Mailbag

Letter: Bicycling is healthy but not ideal

I am a property owner living within 100 feet of the Verdugo Road bike lane. I consider it a great asset to our community. Not only does it provide transportation options without burning fossil fuels, it is good, healthy exercise. To those who say that bicyclists should use the Chandler Bikeway...

Letter: Bicyclists are not above the rules

I would agree that bike lanes usually result in inconvenience for car drivers and disruptions in traffic patterns but bicycles are becoming the primary mode of transportation for increasing numbers of people. Bike riders want direct routes to where they want to go just as car drivers do. Both will...

Letter: Airport is talking to airlines about fares

In response to Ms. Helen Palmer’s July 23 letter to the editor expressing frustration about high airfares between Burbank Bob Hope Airport and Las Vegas, we completely sympathize. Unfortunately, the airlines set their own fares, not the airport. We continually urge the airlines to lower...

Letter: A monopoly has bumped up prices

Re: “Expressing frustration with Bob Hope Airport,” Mailbag, July 23. Your correspondent, Helen Palmer, has found out the realities of monopoly pricing at Burbank Airport. Over the past decade Southwest Airlines has...

Letter: Bike lanes on Verdugo a bad idea

After reading Bryan Mahoney’s article in the July 23 Burbank Leader I thought it would be a good time to chime in and...

Letter: Expressing frustration with Bob Hope Airport

My son and I recently planned a short trip to Las Vegas to meet other family members and needed to be there from Monday to Wednesday. I live about five minutes from Bob Hope Airport. The roundtrip fare to leave Burbank on Monday was nearly $400. When my son checked the fares out of Los Angeles...

Letter: Republicans gave birth to Obamacare

Re: “Objections to an opinion on a court,” Mailbag, July 9. In his letter, Mel Wolf says that the Democrats “crafted Obamacare without input or approval...

Letter: Release the reason for utility-rate increase

Re: “Second vote was forward-thinking,” Mailbag 12. If the Burbank councilman who changed his vote on raising utility rates did so for political reasons, how can it...

Letter: Bike path is a waste of safety effort

Recently on one stretch of West Olive Avenue two pedestrians were killed and two very seriously injured in separate vehicle accidents. Yet Chandler Bikeway, site of no fatal or serious car, bicycle or pedestrian accidents, was chosen to receive the latest intense focus of public-safety signage and...

Letter: Thank you for Hastings coverage

Letter: Thank you for Hastings coverage

On behalf of my mother Joan and the entire Hastings family, we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you for the outpouring of caring, prayers and support upon the passing of my dad, Bob...

Letter: Second vote was forward-thinking

Burbank City Council members are part-time officials meeting once a week. Individual members may spend more time on city business depending on their normal daily business affairs. Some members may be more experienced than others in governmental program awareness. However, each member has the...

Letter: Protesters can shop somewhere else

The Hobby Lobby protesters are guilty of what they accuse the arts and crafts store of doing and that is trying to force their beliefs onto others. No one is being forced...

Letter: Decision has brought on a sense of shame

Hobby Lobby: A Supreme Court case in which five old men have decided (for the entire country) that freedom of religion has now gone from meaning you can follow any religion...

Letter: IUDs, etc., do not end a pregnancy

In his column Dan Evans does an excellent job of pointing out, among other things, the hypocrisy of Hobby Lobby in providing a 401(k) retirement plan that invests in companies that make...

Letter: Argument follows its own certain logic

I have followed the Hobby Lobby story with a great deal of interest. As a man, I have four things to say about the abortion debate:

Letter: Objections to an opinion on a court

Re: “Crafted morality at Hobby Lobby,” (Start the Presses, July 5). I am personally incensed by the vitriol expressed by those objecting to Hobby Lobby and the recent...

Letter: Court dismisses Founding Fathers

The Supreme Court has opened yet another can of worms. Their collective Hobby Lobby decision is the third devastatingly, misguided opinion now...

Letter: Hobby Lobby has a religious right

Re: “Hobby Lobby runs an unfair business,” Mailbag, July 2. The letter writer, Mr. Aboulsaad, appears to want to punish Hobby Lobby for exercising its rights...

Decision shows lack of forethought

I attended the school district's forum where residents were briefed on the preliminary approval of a charter school in Burbank. Controversy arose when, only after the June...

Letter: School segregation is anti-American

The founders of this country knew the education of its citizens was critical to the long-term success of its government. Here in Burbank, we have a school district that strives to achieve as much as possible, and yet we have a segment of our community that wishes to strip some of those precious...

Letter: Hobby Lobby runs an unfair business

Hobby Lobby's expansion and Supreme Court win is Burbank's loss. After wondering who would fill OSH's empty storefront, we now know it's going to be Hobby Lobby. Personally, had it been any other store I'd be a happy camper, but I'm not setting foot in Hobby Lobby for a couple of reasons.

Letter: Burbank referred patient to Glendale

Earlier this year, my elderly neighbor called the paramedics with a life-threatening situation. The Burbank Fire Department responded, but were too overloaded so they called the Glendale Fire Department to transport. Despite being a member of the Burbank EMS Program, he was billed by Glendale. After...

Letter: Fees should be covered by taxes

The Burbank City Council has approved

Letter: Rate increase is about the details

Re: “Utility rates to rise,” June 24. When a City Council majority initially rejected proposed increases in fees and rates, it triggered a review process that turned out to be...

Letter: Avoid the hobby shop and trade up

I am truly puzzled. Why have the city of Burbank and some residents worked tirelessly to keep Walmart out of our community and then allowed Hobby Lobby to move on in?

Letter: What are BWP's 'rising costs'?

Subsequent to the encouraging news that the City Council had rejected the proposed BWP increases, it now appears that the council is backing away from that vote because of a...

Letter: Parks are in debt to two hard workers

Each morning when my dog takes me for my walk, I am reminded of the amazing work the Burbank Parks and Recreation folks do in keeping our parks so beautiful, clean and well-maintained. In particular, there are two people who truly deserve recognition for always going above and beyond — a man...

Letter: Location isn't great for charter school

There is a time and place for everything. I don't know about the time, but I can promise you that 3915 W. Burbank Blvd. is not the place to put in a charter...

Letter: Public shouldn't pay for Armenian school

I totally agree with the letters in Wednesday's Leader, that the Armenian school is great, but...

Letter: Disappointed to see the Elephant Bar go

I was very disappointed to learn that the Burbank Elephant Bar restaurant closed, along with a number of others all around the country. Nearby, Northridge, Simi Valley, and Irvine branches have closed. Today I stopped by for lunch, only to find a notice of the closure on the door.

Letter: BWP didn't provide any hard facts

Congratulations to the Burbank City Council for rejecting BWP's latest proposal to raise rates. BWP should not assume that because it has a virtual monopoly on utility services in the city, it can raise rates without justifying their necessity. There was little transparency or specific information...

Letter: Charter school is a form of segregation

We need to ask the Burbank school board why they approved a charter school for Armenian students and their parents. If these parents want their children...

Letter: Allowing Armenian school is a misstep

The BUSD board is making a big mistake in allowing an Armenian charter school, in our opinion. Burbank has had an excellent English as a Second Language...

Letter: More charter schools are inevitable

The cat is out of the bag. Burbank will get its first charter school. To think that it will be the last charter school would be extremely naive. When will more...

Letter: Homeless people have settled in

Burbank parks are being overrun by the homeless, and I can't get anyone to do a thing about it.

Letter: Bob Hope Airport's curfew has no teeth

Reading “House nixes amendment allowing ...airport curfew,” I found the last line inadvertently so misleading that it almost constituted being factually wrong. It read, “...cargo carriers such as FedEx and UPS...

Letter: 'Loony' is in the eye of the beholder

Re: “Rogers’ looniness must have a reason,” Mailbag, June 4. Molly Shore wrote it was “confusing” when Will Rogers played video of Mayor...

Letter: Club is testament to Murphy's vision

It is great to hear that the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank raised more than $175,000 at its 19th Annual Fundraising Gala and Auction. The money will go directly to the Boys & Girls Club education programs. Now serving almost 2,000 kids from the ages of 6 to 18 at the Main Club on North Buena Vista...

Letter: Limited availability would decrease deaths

Re: Editor Dan Evans’ May 31 Start the Presses column “Elliot Rodger, Burbank guns and the Glendale Gun Show.” The problem of gun...

Letter: Mental health crisis is the real issue

Ray Richmond’s ranting column should have been headlined “A nation held hostage by mental-health professionals.” I hope Mr. Richmond watched 60...

Letter: These are not the days of the Founding Fathers

Re: “A nation held hostage by gun nuts,” Ray Richmond’s Read On column, June 7. I congratulate Mr. Richmond's column on gun violence.

Letter: Story covered an important group

High marks to the Burbank Leader, especially reporter Arin Mikailian and editor Dan Evans, for the front-page story on Burbank Adult School grads (“Diplomas Offer Another...

Letter: Good things do happen in Burbank

In regards to Molly Shore’s letter to the editor, “Rogers’ looniness must have a reason,” (Mailbag, June 4), a sign of a lost argument is when the...

Letter: Rogers' looniness must have a reason

Re: “Letter: Video shows Gordon unfairly smears critics,” Mailbag, May 17. Donald Sterling. Will Rogers. Any difference between these two...

Letter: Asked to sacrifice for development

We are asked by the city to conserve energy. I believe we are all doing that. Now what is the city doing for us? More development, which means more water and more energy, also more people and more traffic. What nerve — we should practice what we preach. What is the city going to do about the...

Letter: Hillside community is privately owned

Re: “Whatever the reason, it’s still exclusion

Letter: Salvation Army store is too hot to shop

I am a regular customer of the Salvation Army store on San Fernando Road in Glendale. I would like to know why — in the sweltering heat — the employees (and customers, for that matter) do not enjoy the benefit of air conditioning? This store has been open since 2009, and since then,...

Letter: Thoughts after the Isla Vista tragedy

Friday night in Isla Vista, a community adjacent to UCSB, six beautiful lives were cut short by senseless violence, numerous others injured. The police were able...

Letter: Whatever the reason, it's still exclusion

Re. “Hills residents deserve gates,” Mailbag, May 14. In her letter to the editor, Ms. Pulvers acknowledges that residents enjoy driving up to take in the view, which...

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