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March 07, 2009

Doctor not what the voters ordered

It’s a delight to applaud Claudia Bonis for her Community Commentary about David Gordon in the Burbank Leader on Feb. 11 (“No sense to these ‘no’ votes”). She certainly hit the nail on the head. Her description of his performance on the City Council reminded me of the frog who, wanting to show himself off to others, puffed himself up and up and up until he exploded. He is a “proven” liability to Burbank.

Hopefully voters will recognize the due diligence and care that Mayor Dave Golonski has consistently demonstrated, as well as the talent, ability and real concern for Burbank that Elise Stearns-Niesen has exhibited. These two candidates will maintain the vibrant Burbank we all enjoy.

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MARY SCHINDLER

Burbank

Send complaints to the Postal Service

I’ve heard rumors for months, and now it’s official. The Magnolia Park Post Office is closing (“Post office is being shipped,” Feb. 14). Feels like deja vu.

It wasn’t so many years ago that my P.O. boxes were at the Universal City Post Office. It was suddenly closed to make way for a huge condo complex, necessitating reprinting everything with my address on it.

I moved my two P.O. boxes, which serve four entities, to Magnolia Park and was delighted with the better service. Burbank even reconfigured the side street parking to better accommodate postal customers, and they are legion. I’ve been told that our box numbers will remain the same at the Hollywood Way post office, but I don’t believe it. How many times have we been told that “this increase in stamp costs will last three years,” only to have it go up again the very next year?

I don’t fancy the idea of fighting my way through ever-increasing airport traffic to a more distant post office every day or two. Shifting all Magnolia Park box holders to Hollywood Way will also create a parking problem. I don’t want to deal with that.

To say I’m furious is an understatement.

I have this to say to the honchos at the U.S. Postal Service: Closing this busy office will cost you much more in the long run than the higher rent. I, for one, will use e-mail just that much more, even though I prefer snail mail.

I have both a UPS and a FEDEX office within a few blocks, and I will mail packages there.

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