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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 that, “We’re losing that connection. So, we have to proactively have more personal interactions.” Of…

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…

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 white southerners treated African-Americans “like family” during the dark days of segregation. Conservative activists in Texas and Tennessee pushed to downplay slavery (and the fact…

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 likely be just as happy if they were dead, and all based around the way that they look. California state law prohibits this, but the Pasadena City Council, knowing Madison’s crystal clear intent for these dogs, still voted with him to craft a future breed-discriminatory law that would mandate that all dogs…

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