes proved that the seemingly impossible was possible. And their feats on the gridiron are great fodder for confidence as we embark upon a brand new year. “The Pass.” I witnessed it with my own eyes but still find it hard to believe. I’ve seen the video (which was…

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