Library’s Patriot Day ceremony draws praise
In your extensive coverage of Patriot Day ceremonies (Sept. 13),
you briefly mentioned the musical tribute that took place at the
Buena Vista Library amphitheater.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Library Services
for facilitating this event. Families of all ages wearing lots of
red, white and blue spread their blankets and beach chairs.
We not only learned facts about our government’s history and
leaders, but loudly joined in the singing and clapping. It was not as
somber as the morning tribute but was by far just a meaningful. I
think it was great for the children to see adults respectfully
remembering Sept. 11, showing pride in their country and at the same
time enjoying a summer evening at the library.
More time needed
before renaming airport
Ladies and gentlemen, we have landed safely and you may now
unfasten your seat belts. Welcome to Bob Hope Airport. Since this
will become the reality here in Burbank, are any of us pondering the
No doubt Bob Hope was a famous comedian. For that reason alone, no
reasonable mind would question Bob Hope Airport sitting alongside
Lucille Ball Airport. Wait! That’s not Lucille Ball Airport, it’s Van
The renaming of Burbank-Glendale- Pasadena Airport should be an
action taken with great thought and much debate, and not simply
because it will cost almost half a million dollars to change all the
Discussion and debate should provoke thought, because the name Bob
Hope does not link to aviation or airports. Fifty years from now,
travelers will arrive at Bob Hope Airport and say “Great, now where
If the reason to rename the airport is to honor the years of
aviation history that our airport has been a part of, perhaps we
should consider Amelia Earhart -- she walked the halls of our
terminal before her historic flight.
If we are looking toward Burbank as the media center of the world,
a comedian simply does not convey that feeling, so perhaps we should
consider Walt Disney Airport. If we are thinking that Bob Hope
entertained the troops throughout many years, then perhaps Lockheed
and the dedicated people who worked for years to produce and develop
the weapons that kept the troops alive should be honored in a new
name for the Burbank Airport.
The movement is rapid among our public officials to simply rename
the Burbank Airport and quickly christen it Bob Hope. The sad fact is
that there has been little debate or consideration of how this event
ties the name Bob Hope to anything of historical significance.
Today in Burbank there is a Bob Hope Drive, yet no Walt Disney
Street. Perhaps it’s time to ask why and let the discussion begin.
The Burbank Airport is an airport owned by the public, and the public
must weigh in before anyone renames it.
Editor’s note: Airport Authority officials have said the estimated
cost to rename the Burbank-Glendale- Pasadena Airport for Bob Hope
would be $250,000.