November 29, 2008
A Roman Catholic priest in South Carolina recently told parishioners that they should not take Holy Communion if they voted for Sen. Barack Obama because of the president-elect?s stance on abortion. Doing so, according to the Rev. Jay Scott Newman, ?constitutes material cooperation with intrinsic evil.? The church?s senior officer in the state promptly reprimanded him, saying the church should give the same treatment to all members regardless of their partisan beliefs. Was the priest right to tie Holy Communion to a political issue?
February 27, 2014
Although Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has since vetoed it, lawmakers in that state recently approved a measure to allow business owners to refuse service to gays and other groups if it is perceived to violate the practice and observance of the business owner's religion. Q: Is it discriminatory against religious business owners to demand that they treat everyone equally? If business owners do discriminate based on their religious beliefs, should that discrimination be illegal? The practice of treating every person with fairness and equity without offending their basic human dignity should be extended to business owners as well as to their patrons.
December 3, 2008
Church is no place for partisanship Regarding the In Theory column, ?When priest meets politics,? Saturday: The abortion issue has been so emotionalized, irrationalized and confused, it really needs to be clarified. Any society really has two alternatives regarding abortion: It can legalize it and therefore make it medically safe, protecting the life of the woman, or it can make it illegal and bring back the back alley and the medically unqualified abortionist and endanger the life of the woman, who is most often a mother already.
October 16, 2012
From Social Security to abortion, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and his GOP challenger, Phil Jennerjahn, differed on just about everything during a debate at Burbank City Hall Monday night sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Glendale/Burbank. The two men are running to represent the newly drawn 28th Congressional District, which includes Glendale and Burbank. Jennerjahn said that while Social Security is a nice “security blanket,” changes need to be made to the program in the future as more and more Baby Boomers reach retirement age, causing a “generational swing” that will push the program to the financial brink.
November 14, 2009
The House’s approval of a federal health-care-reform plan over the weekend was a success for area representatives who supported it, even though it came packaged with an irksome last-minute provision barring federal insurance payments for abortions, they said. Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) celebrated the House vote as an important milestone toward reaching meaningful reform, but fought against the abortion-related amendment, they said. “I think it represents a fairly dramatic change in policy, and that’s something that I hope will be removed in conference committee,” Schiff said of the abortion provision.
February 5, 2000
Amber Willard AIRPORT DISTRICT -- Although she can't vote, Mayra Linares came to the Burbank Airport to tell Vice President Al Gore what she wants of the Democratic Party hopeful if he is elected president in the fall. The 14-year-old Hollywood girl wants smaller class sizes at her middle school, as well as at schools across the nation. "We don't learn as much when there are too many people in class," said Mayra, who attended Gore's arrival with her sister Jessica and friend Adel Paez.
November 23, 2000
Claudia Peschiutta BURBANK -- Their enemy is apathy. Their weapon is education. Members of the Glendale-Burbank chapter of the League of Women Voters have for years worked to increase political awareness in the area by doing everything from writing opinion pieces to hosting issues and candidate forums. The group is preparing to celebrate on Dec. 14 its 60 years of work in the community. Looking into the history of the group, President Terry Bailey said past anniversaries have gone unnoticed because members didn't take credit for their efforts.