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Opinion: Open Letter to the President and Board of Tournament of Roses Association

Our community of Pasadena has major concerns about the lack of diversity in the Tournament of Roses Association in regards to its staff. We have other concerns as well about the Tournament, but at this time we’d like to focus on the people who are a part of the office of your organization. For many years we have looked at the variety of employees of…

Opinion: The Law is on SCALE Academy’s Side

The purpose of this press release is to provide documentation in support of SCALE Academy’s right to operate within the city of Pasadena. Furthermore, this…

Opinion: Back To School Inspiration: Mack Robinson’s Track Shoes

Mack Robinson memorabilia Until the reception last July at Pasadena City College, I had never seen an Olympic medal. Let alone one so steeped in history and legend. So, peering into the glass case at the silver medal Mack Robinson won at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin was a breathtaking…

Martin Gordon: “Did You Know?” (This Time Kendrec McDade)

Martin Gordon shown speaking at the April 10, 2012 rally following the shooting death of Kendrek McDade. Pasadena Community! Did you know that after over…

Opinion: The FACTS

Over the past months much discussion and debate has centered on “Civilian Oversight” for the Pasadena Police Department. I will minimize my opinions on the merits and demerits for such a committee, addressing any isolated OIS case or any criticism of the PPD. From my remembrance, ALL recent officer involved…

Statement from SCALE Academy Charter School regarding PUSD’s Press Release

“It is unfortunate that PUSD has issued this false statement against SCALE Academy and Acton Agua Dulce Unified School District. SCALE Academy is a state…

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,…

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 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 overwhelmed by the aggressive, simplistic sales pitch invading his ears. Bradbury wrote that scene as a nightmare. But for the corporate and political champions of recent campaign spending cases, that dark moment in Fahrenheit may…

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