February 4, 2012
In an ongoing effort for weeks, even months now, to stop a Walmart store from opening in Burbank, a select group of protesters has been waging an ongoing battle by demonstrating in front of City Hall and voicing their hatred with repetitious rhetoric in front of the Burbank City Council, week after week after week. One can't help but wonder, why do these people hate Walmart so much? What has Walmart ever done to them? Their rhetoric covers all the same bases: traffic, Chinese-made products, low wages and lack of benefits for workers.
June 1, 2005
Mark R. Madler When Mike Schirm was serving with the U.S. Army in Europe in the years immediately following World War II, Memorial Day was not observed there. "Memorial Day is an American tradition," Schirm said. "It's wonderful, really and truly, for our citizens -- the old, the young and very young -- to come to the remembrance day every year." Man's history has always been filled with war, Schirm said, but he remains hopeful that there will come a day when the fighting stops.
July 2, 2005
As the night sky crackles with the sounds of fireworks this weekend, listen close, and you'll hear freedom ringing. The celebration of our nation's independence from Britain on July 4, 1776, is alive and well in our community. In the foothills, Crescenta Valley High School on Monday will continue a rich celebration. A few miles to the east, the Rose Bowl will host a pyrotechnic spectacular and to the west, the Burbank skyline will light up from festivities at the Starlight Bowl.
June 10, 2000
Michael A. Caggiano When Congressman James Rogan made his articles-of-impeachment speech, I was standing in a local electronics store, at a wall of TV screens. Thus began the process that led to the impeachment of Bill Clinton. As Rogan spoke, a guy standing nearby asked, "Is he crazy? Clinton's Mafia will bury him." I've often thought about those comments and the threats of reprisal, most of which have come from the "Hollywood" community. (Now there's a real subject for a sanity probe)
August 28, 2002
What in the world gives the right to one dictator -- I mean judge -- to overturn what we the people vote into law? This trend has got to stop. "We the people" pass propositions and measurements and one dictator -- I mean judge -- can say it doesn't matter. I vote "no" on every judge on the ballot. I figure, what gives him the right to judge people and our laws. Personally, I think our local congressman should appoint all judges. That way, someone can be held accountable for these dictators -- I mean judges.
June 6, 2001
I don't think the "wild bunch" that raises so many questions about their freedom of speech at the council meetings really get it. The controversy isn't their subject matter so much but how they present it. Instead of showing civility, courtesy, protocol, propriety, decorum, etiquette, courteousness, politeness, congeniality and pleasantness, they are ill-mannered, impolite, discourteous, impertinent, insolent, uncivil, ...
November 24, 2007
Rep. Adam Schiff, who serves as co-chair of the Congressional Caucus for Freedom of the Press, sent a bipartisan letter on Friday to the president of the Beijing Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games, calling on China to improve press freedom in advance of the 2008 Summer Olympics. “We request your commitment to improving freedom of expression in the People’s Republic of China before the Olympic Games,” the bipartisan group of congressmen wrote in the letter.
October 13, 2004
Sadly, we weren't surprised when our first Kerry/Edwards sign was taken off our lawn last week. We are American taxpayers. We believe in the Constitution, which among other things, allows us the freedom to practice our own beliefs and the freedom to speak our minds. We believe in democracy, which supports multiple parties and free elections. Democracies didn't exist in Germany in the 1930s and 1940s. Democracies don't exist in Cuba or Iran or even Iraq, which after its election of Saddam Hussein in the 1960s, never held another election.
June 21, 2003
One of the silliest things you'll hear as a new graduate is "now you're entering the real world." High school is the real world. There are real pains and struggles, as well as love and triumph. What graduates are entering is the real world without a safety net. Even bad parents and teachers are supposed to make sure kids have enough to eat and a place to sleep. After graduating, kids suddenly are responsible for their own everyday lives, not to mention their futures.
September 12, 2001
Perhaps this image says more than any other about the local effect of the devastating events of Tuesday morning: At 10 a.m., dozens of parking spaces were available on Brand Boulevard in Glendale, which normally is packed by that time of the day. The same sort of civic stillness was evident in Burbank and La Canada Flintridge, in Sunland and Montrose, in Tujunga and La Crescenta. Our communities, like others across the nation and the world, sat in stunned silence Tuesday as the images rolled across our television screens, images of violence, confusion and fear.