I respectfully disagree with your editorial about the expansion of the Americana at Brand ("Redefining 'blighted,'" Dec. 4).
Rick Caruso has delivered for Glendale, while the former sound studio has sat vacant for years, and the motel contributes too little to the economic base to justify its existence in a "redevelopment zone." Further, no one is taking these properties; the owners have a chance to propose a plan (and the city said they would allow more than 45 days if necessary) and if they choose not to, they will be given a fair purchase price for the property.
Additionally, both owners told the City Council that they would be interested in selling.
The city is taking the right approach. The goal of a redevelopment zone is to strengthen the economy and bring more business. The current property owners aren't fulfilling that goal required by a redevelopment zone.
The city and Caruso should be fair to the owners, and I believe they will be. The value of those properties has surely only gone up, due solely to the Americana. Therefore it seems unlikely the owners would not be compensated fairly.
Mary Catherine Kribs
Truth should always be told in classrooms
Dan Kimber did well to question why the World War II internment of Japanese Americans isn't taught in American history classes ("Education Matters: Learning from the past," Dec. 10).
But the equally outrageous omission is about the internment of Germans and Italians (and the internment of Germans during World War I). Both citizens and ethnic Germans and Italians were rounded up in the days following America's entry into the war. Google shows several interesting articles on the subject.
So why doesn't anyone know about the outrage done Germans and Italians? The Italians wanted to get it all behind them and just didn't talk about it. They call it, "Il Storia Segreto," the Secret History. That's also the title of a book detailing their experience.
And the Germans? German internees had to sign a secrecy agreement as a condition of release. Freedom came at the price of having no recourse to the compensation the Japanese have enjoyed.
Those were ugly experiences of ugly policies of ugly times. But that doesn't mean they shouldn't be taught about in school — in as gruesome detail as possible. It might help deflect such idiocy in the future.
Raye A. Rhoads