Slow down Burbank!

In the past two weeks I know of two children who have been hit by cars — one directly in front of Jordan Middle School. Fortunately, these children had minor injuries and will make a full recovery. The next child might not be so lucky.

We all know that children believe that cars can see them and will stop, but too often cars don't see kids — either through the fault of the child darting out between cars, or because we are talking on the phone or in a hurry. But either way, drivers are responsible for their vehicles, not kids.

Please put down your phone and stop multi-tasking or pull over. What you're talking about on the phone most likely isn't more important than a child's life.

Kristy Mersola

Burbank

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September is a historic month

This month more than most others is a very powerful month in the history of California and the United States. Here are just a few highlight reminders of the depth of that history!

Sept. 28, 1542: Portuguese sailor Juan Cabrillo discovers and names California.

Sept. 4, 1782: The city of Los Angeles is officially founded.

Sept. 18, 1787: The United States Constitution is finally ratified and becomes the absolute law of the land.

Sept. 2, 1789: Congress officially establishes the United States Treasury.

Sept. 25, 1789: Congress ratifies the Bill of Rights.

Sept. 13, 1814: Francis Scott Key writes the words that would become America's national anthem.

Sept. 22, 1862: President Lincoln writes and issues the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing the slaves.

Sept. 6, 1894: Congress establishes the first Monday of September as Labor Day, a national holiday celebrating the working American.

Sept. 6, 1901: The 25th president, William McKinley, is shot twice at close range by a deranged anarchist named Leon Czolgosz while attending an exhibition in Buffalo, New York.

Sept. 14, 1901: Theodore Roosevelt is sworn in as the 26th president and at 42 years old, the youngest ever at the time.

Sept. 1, 1938: Hitler fabricates a lie and invades Poland beginning World War II in Europe.