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Op-Ed: Government must step in for vaccinations

When I was in medical school 20 years ago, a professor spent just five minutes talking about measles. After a brief description he simply said "you'll likely never see this in your career, thanks to immunizations."

Letter: Bill raises concern about training

Re: “Bill envisions expanding health services,” Op-ed, July 1. The op-ed writer Lilia Babakhan, a second-year optometry student, supports SB 622 allowing...

Letter: More training needed than what state bill requires

The op-ed writer Lilia Babakhan, a second-year optometry student, supports SB 622 allowing her the potential to perform “minor procedures.”&...

Op-Ed: Bill envisions expanding health services

I’m no longer surprised when people ask me to clarify just what exactly it is I’m studying. In healthcare, which includes eye health, there are a lot of “ologies” to remember, and a specialist for every one. “So what’s the difference then,” they ask, “...

Letter: Not a fan of the Burroughs logo

OK, Burbank. South Carolina brought down its racist flag. Now it’s your turn.

Leader Editorial: Brown Act reminder is a lesson learned

The Burbank school board had its knuckles gently rapped by county prosecutors this month for not having announced publicly...

Letter: Collateral damage of assisted suicide

Dan Evans' recent op-ed, “Start the presses: Debating doctor assisted death,” avoids any mention of the serious and...

Letter: Advisory Council on Disabilities welcomes all to its meetings

The Burbank Advisory Council on Disabilities welcomes all. We are a group of citizens who meet monthly to discuss and resolve issues related to accessibility in our community. We welcome everyone to these meetings and value your input since more eyes and ears make us better informed to make...

Letter: Seeking donations for summer camps

Burbank Coordinating Council has been sending low-income school children to summer camps on scholarships, called “Camperships,” since 1936. This year is no exception. The biggest change is that the cost of camps has risen so that we need more money to fund their week of either resident...

Letter: Disney's decision isn't the norm

Disney’s decision to reverse itself on outsourcing some of their tech jobs is the exception and not the norm. Companies all over...

Letter: The true cost of electronic tracking

Re: “Police to try new parking enforcement,” June 17. So the police want to use computer software to track my car with the benign...

Letter: Pancake breakfast to help build wall

If you're wondering what to eat for breakfast on Saturday, July 11, consider attending my pancake breakfast and silent auction. There will be pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, and hot coffee. Since this is a fundraiser, I am requesting a donation of $5 per person.

Letter: Put the brakes on noisy vehicles

Letter: Put the brakes on noisy vehicles

It is laudable that police were deployed at the so-called “Krispy Kreme Tuesdays” car meet at the Burbank Empire Center this week. It is...

Op-Ed: Using recycled water has its benefits

California continues to face unprecedented drought conditions, despite the very small amount of rainfall we recently received. The Burbank City Council unanimously and wisely enacted Stage III of the Sustainable Water Use Ordinance in response to this emergency. This, in part, means that outdoor...

Letter: Help new graduates register to vote

It’s that time of year again. Graduations are happening, and students are now preparing to embark on the next stage of their lives. Whether going on to school or entering the workforce or the military, this is a big moment in a young person’s life. As the celebrations begin, consider...

Letter: For quicker showers, toss the body wash

OK, so we have to take five-minute showers. We have to have low-flow shower heads. Well, now is the time for people to stop using body washes or have companies change their formulas. It is very difficult and time-consuming to try to rinse off these oily, skin-coating formulas. There are so many...

Letter: Proud of Burroughs' winning production

On Monday evening, June 1, the Nederlander Organization and the Hollywood Pantages Theatre presented the fourth annual Jerry Herman Awards, a celebration of the achievement and excellence in high school musical theater. The Jerry Herman award is the most prestigious award a high school musical can...

Letter: A billion in savings is achievable

Letter: A billion in savings is achievable

The governor’s mandate for Burbank to reduce water use by a billion gallons by February 2016 is a mind-boggling amount, but achievable.

Letter: Keep an eye out for hungry coyotes

Every early morning when I go out to get my newspaper I see a coyote or two running down the sidewalk hunting, no doubt, for a small dog or cat to eat. I’m sure the problem has become so ongoing that most Burbankers are aware of the coyotes and would never leave a small child or baby in...

Letter: Lesson learned at council meeting

Re: “City manager adds own money to aid nonprofits,” May 16. The stunning pedagogical leadership example shown and on-the-job training given by Burbank...

Letter: Advisory council welcomes guests

The Advisory Council on Disabilities is meeting this Thursday, May 28, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Community Service Building, room 104.

Letter: The rules are the rules in the military

Letter: The rules are the rules in the military

I was a bit amused after reading about the 17-year-old senior who was upset that she would not be allowed to wear her U.S. Air Force sash to graduation.

Letter: The conservation cuts don't add up

In Saturday’s Leader, Mayor Bob Frutos finally gave Burbank residents a concrete number as to how much our water allocation will be reduced in the coming months.

Letter: Dangerous driving seems all the rage

Since moving to Burbank my family and I have enjoyed many things about the city. One phenomenon we find very aggravating, though, is the unfortunate preponderance of drivers who speed excessively and aggressively through completely residential areas.

Letter: Nothing wrong with having nice parks

I just read Larry Debord's letter to the editor where he said some rather nasty things about the city of Burbank not taking care of our streets and spending too much money on our local public parks.

Letter: Amenities are up to date and accessible

Writer Claude Soderstrom expresses an opinion that does not agree with the vast majority of Bob Hope Airport patrons, who consistently rate the airport high for convenience and ease of use.

Letter: Ice can be nice, but less can be nicer

The city of Burbank needs to conserve one billion gallons of water. We can do it, even if it’s just one ice cube at a time.

Letter: Using 'gray water' and other ideas

Re: "City aims to further reduce water usage,” May 16. Perhaps the city could create a program to recognize or reward those who are making efforts to conserve water.

Letter: Bob Hope Airport isn't user friendly

The operators of the Bob Hope Airport appear to be running the airport into the ground.

Letter: BCC makes plans for its future

Burbank Coordinating Council held its 83rd installation of officers on Monday, May 4. We were honored to have Mayor Bob Frutos in attendance to perform the installations.

Letter: Money will help stem homelessness

Homelessness is not a choice. The majority of the homeless population are faced with life-altering events or a series of events that were unexpected or planned. Not only are they faced with homelessness, but also struggle with mental illness, substance abuse and physical disability.

Letter: Claims of fraud in delegate election

As one of the California Democratic Party delegates unseated last month by the party’s Compliance Review Commission, I read Dan Evans “ballot redo” article with great interest (“Memo reveals ballot issues” May 2, A1.) As a 43rd Assembly District resident living in...

Letter: Kudos to the Burbank Animal Shelter

Letter: Kudos to the Burbank Animal Shelter

Last Saturday I noticed the animal shelter ad for Peanut, the dog who was left in the shelter because the owner didn't feel like having a dog anymore. This made me crazy angry.

Letter: Fix our worn streets, don't upgrade parks

I am writing to loudly protest a terrible waste of taxpayer dollars. Can someone tell me just who the mental giants are in the city of Burbank who approve spending money to “beautify” city parks and other wasteful measures, while our streets are in such ridiculously poor condition? It is...

Letter: BUSD has turned back on students

This week was Common Core testing week at my son’s school, McKinley Elementary. In the three years that we have opted him out of standardized testing, he has been asked to work quietly in a corner or help out in the first-grade class. Though deprived of a meaningful education for five or...

Letter: Bright light is good coyote deterrent

Coyotes are deterred by bright light, so anyplace where coyotes are seen, flood lights should be turned on. Anyone who goes walking where coyotes have been seen should carry a flashlight. A 180-degree TripleLite flashlight lights up a whole walkway and will fit into a purse or pocket.

Letter: Unintended result of taking it easy

Because of horrible weather in Houston, Texas, all planes coming in and going out were canceled.

Letter: Appreciation for councilman's work

I am a 43-year resident of the city of Burbank and one who has kept a pulse and been involved in many city matters for more than 20 years. I would like to commend all who recently sought to garner a seat on the Burbank City Council. The challenge alone speaks for itself while the real job only...

Letter: Already missing outgoing Gary Bric

I want to thank Gary Bric for his eight years of service on the Burbank City Council.

Letter: District to host its Gifted Conference

On Saturday, May 2, Burbank Unified School District is hosting its second annual Gifted Conference, titled “Breaking Through the Stereotypes: A Parent’s Guide to Understanding GATE Students,” with keynote speaker Christine Fonseca and four breakout sessions. As public schools...

Letter: Kemp taught the bullies a lesson

After watching the display of “respect” given to the Burbank Board of Education on the night of April 16,...

Letter: Hopes against history repeating

If killing millions is not genocide, then let's destroy all dictionaries by dumping them like tea in the ocean.

Letter: Alternatives to getting a lift

Perhaps you’ve seen the recent car commercial — mother and daughter in car; mom quietly reminiscing, “The back seat of my Subaru is where she grew up...” It appeals directly to our emotions. But the real message is you must keep your precious children trapped in the back seat...

Letter: Disabilities group schedules meeting

The Burbank Advisory Council on Disabilities needs you and your observations and opinions to help us make our community barrier free and disabled aware. Please come to our meetings, which are held from 1 to 2 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of every month in room 104 at the Community Service Building,...

Letter: Upcoming Coordinating Council meeting has a lot to offer

If you were wondering what to do for lunch on Monday, May 4, consider coming to the Burbank Coordinating Council meeting and installation of officers. The cost is only $9 per person, and you can either email your RSVP to jrdiel@aol.com or phone your...

Letter: We'll pick up our signs if you haven't

I want to take this opportunity to thank the voters of Burbank for affording me the privilege of serving a second term as a member of the Burbank City Council. The support and encouragement I received during the campaign was extremely important to me. I look forward to working with the community, my...

Letter: Yard signs are electoral detritus

The Burbank municipal elections are now over. The winners have won and the losers have lost. Yet the campaign signs of several candidates are still up a week after the election. What were acceptable expressions of political free speech have become unacceptable political litter. It is the...

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