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June 20, 2013
Golf offer to reader Molly Shore alleges in a letter to the editor ("Low-income programs and the chopping block," Mailbag, June 19) that golfers who play at DeBell golf course are "fat cats up on the hill. " That is a surprise to the many members of our Burbank Senior's Golf Club who are retired and living on social security benefits. Remember, Ms. Shore, the original money to build the clubhouse came out of fees that golfers paid. The override in completing the building was not caused by golfers but by poor oversight from those in charge in the city.
NEWS
May 10, 2013
Got a kick out of a new word on the front page of the Leader this morning (subhead to “ Language class could be a boon ,” May 8 - “Burbank's first Spanish-emersion class could help the district raise money”). We were getting tired of immersion language classes so moving to emersion is quite entertaining.  Tom Bruehl Burbank
NEWS
October 22, 2013
Re: “Affordable Care Act is good for our health,” Editorial, Oct. 19. The opinion of the Leader is offensive to me, as I am Republican. The Affordable Care Act is a lovely idea but the Democrats have a lot of details to work out. Their theory is to act now and work out the details at a later date. Republicans would like to postpone certain parts of the act mainly because there are so many details to be worked out. The L.A. Times just lost a subscription due to the Leader's editorial.
NEWS
October 1, 2013
I am so excited after finding out in two Sept. 28 Leader stories, “Appealing ruling stumps council,” where Mike Nolan exposed a recurring bureaucratic city executive staff boo-boo mindset at Burbank City Hall, and “Council OKs contract change for city manager” that Mark Scott is here. I've known Scott since 1986. I met him in Beverly Hills when he was transportation director and acting ombudsman before he became the Beverly Hills city manager. In Beverly Hills Scott worked long work weeks, came daily to his job during his vacations, attended so many Beverly Hills civic, city and special events, including showing up weekly at the Sunday farmers market.
NEWS
April 9, 2003
As a 24-year resident and owner of the same home for more than 21 years, I have been an avid reader of the Leader, as well as a much-published Community Forum writer. I am one of those very upset about the loss of Will Rogers. I did not always agree with Rogers, but he was necessary, as opposed to columnist David Silva, who I can't read anymore after this first two or three inane and boring personal stories. I dislike the Times immensely, and since the Tribune Co. bought it, the overall appeal to me is even less.
NEWS
By June Casagrande | March 17, 2010
Good writing means keeping the reader engaged ? presenting meaningful information clearly and efficiently while always keeping the focus on substance. Pretty much any writing expert or grammar book says as much. But I?ve always found the advice a little presumptuous. I mean, who says you actually want to engage your reader? Maybe your goal is to put him to sleep. Maybe you want to assure that reading your information is so excruciating that the reader must struggle through every word.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Brian McGackin | June 9, 2010
T here are so many inspirational self-help books in stores these days that it can be frustrating trying to figure out which one to buy. If you're the kind of person who needs help working on their confidence or decision-making skills in particular, just going to the bookstore can turn into a nightmare. Every author boasts that their book has all the answers, happiness made simple, five steps to a fulfilling existence, but few actually back up the claims of their book jacket. It comes down to results, however.
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By June Casagrande | March 28, 2014
People sometimes tell me to tell other people what to do, linguistically that is. I'll get an email saying something like, “It drives me nuts when people say 'Fruit is a healthy snack' instead of 'Fruit is a healthful snack.' Please write a column telling them to stop.” The language peeves vary. But the thinking is always the same: I have a soapbox, so naturally I should use it to scold and chide everyone within earshot. As if. It's just not appropriate for someone who writes for a newspaper to use that privilege to boss readers around.
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NEWS
October 22, 2013
Re: “Affordable Care Act is good for our health,” Editorial, Oct. 19. The opinion of the Leader is offensive to me, as I am Republican. The Affordable Care Act is a lovely idea but the Democrats have a lot of details to work out. Their theory is to act now and work out the details at a later date. Republicans would like to postpone certain parts of the act mainly because there are so many details to be worked out. The L.A. Times just lost a subscription due to the Leader's editorial.
NEWS
October 1, 2013
I am so excited after finding out in two Sept. 28 Leader stories, “Appealing ruling stumps council,” where Mike Nolan exposed a recurring bureaucratic city executive staff boo-boo mindset at Burbank City Hall, and “Council OKs contract change for city manager” that Mark Scott is here. I've known Scott since 1986. I met him in Beverly Hills when he was transportation director and acting ombudsman before he became the Beverly Hills city manager. In Beverly Hills Scott worked long work weeks, came daily to his job during his vacations, attended so many Beverly Hills civic, city and special events, including showing up weekly at the Sunday farmers market.
NEWS
June 20, 2013
Golf offer to reader Molly Shore alleges in a letter to the editor ("Low-income programs and the chopping block," Mailbag, June 19) that golfers who play at DeBell golf course are "fat cats up on the hill. " That is a surprise to the many members of our Burbank Senior's Golf Club who are retired and living on social security benefits. Remember, Ms. Shore, the original money to build the clubhouse came out of fees that golfers paid. The override in completing the building was not caused by golfers but by poor oversight from those in charge in the city.
NEWS
May 10, 2013
Got a kick out of a new word on the front page of the Leader this morning (subhead to “ Language class could be a boon ,” May 8 - “Burbank's first Spanish-emersion class could help the district raise money”). We were getting tired of immersion language classes so moving to emersion is quite entertaining.  Tom Bruehl Burbank
NEWS
By Dan Evans | January 1, 2011
The newspaper business — not to mention the news itself in this town — moves incredibly fast, so much so that I occasionally feel the need to hire chiropractors to treat the whiplash for my long-suffering staff. The paper moved forward significantly in 2010, both in print and online, and I am very proud of the work we have done. Last January, we launched our staff blog, The818Now.com, an experiment that continues to impress me with its reach. We launched a redesign of our websites in May, changed to a new design system in June, and added a fourth paper, Brand X, to our portfolio in August.
NEWS
By Joe Piasecki | September 8, 2010
A lot has happened in Burbank over the past two months or so, making this a pretty cool place for a newspaper columnist to be. Way back on July 7, my first Leader column focused on calls to expand the role of the city's Police Commission, which last month took a significant step toward greater relevance by holding its first town hall meeting since the need for police oversight reform became painfully apparent last year. Commission members have complained that the council-appointed advisory body has for far too long been held back from any real power to play an oversight role or even communicate with the public effectively.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Brian McGackin | June 9, 2010
T here are so many inspirational self-help books in stores these days that it can be frustrating trying to figure out which one to buy. If you're the kind of person who needs help working on their confidence or decision-making skills in particular, just going to the bookstore can turn into a nightmare. Every author boasts that their book has all the answers, happiness made simple, five steps to a fulfilling existence, but few actually back up the claims of their book jacket. It comes down to results, however.
NEWS
By June Casagrande | March 17, 2010
Good writing means keeping the reader engaged ? presenting meaningful information clearly and efficiently while always keeping the focus on substance. Pretty much any writing expert or grammar book says as much. But I?ve always found the advice a little presumptuous. I mean, who says you actually want to engage your reader? Maybe your goal is to put him to sleep. Maybe you want to assure that reading your information is so excruciating that the reader must struggle through every word.
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