July 09, 2008

No grounds to file school grievance

As a writer, producer, director and parent of a former Burroughs High School student, I think teacher Scott Bailey has no grounds to file a grievance against Principal Emilio Urioste (“Teacher files grievance,” June 25).

I am certain that Bailey will find that the more he “stirs the pot” on this incident, the more opposition he will find to his “interpretations.”


A couple of my plays have been produced in small theaters, and it has always given me great pleasure when the director honors my work by asking my permission to change a word or two.

I can’t imagine what William Shakespeare would have said about Bailey’s liberal interpretation of his work.

My guess is that if Shakespeare wanted his play to be about the love between two women, he would have written it that way and might have called it “Rosemary and Juliet,” but he didn’t.

Perhaps Bailey should write his own play to promote his agenda, and not distort a classic like “Romeo and Juliet.”

My question about “The Laramie Project” is whether this piece is appropriate for a high school production.

What happened to “Oklahoma”?

The only thing I blame Urioste for is not stopping both productions. Even though a principal should be able to trust his teachers to do the right thing, when it comes to our children, Urioste must be more vigilant and trust no one. This apparently includes his teachers.

Burroughs has been a source of pride for my family, and under Urioste’s leadership, will continue to be a gem of our community.

As for Bailey’s grievance, I would like to ask if we, the parents and taxpayers of Burbank, have “grounds to file a grievance” against Bailey?

If so, please let me know where the line starts!



Motorist should get some exercise in lot

A few weeks ago, the Burbank Leader printed a letter from a woman who was upset in a grocery store parking lot because she was waiting for someone to pull out, and the guy behind her blew his horn, and told her to move on (“Negativity doesn’t get best of driver,” Mailbag, June 18).

I am 500% in agreement with the guy who told her to move.

This happens all the time because someone is too lazy to walk an extra 200 feet or so and because they want to be closer to the front door of the store.

Handicap parking is another story, and they should park close.

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