Letters to the Editor: Behavior of Schiff protesters at Armenian town hall ‘condemnable’

Scuffles broke out as Rep. Adam Schiff spoke at a Dec. 14 event at the Glendale Central Library, where the Armenian National Committee of America thanked him for his support in the passage of a resolution affirming recognition of the Armenian genocide. A reader decries the protesters’ actions.
(Raul Roa/Glendale News-Press)

It is certainly condemnable that some Trump supporters disrupted an event celebrating the Congressional recognition of the Armenian Genocide. It shouldn’t take 100 years to recognize a wrong of historic proportions, but the fact that it did makes the recognition that much more important.

An unfortunate aspect to the saga is that the government of Turkey not only doesn’t accept responsibility for the genocide, they are currently engaging in ethnic cleansing of Kurds in Syria. Even more unfortunate is that President Trump gave them the green light for this. Could that have been in exchange for favorable treatment for Trump Towers Istanbul, from which he profits?

In addition, Trump sought delay of recognition of the Armenian Genocide and publicly denigrated the Kurds when he said during an Oval Office meeting, “They’re not angels.”

I view the Trump supporters’ disruption of the event as consistent with the generally mean-spirited positions Trump holds.


Scott Peer


I am writing to protest a Dec. 11 headline, “Brotman forced to return early campaign contributions” and sub-headline (which is the first paragraph in the online article: “Candidate reportedly received incorrect information ...” The narrowly focused headlines smack of an attack on Brotman and make no reference to the real story: the dissemination of inaccurate information by the city clerk’s office and an ordinance lacking sufficient detail.

The article reports that the city attorney confirmed inaccurate information was given, so use of the word “reportedly” is both puzzling and dismaying.


City Clerk Ardy Kassakhian blaming the candidate for obtaining information from a records manager (in Kassakhian’s office) as akin to asking a restaurant valet about the restaurant menu, is inappropriate. Brotman contacted the city clerk’s office, not the general city switchboard, for election information.

In addition to contacting the city clerk, Brotman also consulted with an outside attorney who advised he could begin accepting donations prior to Sept. 1. (Alignment of local, state and national elections is good — and should combat Glendale’s dismal voter turnout rate — but it has led to confusion.)

The relevant section of the Glendale ordinance (1.10.030, B.) reads: “Campaign contribution limits. A candidate for city council, city clerk or city treasurer, and his or her controlled committee shall not accept any contribution or contributions totaling more than one thousand one hundred dollars ($1,100.00) from any person in a single election cycle.” There is no caveat about donations prior to Sept. 1, or the equivalent.

Please reconsider before again publishing headlines that are so skewed and potentially damaging. (I am a contributor to Brotman’s campaign.)

Jennifer Pinkerton