Mailbag

Letter: Meeting, Halloween event scheduled

There are two upcoming events that I want all Burbank residents to know about. As part of a long-standing tradition spanning over 25 years, the Burbank Optimist Club is hosting its annual Halloween Carnival at Vickroy Park on the spookiest night of the year, Oct. 31. The address is 2300 Monterey...

Letter: Development will do harm to the poor

A headline in the Oct. 18 edition of the Burbank Leader reads, “Council gives nod to Talaria.” This comes as no surprise.

Letter: The end result of unchecked waste

Re: “Wiggle room to water restrictions,” Mailbag, Oct. 22. Letter writer Robert Phipps should follow the example of many of my neighbors and simply ignore the...

Letter: Wiggle room to water restrictions

Thoughts on water: Starting Nov. 1, we're supposed to limit our landscape watering to once a week. But I'm sure that policy was determined based on data of historical temperatures.

Letter: Entering the race for a council seat

Letter: Entering the race for a council seat

Today I officially announce my candidacy for Burbank City Council.

Letter: Talaria is a gift to the Cusumanos

The recent news that the Burbank City Council gave its nascent approval for the Talaria project is more than sad. With the exception of Mayor David Gordon, who completely...

Letter: Free parking hits the sweet spot

I have been part of this Burbank community for 40 years — half of my life. I have often been so thankful for all of the free parking that this community offers to all of us. It is not to be taken for granted.

Letter: FSA helps the most vulnerable

The recent and ongoing national discussions regarding the occurrence of domestic violence by professional athletes are important. These events garnered national news coverage and provoked some thoughtful dialogue that was long overdue. But more importantly the coverage served to call attention to...

Letter: Join the meeting on accessibility

If you were wondering where you can go and who to talk to about accessibility in Burbank, come to the Community Room in the Community Service Building at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23. The building is on Third Street across from the Police and Fire Station.

Letter: Homeless issues need more addressing

A recent Leader story giving the details of the death of a 35-year-old woman in a park, who happened to be homeless, inspired me. It inspired me to think about...

Letter: Nonpartisan help is out there for voters

In the Nov. 4 General Election voters will be asked to vote on six statewide propositions. The League of Women Voters is a recognized leader in voter education, and we have many nonpartisan resources to help you understand the statewide propositions and the election process.

Letter: A checkup during check-in?

Re: “’Flightfeet’ to step out at Bob Hope,” Sept. 17. Aaah, progress!

Letter: "Ground Zero" reference was inappropriate

I watched the long council hearing on Talaria last night. Regardless of a speaker being for or against the project, it was good to see an open and public debate. That is both the Burbank and American way.

Letter: Did lawsuit story deserve front page?

Re: “Suit: Police failed to help” in the Burbank Leader, Oct. 8. Is it really necessary to put what appears to be a frivolous lawsuit...

Letter: Announcing a run for City Council

I am excited and proud to throw my hat in the ring and officially announce my candidacy for Burbank City Council. I look forward to representing everyone in Burbank fairly. I will run a positive campaign, one in which I will display integrity and honesty in all my interactions and treat all that I...

Letter: Story needs one more brush stroke

Letter: Story needs one more brush stroke

Thank you for covering the story “Recreating 'Treasure Island,’” (Sept. 27). It is wonderful to see our Burbank community come together to support the...

Op-Ed: Antiquated system is a ticket to frustration

There’s a minor song in the Johnny Cash canon called “Southwind” in which the narrator laments his inability to buy a train ticket. This makes him miserable. All the freedom and possibility symbolized by the train is officially out of his reach.

Letter: City's tree-trimming was a hatchet job

Since 1977 Burbank has been recognized as a “Tree City U.S.A” by the National Arbor Day Foundation. I believe the city no longer deserves that title after the kind of tree trimming work done around Burbank in recent years. Anyone driving down Magnolia Boulevard in the Magnolia Park...

Letter: BCC is in need of volunteers

Looking for a way to give back, help others, feel good? On Saturday, Oct. 11 the Burbank Coordinating Council will have volunteers (and yes, we need many more) standing outside 12 of our local stores collecting food for the annual Holiday Basket Program, which provides food and gifts to local low-...

Letter: Editorial on crash was in poor taste

I took offense to the presumptuous Burbank Leader editorial, “Grieving for all three victims of the crash” (Sept. 20), speculating that the absence of a fund for...

Letter: Child abuse leads down a dark path

Re: The Leader’s In Theory question centering on corporal punishment, Forum page, Sept. 20. My Aunt Ilse had been schooled in the pre-WWII German education system, where brutal...

Letter: Don't discount the benefits of bicycling

Walk Bike Burbank would like to respond to recent letters critical of the Verdugo Avenue bike lanes. Safe streets are everyone’s concern: motorist, bicyclist and pedestrian. Bicycle lanes provide increased transportation choices. The reality is that the safety benefits of bike lanes are...

Letter: Bike lanes make the streets safer

A Mailbag contributor recently wrote complaining that the Verdugo Avenue bike lanes have made driving on this street unsafe. This writer couldn’t be more mistaken. Bike...

Letter: Verdugo bike lanes are put to good use

Donna Lowande's recent letter in the Burbank Leader stating that the bicycle lane on Verdugo Avenue is unused by bike riders, causes traffic problems and should be removed to...

Letter: NFL should do its part to end abuse

A real man doesn't hit his wife, a real man doesn't hit his child. Former pro football wide receiver Cris Carter made a great and passionate statement earlier this week on an NFL pre-game show. He said his mother did the best she could with all the children she had, but he now knows that...

Letter: Does community pay for security guards?

The gate issue for the Burbank Hills Homeowners Assn. has been resolved, and rightfully so.

Letter: It's important and easy to vote

“Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their backs on the fire and burn their behinds, they will just have to sit on their blisters.” — Abraham Lincoln.

Letter: Bicycle use lessens vehicle traffic

Re: “Bikes have made the street unsafe,” Mailbag, Sept.10. The bikeway doesn’t slow traffic, it speeds it up by allowing bicyclists to travel to the right...

Letter: Ban fees as well as plastic bags

The no-brainer argument for the ban on plastic bags is that it is the first step in helping to save our oceans. Keeping our streets clean on nonbiodegradable plastics is a good thing. The part of this measure that bothers me is the idea of being charged a fee for a more recyclable type of plastic...

Letter: Focus on real efforts to save water

Bryan Mahoney offers important information in his Sept. 3 column and all of us need to make efforts to save water in this...

Letter: More-traveled roads need fixing too

I was pleased to read that the Burbank City Council has approved funds for road repairs. I was not pleased to read that it appears to be specifically for less traveled...

Letter: Same name, but different opinion

I would like to clarify some recent mailbag postings from another Donna Anderson who also lives in Burbank. The most recent posting was on Aug. 30, 2014 regarding Talaria at...

Letter: Bikes have made the street unsafe

We need Verdugo Avenue to be safer again. Even with Verdugo Aquatic Facility finally open, there are still very few bicycles in those unused Verdugo bike lanes. When emergency vehicles have to not only use their sirens, but also have to blare their horns to get past all the cars that are so backed...

Letter: An accident brings out the kindness

Miscalculating the distance, I stepped off a curb and landed on my “sit-down place,” causing a pelvic hairline fracture. Ouch. Unlike a fracture on the arm, it can’t be fixed but will in time heal on its own. My doctor recommended walking to prevent freezing stiffness, so I do.

Letter: One alleged DUI isn't worth the cost

Re: “DUI checkpoint in Burbank yields one arrest,” Sept. 3. Burbank Police Department had a sobriety checkpoint from 9 a.m.. to 2 a.m. That is 16 hours. They...

Letter: Homes and safety are the real concerns

Re: “Church’s future in question if ‘Talaria’ is approved,” Aug. 30. I think that reporter Alene Tchekmedyian missed the boat on her...

Letter: Development will be bad for Burbank

The Talaria at Burbank project is not the right fit for that area of Burbank. Like so many people have already stated, the traffic is a nightmare on both Olive and Alameda avenues....

Letter: Other shops are at a disadvantage

As a lifelong resident of Burbank, it is sad to see parking wars occurring between the very businesses that bring life to Magnolia Park. When customers cannot find parking to go to...

Letter: Birthday wishes as bike path turns 10

I recently attended the 10th birthday party for and at Burbank's Chandler Bike Path, which is a two-mile long urban jewel that I and many others in our community enthusiastically use for biking, jogging and strolling. Our civic leaders should be highly commended for having turned a formerly...

Letter: Clarification on Bob Hope's parking lots

Re: “Bob Hope Airport may add more parking,” Aug. 20. One point needs clarification in the Leader’s coverage of potential plans for “new” parking lots:...

Letter: Enforcement, not parking, the issue

Per your most recent cover story on the parking issues as a result of Magnolia Park’s Romancing the Bean’s popularity, I'm stunned at area business reaction. Slack parking...

Letter: Problem wasn't really the insulation

The Burbank Leader of Aug. 13 regarding the noxious odor in several offices and classrooms at Jordan Middle School only tells half the story. The issue at the school...

Letter: Ways to break the cycle of poverty

Re: the Leader’s Mailbag on Aug. 16 had great letters from across the political divide. First Mr. Veazy's idea for a business incubator, or even more targeted with my...

Read On: Robin Williams' end spotlights depression

Read On: Robin Williams' end spotlights depression

I don't think I've seen the kind of shock and national mourning — and outpouring of love — for an entertainment figure that's been generated by the suicide this week of Robin Williams since Michael Jackson's death in 2009.

Editorial: More room for a very important mission

Editorial: More room for a very important mission

The 40-year-old Burbank Temporary Aid Center, which over the decades has been housed in various sites, is one step closer to having its current digs on West Burbank Boulevard expanded significantly, thanks to this week's action of the Planning Board. We are pleased to see this project move forward.

Letter: More action, less talk on poverty issue

Burbank leaders can talk about helping the impoverished living in our communities, but talk is all they do. Chances are good that next to nothing will be done to ease the...

Letter: Suggestions for addressing poverty

Re: “Panel addresses strategies on poverty,” Aug. 9. Here are some of the ideas I presented to the Glendale Housing Authority on...

Letter: Tried and true before 'something new'

I am a retired, half-deaf math teacher. During the last three years I tried to fill in my “extra” time by gardening. I found out that “green thumb versus yellow thumb” is a myth. I used to think that whatever I touched turns yellow (plants, that is). My Swiss chard, tomatoes,...

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