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Mailbag: Give Gordon a shot at the top spot

May 12, 2010

We are in 100% agreement with the May 8 editorial “Give Gordon a chance.” It is undeniably wrong that Councilman David Gordon’s fellow council members should be allowed to treat the council office as a childish popularity game and continually vote to deny him the opportunity to represent those who twice voted him into office.

This is, however, not the first time that this has happened. In the past, others such as Tim Murphy and Ted McConkey were denied the position because their council peers voted against them. The bylaws of the Burbank City Council need to be revised so that all those elected have the right to be rotated into the mayoral position, and thereby have the opportunity to represent their constituents.

GLENN AND GAIL NICOL

Burbank

Carpool lanes, subway won’t help

As usual, the state of California and those in Los Angeles County, including Burbank, are completely out of touch with what the real needs are concerning traffic and the real needs to make things less congested.

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Another carpool lane will do absolutely nothing to improve congested traffic. This is Southern California, not New York. The majority of people drive. They don’t use mass transit, they don’t ride their bikes.

Freeways are the main way of getting around, not only to and from work, but all around the state. The majority of drivers don’t use carpools. All you have to do is look at those lanes while you are on the freeways to realize this. Too many people in California live miles away from work. Carpool lanes are useless here. To waste more tax payers money for carpool lanes just goes to show how out of touch the politicians really are.

Expansion of freeways is the answer. You expand the freeways, you open up the flow of traffic. The “Subway to the Sea” is also a total waste of money, and the people of L.A. County who voted on the half-cent tax hike for it should have their rights to vote taken away.

In these economic times, do we really need another subway that hardly anyone will use?

BRIAN COOPER

Burbank

Senators voted correctly on health

To our Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer: Thank you, thank you, thank you for passing health-care reform.

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