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The Whiteboard Jungle: Examining Trump's limited vocabulary

If President Donald J. Trump was a student in my 10th grade English class, here is how I would evaluate his use of the English language as observed in last week's press conference. One major characteristic of Trump's speaking is the repetition of words and phrases, often within the same sentence,...

Mailbag

  • Mailbag: Confidence in Steve Frintner

    I am writing in support of Steve Frintner for Burbank Unified School District School Board. I've had the pleasure of knowing Steve and his family for over 10 years and believe he is an excellent choice to be a voice on our school board. He hit the ground running when he first stepped up at a PTA...

  • Mailbag: PSA screening could save a life

    Prostate cancer has been called the most common way men over the age of 40 develop potentially life-threatening tumors and, as I discovered just in time last October, early detection makes all the difference. Having been strong, athletic and healthy all my life I gave little thought to being statistically...

  • Op-Ed: Collaboration is key to transportation projects

    Op-Ed: Collaboration is key to transportation projects

    Since the publishing of my last article, I have had the great fortune of meeting more of my talented colleagues in the Assembly, more of the passionate organizations who fight daily for the causes they believe in, and more of you — the dedicated, caring and well-informed individuals who make up...

  • Mailbag: In accord with Ray Richmond

    Mailbag: In accord with Ray Richmond

    I enjoy reading Ray Richmond columns. His latest, "On Fear and the Future," was the best. He hit it on the nose word for word, and we do have a lot to fear for four years — and then some — for this so-called president is making our country worse again, taking us back to more than 50 years ago....

  • Mailbag: Richmond fuels the fire

    Mailbag: Richmond fuels the fire

    For more than 30 years I have looked forward to reading the Forum page of the Burbank Leader and avidly followed columnists with delight. To quote Ray Richmond, "I never thought I'd have to write that." I don't even want to open that page since he is writing for the Leader. He fuels the fires of...

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Editorials

  • Leader Editorial: Pride in our district's influence

    Across the U.S., children whose interests might not otherwise be heard may now have stronger voices, thanks to the National PTA's recent adoption of four resolutions, two of which had their genesis right here in Burbank. Delegates to the organization's June 30 through July 3 convention in Orlando,...

  • Editorial: Saluting local efforts for homeless veterans

    Editorial: Saluting local efforts for homeless veterans

    As we report today, the 11-unit Burbank Veteran Bungalows opened late last month, offering hope to some local vets who were grappling with homelessness, among other weighty issues. With the help of New Directions, which offers social services, those who call the rehabilitated apartment complex...

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  • Editorial: Express bus line may be the ticket

    As is true across our country, the vast majority of area residents who commute to work do so in privately owned cars. In hopes of coaxing more locals out from behind the wheel and into public transportation, Metropolitan Transit Authority this week launched a $2.1-million, 180-day trial of the...

  • Leader Editorial: Bicyclists may get a bridge of their own

    Now that equestrians in Burbank's Rancho area have successfully convinced the City Council that the Mariposa Street bridge must be essentially kept to their exclusive use, a new proposal has been made to assuage bicyclists who would like to have equal access to Griffith Park. To whit, the city...

Religion

  • In Theory: Swedish diplomats accede to Iranian law

    In Theory: Swedish diplomats accede to Iranian law

    The Swedish government is defending its decision to have their female officials wear headscarves, or hijabs, during a trip to Iran. Trade Minister Ann Linde traveled to Iran with a Swedish business team this month. She told the Aftonbladet newspaper that she was not willing to break Iranian law,...

  • In Theory: Arkansas bans common abortion procedure

    In Theory: Arkansas bans common abortion procedure

    The state of Arkansas last month passed a law banning a common abortion procedure that critics and pro-choice advocates say is the safest method of ending a pregnancy, Reuters reports. Arkansas Act 45, signed into law by Gov. Asa Hutchinson Jan. 26, prohibits dilation and evacuation, a procedure...

  • In Theory: Religious leaders weigh in on 'Muslim ban'

    In Theory: Religious leaders weigh in on 'Muslim ban'

    Many religious groups and leaders have criticized President Donald Trump's executive order to indefinitely ban Syrian refugees from entering the United States, as well as temporarily stopping entry for refugees and visa holders from seven predominantly Muslim nations. Religion News Service compiled...

  • In Theory: On the spiritual benefits of admitting weakness

    America's "cultural religion" worships success and leaves no room for failure and "offers no healthy coping strategies for tragedy," writes Matthew S. Rindge, associate professor of religious studies at Gonzaga University, in a Religion News Service column. This philosophy, or gospel of success,...

  • In Theory: Hindu leader calls for a new holiday

    In Theory: Hindu leader calls for a new holiday

    A Hindu statesman is urging California public schools to declare Diwali an official holiday. In a statement released earlier this month, Rajan Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, urged all schools to adopt the Hindu festival of lights on their 2018-19 school calendars. "If California...

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