Mailbag

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,...

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...

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