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Learning Matters: Education challenges are nothing new

Anxiety is on the march, and schools are feeling it. While budgetary uncertainty is a constant in California, where schools are so dependent on fluctuating income tax revenues, current worries are broader and deeper. They reach to Washington, D.C. and to speculation about a president who favors...

Mailbag

  • Mailbag: Is rebranding necessary?

    Mailbag: Is rebranding necessary?

    Re: "Working to spread the news," Jan. 17. I'm curious how much time and money has been spent in the attempt to "rebrand" what our community has known for years to be Bob Hope Airport into Hollywood Burbank Airport. Has this plan been thought through? First of all, Hollywood is a mountain range...

  • Op-Ed: Ready to work for the California Dream

    Op-Ed: Ready to work for the California Dream

    Here we are — it is the beginning of a new year and the start of the 2017-18 Legislative Session. I want to formally introduce our team and myself as well as give you a few updates on my progress as your new member of the state Assembly. Thank you so much for allowing me this great opportunity...

  • Mailbag: It's time to put a stop to SRIs

    Motorists, pedestrians and beloved pets, including horses, are in grave danger of being needlessly injured or killed by numerous speeding reckless idiots (SRIs) in Burbank who are recklessly driving 10 to 40 mph above posted speed limits on busy and neighborhood side streets. Rare are those who...

  • Mailbag: Protest against an 'unenforceable' rule

    My thanks to The Leader for mentioning my struggle for the right to walk my bicycle across the publicly owned Mariposa Bridge in your top 10 local stories of 2016. I decided to test the new ordinance banning bikes from the bridge, which Burbank City Atty. Amy Albano told the City Council would...

  • Mailbag: Merry Christmas from an agnostic

    There were some relatively long-winded responses to the In Theory column, "When a greeting becomes grating." "Merry Christmas" is a holiday greeting. Christmas is a well established holiday and "merry" means enjoy. It is not proselyting but a simple display of good wishes for the day and the season....

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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. NEWSLETTER: Get the latest 818 headlines straight to your inbox >> With the help of New Directions, which offers social...

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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: What should be said at Trump's inauguration?

    In Theory: What should be said at Trump's inauguration?

    In his latest "Martini Judaism" column, Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin ponders the question, "What should Rabbi Hier say at the inauguration?" Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, has been invited by President-elect Donald Trump to offer a blessing at the...

  • In Theory: Would India's new rule work here?

    The Supreme Court of India ruled this month that politicians cannot seek votes in the name of religion, caste, creed or language, the Financial Express reports. Elections are a secular exercise, the seven-member bench said, adding that "the relationship between man and God is an 'individual choice'...

  • In Theory: Looking ahead as we shed 2016

    "This has been a year of heartbreak for me," writes F. Romall Smalls, an associate minister for social justice at Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, N.Y. In a Religion News Service commentary, Smalls writes about the challenges he's faced this year, from "the incessant non-indictment of police...

  • In Theory: When a greeting becomes grating

    It's perhaps no surprise that your age, political affiliation and religion say a lot about whether you prefer the greeting "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays." The numbers haven't changed much in recent years, according to a poll released this month by the Public Religion Research Institute....

  • In Theory: Churches offer sanctuary ahead of inauguration

    In Theory: Churches offer sanctuary ahead of inauguration

    Four churches in the city of Brockton, Mass. have pledged to offer sanctuary to immigrants who could face deportation, the Associated Press reports. They are joined by hundreds of other houses of worship who are offering sanctuary to immigrants who may face deportation if President-elect Donald...

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