August 28, 2010
In the Aug. 7 editorial "Some traditions deserve to die," the Glendale News-Press 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.
September 16, 2006
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, reportedly will try and block legislation that would outlaw physician-assisted suicide in his state — the only one in the union that allows such a measure, which the Supreme Court has upheld. Kansas Republican Sen. Sam Brownback's bill would prohibit doctors from prescribing drugs that would help a patient die. Society's moral conventions become murky when the law allows death in the name of "medical treatment," Brownback argues.
March 22, 2013
Measure C is a perfect example of a case made by government officials to free themselves of public accountability constraints in an overly wordy way that they hope will dupe voters. Don't fall for it. Despite unnecessary provisions for setting a deadline for submitting a budget - particularly given that Glendale has always met its obligation to adopt new-fiscal-year spending plans - and rules for petty cash accounting, at the core of Measure C is a proposal to allow the city to enter into private, direct negotiations with bond issuers.
March 8, 2006
Gun law would have been slippery slope Ban the gun show because guns kill people, then ban car shows because more cars kill more people than guns and ban the sale of cigarettes because who knows how many people they have killed ("Mayor's gun law shot down by council," March 1). Trying to give the impression that Glendale is a squeaky clean place just to appease a few people is ridiculous. I'm not a gun enthusiast or a National Rifle Assn. member but the people who go to these shows are probably the most knowledgeable, responsible and safety conscious when it comes to firearms.
January 20, 2006
Move to reduce fund from 35% to 30% of operating budget needed to pay for Flint Canyon purchase.CITY HALL -- The city's safety net just got a little thinner. The City Council voted Tuesday to reduce Glendale's General Fund Reserve account to a minimum of 30% of the operating budget, down from the 35% required under a policy the council adopted in 1997. But council members also stipulated that the reserve must be returned to 35% within three months. Council members had to change the 1997 policy in order to take $6 million out of the account to fund the purchase of Flint Canyon, City Manager Jim Starbird said.
September 3, 2005
Most of council make right choice on humps Our family would like to publicly thank Mayor Rafi Manoukian and City Councilmen Frank Quintero and Dave Weaver for supporting traffic-calming measures -- not just on Highland Avenue, where we live, but in the handful of streets discussed at the meeting ("Council OKs speed humps," Thursday). After a thorough review of the issue, they weighed the alternatives and decided that speed humps were the best, albeit imperfect, solution.
May 24, 2003
Re: the U.S. Supreme Court refusing to hear the city of Burbank's appeal in the case that banned religious references at its council meetings and its effect on C.V. Town Council meetings. Well, well. Scott Solis, Ray Shelton and their like-minded micro-minority of radically secular extremists must be dancing in the streets. Now they have -- yet again -- a legal strong arm to bully everyone else into conforming to their oh-so-enlightened, narrow version of the way life should be in their America.
June 1, 2005
Penalizing the business is a slippery slope So the city is going to fine grocery stores if too many people walk off with their shopping carts. What a brilliant idea. But why stop there? When someone's house is burglarized, the city could fine the homeowner, instead of trying to find the thief. Think of the extra revenue for the city, and the money that could be saved on police. DONALD B. GENNERY Glendale Old house in Montrose should stick around I would like to see the Montrose building preserved, not demolished ("Local man is attempting to save this old house," weekend)
September 25, 2003
Council decisions head down a slippery slope I read with interest the City Council wrap-up, where it noted the council voted 5-0 in favor of beginning eminent domain procedures against a gas station after failed negotiations with the owner. The procedure will allow the city to purchase the property for a court-determined sum. I wonder if the owner was asking $5 million for his property after seeing the deal the Armenian Society of Los Angeles got. Why didn't the city accept whatever his offer was?