Mailbag: Teachers laud Elks for dictionaries

I am a third-grade teacher at Verdugo Woodlands Elementary in Glendale, and I would like to thank the Glendale Elks Lodge 1289 and all of the donors for the 2,200 dictionaries they will pass out to third-graders in Glendale Unified School District.

I can't begin to tell you how invaluable these dictionaries are, especially in a time when so many people rely on technology to correct their spelling and grammar. It is a common scene in my classroom to see my students huddled together looking up a word for their writing. In the process, they discover a multitude of new words and excitedly share them with each other.

The dictionaries are truly appreciated by me and all of my colleagues. Thank you Glendale Elks Lodge 1289 and all of the donors!

Sheila Collison Galaz

La Crescenta

Reader spoke for many about biases

Thank you, Bill Weisman, for so beautifully expressing how many of us feel, and have felt for a very long time ("Bible text can be bent to match biases," Sept. 4).

And thank you, Glendale News-Press, for printing his letter.

Joanne E. Sargeant


Willful ignorance prevails in too many areas

Thanks for printing the letter "Bible text can be bent to match biases," by Bill Weisman on Sept. 4. It is a useful reminder of the danger posed by millions of American citizens believing that the Bible is divinely inspired.

To a person like myself, who has had schooling in science and engineering, the results are depressingly familiar: The opposition to legal abortions, sex education, birth control, evolution, the dismissal of ominous signs that global warming will ultimately destroy our planet, and the contempt of science in general, are all a result of this willful ignorance.

Two prominent believers, both "Tea Party" stalwarts, are particularly scary: Sarah Palin and Sherrie Angle. God (pun intended) help us if these people and their fellow travelers take over our government.

Steven Asimow


What are odds of success in Afghanistan, really?

Rep. Adam Schiff says that the L.A. Times, who editorialized against his bill allowing 48 hours of interrogation of suspected terrorists without a Miranda warning, has the right to be wrong ("Representative Schiff speaks to Kiwanis," Sept. 2).

I think Schiff is exercising that right in saying that after nearly 10 years of U.S. combat and civilian operations in Afghanistan, it is "still too early to tell whether efforts to stabilize the country are taking root."

He himself has visited Yemen, one of the several countries to which Al Qaeda has decamped, so knows better than to say we have degraded their capabilities in any serious way. Every U.S. bomb and bullet wins them more recruits, and they can operate almost anywhere.

Our commanders can dress it up with new verbiage, and they have, but we are still pursuing essentially the same strategy there, just more of it. More troops, more money, same Afghan government. As Schiff says himself, "epidemic corruption" prevents the democratic institutions that we fantasize for the country.

When your chosen dictator's own brother is so crooked he can't get a U.S. visa, that should tell you we are backing the wrong side, again.

Schiff says we will know "by this time next year" whether our so-far wasted efforts has suddenly worked; by this time next year I will know whether I have won a huge jackpot in the lottery, but what are the odds, really?

The "Blue Dog" Democrats, including Schiff, have pledged to support the pay-as-you-go act, which requires spending cuts or tax increases before passage of any new spending bill. I would like to hear from my representative his specific spending cuts or tax increases, equaling the several billions we continue to spend every week, and for going on 10 years, in Afghanistan.

Roberta Medford


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