June 3, 2009
Apartments improved thanks to city program I think an outstanding program from the city of Burbank has been the rehab of nine apartment buildings in the cul-de-sac of West Elmwood Street. It all started 12 years ago when the city purchased the buildings. Crime by gang activity was added to the mix. Other areas that were improved as were Verdugo Lake, Golden State, Peyton Grismer and Lake Alameda. Students were formed into organizations to learn about, improve and maintain those areas (“A crash course on Burbank,” May 13)
May 24, 2008
Memorial Day, formerly known as Decoration Day, honors the U.S. men and women who have died in military service for their country. Instead of us concentrating on having the day off from work or school for the sake of having the day off, we should make sure to honor the day for what it was meant to be about. In today’s atmosphere of consumerism, fast food and multiple choices that weren’t around a few short years ago, it is relatively easy to forget the meaning of Memorial Day. The holiday was introduced to honor Union soldiers who paid the supreme sacrifice during the Civil War. Then, after World War I, it was expanded to include those who died in any war or military action.
July 30, 2008
I enjoy the weekend’s In Theory section, in which a forum is provided for a number of leaders representing different religions to voice their opinions on social issues. I also am a strong believer in the First Amendment. Principles such as freedom of speech, freedom of the press and freedom of religion are critical to the success of our democracy. But this newspaper should not continue giving a forum to the Rev. Bryan Griem of Montrose Community Church to spread his judgmental and hurtful views — as he has done in recent weeks.
January 29, 2003
City is right to stand up for 'Jesus' Over the past months, readers have written that the city is making a serious mistake in continuing to pursue its legal right to open a City Council session or government event with a prayer. Activist Irv Rubin took issue with a Mormon bishop's thanks to "Jesus Christ" during an invocation before a Burbank council meeting. Rubin sued and won an injunction against sectarian invocations on the grounds that they breach the separation of church and state.
March 28, 2009
The Journal of the American Medical Assn. recently published a study showing that terminally ill patients are far more likely to demand invasive treatments and endure prolonged suffering before death if religion plays a part in their decision-making. A number of doctors said patients who demand these procedures rack up sizable medical expenses, and furthermore, that the last-minute treatments do not improve their chances of survival. Some doctors went on to say that they wished they could better bridge the gap between religious faith and practical end-of-life care.
September 27, 2008
GLENDALE — Jews from around the region and world will take a break from their daily routines Tuesday to honor the Jewish New Year that kicks off the 5,769th year on the Hebrew calendar. The Rosh Hashana holiday, which begins at sundown tonight, brings with it a multitude of themes, which local rabbis will espouse when they address congregants Tuesday morning, on the first day of the celebration, and on Wednesday, when the festival is set to conclude. Rabbi Richard Flom, who leads Burbank’s Temple Emanu El, crafted a sermon to address what he calls “the strangers among us” — society’s minorities ignored or shunned because of their third-party status.