Let’s rename the entire city for Bob Hope
I have been resisting it, but now feel compelled to weigh in on
the proposed “Bob Hope” Airport. I agree with those who say there is
no need to rename it, especially at a cost of $250,000, not to
mention the cost to the various airlines, map makers, printers of
tourist brochures, etc.
Perhaps we should consider another solution -- just rename the
whole city for Mr. Hope and be done with it!
Students deserve more credit than they receive
I admire the students who have spoken out in favor of a revised
cell-phone program in Burbank schools, and I was very disappointed in
the editorial in the Oct. 4 Leader.
Every responsible entity in our society must be ready to adapt to
changes as they come along, and that includes technological advances,
including cell phones. I know because I have a 14-year-old Burroughs
son, and just from being exposed to him and his many friends, male
and female, these young adults for the most part of very responsible
in their thoughts and decision-making.
In many ways, I would trust important matters to them before I
would to the great majority of immature so-called “adults” I come in
contact with directly or indirectly.
These kids are subjected to unwarranted negativity so very often.
This includes verbal abuse and harassment from the Burbank Police
Department. If you doubt this, the next time you see a kid or kids
being confronted by cops in our town, move in closer for a listen,
and you will be shocked at the four-letter words spewed out by
Burbank’s “finest” and the direct and indirect threats made toward
Think the kids have it easier in schools these days? I would
imagine anyone without kids in high school is totally unaware that
the schools have completely done away with hallway lockers for
The reason, I have learned, was because it would deter kids from
bringing drugs into school. Thus, every student now has to carry his
or her backpack around all day long, every day. These backpacks can
weigh easily 25 pounds or more.
I recently spoke with an educator from Texas, and when she heard
this, she just rolled her eyes and said the school district had
better prepare for some healthy lawsuits. I hope she is right. Maybe
the administrators should strap their computer screens to their own
backs and carry them around all day just to keep things “fair.”
Students survived before cell phones, why not now?
In reply to Mr. Matthews’ letter (Leader, Oct. 1), I do believe he
has a valid point with the school board’s policy toward cell phones.
But unfortunately, the masses suffer when some can’t follow the
I believe that a majority of students didn’t follow the rules, and
that is why the [existing policy] was put into effect. Students can
use the phone before school and after school, that is why students
can carry them or leave them in their lockers.
I am a graduate of Burbank High School (before cell phones
existed). How did we survive? If there was a family emergency, our
parents either came to the school to notify us or they phoned the
school’s office and they notified us.
Matthews stated in his letter that he received nine missed calls
while he was in school and three were family emergencies. Did his
family ever try to phone the school to contact him? I have a cell
phone now and if I get nine calls a week, it’s a big amount. I
survived, and I think you will, too.
Maybe his parents
were right, after all
When I read your editorial on cellular phone use among BUSD
students, my first thought was “You sound like my parents!” But then
I remembered that during my upbringing my parents were (and still
are) rational, level-headed adults who could distinguish important
issues from unimportant ones. Cellular phones are now a fact of life
in U.S. and world society, and using them to talk to one’s friends in
school is not that different from talking in person to one’s friends
The same rules of etiquette that apply in school to talking apply
also to cell-phone use: You don’t do it during class, and you don’t
do it in the hall so that you are late to class. Trying to ban
cell-phone use is futile, but more important, it is unnecessary and
counterproductive. Burbank Unified and every other school district
has to come to grips with the fact that cell phones are becoming an
indispensable accouterment of modern society. One of the school’s
roles is to help students learn to use them appropriately in this