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A Word, Please: Here are 9 finer points of punctuation

Punctuation basics are easy. A period ends a sentence. A comma represents a pause. A quotation mark indicates a quotation. An apostrophe shows possession. Most people get that. But the finer points — well, those are another matter. Even super-smart wordy types who pay attention to this stuff don’t...

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  • Bicyclist looks forward to his day in court; citizen says public apology due from official

    Bicyclist looks forward to his day in court; citizen says public apology due from official

    In the past week I was issued two citations, first by the Burbank Police and then by Griffith Park rangers, after I walked my bicycle in a safe and responsible manner across the public Mariposa Street bridge connecting Burbank and Griffith Park, then rode it south toward the Victory Boulevard overpass....

  • City should not consider rent control ordinance

    I find it hard to believe that the Burbank City Council would consider rent control, since I’ve learned from three of the five-member council (the majority) that they don’t own rental properties. How can they have a clue what it takes to maintain a building? Mayor Will Rogers should not even have...

  • PETA official urges compassion for wildlife affected by fires

    As wildfires continue to rage, let’s not forget that humans aren’t the only ones who are suffering. Animals’ homes are being destroyed, too. Once the smoke clears, this means that coyotes, cougars, deer, bobcats, raccoons and other animals will likely be venturing into residential areas in desperate...

  • Co-chair of Kindertransport event invites all to participate Sunday

    I will be attending a special evening on Sunday, Dec. 3, and I invite Burbank residents to join me. We will gather on the steps of City Hall to recognize World Kindertransport Day, which commemorates the rescue of 10,000 children in the beginning of World War II. They were sent from occupied Europe...

  • Burbank councilman offers holiday wishes to community

    I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends. With the holidays upon us, it is time to reflect on all of the blessings for which I am thankful. I am thankful for another good year of health for myself and my family. I am continually honored and blessed to serve as your council...

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Religion

  • In Theory: Political endorsements remain a no-no for nonprofits

    One change made to the GOP tax bill before the president’s signature late last year removed language that would have repealed the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits 501(c)(3) nonprofits including churches from making political endorsements. Such a change would have strengthened freedom of speech,...

  • In Theory: Political ambiguity in the face of violence and extremism

    In presenting a draft resolution to the United Nations on Dec. 20, Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran Gholamali Khoshroo said, “Dialogue, moderation and tolerance are the most effective antidotes to violent extremism.” An earlier version of the resolution, entitled “A World...

  • In Theory: Would an end to net neutrality stifle religious speech online?

    On Dec. 14, the FCC voted 3-2 to eliminate rules put in place during the Obama administration that prohibited internet service providers from favoring websites or limiting access to others in favor of a concept known as net neutrality. Despite considerable public outcry, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and...

  • In Theory: The ethics of zero tolerance as society grapples with harassment

    The year 2017 saw a cultural revolution of sorts in the U.S., in which powerful men in the entertainment, media and political realms saw successful careers come to startling ends after allegations of sexual harassment or impropriety. In addition to widely read coverage on news-site homepages, Facebook...

  • In Theory: Shining a light on the winter solstice

    Across the globe, otherwise distinct cultures have celebrated the return of sunlight after the longest night of the year — the winter solstice. The log-burning observance of Yule in Scandinavia and the feasts and gift-giving of Saturnalia in ancient Rome are historically tied to the trappings of...

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