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A Word, Please: Six punctuation mistakes you're probably making

National Punctuation Day, cooked up by Northern California punctuation enthusiast Jeff Rubin, aims to help kids get a better grasp of punctuation. But the Sept. 24 holiday is a good excuse for adults to brush up, too. So here are six punctuation mistakes you're probably making. You write the 90's...

Mailbag

  • Mailbag: Mayor helps ring in 100th

    On Sept. 21, our neighborhood celebrated the 100th birthday of Violet Harrington, who is de facto grandmother to all of her neighbors and friends due to her unconditional love for all of us. She was touched to receive commendation and congratulations from the mayor of the city of Glendale, Paula...

  • Mailbag: Repair money went to CalPERS

    Re: "Starbird, sons, sue city over sidewalk," Sept. 17. On Sept. 13 I came before Glendale City Council to inform the public that the former city manager, Jim Starbird, had filed a $1-million claim against the city. Starbird claims that while pushing his wife in a wheelchair "the chair hit an uplifted...

  • Mailbag: Confusion over march madness

    I am baffled as to how any neighbors near Hoover High School can possibly complain about the marching band's practice hours. I have lived within half a block of the Hoover High School complex for the past 40 years. My daughter graduated from Hoover and participated in the Drill Team. I remember...

  • Mailbag: Noise naysayers are tone deaf

    Mailbag: Noise naysayers are tone deaf

    As a community member who is directly affected by the noise issue with the Hoover High marching band, it was with interest that I read both the article and correspondence relating to the same article. I found school board member Greg Krikorian's grandstanding remark, "We can"t stifle everything...

  • Mailbag: Thoughts on the burqini ban

    Mailbag: Thoughts on the burqini ban

    Re: "Burqini bans raise questions of motive," In Theory, Aug. 24. There is more to this issue than the column discusses. In a perfect world no one would tell women how to dress. This includes the Iranians who force both native and foreign women in their country to conform to a rigid dress code...

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Editorials

  • News-Press Editorial: Public should answer outreach

    News-Press Editorial: Public should answer outreach

    A general lack of confidence in elected officials at all levels of government and the tendency to get wrapped up in our own lives can result in the difference between what the people want for their communities and what they receive. For three years, beginning in 2013, the city of Glendale has made...

  • Editorial: Creative thinking needed for Rockhaven site

    Editorial: Creative thinking needed for Rockhaven site

    Historic preservationists and advocates for open spaces were heard this week by the City Council, which voted to expand its application process for bringing back to life property that was long home to the former Rockhaven Sanitarium. Now it's time for creative thinkers to take the council up on...

  • Editorial: Measure N cuts too much, too soon

    Measure N, which seeks to repeal the city's utility users tax, goes before voters on June 7 and, if passed, could negatively affect the city of Glendale in many ways. City officials have said that if the measure is approved, and the tax is repealed, it will result in a $17.5-million annual loss...

  • Editorial: Obama's silence on Armenian Genocide speaks volumes on geopolitics

    Editorial: Obama's silence on Armenian Genocide speaks volumes on geopolitics

    Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide takes place on Sunday, the 101st anniversary of the atrocities that historians tell us began on a spring night in 1915 when more than 200 Armenian intellectuals and civic leaders living in Constantinople were rounded up and imprisoned by the "Young Turks"...

  • News-Press Editorial: Have your say on new voting districts

    News-Press Editorial: Have your say on new voting districts

    A last call is being made this week for residents to weigh in on how they'd prefer Glendale Unified's voting map to be carved up for by-trustee-area election. So far, relatively few members of the general public have participated in setting up the map required as the school district pivots away...

Religion

  • In Theory: Opting out of the Pledge of Allegiance

    In Theory: Opting out of the Pledge of Allegiance

    In Florida, school districts require students to stand for the national anthem and Pledge of Allegiance. The Orange County Public Schools in Florida announced this month that students must have permission from their parents to kneel during the anthem at football games, after some students did so...

  • In Theory: On endorsements from the pulpit

    In Theory: On endorsements from the pulpit

    In a previous In Theory, we discussed the Johnson Amendment — which prohibits churches and other religious institutions from endorsing political candidates or else risk losing their tax-exempt status — and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's pledge to repeal it. According to a 2015...

  • In Theory: Pope Francis urges ecological stewardship

    In Theory: Pope Francis urges ecological stewardship

    Along with feeding the hungry, clothing the naked and visiting the sick, Pope Francis has proposed adding a new Christian work of mercy: caring for the environment. Francis announced his "green agenda" this month, following up on his "landmark" bid to highlight ecological concerns last year, the...

  • In Theory: What does it mean to be a man?

    Modern Christian literature and culture defines masculinity by physical prowess and shows of strength, but that way of thinking is misguided, writes Chandler Epp, in a column on Religion News Service. "'The Manual to Manhood,' the No. 1 book for Christian teens on Amazon, includes essays that instruct...

  • In Theory: A professor argues in favor of religious studies

    In an op-ed for Inside Higher Ed, William "Chip" Gruen, professor of religious studies at Muhlenberg College, makes his case that in an increasingly complex world, religious studies can teach students to understand others better. From stories about Syrian immigrants to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,...

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