Last week, I received a letter that posed some very specific language questions. Thank you Linda and Paul for reading the column and also for giving me some topics to tackle for this month’s article. Given that graduation is just around the corner for some, let’s begin with your first question: Where did “graduated high school” not “graduated from high school” originate?
Something remarkable happened during a lively meeting of the Claremont City Council on January 27. Trees, all 24,000 of them, and pesticides were at the heart of the technical-political discourse.
City staff recited a lengthy report on the conventional care of trees, which included the use of poisonous pesticides. Then the public, including this writer, addressed the mayor and the members of the city council.
It’s official—Claremont has been accepted into the Georgetown University Energy Prize competition (GUEP.org) for the opportunity to win a $5 million prize! Having successfully completed a rigorous application process, Claremont (the only city accepted within Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Santa Barbara and Orange counties) will compete against 50 other cities nationwide to save the most energy.