June 17, 2000
Over the past few days, thousands of area students put on cap and gown and, with smiles as bright as their prospects, graduated into the so-called "real world." No one can tell these fine young men and women the adversities they had to overcome to reach this milestone in their lives, though certainly, many will try. The rest of us can point to the road our seniors walked to get to where they are today. But only they, the members of the Class of 2000, truly know how long the road was, how high and wide the roadblocks, how painful and perilous the stones in their path.
April 17, 2010
For all of my life, America has been the wealthiest and most stable nation in the world. Our economic leadership has allowed us to spend more on our universities and our military, our hospitals and our space program. Other nations stockpile reserves of dollars in order to back up their own currencies, strengthening the dollar, while our economic power allows us to borrow money inexpensively and invest in the remarkable creativity of our people. Unfortunately, our central role in the world economy is not guaranteed, and our economy is the weakest it has been in a generation.
November 13, 2009
The Burbank City Council meeting Nov. 3 was one of the most disgusting displays of municipal manipulation I have ever seen (“Police chief called out,” Nov. 4). It is abundantly clear the City Council, with the exception of Councilman David Gordon, is intent on using every method at their disposal to dismiss any attempt to hold the council responsible for what has been happening in our Police Department for years. Accusations of impropriety, misconduct or inattention are always dismissed as unfounded at these meetings.
March 25, 2009
With the world economy in full-blown nuclear meltdown, there could be no more timely a Hollywood film than Tony Gilroy?s ?Duplicity.? Gilroy, who last wrote and directed the Academy Award-winning corporate thriller, ?Michael Clayton,? turns to the comedic, caper side of international business with a lot more style, but much less success with his latest offering. ?Duplicity? begins in Dubai in 2003, where Claire (Julia Roberts), an agent for the CIA, and Ray (Clive Owen), an agent for MI6, meet at an embassy affair.
March 29, 2003
INSIDE/OUT Back in the mid-'80s, I spent a summer working the graveyard shift at a gas station mini-market. The mini-market was located right next to the on- and off-ramps of a major interstate, in the heart of crack-infested gang territory. It had been held up so many times that everyone in the neighborhood called it the "Stop-N-Rob." I chuckled the first time I heard that name. I chuckled even more when the store manager suggested I invest in a bulletproof vest.