Primary voters benefitted from the Leader's coverage

I want to express my appreciation to the Burbank Leader for its endorsement in the recent primary election and, perhaps more importantly, to your coverage of the candidates and issues. Every Burbank resident who voted in the Feb. 22 primary election was the beneficiary of your coverage.

During the campaign, I had the opportunity to meet and speak with residents across the city who shared their ideas and suggestions for dealing with the many issues that confront our city. As the campaign moves ahead, I look forward to continuing that dialogue on my door-to-door walks. These have afforded me a deeper appreciation of many of the city’s continuing challenges, as well as many aspects of our city that make it a great place to live and work.

I appreciated the candor of residents’ positions and look forward to working twice as hard to earn their votes come April 12. The budget, jobs, transparency, neighborhood protection, the airport, development, traffic — these issues and others I encourage you to contact me about and make your feelings known, by either calling me at (818) 823-1594, or e-mailing me at

Thank you, Burbank.

Emily Gabel-Luddy


Traffic is like the start of a race

Thank you Burbank Police and Det. Paul Orlowski for risking your lives during the recent pedestrian enforcement operation (“Police enforce pedestrian safety,” Feb. 23).

As a senior citizen crossing both Burbank and Magnolia boulevards every morning, I sometimes find myself stranded in the middle of the intersections while 3,500-pound cars zip by on either side of me. It doesn't matter that I cautiously wait on the corner until traffic clears before proceeding, when the signal changes three blocks down at Buena Vista, it's like the start of the Indy 500.

It also doesn't seem to matter that the California Vehicle Code states, “Most crosswalks are located at corners, but they can also be located in the middle of the block. Before turning a corner, watch for people about to cross the street. Pedestrians have the right-of-way in crosswalks. Crosswalks are often marked with white lines. Yellow crosswalk lines may be painted at school crossings. Most often, crosswalks in residential areas are not marked.”

As for the woman who refused to sign her ticket, she should spend a day with Orlowski trying to get across Magnolia.

Sam Ewing


Not a fan of Charlie Sheen

I never watched “Two And a Half Men” (and never will), but I have never seen such a blatant liar and disgraceful actor on TV as Charlie Sheen as he denied allegedly saying to Brooke Mueller Sheen that he would cut off her head.

I agree that he is insane. Anyone watching would see that he never looks into the eyes of the reporter he is talking to, an obvious proof that he is not telling the truth.

He needs a great deal of help and depriving him of his $2 million per episode would save the network many dollars (“Show's lost sheen hurts biz,” March 1).

As for the young girls who are said to be living with him in his mansion, I ask: “Where are their parents?” Why doesn’t someone step in and douse this travesty of the media?

His antics with Heidi Fleiss were tame in comparison to his present actions.

Francis Adams


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