February 18, 2004
BRAD SHERMAN The electoral college is a relic of the day when we were a coalition of independent self-governing states, each practicing different degrees of democracy. In some states, all men voted. In others, only white property owners. The electoral college assigned clout to each state based not on the number of voters (which varied widely as a percentage of population), but on the number of residents. It even reflected the insulting compromise of counting each person held in slavery as 3/5 of a resident.
June 3, 2006
When 11-year-old Preny Baghadasarain found out about the electoral college this semester, she was shocked. "If more people found out about the electoral college, I think they would be discouraged from voting," she said. "I was surprised." If Preny had her way, the electoral college system would be abolished. Preny's opinion is exactly the kind of critical thinking Joaquin Miller Elementary teacher Kim Allender hoped to foster in his fourth annual We the People Showcase Congressional Hearing on Wednesday.
October 5, 2012
Your Sept. 30 article “Legislators praise their bills,” listed several bills introduced by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake). Since the election for the 43rd State Assembly district is nearly upon us, I wanted to point out that Gatto's voting record is anything but praiseworthy. Gatto authored AB 1034 that would require a charter school to notify parents that their involvement in school efforts and activities was not a requirement for enrollment. As Governor Brown noted when he vetoed Gatto's bill, “Charter schools are established to encourage the widest possible range of innovation and creativity” and that “it is critical that they have the flexibility to set admission criteria and parental involvement practices that are consistent with the school's mission.” Charter schools have been routinely opposed by teachers' unions, and on an issue that clearly pits the interests of the community with those of special interest groups, Gatto has clearly sided with the latter.
July 8, 2009
Is this really how to run the country? You know, when you stop and think about it, democracy really is a pretty lousy form of government. Oh, sure, it sounds good — one man, one vote and all that malarkey, but wait a minute, that’s fine for you and me, but what about those weird neighbors down the street? You know, the ones who let their dog out at night to wander over and leave little presents on our lawns. Well guess what, they have the same vote as we do!
October 25, 2008
Since his election to the Assembly two years ago, Paul Krekorian has faced a steep learning curve in trying to navigate a maze of bureaucracy while working to represent Burbank, Glendale and parts of Los Angeles. But Krekorian, an attorney by trade and former Burbank school board member, turned his professional experience into political know-how as he completed his first term in the Legislature with the most bills signed into law of any freshman member of the Assembly. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed 16 of Krekorian’s bills into law during the two-year legislative period from 2006 to 2008 — greater than all other 37 first-term members of the Assembly, he said Thursday.
July 29, 2000
What a joke is it to read about the "nonpartisan" League of Women Vipers (as our favorite columnist and leader of Eagle Forum, Phyllis Schafly, calls them). The group and its liberal friends have written a number of letters to our local newspaper, offering our fine Congressman James Rogan an "opportunity" to debate his extremely liberal rival, state Sen. Adam Schiff, in the league-sponsored debate. Conservatives everywhere are glad that Congressman Rogan had the good judgment to turn down this "ladies auxiliary" of the Armenians for Democratic Action.
February 25, 2004
Frommer doesn't tell whole story on Prop 57 With all due respect to Assemblyman Dario Frommer (D-Burbank), I find his argument against Proposition 57 one-sided and misleading. It is crucial to realize that the budget crisis facing us has been created over past years by a Legislature that would not limit its spending. Sacramento has always assumed it could just raise taxes when expenses exceeded income. Talk about a gold card; they used the California taxpayers as their rich uncle to keep providing money to cover every whim they could write into a bill.
March 3, 2004
Council lauded for doing what's right for Burbank Village The city of Burbank and local business leaders have turned Burbank Village into a very nice place to visit, shop, dine and be entertained. It also provides a safe and pleasant environment in which to take a walk. To suggest that a property owner be discreet to whom he rents is more a question of rights versus responsibilities. There is no doubt, as Mr. Borden states in the Feb. 21 Leader article, that "Since we own the building 100%, we're entitled to do whatever we want with it."
November 24, 2004
The first electoral college unanimously elected George Washington as President of the United States. He was inaugurated on April 30, 1789, in New York City. Washington's very first proclamation declared a national Thanksgiving Day. "Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor; and "Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:' "Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks for his kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of his providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the...