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Read On: We are living through interesting times

Read On: We are living through interesting times

All right, so let me just say that I'm feeling unusually positive about everything at the moment, a genuine departure from my typical default position that mass catastrophe is imminent and we're all going to die, like, tomorrow. I've decided that this — right now — is kind of the greatest time...

Mailbag

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  • Letter: Inaction on part of Burbank City Council following offensive comment can't be tolerated

    Letter: Inaction on part of Burbank City Council following offensive comment can't be tolerated

    For safety reasons, Burbank City Council’s banning of pedestrians with bicycles on the Mariposa Bridge may be the right one. However, this same conclusion could have been derived in a more respectful, inclusive, collaborative and community-building way. Instead, the process was pandering, divisive,...

  • Letter: Bridge should be symbol of inclusion

    Letter: Bridge should be symbol of inclusion

    I am alarmed by the recent scapegoating of “persons with bicycles” by the Burbank City Council for the problems caused by lack of existing rules for the Mariposa Street bridge. There are currently no operating rules or shared-use guidelines to inform anyone’s behavior on the bridge. Nearly everyone...

  • Letter: Local equestrians go after bicyclists over Burbank bridge

    Letter: Local equestrians go after bicyclists over Burbank bridge

    Last month I wrote a letter, published in the Leader, thanking our City Council for voting 5-0 on a compromise measure Dec. 14 to have the Mariposa Street Bridge continue to be open to all, including pedestrians pushing or carrying bicycles. Little did I dream that immediately afterward the local...

  • Letter: God and guns fill the Forum page

    I found it interesting and somewhat amusing that the Forum section of the Leader on Saturday, Jan. 23, was so completely devoted to religion. The religion of football and the view of God with a gun in Charlie Hebdo. It puts me in mind of the classic country song “Drop Kick Me Jesus Through the...

  • Letter: Burbank Coordinating Council is starting strong in 2016

    Burbank Coordinating Council is busy already in this wonderful new year. Our next meeting will be held on Monday, Feb.1, at Little White Chapel, 1711 N. Avon St., from noon to 1:30 p.m. It is a luncheon and meeting with our speaker, JC Holt from Burbank YMCA. Cost is $10 for lunch. Reservations...

Cartoonist Bert Ring

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Leader Cartoon: Right-or-wrong-of-way?

Bert Ring shows the symbolic showdown between local cyclists and equestrians on the Mariposa Street Bridge. A little more than a month after introducing an ordinance to ban cycling across the bridge, the Burbank City Council is poised to ban even the possession of bikes on it.

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Editorials

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  • Editorial: Fewer school suspensions is a good thing

    Editorial: Fewer school suspensions is a good thing

    Reflecting a statewide trend, fewer Glendale and Burbank public school students who misbehave on campus are finding themselves suspended, according to a report recently issued by the California Department of Education. Instead of sending errant children home for what could potentially be a few...

  • Leader Editorial: Burbank City Council made a wrong turn on bridge span

    Leader Editorial: Burbank City Council made a wrong turn on bridge span

    We find ourselves scratching our heads over an abrupt turnaround by the Burbank City Council regarding the public's use of the Mariposa Street bridge that leads into Griffith Park. Last month, in hopes of assuaging Rancho area resident equestrians who object loudly to sharing the structure with...

  • Commentary: The Super Bowl still comes down to two teams slugging it out

    I can't believe the 50th Super Bowl will be played next month. I remember the first one between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs. I was a freshman at USC and still can hear the cheering from the Los Angeles Coliseum like it was yesterday. Who knew that first-ever AFL-NFL World Championship...

  • Commentary: Fighting Parkinson's with faith and bocce ball

    I hate to see things end like this. Robin Williams’ widow recently told the Associated Press that she didn’t blame her husband for taking his life in August 2014. The brilliant actor/comedian had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease several months earlier. Susan Williams said her husband was...

  • Leader Editorial: Amid the holiday mail is an important pamphlet

    Among the colorful holiday missives that may have been landing in Burbank mailboxes in recent days is a mailing we urge our readers to hold onto for closer study once the hectic year-end activities cease. Specifically, a four-page pamphlet put together by Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority...

Religion

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In Theory: Examining the issue of covering nude statues

In Theory: Examining the issue of covering nude statues

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's trip to Italy last month sparked controversy after officials in Rome decided to cover nude statues during his visit. Rouhani has denied that he requested the statues at Rome's Capitoline Museums, and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Culture Minister Dario...

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