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A Word, Please: The problem with acknowledging thanks

In the last few weeks, three people have asked me about the term "no problem." I had learned only recently — in the last two years or so — that some people consider "no problem" to be a problem. It seems that a growing number of people consider it a sub-par response to "thank you." Here's reader...

Mailbag

  • Mailbag: Finding answers to hate rhetoric

    RE: "Burbank Unified officials call for unity and 'open, honest' post-election dialogue" In such divided political times, it is encouraging to read about how Burbank Unified officials are urging their students to participate in "open, honest dialogue." As a mother whose daughter will be starting...

  • Mailbag: No sympathy for Trump supporters

    I want to endorse all of Ray Richmond's observations and emotions in his Nov. 19 column, "An open letter to Trump voters." You all baked this foul dish. I for one am not eating any of it. And don't cry to me when Trump delivers on zero of his campaign promises. He is not going to indict Clinton,...

  • Mailbag: Ready to stand against hate

    We cannot let hate, fear and prejudice become the new norm or the law of the land in this country. Since the general election more than 300 reported hate crimes against Muslims, immigrants, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, LGBTQ people and Jewish people have occurred. Many...

  • Mailbag: Now is the time to fix housing issue

    Mailbag: Now is the time to fix housing issue

    Re: "Rent and home prices in Burbank are higher than residents can afford, city official says," Nov. 5. There is an extreme shortage of affordable housing in Burbank, and what does our City Council intend to do about it? Well, City Manager Ron Davis suggests "holding a few more study sessions ......

  • Commentary: It's time to end school bullying

    "It is my daily mission to just get through the day," or "I just don't feel like going to school, but maybe today is going to be a good day." This is a struggle for kids and teens who suffer victimization at the hands of their bullies. Unfortunately, these are not just random quotes, these were...

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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: Weighing suggestions of a Muslim registry

    In Theory: Weighing suggestions of a Muslim registry

    While campaigning, President-elect Donald Trump proposed banning all Muslim immigration into the United States. Trump's rhetoric has raised the question of whether his administration would implement a Muslim registry, talks of which were further fueled after Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of...

  • In Theory: Religions meet in Amazon ad

    In Theory: Religions meet in Amazon ad

    Amazon's latest ad for its Prime service is believed to be the first television commercial in the United States to feature a Muslim cleric, writes Elizabeth Weise of USA Today. The ad, which began airing in the United States, United Kingdom and Germany this month, features an Episcopal priest and...

  • In Theory: Panelists get into the trenches

    In Theory: Panelists get into the trenches

    The saying "There are no atheists in foxholes" means to convey that in times of extreme distress or great peril — as in a foxhole — even the most ardent atheist is moved to pray to a higher power. However, according to Austin Cline, an agnosticism and atheism expert at About.com Religion, the saying...

  • In Theory: Some UK parents forgo relaying faith

    Nearly a quarter of religious parents in the UK are not passing on their faith to their children out of fear they will be alienated in school and in their social circles, according to a survey. The poll — conducted by ComRes research and commissioned by Theos, a religious and social affairs think...

  • In Theory: The Vatican opens up on cremation

    In Theory: The Vatican opens up on cremation

    The Vatican released new guidelines last month that allow Catholics to be cremated but do not permit loved ones from scattering ashes or keeping them as mementos. Cremated remains are to be stored "in a sacred place" that "prevents the faithful departed from being forgotten," the Religion News...

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