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A Balcony View: Finding the drive to be the worst

September 13, 2010|By Gary Huerta

I'd like to thank the people of Glendale for not caring at all. And for not protesting a bit. And for not threatening to burn so much as one copy of the Koran. We managed to peacefully allow members of the Islamic Center of Glendale to publicly celebrate their new religious center. And we did it without any of our citizens claiming they got a personal message from God asking them to promote hate.

Look at us! Proving to the rest of the country that people with different belief systems can get along peacefully. Perhaps we are motivated by something deeper than fear and rhetoric. Maybe that something is mutual respect. Whatever it is, I'm truly grateful our little part of the world doesn't include the likes of Florida Pastor Terry Jones, whose sole purpose in life is getting the attention he didn't receive as a child.

For those who haven't heard, Jones is a racist disguised as a preacher, who recently called for people to set fire to copies of the Koran. Curiously, until the media got wind of his verbal stench, he was pushing his interpretation of God's will to about 50 families in Florida. But enough about Jones. I've wasted enough time covering his hateful, ridiculous dribble. He'll be out of our collective memory as soon as the media finds another beacon of stupidity to gaze upon.

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Perhaps Sarah Palin will grace us with one of her "gosh darned, down home" theories on economic stability! Those are always fun for a few minutes.

In the meantime, we Glendalians, Glendaleites, Glendalers, whatever … we've got other things to focus on. Like our terrible driving, for starters. Anyone else see the latest "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report," ranking Glendale 191 out of 193 cities for having the worst drivers? We ranked lower than cities with populations much higher than ours. Only Baltimore and Washington, D.C., ranked lower. No wonder we don't bother protesting Islamic centers. We're too busy burning our DMV driving handbooks.

I've stated on numerous occasions that Glendale is the most harrowing eight blocks of my daily 46-mile roundtrip commute. But I had no idea we were that bad. The truth is, collectively we suck, as drivers and evidently yours truly isn't the only one taking notice.

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