Opinion

A Word, Please: Object complements help drive a sentence to completion

A Word, Please: Object complements help drive a sentence to completion

Talk to most people about grammar and you’re likely to hear a lot about little issues that are, essentially, language trivia — matters like when to use “whom,” how to use “between” and whether you can use “like” to mean “such as” (the dictionary allows it). Yes, you can call that grammar. But it’s...

Mailbag

  • Beloved barber ‘Paco’ pens his thanks; reader asks for drought-tolerant gardening tips

    Beloved barber ‘Paco’ pens his thanks; reader asks for drought-tolerant gardening tips

    This is Paco, and I’m so very, very sorry to inform all of you about Paco’s Barber Shop closing up on Saturday, Nov. 18. I would like to extend a most sincere and heartfelt “thank you” for 57 years of having the honor and privilege to serve you. When the shop opened in September 1960, you children...

  • Gloomy clouds belie the Technicolor sky above

    Gloomy clouds belie the Technicolor sky above

    When forced to read the poems of T.S. Eliot at school, one of the lines that stuck was: “You had such a vision of the street as the street hardly understands.” When I think of it now, what comes to mind is looking out of the window of a hotel in a grimy industrial city in the early morning as people...

  • ‘Beautiful’ La Cañada gardens should not include this invasive plant

    ‘Beautiful’ La Cañada gardens should not include this invasive plant

    A current La Cañada Valley Beautiful Award has prompted this letter. Front and center in the landscape are clumps of fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum), classified as an invasive non-native plant (www.cal-ipc.org). Fountain grass is harmful in many ways: Its copious amounts of seed spread by...

  • Voters need full disclosure on Measure LCF

    Several of us friends have discussed just how little we know about Measure LCF on the Nov. 7 ballot. We fully support our schools and local community. It is our sincere hope that La Cañada voters can gain some insight from the following points to arrive at an informed decision. 1. These bonds essentially...

  • Unexpected forest predator prompts this inveterate hiker to reconsider his trail attire

    Unexpected forest predator prompts this inveterate hiker to reconsider his trail attire

    As readers of my commentary pieces must be very tired of hearing, I often start my daily hike in the dark at this time of the year and never think about those wild animals we’re always warned about. The other day, however, I did see a predator and it was the most deadly of all. I knew they existed,...

Religion

In Theory: Questions arise over Trump nominees

President Trump has nominated Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback to be the U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, a selection narrowly endorsed by a Senate panel in late October by an 11-10 vote. A “favorite of Christian conservatives,” according to the U.S. News & World Report, Brownback’s...

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