Mailbag: Letter on Roe vs. Wade discounts millions of lives lost

I grew up on the East Coast at about the same time that letter writer Eleanor Egan did — in the 1950s and '60s ("Mailbag: Recall the dangerous time before Roe vs. Wade," Aug. 26).

Commentary: Global warming is the planet's greatest threat

In recent weeks, two holinesses, Pope Francis and the Dalai Lama, have spoken out unequivocally and compassionately about the dangers of climate change.

Mailbag: The world is passing us by in education

Probably everyone has had this bizarre experience while sitting on a train in a busy station.

Commentary: Plastics companies are doing a fine job for themselves

Every playgroup my kids attend and every grocery checkout line I'm stuck in with another mother subjects me to another discussion about the dangers of plastic.

Commentary: To my child, I bequeath the blade

I am a nervous wreck as I write this column. Several hours ago, I heard the garage door open and the engine start.

Commentary: Recording life's milestones in a special restaurant

Lots of people have a place where they are the most comfortable, where they feel at home, and I do not mean on the couch in front of their TV.

Commentary: Imagining 'Downton Abbey' cast with Donald Trump

An older lady I know and care very much about has suffered some health setbacks of late.

Mailbag: Salon offers better working conditions than some

At Polished Perfect, we were not surprised to hear of the conditions that nail technicians often experience ("Mailbag: Salon practices are a step in the right direction," Aug. 26).

Commentary: A misunderstanding between strangers

"What's wrong with you, lady?"

Commentary: A reluctant trip to the gym became a lifetime habit

I didn't know her name. But I knew her smile.


Venezia: Heroes Hall pays homage to nation's fallen

"Freedom isn't free," says Nick Berardino, Orange County Fair Board member and recently retired labor leader.

The Crowd: USC-UCLA football rivalry with a cause

College football in SoCal is a major element of local culture and entertainment. The big rivals are, of course, USC and UCLA. Last week in Newport Beach that rivalry was put to good use as the 2015-16 season literally kicked off.

Apodaca: Students aren't only ones who have to adjust when going back to school

It's back-to-the-old-grind time for the nation's 55 million elementary and secondary school kids and 20.2 million college students.

The Harbor Report: Swift brothers stay close and fare well in marine business

I am always looking to talk with people who make a difference in our harbor.

The Crowd: SCR prepared to open fall social season

In a way it is a rite of passage in Newport-Mesa, a harbinger of the fall social season's arrival. South Coast Repertory's annual gala is kind of like the temperature of the January stock market. If the gala sizzles, so goes the entire season of social events.

Barbara's Bits and Bites: La Vida Cantina corrects course

There have been times when I write this restaurant column, which discovers and rediscovers fun places to eat, that I've had less than stellar dining experiences


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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