September 16, 2006
One of the most important characteristics of a judge, any kind of judge, is common sense. I am fortunate in that I know a large number of judges who are blessed with this quality. Unfortunately, a certain Seattle immigration judge doesn't seem to have this all-important gift. Thomas Childeres-Coria and his children fled to the United States after his family members were killed by political rivals and he was beaten up. Childeres-Coria, a Mexican man, is a member of the Democratic Revolutionary Party.
July 28, 2007
Regarding the letter from La Vergne Rosow, "Public must be protected from smoke," (Community Commentary, July 14): Unless there was a chain-smoking chorus line in front of the entrance to Albertsons when Rosow prepared to enter the store, there really was no health risk or threat had Rosow simply exercised common sense and used the other entrance. If this person already has a pre-existing asthma condition, I would think that simply living in a community that has its own airport and operates its own neighborhood buses would also pose health risks.
February 9, 2002
A good friend of Burbank died last Sunday (Feb. 3), Mr. Leslie Abramson, Burroughs High math teacher. Over the course of a single year, he thoroughly instructed my daughter in humor, common sense, passion, compassion, integrity, respect, sense of self-worth, backgammon, and then threw in an enormous helping of algebra and geometry, as well. He was born for his profession, a pure teacher -- hippie to the core, passing out his flowers of wisdom while humming, "All we are saying is give peace a chance," and meaning it. You could talk to him as an equal, yet know he was more than that.
June 7, 2013
Did any of you see the “David Gordon Show” at a recent city council meeting? The highlight was a rambling rant that began with him saying that “they” are releasing prisoners into residential communities like Burbank, leading to lawns being covered with beer cans and cigarettes and arrests being made for loitering. Then he launched into unintelligible statements about UN order 21, greenhouse gases, climate change, etc. I do not respect Gordon but I accepted his elevation to vice mayor.
September 27, 2008
What is happening in schools today? Today?s column pertains to the constitutional rights of students regarding when they may be searched. This is the story of Savana Redding, a student attending Safford Middle School in Arizona. School officials received an uncorroborated tip from a classmate that Redding was carrying some prescription-strength Ibuprofen, which violates the school?s drug policy. Redding was taken to the assistant principal?s office, and the assistant principal ordered one of his administrative assistants along with a nurse to strip search Redding.
May 23, 2009
Scary: That is the word that describes a contentious discussion at this Tuesday’s council meeting (“Council passes water rules,” May 20). The subject was a water ordinance that had a range of stages based on our water supplies. These stages come with various limitations on what residents and businesses need to do at each stage. All of this is beyond the point. The point of view being argued by Councilman David Gordon and his flock was that water conservation isn’t needed simply because there is no problem at all. As laughable as that sounds, Gordon’s reasoning is even worse.
April 24, 2010
Nadine Kay Hays’ yearlong quest to clear her name of a misdemeanor battery charge, stemming from a tussle with a security agent at Bob Hope Airport who tried to take her 93-year-old mother’s snacks, appears to have prevailed — not in the court of rigid enforcement, but of common sense. Burbank prosecutors were geared up for what could have turned into a five-day trial on whether Hays smacked the arm of a Transportation Security Administration agent who tried to wrest away a cooler packed with applesauce and other snacks for her ailing mother on a flight to Nashville, Tenn.
May 4, 2002
I have to laugh at Will Rogers and critics of the school board, who are frustrated because the board is ignoring scandals and every question about the embarrassing mistakes. The legions are enraged by what they call arrogance. But it doesn't take magic powers to understand the board's strategy, just common sense. In late May, there will be shouts when new budget cuts are proposed. The school year will end, and those paying attention will dwindle. There will be more drama, and more chest thumping from Rogers, when the board approves a budget in June.