Pagan objects to council prayers
I am responding to your article and the question, “To pray or not to
pray” (Dec. 1).
I do strongly believe in prayer and I am a very religious person. My
religion is in the minority as faiths go. I am a neo-Pagan.
Most Judeo-Christian-Islamic people think of us as evil witches, devil
worshipers or something equally awful. It even says outrightly in the
Bible that “thou shalt not suffer a witch to live” -- Ex. 22:18.
There are many other slanders promising to “wipe us off the face of
the earth,” in all the good books of those mainstream religious groups.
As is plainly seen, we are quite the underdogs still. We are used to
(sadly) being slandered on a regular basis and not acknowledged fairly in
public. I’m sure most reading now are scared just hearing that we even
exist. Please know that we are a very conscientious, socially moral and
We follow a very ancient path (30,000 years or more) that was the way
of worship before the Bible was ever thought of. End of lecture. But now
you have a gist of where I’m coming from.
I think Burbank’s city council should not pray before city council
meetings. Church and state do not mix. Not any better than oil and water.
Trying to combine the two always brings a tension and a one-sidedness to
any public or community council or meeting.
If a Jewish person was offended, how do you think other faithed people
feel? Like myself, a neo-Pagan, or how about a Buddhist, Hinduist,
Afrikaner, neo-Aztec or an atheist?
This is a big city, a big country and a big world. No one group should
be allowed to have dominion or rule over the “government” of any free
city, in any fashion. Especially in this “free” country. That was the
initial intent for new people coming and making these lovely United
States, freedom, wasn’t it?
Please read your Constitution and Bill of Rights.
$35 is too much for a parking ticket
While I recognize this letter as an exercise in futility, I have to
express my outrage.
As a resident of Burbank for 30 years, and semi-retired, I wish to ask
who and how it was decided that $35 is an appropriate fine for a parking
And, for street cleaning?
To add insult to injury, the street wasn’t cleaned, either.
My wish for the next millennium -- more intelligent and more sensitive
Fruitful negotiations depend on what’s on the table
Mr. Wesley Greene faults knowledgeable people on airport issues for
negativity in “Can’t we all just get along” (Dec. 22).
To paraphrase, he also asks what is wrong with negotiating?
There was considerable negotiation about noise before the airport was
purchased in 1978. We were told flights would not increase and noise
would be controlled if the three cities purchased the property. Neither
More to the point, what are our objectives now? The airport claims
there has been significant reduction of noise, but the informed know they
haven’t met the 1985 state-imposed standards.
History is more reliable than studies about the future. Earlier, when
the airport was to be acquired, we were told it would not be expanded.
This time they want a new terminal that is double the size of the old
one. Again, there is a campaign to convince the public that no new noise
will emanate from the facility.
Are we gullible enough to think negotiation this time will be more
effective than last time? It will be more successful when the right
subjects are addressed. Nobody is talking about a mandatory curfew, at
least not in the first phase of construction. It will be years before the
subject comes up again. There is no cap on flights or a noise budget. The
latter was shot down in negotiation.
Negative dialogue is productive if it focuses on what has to be
improved. The true test of successful negotiation will be to see that
past mistakes are not repeated.
Airport deal means lower property values
As a Burbank homeowner and resident for more than 13 years, I am
gravely concerned about the proposed Framework Agreement.
Are we expected to believe that an expanded Burbank Airport, with
19-plus gates, 100 more flights per day and an unenforceable curfew won’t
hurt property values?
Homeowners “on the hill” of Burbank naively think airport expansion
won’t affect them. On the contrary, a city the size of Burbank will be
profoundly affected by a 52% increase in auto traffic, and 100-plus more
flights per day. I’m sure 20 years ago residents of Playa del Ray and
Inglewood weren’t concerned with their property values either.
At a minimum, residents of Burbank will not enjoy the same increasing
property values of other non-affected areas of the Valley. Most likely,
however, Burbank “flat landers” will experience a decline in property
values due to the noise and congestion of more auto traffic, more flights
per day and the related pollution and soot/jet fuel residue.
Declining property values in Burbank? Am I crazy?
Stop for just a second and really think about it. Who would want to
buy in a city overrun with half-again as much traffic as we currently
have, and with loud house-rattling jets taking off all day and all night?
Anyone who takes the time ti really investigate this matter will soon
learn that analogies to LAX are not as crazy as they first seem.
Let’s talk about the noise for a moment. The city has its sound
insulation program whereas residents can sign their rights away, then
have the city pay for soundproofing their home. This, however, is
Southern California, not Minnesota. We spend a lot of time outdoors.
What is the city council going to do about soundproofing our
The real-estate disclosure form the Realtors provide new Burbank home
buyers is “iffy” at best. It informs new home buyers that there is an
airport in the area. It then goes on to disclose that if the new home
buyer has any questions, to call the Burbank Airport Authority!
These are the people that got us into this mess in the first place!
Giving a new home buyer the phone number to the Burbank Airport Authority
for questions is the equivalent of putting the bulldog in charge of the
butcher shop, or putting a 7 year old in charge of the cookies and candy.
This is a class action lawsuit waiting to happen.
Kramer’s columns appreciated
I really enjoy Bob Kramer’s articles.
Instead of murder and mayhem, he keeps us up to date on new businesses
in Burbank, or “just what is going on in our fair city.”
I particularly enjoy his personal columns. He is the Erma Bombeck of
Keep it up! It’s a very refreshing change from most of the news.