Commentary: Life in the time of grief and the kindness of strangers

A few months ago, my grandmother passed away. It was a slow, agonizing end, one of those things that began with a trip to the hospital and became progressively worse as the months wore on. In some ways, she knew that once she went in, she would not be coming out. In some ways, we did too.

Commentary: Please comment on bicycle master plan

Until July 30, residents of Newport Beach have the chance to have their voices heard regarding an activity that is exploding in popularity in our city: bicycling.

Commentary: Peninsula is finally seeing improvement; let's keep the momentum going

Nobody's yet singing "Happy Days Are Here Again," but after many years of seeing city economic development resources and efforts directed elsewhere, residents and business owners on the Balboa Peninsula now have reason to at least whistle an upbeat tune.

Commentary: I am committed to stopping 405 toll lanes

What will voters decide when it comes to the impending decisions about taxing and tolling today's totally tapped-out drivers?

Mailbag: COIN should have been kept out of charter

I have read "County COIN proposal hits roadblock," in the July 19 Daily Pilot, and the article explained two important things that cause concerns about the proposed Costa Mesa city charter.

Mailbag: West Newport is much improved

As a longtime resident of West Newport, I just wanted to say how great it is to see all the improvements going on in our end of town.

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: Charter will let Costa Mesa better govern itself

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

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.

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.


Apodaca: Some very different takes on parenting

Parenting fads come and go. In the past few years alone, we've been introduced to the ferociously competitive Tiger Mom, sophisticated and confident French mothers, and the naturalistic techniques of "Attachment Parenting," among others.

Senior musicians out of restaurant home for third time in three years

When Landmark Restaurant served its last customers in May, Corona del Mar residents lost a restaurant, at least until El Cholo opens in the fall.

My Answer: Find God in the doctor's office

Q: My doctor just called to say I need to go back to the radiologist for another X-ray, because something suspicious showed up on the first one. But I can't face going back. I'm so frightened that I might have breast cancer. I know that's stupid, but I can't help it. Why is God doing this to me? &#...

The God Squad: With prayer, unanswered doesn't mean unheard

Q: I have a job where I'm exposed to much sadness. I do everything I can to alleviate the darkness which surrounds so many of my patients and families, but often I feel helpless that I can't do more, so I pray for them.

The Harbor Report: New commission gets its feet wet

This week, I attended our Harbor Commission meeting, and for the first time in the years that I have attended these meetings, all the faces of the commission had changed.

From the Boathouse: Using muscle to fight invasive mussels

Ahoy, and do not give invasive mussels a free ride!


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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