Editor joins dubious list in letting go of Rogers
Esther Espinoza. Teresa Karam. Irma Loose. Robert Garcin and Carl
Raggio, former airport commissioners representing Glendale. Stan and
Molly Hyman. David Piroli. Chappy Czapwieski. Former airport manager
Tom Greer and current manager Dios Marrero. Phil and Carol Berlin.
Former councilwoman Susan Spanos. School board members Richard Raad,
Elena Hubbell, Mike McDonald, Trish Burnett and Connie Lackey.
Pasadena council members and airport commissioners Chris Holden and
Joyce Streator. Former Assemblyman Pat Nolan, who was convicted of
corruption charges and jailed. Howard Rothenbach. Former councilman
Until recently, this was a list of virtually everyone in Burbank
familiar with the work that columnist Will Rogers did for almost 15
years, who didn’t care for or appreciate his phenomenal value to the
community and the contributions he’s made. Jeff Keating has added his
name to the list. Unfortunately for us, Keating seems proud of
joining this group. We are sure he doesn’t know any better because he
has probably never heard of most of these people and doesn’t know why
they are birds of a feather.
Reader wants gossip and Rogers
What has happened to the Burbank Leader lately? I used to be able
to keep my finger on the pulse of Burbank by reading the Community
Forum section, as well as Will Rogers’ column. Now, Rogers has
mysteriously disappeared and the forum section has been slimmed down
to make room for News-Press City Editor David Silva’s half-page
I’m afraid I can’t get much information about Burbank from the
Leader anymore. But I can always see what’s on Silva’s mind. I guess
it’s back to listening to gossip at the Coral Cafe again.
‘Deep thinkers’ needed to solve school problems
We elected the right man when we picked Dave Kemp for the Board of
Education. His answers to questions posed by the Leader were right on
Axing an extensive number of school teachers to satisfy budget
problems seems to be a poor way to satisfy a financial problem.
What’s even worse is the way it’s been done. Putting teachers on
notice that they might lose their jobs, but not guaranteeing the
loss, must leave them at least a little uneasy. Some will start
looking for new jobs right away and we could lose valuable personnel.
Excessive testing has got to create a tendency to teach to the
test, taking time away from exploring new educational ideas.
What’s happening to vocational classes? Are they being cut as well
because of the budget? As Dave Kemp says, “Not every child is going
to be college material.”
The present board seems to have acted as an oligarchy in reaching
decisions regarding the district. As Kemp says, “I think we need to
involve more people in the community to study our spending
priorities.” That includes teachers, parents, the major businesses in
Burbank and, not least of all, the deep thinkers in our midst.