Reader finds glaring omission in Top 50
I think your list of the Top 50 most influential people in Burbank
is excellent, though I feel very strongly that one of the most
important has been left out of the list of the acknowledged.
There is a woman who is, what I believe to be, what every
schoolteacher should aspire to be. She not only prepares our younger
generations to be the next Top 50, but ensures that the community
stays involved and in partnership with our school district. She not
only brings out the best in our children, but also brings out the
best in the student’s parents. Her name is Linda Walmsley, who is
currently teaching at Roosevelt Elementary, and she has taught in
many of our elementary schools, bringing her gift to all. I truly
feel that a Top 50 without Linda’s name on it falls tremendously
short of the best of our best.
Bow hunting has no place in Burbank
Rarely have I seen such a sweeping moment of rationale for our
City Council as the one Tuesday night when members decided to ban bow
Such a primitive form of sport has no place in the 21st century,
and I say kudos to the council for recognizing that fact. True, no
one had been hurt bow hunting -- except for animals -- but it was
bound to happen sooner or later. The argument I heard was that bow
hunting kept the population of animals down. Indeed, we wouldn’t have
wanted any deadly deer to invade, would we? Or that the area had
become overpopulated by the animals that live there. Hardly the case,
for the hillsides are the native locales for deer and other animals.
The more we build up in that area the more we encroach on their
In the times we live in, when one can purchase meat without
trouble at the local grocer’s, bow hunting is nothing more than a
savage pastime, pure barbarism and has no relevance in this day and
age. Good work to the council for recognizing it. Perhaps the
advocates of such an evolutionary throwback of a sport would do well
to think about the council’s decision.
JESSE L. BYERS