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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,...

Letter: Suggested stops for potential rail

With the lifting of the ban on subway construction in the San Fernando Valley, and the coming MTA study to see if converting the Orange Line to light rail is feasible, there is a possibility the Orange Line might be extended across Burbank and Glendale to link up with the Gold Line in Pasadena...

Op-Ed: Access to epi-pens could save a child's life

Food allergies are on the rise in the United States. Currently, an estimated one in 13 children in the U.S. lives with a food allergy. According to national food allergy guidelines, epinephrine is the treatment that should be given first when a person is experiencing anaphylaxis. As the number of...

Letter: Fracking ban would help save water

Re: “Burbank adopts mandatory water regulations,” July 26. I’m glad to see the Burbank Leader is pointing out the fact that Burbank only has two...

Letter: 'Word Crimes' song hits the right notes

Re: “Taking a look at Yankovic’s ‘Word Crimes,’” A Word, Please column, July 25. I couldn't disagree more with June Casagrande's...

Letter: Out-of-sync lights and leaders

It seems to me that every time someone runs for City Council in Burbank, one of their campaign promises is to synchronize the traffic lights in Burbank.

Letter: Charter school would have been redundant

Re: “Charter schools have a place in community,” Leader editorial, July 19. When arguing that the Giligia Charter Academy has standing to serve...

Letter: City's hope for rain is all wet

Re: “City sets lawn-watering limits,” July 26. It is good news the Burbank City Council unanimously adopted mandatory regulations on lawn watering. Of...

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.

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