A gift to all who knew him

June 22, 2011

I’ve really been enjoying Gene Pepper’s columns, and especially his most recent, “Memories of a Noble Gift That Was Taken for Granted.”

I, too, grew up in Salt Lake City in the ’40s and ’50s and knew Gene and his dad, Doc Pepper, who was in fact my doctor. Gene and I coincidentally both wound up in beautiful La Cañada Flintridge.

The best description of life in Salt Lake in those years was a story I like to tell about how I was playing outside when a neighbor girl ran up to me screaming that the president had died. I was horrified and ran home to tell my mom and she explained that the girl meant the president of the Mormon Church, not the president of the United States.


But back to Doc Pepper. He was indeed a “noble gift.” The only thing he didn’t do well was golf. He and my dad would play and I would caddie and they were quite a pair. The only safe place when they were on the tee was down the middle of the fairway.

Doc Pepper was revered by everyone in Salt Lake. Gene, we all considered him a gift.

Sid Karsh

La Cañada Flintridge

More education, rather than less

What’s going on?

The La Cañada school board recently negotiated an agreement with the teachers union that reduces class instruction by four days next year. These “lost days” will be used for teacher training — which certainly has value — but why does it have to be at the expense of our kids’ education?

Our family just donated $2,500 to help maintain the quality of education at La Cañada schools. I donated that money because I believe in La Cañada schools. But now, in addition to increased class sizes, the loss of teacher’s aides and some key programs, we are reducing the quality of our kid’s education even further.

La Cañada schools has fantastic teachers. Our girls had two of the best teachers in the district this past year. I understand that teacher training is important, but it’s a mistake to cuts class instruction. Our kids need more education, not less.

I urge the school board to reverse this decision.

John Flynn

La Cañada Flintridge

Board should add school days

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