Mailbag: It's time for Costa Mesa to have a female mayor

Re. "Righeimer Wins Seat by 47 Votes," (Nov. 19): We worked very hard to get candidate Jay Humphrey into office, and am so sorry he lost by only 47 votes. I guess we will just have to...

Commentary: Big-city mayor needs to butt out of schools and just do his job

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Commentary: For a truly meaningful life, appreciate what you have

Slow down, you move too fast… — Simon and Garfunkel, "The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)"

Commentary: District must come up with a turnaround plan for under-performing schools

On Nov. 4, the California Department of Education revealed its list of the state's 1,000 worst-performing schools. Four schools in our Newport-Mesa district made the list, all of them in Costa Mesa. They are College Park, Rea, Whittier...

Commentary: We're still asking, what good is war?

I'm walking in Arlington National Cemetery on the Sunday before Veteran's Day. I can feel the weather changing and within minutes have to put on my coat again as I make my way across the grounds.

Commentary: Some myths, facts about sports-related concussions

This year the NFL raised the profile of head injuries in contact sports, highlighting the prevalence of concussions on the field and kicking off concern among parents of high school and club sports athletes.

Commentary: Libertarianism's the antidote to liberalism, conservatism

If you think about it, all people (except psychopaths) live their lives with the libertarian values of persuasion instead of coercion.

Commentary: The helping hand of Costa Mesa code enforcement

I just had a run-in with Costa Mesa City Code Enforcement, and to my surprise, the encounter was quite pleasant.

Mailbag: Protect the rabbit statues from the City Council

We would like to defend the bunny rabbits in civic center park.


The Crowd: A celebration for higher education

Chapman University's American Celebration has become over its 15-year run Orange County's premiere charitable gala focused on higher education. The black-tie crowd approaching 1,000 patrons in number represents a legitimate "who's who" of the business and social elite dedicated to the enrichment...

Venezia: A car show not to be missed

It's Thanksgiving week, and if you're looking to walk off some of that turkey and have fun, check out the Los Angeles Auto Show at the L.A. Convention Center.

Check It Out: Media Lab awaits your experiments

When the phone rings at the Newport Beach Central Library, I never know what to expect, but I always welcome new challenges and questions.

Letters from the editor: Who should be on the DP 103?

Trick-or-treaters had barely started counting candy when I started getting inquiries about this year's DP 103.

Fitness Files: The right backpacker at the right time

My friend, Cristina, a wildlife biologist, met me at the track the other day.

A Word, Please: Some definitions provide options

Sometimes it seems like grammar is all darned-if-you-do, darned-if-you-don't propositions. If you say "Who are you visiting tomorrow?" some people will look down on you for not using "whom." But if you use "whom," others will think you're out of touch (at best).


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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