Renaming airport for Bob Hope makes perfect sense
Speaking for myself, I am amazed that the renaming of the
Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport in honor of Bob Hope would draw the
criticism like that espoused by David Piroli.
Mr. Piroli brings new meaning to the term CAVE people. (Citizens
Against Virtually Everything).
He criticized the cost of renaming the facility, however, most, if
not all, of the money likely will be raised through private
The list of Mr. Hope’s achievements in the Leader editorial of
Aug. 30 is only a partial listing of the many accomplishments in his
Ask any veteran how much they appreciated Bob Hope when he brought
his entourage to a war zone. Most will tell you it was the only
sanity they saw during their tour of duty.
As far as confusing travelers with the name, I’ve yet to encounter
a single soul who was confused when they landed at O’Hare or John
The suggestion that maybe the airport should be named after
Lockheed is not new. For many years the airport was named Lockheed
Piroli laments the fact that there is a Bob Hope Drive, yet no
Walt Disney Street.
However, there is Disneyland, DisneyWorld, Disney Channel, Disney
Studios, Disney building etc. and, their world headquarters that bear
As far as getting input from the public, both the Airport
Authority and the City Council have had this item on their agendas,
and have received public input on this item.
I, for one, think that naming the airport after Bob Hope is a
truly fitting way of honoring all the good that Mr. Hope did in his
If the criteria, as Piroli suggests, of naming an airport after
only those people directly linked with aviation or airports was the
case, we would have to rename many of the airports in this country.
Schiff missing a few items from his list of principles
In regard to Adam Schiff’s 10 principles of national security, I
am wondering about the congressman’s own principles. The president of
the United States obviously lied about the need to go to war in Iraq,
and Mr. Schiff says and does nothing. More than 270 American soldiers
have innocently died, and Mr. Schiff says and does nothing. The
president has committed violations and subversions of the
Constitution, the charter of the United Nations, and international
law, and Mr. Schiff says and does nothing. I wish Mr. Schiff would
list his own principles and how he justifies them.
Local legislators better not count on this man’s vote
Just a reminder to Burbank voters: Assemblyman Dario Frommer and
Sen. Jack Scott both voted for the driver license for illegal aliens
bill. One way or the other, depending on your viewpoint, this should
be remembered when they come up for reelection.
Reasons not to build terminal ‘shrouded in uncertainty’
A plausible explanation of why readers did not respond to your
baiting us with “airport dropping its bid for a replacement terminal”
can be found in the finality of that statement and a well-informed
Proponents for a new terminal, including City Council members and
Airport Authority commissioners, insist sale of the property would
permanently close the door of opportunity to get a new terminal. If
the airport can find the money to pay off the FAA grants to buy the
land, options are still open as long as the land is not sold.
Reasons not to build a new terminal are rampant and shrouded in
uncertainty, so much so that people are hesitant to comment.
Opponents of a new terminal are wise enough to realize several
factors must be resolved:
* Will the FAA give us a curfew?
* Measure B says voters must approve of any city deal.
* PUC Code 21661.1 offers no protection because the city can make
a. The advantages to the public of the proposed expansion or new
terminal outweigh the disadvantages to both the public and the
b. Approval is consistent with the objective of adopting land use
measures that minimize the public’s exposure to excess noise and
* An initial brief has been filed to defend Measure A in the
Appellate Court. If the lower court is overturned, new conditions
* An Interim Development Control Ordinance is effective until
August 2004. The city can rescind or amend it at any time.
Any one of the above elements is reason enough for the airport to
think very carefully about whether it wants to hold out for a new
terminal. Receiving answers to any of the questions could take years
and still not produce a positive answer.
Letter contained incorrect information about library
We, the Board of Trustees, act in an advisory capacity to the City
Council in matters pertaining to the library and serve as a liaison
to the community. As such, we feel it is our duty to address the
misinformation contained in a letter recently published in the
The letter stated the library was disposing of its H.L. Mencken
and D.H. Lawrence collections. This is incorrect. What is true is
that the library had to box up these collections in order to remove
the locked cases where the collections wee housed. Locked cases at
the Central Library are being eliminated in an effort to make the
various materials more readily accessible to the public. While the
Mencken and Lawrence collections are currently locked in storage,
they are safe and available for public use through the reference
We would also like to point out that we are still waiting to hear
if Burbank has been awarded the California Public Library
Construction and Renovation Grant. A new Central Library will be a
reality if, and only if, we receive the grant. The bond measure
passed by the residents in February will only be implemented if the
grant is received. We continue to aggressively pursue the receipt of
the grant so a new library can be constructed.
BOARD OF LIBRARY TRUSTEES
City of Burbank