Our best option, given the impending curtailment of the Affordable Care Act, is to enthusiastically support single-payer healthcare, or Medicare for all. We need to establish healthcare as a right, not a business. We also need to enable our single-payer plan to negotiate with the pharmaceutical companies and keep prescription drugs at a reasonable price. We need to do this now! Healthcare for all!

Mark Kausler
Glendale

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Richmond’s not about truth

How does someone as lacking in self-awareness as Ray Richmond still have a column? Every other week it’s another juvenile temper tantrum in print. After eight years of the liberal media taking their marching orders from the Democratic White House and then during the election from the DNC (Donna Brazille gave Hillary the CNN debate questions), we are finally saying no to an oppressive media monopoly that slanted heavily left. They used Orwellian Newspeak and demonized anyone that wasn’t part of their agenda.

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Example, if you believed in traditional marriage, the headline was anti-gay. If you believe a man should not be allowed in a woman’s room with young girls because one day he self-identifies as a female, you are called “transphobic.” It’s leftist language like that which has caused a distrust; it’s totalitarian. Our way or you’re a hater.

So I’m sorry, Ray, you and your friends have nothing to do with shining a light on the truth, as you foolishly and self-righteously state. Where was the truth in the Michael Brown story that fueled a riot? He did not say, “hands up, don’t shoot.” Where are the facts to debunk the false liberal narrative that all cops are racists gunning for unarmed black men? Nowhere. No truth, just propaganda. Agitprop. Read Heather MacDonald’s book, “The War on Cops” for truth. She uses FBI stats from the Obama administration to shine real light on truth.

And anyone who thinks “I’m from the planet Fakecury” is a clever turn of phrase does not deserve a column.

Stan Evans
Glendale

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Asking a simple question

Now that God gave us Trump, will that same God protect us from him and his ilk?

Theodore Polychronis
Glendale

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We need to get control of rent

From the year 2000 to 2014, median income in Glendale rose 28%, from $ 41K to $ 52K. But median home valuations have risen from $ 325,000 to $ 598,000 — 84%. With the greed and bailout of Wall Street, the younger generations and the working class saw the goalposts for the American dream slip further away.

So how can the working class afford to live in Southern California? Many of us have to rent. But renting in Glendale is an unprotected situation. Eighty percent of south Glendale rents and about a third are cost-burdened, spending more than a third of their income on their rent. And unlike a majority of Los Angeles County, Glendale has no rent stabilization ordinances. Landlords are free to increase their rents at will — and some do. I met someone recently who was spending 70% of her income to live here. Another friend’s rent has gone up 30% in four years. Another’s has jumped, like clockwork, $ 100 every six months. How can renters develop roots in our community if it’s just as likely that the next park built, the next transportation center approved, the next improvement to our city sees their cost of living here skyrocket?

It is time that we establish these crucial protections, curb luxury development, and expand affordable- and market-rate housing. The American Dream isn’t draining 30 years of retirement savings so your adult children can afford to live near you. The American Dream is understanding that we all must work toward being independent — and sometimes, when the playing field has been tilted, we come together as a community to create a more equitable situation.

Mike Van Gorder
Glendale
Editor’s Note: The writer is a candidate in the April 4 Glendale City Council race.

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Residents need a say in rules

Upon reading the Forum section of the News-Press over the last few weeks, I felt compelled to state my position on the City Council’s vote to approve the interim “granny flats” ordinance. The council’s approval of the ordinance is the reasonable first step in response to Sacramento’s latest mandate. Assembly Bill 229 is an attempt to meet the housing needs of California’s expanding population. However, what works in San Francisco or San Diego is often in conflict with the needs and desires of smaller communities like ours. Protecting Glendale and the Crescenta Valley’s quality of life will require continual responses to the mandates of the county, Sacramento and our growing population.

I take seriously the opinion of Brian Ellis, who urges our council to “institute the most restrictive limits possible and support staff’s recommendation.” I also share the opinion Peter Faud of the Northwest Glendale Homeowner’s Assn., who is quoted in the News-Press as saying “Once these things are built … they can’t be un-built.” However; I recognize there may be parts of our city where the guidelines of the interim ordinance may work.

I propose the eventual ordinance we accept should be designed by us, the residents of Glendale and the Crescenta Valley. Let each neighborhood input their needs, not those of Sacramento. Once a committee of residents (with the aid of city planners), not politicians or developers, have decided what is best for our neighbors, that becomes the City Council’s mandate. Not the other way around.

As a council member I will support my neighbors, not the agendas of Sacramento or the proponents of unchecked development. My purpose for seeking a seat on the City Council is to preserve the quality of life of Glendale and the Crescenta Valley.

Rick Dinger
Glendale
Editor’s Note: The writer is a candidate in the April 4 Glendale City Council race.

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Impressed by Susan Wolfson

Who’s the ideal candidate for the Glendale City Council? At this critical time, we need a financially sophisticated council member who understands Glendale’s pension fund obligations, the impact of its growing bond indebtedness and its economic options.

A week ago, I met Susan Wolfson for the first time at a meet-and-greet I hosted for my neighbors in the Brockmont Park Historic District. Wolfson is a CPA and after many years with the big accounting firms, she now works in La Cañada Flintridge’s finance department. She’s a huge believer in transparency and letting the public see how Glendale collects and spends its revenues.

She’s also a proselytizer for what she calls financial sustainability. It’s a bit of a buzzword, but an important concept in financial planning. Financial sustainability means planning with a goal of maintaining an entity’s fiscal health and not having to stop operations because it has run out of money.

Treat yourself to hearing Susan at the next open forum or “meet-and-greet.” You’ll be as impressed as I was.

Jaye Scholl
Glendale

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