Mailbag: Council shouldn't back barbaric sport

June 07, 2010

I must have been snoozing — I didn't realize that the ordinance prohibiting professional boxing matches in Glendale had already been amended by the City Council ("Council lifts boxing ban," April 8), now allowing matches on an ongoing basis.

So even though I'm writing after the fact, I strongly believe that the council was wrong and senseless to allow a "sport" whose sole purpose is for one individual to try to hurt, bloody and knock another senseless. I can't deny that to compete, boxers must be superbly conditioned athletes and have super reflexes, but it is still a barbaric sport, more attuned to Roman times.

The trial period apparently showed that matches could be held in Glendale without serious law and order issues, at least during the intense scrutiny of the trial period. It is also understandable that the council wants to provide more revenue for the budget-hurting Civic Auditorium, but the moral price is the OK of a bloody, barbaric sport.


Let me suggest additional ways to significantly increase city revenues: dog fights at Brand Park, cock fights at Verdugo Park, bear baiting in Montrose Park, and best of all for revenues, bull fighting at the Glendale Sports Complex.

Of course, these revenue-source suggestions are all nonsense and barbaric too, but at least they usually don't end with a bloodied and sometimes unconscious human being with possible brain damage.

Please, City Council, rescind your OK for professional boxing; there are more important human values than increasing Civic Auditorium and ancillary merchant revenues.



City is throwing its money away

I was reading the Glendale City Views newspaper and would like to take issue with two articles:

First, the City Council agreed to hire two companies to create a "community brand and marketing strategic plan." This is to "spark an image when Glendale is mentioned." This "brand will be an expression of a compelling, unique experience that Glendale offers."

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