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Commentary: Charter will let Costa Mesa better govern itself

Re. "Commentary: Proposed charter comes with great risk. Benefits? Unknown," July 15:

Mailbag: City Council work requires compensation

Re. "Council should forgo stipends, benefits," July 8: Council members need to continue receiving modest stipends and benefits.

Commentary: Ending homelessness requires a multipronged approach

I have been a Costa Mesa resident for eight years. My wife and I purchased a home here because we fell in love with Costa Mesa's character.

Commentary: City enforcement at motels is working

The recent Costa Mesa Motor Inn's hearing before the Planning Commission regarding long-term stays vindicates the mayor's common-sense approach to our motel dilemma.

Mailbag: It's time to disband the Fairview Park committee

The recent happenings at Fairview Park are classic examples of how the desire of people to maintain Fairview Park for passive use stands in direct conflict with the requirements of big government.

Commentary: Council rules are stifling public comment

Residents are being silenced in Costa Mesa. People like James H. Bridges.

Mailbag: Moving lifeguard coverage shows local reporting at its best

Thanks to the staff of the Daily Pilot for the outstanding coverage of the tragic death of Newport Beach lifeguard Ben Carlson.

Commentary: Motels should clean up their acts or leave town

Costa Mesa is paying the price of poorly run businesses that have become crime centers.

Mailbag: Be aware of danger of shallow-water dives

Thirty-eight years ago, with support from Hoag Hospital, I started Project Wipeout, a program alerting beachgoers of the dangers of running into the water and doing a shallow-surface dive.

Columns

Carnett: An aloha retirement: Out with ties, in with Spooners

I figure rather prominently on my wife, Hedy's, list of life's absolute essentials.

The Crowd: Honoring the leaders of business and arts

One of Orange County's most dynamic and capable women retired a few years ago after leading an organization known as the Orange County Business Committee for the Arts for some two decades.

Friends of the Libraries: Get your education at the library

A better-educated society tends to be more comfortable financially. So it was no surprise to see the report on voter turnout in last Sunday's Orange County Register — although voter turnout was not my main interest.

A Word, Please: You learn something new every day

It's not every day that I pick on others' language errors.

Apodaca: Danger of anti-immunization movement is real

It's always dismaying when seemingly rational, intelligent people make incomprehensible decisions.

From the Boathouse: An exciting Flight by any name

Ahoy and the Flight of the Lasers in Newport Harbor!

Editorials

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...

Editorial: Homeless housing warrants serious consideration

We're not yet prepared to endorse or oppose a proposal to build homeless housing at Civic Center Park in Costa Mesa. The idea shows great promise and warrants serious review, but we'll reserve final judgment until more specifics become available.

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Patrice Apodaca

Newport-Mesa public school parent, writer


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Len Bose

An experienced boater, yacht broker and boating columnist


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Jim Carnett

Longtime Costa Mesa resident


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June Casagrande

Grammar book author, columnist and editor


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Barbara Venezia

Newport Beach resident, political columnist


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Mike Whitehead

Host of boating radio talk show, "Boathouse Radio Show"


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