Kind words exchanged — 50 years after the divorce

I went to see my ex-husband (E.H.) in the hospital Sunday. I've had as little interaction with him as possible since our divorce in 1965, considering that we share two children.

Commentary: Gaining context on Paris shooting from the streets of Morocco

I was in Morocco when the Paris attacks took place, prematurely tarnishing the optimism I had for 2015. Amid the sights and smells of Marrakesh — perhaps the most colorful city in the world, where you share the crowded streets with motor bikes that whiz by at lightning speed and donkeys...

Commentary: Grand jury service is a noble act

Have you wondered how our county and city governments truly operate? How our jails are run? Are you interested in giving back and making a positive difference in your community?

Commentary: Learning a life lesson in a church parking lot

"Yeah, somewhere in here it says something about people who haven't found God are the walking dead," the bearded homeless man said to a volumeter. "I think it means they have no sense of wholeness because you have not let God in yet."

Commentary: New City Council is hardly revolutionary

It is always a joy to observe the new City Council members as they take office and embark on their various concepts of public service.

Commentary: 'Still Alice' is raising awareness about Alzheimer's disease

People often go to the movies to escape their problems. In the case of "Still Alice," many are flocking to the theaters to see their lives' biggest struggles writ large.

Mailbag: Bunny issue indicative of oversight problem

Whether the sculptures of bunnies at the Civic Center stay or go will be debated. In the meantime, the bunnies point to a larger issue, namely an abdication of oversight and follow-through and lack of accountability by city staff and the previous City Council.

Commentary: Oscar nods point to an old white boys club

I'm feeling a lot of the outrage since the announcement of the Academy Award nominations — namely, that all 20 lead and supporting nominees in the acting categories are white for only the second time in 14 years.

Mailbag: It's time to put the arts front and center

The art gallery on the Newport Beach campus of Coastline Community College provided a stunning backdrop for the Jan. 14 semi-annual meeting of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District Arts Commission.

Mailbag: The bunnies are nothing compared to the OCMA dog statue

I am astounded by the reaction to the statues of bunny rabbits at the City Hall park.


A Word, Please: Ten common usages mistaken for mistakes

Some people just love to correct others' grammar and usage. They know it rubs people the wrong way. But they justify it like this: "I'm doing the poor ignoramuses a favor. I'll endure their resentment for their own good. I'm no hero, just your average, everyday martyr."

City Lights: We opine with abandon

Sometimes it takes a huge event to make you notice a small one. Earlier this month, after the horrific assault on free speech in Paris, I found myself browsing Facebook and realized the ease with which we voice our constitutionally sanctioned opinions.

Friends of the Libraries: Try a different perspective on for size

What if you could change your perspective for one evening? The new Friends of the Costa Mesa Libraries program series "Through the Eyes of…" is an opportunity to see through the lenses of other people who have diligently developed a unique point of view.

Carnett: No one covered OC sports like Carl Sawyer

He was a talented sportswriter who could write circles around most of his contemporaries.

Venezia: Canceling of wake for man killed in police shooting was the right thing to do

I received a message Sunday from Costa Mesa Councilman Gary Monahan, saying he's decided to cancel antique dealer Jay Pinson's memorial event at his restaurant, Skosh Monahan's Irish pub, originally planned for 4 p.m. Wednesday.


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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