Overlay is crazy

first_imgRe “Overlay is the right way to go for new Valley area code” (Our Opinions, Oct. 25): The editors got it wrong this time. In the past, when an area code is split, it was split geographically. Every area code in SoCal is by geography. Splitting the Valley is most logical thing to do. It doesn’t make sense to have to dial 10 digits to call your neighbor or have to dial 4 extra numbers if you don’t have to. Overlay is just another example of NIMBYism or NIMACism. If you’re wondering, I don’t mind switching to the 747 area code. – Ngan Adams AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Burbank Boston – Phooey! So the Red Sox have the best home team record in baseball. Why, you ask? Because they have an (unfair) advantage over the visitors because they play in a jai-alai palace instead of a ball park. Balls bouncing off the monster. No doubles defense. Bullpen banging on the walls. Give Manny a big “scooper.” This place should be condemned and torn down. But no! The “Bastan” fans go there to worship in this obsolete “house of horrors.” Ever wonder why New Yorkers can’t stand the Sox? Now you get the idea. – Thomas Wierzbicki Van Nuys PIOs work hard Re “Last P.R. hero” (Our Opinions, Oct. 26): Your Friday editorial regarding public-information officers took a “broad brush” approach to communications during a disaster and does not recognize the hard work performed by PIOs, especially in the wake of the recent fires. Here in Santa Clarita, our L.A. County fire and sheriff PIOs worked day and night, hand in hand with the city of Santa Clarita PIO to provide verified, up-to-date information to our residents around the clock. Our city Web site (santa-clarita.com) was updated minute by minute, a bulletin board was used on our local cable channel and we even set up a hotline for residents to call, which was utilized 6.4 times per minute Monday. The first priority was communicating with our residents, helping them through the disaster, not providing photo opportunities for our elected officials. – Gail Ortiz Communications Division manager/PIO City of Santa Clarita Chimneys survive Once again I am looking at photos of homes destroyed by the fires. Once again, the only surviving structures seem to be the chimneys, standing like obelisks in a smoldering landscape. Why can’t homes be built like chimneys, or am I missing something here? – Ann Harootyan Van Nuys Phone-users tax Re “Now we know” (Your Opinions, Oct. 22): George Timko is not the only one fuming about the corruption in L.A. city government. We do not need a telephone-users tax put on the ballot. We could make up the $270million just by taking away all the perks city officials get, letting them drive their own cars, paying for their cell phones just as we the taxpayers do, freezing their salaries, reducing the staffs that each council member has, getting rid of the assistant city attorneys because anytime there is a lawsuit they have to hire outside help and make a stipulation for city employees when hired that they can’t sue the city if they are fired. And put an end or cap to the outrageous lawsuits brought on by L.A. city firefighters who couldn’t take the heat. – Marianne Castro Lawson Granada Hills Jewishness Re “They are Christians” (Your Opinions, Oct. 24): Richard Sharfman has in a few brief sentences casually disregarded centuries of philosophical debate about “what is a Jew.” The answer depends on who you ask. Hitler considered Jews a race. I have known and been friends with several Jews and none of them believed that they were defined by their religion. Nor are they a nation. Some consider themselves a tribe or a clan. In the Bible, they are referred to as a tribe. According to Sharfman, anyone in the world who believes in and practices Judaism is a Jew and those who don’t, aren’t. That is a simplistic view to a very complex and as-yet unanswered question. – Leonard E. McGinnis Granada Hills Where there’s a will The administration should finance the health bill the same way it finances its war in Iraq. – Chuck Crawford Newhall160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Howard University Welcomes the Cultures of Japan

first_imgBy Lauren Poteat Special to the AFROServing as a hub for Black excellence across the country, isn’t the only thing that Howard University is known for.Catering to an elaborate Department of World Languages and Cultures, November 2, the university welcomed a special tree-planting ceremony, presented by the National Cherry Blossom Festival, in collaboration with All Nippon Airways (ANA), in recognition of the school’s impactful Japanese courses and study abroad program.Students from the Howard University Early Learning Program and the Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science plant Cherry Blossom Trees on Campus (Photo Credit: Howard University)“We chose to plant trees at Howard University because of their longstanding presence as a leading institution in our community,” Diana Mayhew, president of the National Cherry Blossom Festival told the AFRO. “Through these tree plantings, the National Cherry Blossom Festival continues to extend beyond the Tidal Basin, and we’re so proud to have planted the seed of friendship between the Festival and the University.”Students from the Howard University Early Learning Program and the Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science assisted in the planting process by adding mulch to the bases of the five trees, which were strategically placed throughout a grassy knoll near the corner of Georgia Avenue Northwest and Howard Place Northwest.The gifts are part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s Neighborhood Tree Planting Program, an effort to celebrate and share the gift of cherry blossom trees throughout the DC-metro region.“Howard University is a key part of our community and the festival belongs to everyone within it,” Mayhew said.Known for producing vibrant blooms during Spring months, Cherry blossom trees, which were originally planted in the Washington area in 1912, continue to serve as a gift of friendship from the people of Japan.“Howard University is proud to continue to build upon our relationship with the people of Japan, and we are grateful for the gift of Cherry Blossom trees from Air Nippon Airways,” Anthony K. Wutoh, Ph.D., Provost and Chief Academic Officer said. “In addition to our students engaged in Japanese language instruction, and students participating in study abroad in Japan, we have also had faculty who have been engaged in research collaborations with Japanese partners. Further, we are proud that one of our student-athletes, Latroya Pina, will be representing her country, and Howard University at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.”The 2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival is being held March 20 – April 14, 2019. For more information on the National Cherry Blossom Festival and the Neighborhood Tree Planting Program, visit nationalcherryblossomfestival.org.last_img read more