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The violence cannot be ignored

School shootings have become commonplace. They have averaged a little more than one a week since the beginning of 2018, 21 in total. Often the suggested remedy to such unspeakable violence is more funding for mental health services, greater security,…

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Why Gun Violence Continues to be an Ongoing Health Crisis

Once again, last week the nation was rocked by a tragic incident of gun violence. It was noteworthy because it targeted elected officials, reminding us how fragile we are as a nation during a time of unprecedented discord. The commentary…

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A call to end the violence

Like many, the recent tragedy in Orlando, Florida left me shocked, saddened, and immobilized to some extent. But as my first emotions have yielded to grief and commemoration, the reality of the seemingly endless gun-related violence is sinking in. The…

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How to Reassure Your Children in the Wake of the South Pasadena High Shooting Plot

By Alison Bell The day has finally arrived. My “ baby boy,” the youngest of three, is about to start high school. I envisioned this as a poignant time full of back-to-school shopping, lively discussions of his fall schedule and…

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Why this is at the root of a safe community like South Pasadena

By Joseph M. Costa, Hillsides CEO There is a fine line between vigilance and paranoia. We were reminded this week by the alleged shooting plot at South Pasadena High School that a great deal of caution and fair amount of…

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