Editorials

News-Press Editorial: Things may be looking better at Grand View

We are holding our collective breath to find out how things are shaping up for Grand View Memorial Park Cemetery, now that a new owner is finally in place and is apparently taking steps...

News-Press Editorial: Good health may be only a conference away

Fear of seeking help for depression, anxiety or other mental health issues can lead to substance abuse and even domestic violence. Many feel ashamed, afraid that if they call attention to the problem it will bring disgrace to themselves or to their loved ones.

News-Press Editorial: A community focused on common ground

News-Press Editorial: A community focused on common ground

A modest idea proposed three years ago by a local Boy Scout — a project that would turn a La Crescenta eyesore of a dirt lot into an attractive oasis — is becoming a reality. But...

Editorial: A fond farewell to Brand Bookshop

Editorial: A fond farewell to Brand Bookshop

The collective hearts of local readers and fans of independent bookstores sank two months ago when it was announced that Brand Bookshop was nearing its last days. Patrons of the...

Editorial: Politics may have polluted  landfill issue

Editorial: Politics may have polluted landfill issue

It is not difficult to see the point of view of the Eagle Rock residents who showed up Wednesday at the base of the Scholl Canyon Landfill to protest Glendale's proposal to expand it. It is through their community that dump trucks travel to reach the landfill and they say they have worries that...

Editorial: Geo Listening in the light, finally

Editorial: Geo Listening in the light, finally

When it first hired Geo Listening in late 2012 to monitor the public social-media postings of students for signs of, among others, depression or suicide, Glendale school officials were less than transparent. In fact, they were opaque, failing to acknowledge it publicly in any manner.

News-Press Editorial: Build on the example of this new park

South Glendale, an area long in need of some attention and revitalization, saw progress on both those fronts this week with the opening of Maryland Avenue Park. It's on the small side, at just half...

Editorial: The fun and importance of National Night Out

This coming Tuesday is designated as National Night Out, when people in communities throughout the United States will gather at special events set up by either volunteers or local law-enforcement agencies to learn what they can do to help prevent crime, in their neighborhoods and beyond.

Editorial: Yellow Alert system deserves green light

A proposed piece of state legislation that would allow the use of digital signs on freeways to broadcast information about vehicles involved in deadly hit-and-run...

News-Press Editorial: City makes right move in taking on Special Olympics role

In what must have been a refreshing change of pace for Glendale officials who generally deal with far less uplifting matters, a decision was made recently to...

News-Press Editorial: Participatory democracy shines in College View School issue

It has been decided that College View School — the small Glendale Unified campus with a big heart — will keep its name, despite the interest of some to change it....

Editorial: A selfless gesture on a day of union

Editorial: A selfless gesture on a day of union

Independence Day is, for most Americans, a day for stepping back and relaxing with family and friends. It’s often accompanied by high daytime temperatures, so many of us in the Foothills find ourselves looking for a cool place to chill out while waiting for fireworks to light up the night sky.

News-Press Editorial: City makes right move in leaving county communications program

A countywide communications system that would serve as a vital public safety tool during times of regional disasters, long promised, has yet to be...

GUSD approves plan to address students' social, emotional needs

When Glendale school officials approved a three-year plan last week to ensure students' academic success and prioritize the district's money, they also committed to the plan's robust focus on students' social and emotional needs.

News-Press Editorial: In defense of the male-only class

A couple of our city councilmen were openly dismissive this spring of the assertion by the nonprofit National Coalition for Men that it was not appropriate that the Glendale Commission on the Status of Women offered free self-defense classes to females only. The coalition's position is that such...

Editorial: BUSD should follow GUSD's immersion program's cue

A charter school geared primarily toward serving immigrant Armenian families has been conditionally approved by the Burbank school board and might open as soon...

News-Press editorial: Wishing new councilwoman Devine well

Glendale’s voters spoke loudly in favor of Paula Devine in Tuesday’s election, giving the longtime resident and retired teacher a 10-month seat on the City Council by a...

News-Press Editorial: Please take the time to vote on June 3

The primary election is Tuesday, when Glendale voters who have not already cast their ballots by mail will join their compatriots throughout California in visiting the polls between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Editorial: It's win-win at the animal shelter

Animal lovers, mark your calendars for Sunday, June 1 and plan to do your part to help the Burbank Animal Shelter empty its cages between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. On that day, you’ll be able to adopt the pet of your dreams for no charge. This special, one-time event kicks off the shelter’s...

News-Press endorsement: Vartan Gharpetian

This election season, despite being slightly longer than usual, has been more genteel than most. Oh sure, there were the recriminations, eye-rolls and public gaffs that we’ve come to expect in the Jewel City. Still, the candidate forums have refreshingly stayed tied to city issues and less...

News-Press Editorial: Hoping White House keeps promise

We learned this week from Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) that the beautiful rug created in 1920 by orphans of...

Editorial: It's long past time for formal recognition

Editorial: It's long past time for formal recognition

Somber events commemorating the 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide were held this week, complete with reflections on the 1.5 million people who were slaughtered at the hands of the Ottoman Empire. We are greatly disappointed that it appears we’ll all mark the centennial of the...

News-Press Editorial: Seniors are a big part of ongoing tragedy

Less than 24 hours after Glendale’s newly appointed Mayor Zareh Sinanyan commented on the need to increase safety in the city for pedestrians and bicyclists, Antranik...

News-Press Editorial: A plan that may bridge the crossing gap

A good compromise to the long-standing argument between the our city and the city of Los Angeles about what to do with the Doran Street railroad crossing has...

Editorial: Last chance to meet the ACA deadline

No matter your politics or opinion of the Affordable Care Act, it is law and we have now arrived at the end of the insurance enrollment grace period. By midnight Monday, the procrastinators among us must at least begin the application process. These latecomers will then have an extra two weeks to...

Editorial: Could the cost of insurance drive more awareness?

It probably came as little surprise to local motorists to learn Glendale and Burbank are in the No. 1 and No. 6 spots, respectively, on a report published this...

News-Press Editorial: Plan speaks the right language

Having found success with its nascent language-immersion programs at elementary school campuses, Glendale Unified School District has now established a solid set of...

News-Press Editorial: Test program crosses the road to safety

News-Press Editorial: Test program crosses the road to safety

After several years of pressing the issue, La Crescenta civic leaders and parents of early adolescents were rewarded for their efforts this week when the...

News-Press Editorial: Family's loss is a lesson for all

News-Press Editorial: Family's loss is a lesson for all

Despite the heart-wrenching, devastating loss of her 20-year-old daughter who died in a gas station bathroom after using heroin, a local...

Editorial: Your paper has not gone away

Some changes went into effect this week relating to the delivery of the Burbank Leader and Glendale News-Press that have caused a stir. Some of our loyal readers can’t find their newspaper in the usual racks that have long stood along the two cities’ thoroughfares and near supermarket...

Editorial: A fond farewell as 'Tonight Show' bows out

Editorial: A fond farewell as 'Tonight Show' bows out

A choked-up Jay Leno on Thursday night said his final goodbye to his viewing audience — a loyal base who kept “The Tonight Show” No. 1 in the ratings season...

News-Press Editorial: Time to put the brakes on unsafe driving

Six Glendale pedestrians died after having been struck by moving vehicles in 2013, a year when the Glendale Police Department logged a staggering 111 pedestrian-involved collisions. One has already died this year, putting 2014 off to a grim start indeed.

News-Press Editorial: Used with discretion, noise law could work

A property owner allows frequent use of a house for parties, the celebrations get obnoxiously loud, the neighbors grow weary and friction ensues. It’s a...

Editorial: Northridge anniversary is a good time to plan ahead

As has been widely recalled this week those who lived here at the time, it was 20 years ago, on Jan. 17, 1994, that the Southland was jolted awake at 4:31 a.m. by a 6.7 magnitude earthquake. It was a massively destructive event that claimed the lives of nearly 60 people and injured more than 5,000...

Editorial: Loss of two motorcyclists is a grim reminder

Although complete statistics for the year 2013 have not yet been released, it would not surprise us to learn that motorcycle fatalities continued the upward trend reported for 2012, when more than 5,000 bikers lost their lives in the U.S. due to traffic accidents. That was a 9% rise over 2011,...

Editorial: Rose float awards are well deserved

It has been a banner year for local float entrants into the Tournament of Roses Parade, with Glendale and Burbank taking home two of the biggest prizes.

Editorial: Help make it a safe and happy New Year

Although Christmas is now a sweet memory, the 2013 holiday season remains in high gear and we’re just a few days away from ringing in the new year. Some bowl games and New Year’s Eve parties are still ahead. Families and friends will be getting together and good times will be had by all....

News-Press Editorial: There is no comfort in denial

The firestorm of controversy continues seemingly unabated in Glendale, starting even before the July installation of the bronze statue in Central Park designed to...

News-Press Editorial: The revenue may justify the spending

Glendale voters have not approved a new tax since 2009. In April of this year they were skittish about other items they were asked to consider and turned down three ballot measures that would have determined how the city would issue bonds, how it would account for an annual transfer of millions of...

News-Press Editorial: Identity thieves come in all shapes and sizes

Glendale police have found themselves busy this week apprehending criminal teams allegedly involved in identity theft by the use of credit card readers or “skimmers” — the latter of which are surreptitiously placed in gas stations or at automated teller machines to capture the...

News-Presss and Leader Editorial: Kudos to the generosity of our neighbors

Extraordinary acts of kindness and generosity shown by local residents and businesses do not surprise us anymore, as this is such a giving community. But they are always welcome news. And, particularly at this time of year, there are usually many wonderful stories to share.

New-Press and Leader Editorial: Don't let this Thanksgiving be a turkey

The promise of Thanksgiving brings with it not only feast and football shared with family and friends, but something for the deal hunter. Most big-name retailers will throw open their doors for at least a few hours Thursday in hopes of capturing consumers' bucks before Black Friday.

The Whiteboard Jungle: Teens seem grateful for the assignment

The Whiteboard Jungle: Teens seem grateful for the assignment

For the first time, Glendale schools will be closed the whole week of Thanksgiving. Because of the large amount of time school will be out of session I wanted my students to write about what they are thankful for (what a clich├ęd assignment, right?).

News-Press & Leader Editorial: An offer of condolences to the Gatto family

A shocking crime and an innocent victim: Joseph Gatto, a 78-year-old man who by all accounts was beloved and respected, was gunned down in his Silver Lake home this week. His home in the hilly community had been ransacked.

News-Press Editorial: Real-time shops put their stock in Glendale

As it typical at this time of year, economists have been keeping a keen eye on retail sales across the nation and making forecasts about just how well they believe retailers will fare during the final weeks of 2013. Jitters abound because the calendar puts Thanksgiving on Nov. 28, allowing...

News-Press Editorial: Lawsuit based on revenge should end with ruling

A ruling made this week by the state attorney general's office — an action required to protect elected officials against frivolous lawsuits — disallowed a suit that sought to remove Frank Quintero from his seat on the City Council.

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