Commentary: Life shows that you never really stop growing up

People talk about where they grew up. I spent my memorable childhood years, from 7 to 12, on Citrus Avenue in Los Angeles in the 1950s. That's where I supposedly grew up.

Commentary: Having character doesn't mean being boring and rigid

There was a time in America when character was critical.

Mailbag: Sober-living story points up the curbing of property rights

I want to point out that many attendees of sober-living meetings arrive by bicycle ("Sober-living business loses bid for permit because of parking," July 22).

Mailbag: Minimum-wage boost would help families, U.S. economy

Assemblyman Matthew Harper's recent commentary on raising the minimum wage ("Wage proposal would hurt economy," July 17) is wrongheaded and misinformed.

Commentary: The power of a compliment is truly amazing

It's nice to be nice. And easy. And contagious.

Commentary: Join me in crafting a definition of `an education'

I was teaching language arts to five classes at a local middle school several years ago (classes of 36 to 39 students).

Mailbag: Congress is trying to sabotage a good deal with Iran

Clearly the majority of the members of Congress have forgotten why Iranians hate America. The current Iranian leadership was alive when the democratically elected Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh was overthrown on Aug. 19, 1953.

Mailbag: Invoking God has nothing to do with God?

Re. "Irvine votes to display 'In God We Trust'" (July 19):

Commentary: Newport Beach should respond, not just adapt, to climate change

Last week, the Newport City Council discussed changes to the seawalls, which are old, and rising sea levels will top them in some places. The city's engineering summary was professional and complete.


Carnett: Pearl S. Buck even more profound today

I first became aware of her work in 1961 as a Costa Mesa High School senior.

Apodaca: Educational equality has big economic component

UC Irvine professor Greg J. Duncan has devoted his career to answering some of the most critical questions facing our society today:

Venezia: A peek into presidential politics

Earlier this summer, I found myself at the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas among about 2,000 delegates attending the National Organization of Latino Elected Officials convention, or NOLEO.

Venezia: Pot: a politically unifying topic?

A Cannabis Chamber of Commerce?

A Word, Please: Writers who use semicolons aren't thinking about the reader

Here's a fun thing you can do with your writing: Take any two simple, clear sentences and use a semicolon to mush them into one. For example, imagine you have a paragraph with just two sentences.


Editorial: City should air Eastside debate

Costa Mesa City Hall recently decided not to broadcast the Oct. 2 political forum sponsored by the Eastside Costa Mesa Neighbors' Group. The city's election counsel had concerns about dedicating public funds and city staff time toward political events or activities.

Orange County toll road blues

Like many other toll roads across the nation, those in Orange County have gone cashless. Motorists who aren't equipped with a transponder are supposed to set up an online credit card account with the Transportation Corridor Agencies — their license plates are read automatically and their...

Editorial: Adams fence is a necessary evil

The school board recently made one of those unpopular but necessary decisions of the post-Isla Vista, post-Sandy Hook, post-Fort Hood, post-Aurora, post-Virginia Tech, post-Littleton, post-etc. world.

Editorial: David Stiller set a good example

Community service isn't what it used to be. You sign up for a city committee these days and you're met with brickbats and backhands, critiques and criticism, not to mention marathon meetings. Sometimes you deserve the criticism, sometimes you don't.

Editorial: You should have 'good cause' to carry a gun

As you've likely read, the Orange County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to hire 15 retired sheriff's deputies to process an increase in applications for concealed-weapons permits. They did this in response to a U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that will allow more people to carry guns...

Editorial: Cheating scandal exposes unrealistic expectations

The alleged cheating scandal at Corona del Mar High School is an interesting case study in how students in one of the county's top-performing high schools responded to intense pressure to succeed. We're talking about a world where some children feel like their lives are over if they don't gain...

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