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MAILBAG: Spending records offer little hope

August 22, 2009

Lynn McGinnis (“Schiff never got around to the tab,” Aug. 15) is concerned how Congress expects to pay an approximately $1-trillion cost for the first 10 years for a health plan covering Americans; this topic related to meeting of Rep. Adam Schiff on health care for Americans.

I’m also concerned on how we’ve financed a more than $1-trillion war effort in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2003. And, also lost about 4,500 American soldiers.

Don’t forget billions to Wall Street and banks.

JEANNE TOROK

Burbank

Better ways to spend funds than on looks

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My sincerest thanks to Robert Phipps for his astutely written letter to the editor (“Just leave Olive Avenue alone,” Aug. 19). I completely agree with him. No money should be spent for the purposes of “beautification” at a time when that money could be used for other, more important purposes.

Does the city have excess money to burn? If so, perhaps we should resurface a few streets that are in desperate need of repair, or trim a few trees with dead branches just waiting for the right wind gust to damage a vehicle or kill a pedestrian.

I know this might sound crazy, but why don’t we give the Burbank Temporary Aid Center more money to help feed the increasing number of hungry and homeless people?

Why not provide a year-round shelter for the many, many homeless people I see in the Burbank area?

The homeless man I see each morning sitting on a bench on the Chandler Bikeway would be better served by the compassionate channeling of funds to the charity that assists him with his basic human needs than by the unnecessary “beautification” of Olive Avenue.

I would prefer to see our city funds used more wisely, and not for the purpose of garnering contributions to future campaign war chests.

PAMELA LANG

Burbank

Protesters leave little room for discussion

I attended Adam Schiff’s Town Hall meeting in Alhambra (“Crowds riled on health care,” Aug. 12) and though I was impressed with the number of people getting involved in their government, it was a shame the crowd never allowed the congressman and his invited panelists to speak at length.

It was obvious the protesters were there not to promote dialogue, but to shout down any chance of a free exchange of information. I found it curious that at the town hall, most of the protesters I saw were homogeneously white and from out of the area.

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