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January 20, 2007

I guess we might as well ban everything

On Dec. 27 Richard J. Tafilaw wrote a Mailbag letter, "Smoking has no redeeming aspects." Dennis Erkel, in his Mailbag letter Wednesday ("Alcohol is just as bad as smoking cigarettes") wrote that distributing and drinking alcohol should be outlawed. Shouldn't we, by extension, then also ban artery-clogging fast-food?

How about that vast wasteland, the addictive and mostly simplistic nature of TV content? That too, should be banned. And, yes, lest I forget, the congestion of polluting automobiles — ban them!

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NORM J. ZANGL

Burbank

We need more of the David Gordon ilk

Thank God for City Councilman David Gordon. Sorry he makes things so inconvenient for the rest of the council. I've never seen a city council so deaf to the wants of the citizens they supposedly represent, nor do they even seem interested in anything we have to say. Regardless of the impact on the community, they rubber-stamp any project that comes along — then seem surprised at the havoc they have wrought.

The list of irresponsible developments is endless — just ask any Burbank resident and you'll get an earful.

Please, Burbank voters, get rid of these big-development puppets and elect people like Gordon who actually care about the average residents of our city and their quality of life.

DEAN ST. JOHN

Burbank

Couple not a good voting move for city

In the upcoming election, Burbank voters will be asked to make a choice: Do they want to elect two political operatives, Philip and Carolyn Berlin, who are running as a married couple, or do they want to elect two independent people whose only agenda is to make good decisions for the community in which they live?

The Berlins have a 15-year history of political maneuvering and have shown over and over again that they place their own political interest over that of our community. They actually have the audacity to claim that they will be two independent voices on the council. This claim is an insult to the intelligence of the Burbank voters. The Berlins are asking this community to hand them absolute and complete control of the city. I trust the voters will be smart enough to see that the Berlins' long history of half-truths and smear tactics should be enough for this community to send them packing. I suggest voters look closely at the other candidates running in this election and choose two that match your vision of our community.

CHRISTINE CHESNEY

Burbank

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