February 28, 2009
A Los Angeles City College student sued the college recently after his professor allegedly called him a ?fascist? and refused to let him finish an in-class speech opposing same-sex marriage. According to the student, who is a Christian, the professor told him to ?ask God what your grade is? and threatened to expel him when he complained to campus authorities. Some of the students? classmates were reportedly offended by the speech, however, and the dean quoted one of them accusing the student of ?
September 1, 2010
Gay relationships "are consistent with the core of the history, tradition and practice of marriage in the United States. " There is no "historical purpose for excluding same-sex couples from marriage. " "Gender no longer forms an essential part of marriage. " These are quotes (not covered by the media that I heard) from U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn R. Walker's ruling on Proposition 8, the words of which simply define the term as it has always been defined. That ruling, and I have read it all, seems silent on the historical definition of "marriage" and why the people cannot establish the codified definition after all these centuries.
August 28, 2010
In the Aug. 7 editorial "Some traditions deserve to die," the Burbank Leader chided the California electorate for the passage of Proposition 8 in 2008. The editorial went on to castigate the public generally for moral and religious views that have been used to "justify what everyone now considers to be hurtful, discriminatory means of subjugation. " I would respectfully like to point out that our very existence as a nation is based upon moral and religious grounds. The founders of this great nation fled a country that would not allow them to exercise religious freedom.
March 11, 2009
Thanks from the shelter to Burbank As the chief executive of Union Rescue Mission and Eimago Inc., I want to thank the citizens, churches and agencies who have made it possible for us to serve the city of Burbank by opening up the National Guard Armory to the Burbank citizens who have found themselves without a home this winter season. Our deepest gratitude on behalf of the several hundred individuals who found a roof over their heads, a warm welcome, a tasty meal and a place to rest out of the rain and cold.
November 18, 2000
Paul Clinton DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES -- Following a Los Angeles Superior Court judge's ruling to bar sectarian prayer at City Council meetings, Burbank officials said they haven't decided whether they will appeal. Burbank Chief Assistant City Atty. Juli Scott said she was disappointed the city lost a court trial initiated by two activists who filed a legal challenge to stop such invocations. "[The decision to appeal] is up to the City Council," Scott said following the ruling Thursday by Judge Alexander Williams.
December 18, 1999
Perhaps there is cause to take a hard look at the practice of opening Burbank's council meetings with an invocation. Based on recent letters to the editor and comments made to the council, all in response to a complaint made by a council meeting visitor, mine is not the popular view. I'm not fooling myself that calls for discussion will be heeded. Rather, I expect the council to studiously avoid the subject. Some think I wait until a number of residents have firmly taken a stand before I come out on the opposite side, a perceived personality flaw that demands a contrary view.
January 5, 2000
Sixth Street intersections are dangerous I am relieved to see that there will now be more traffic control along Sixth Street, however, it saddens me to know that it took 11 accidents, one fatal, for people to realize how hazardous these intersections are. I live near Verdugo and Sixth Street and my mother has tried to have a left hand turn lanepainted at the Glenoaks-Verdugo intersection several times. The street is wide and as you head eastbound up toward Sixth Street on Verdugo, there is confusion about who is turning left and who is going straight up Verdugo.