Dangerous drivers not worth the stress
I am writing in response to John S. Soet’s (“Road users will keep shoppers away,” Dec. 16) letter in The Leader this week regarding the rude, careless drivers in Burbank.
The stress and danger of driving the streets of Burbank was one of the reasons I moved out of the area late last year. I couldn’t stand another day of dodging dangerous drivers.
Now I live in Sunland, where the drivers take their turns at four-way stops and they don’t speed. And I have not been tailgated once since I moved here.
It’s a breath of fresh air after dealing with the stressful streets of Burbank for almost 10 years.
‘Wonderful Life’ sends a clear message
Few Christmas movies convey the spirit of the season as well as Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Yet, few movies would be so appropriate to watch this year as a nation suffers under the burden caused by the banking industry and others.
If it were not for the optimism and goodwill of millions, this country might well become like Porterville, a town created out of the greed and basest instincts of the few.
Under the guise of free trade, we are trading our good jobs for the unemployment line. Companies have been exporting our manufacturing jobs by the millions, and pretty soon most white-collar jobs will be ready for export too, with professional jobs not far behind.
Under the concept that the employer should help provide for health care, we exported our health insurance along with our jobs.
Under the guise of Caveat Emptor, “Let the buyer beware,” millions who desired their own homes took up mortgages they could neither understand nor afford.