Mailbag: Politicians, police, community need our prayers

In my opinion, our city governments need to start with mutual appreciation, not vicious personal attacks, on either side. I vote for wisdom, economy and brotherly love.

Commentary: In fairness, Congress must require collection of out-of-state sales taxes

In California and across the country, businesses create jobs, enrich communities and power America's economy. Unfortunately, when it comes to ensuring that all businesses are treated fairly and equally under the law, Congress has checked out.

Mailbag: Smaller fire rings could spark a compromise

Speaking as someone who loves fires at the beach with family and friends, yet who also appreciates the concerns about pollution, I think the most sensible solution would be to have fire pits that are half the size of the current ones and have stricter enforcement of how large the fires can get.

Mailbag: Banning Ranch development would increase Costa Mesa traffic

Re. "Commentary: Fine-tuned Banning Ranch project fulfills needs of all," (May 8): By reading the recent commentary concerning the Banning Ranch project, you would think that this project has zero...

Commentary: It's time to make childhood vaccinations mandatory

It was just in December that Disneyland was struck by a measles outbreak. While the source of the outbreak is not definitively known, it is thought to have been caused by an international tourist to the amusement park who was infected with the virus.

Commentary: Veterans' suicide rate alarming

According to a study in the American Journal of Public Health, the causes for suicides among post-9/11 veterans included mental health, substance abuse and relationship problems.

Mailbag: Too many letters in the Daily Pilot lean to the left

I have given the Daily Pilot the benefit of the doubt when it comes to the selection of opinion pieces. But shame on me for thinking this newspaper, as an affilitate of the Los Angeles Times, might be neutral.

Mailbag: Jetpacks have no place flying in Newport Harbor

I support the City Council's vote against the continued operation of jetpacks in Newport Harbor.

Commentary: Fine-tuned Banning Ranch project fulfills needs of all

Last week, California Coastal Commission staff certified the Newport Banning Ranch project application.


Venezia: Graffiti doesn't dampen campaign-kickoff enthusiasm

He's not exactly sure when the incident happened, but Costa Mesa Councilman Gary Monahan recently posted a photo of the graffiti-tagged window at his restaurant Skosh Monahan's on Facebook with a message saying, "Just got tagged … dirtbags."

The Crowd: Fond memories of a great man, Henry Segerstrom

Several years ago, in a private conversation with Henry Segerstrom, the late Orange County native son shared insight into his formative years.

A Word, Please: Even people diligent about use of 'affect,' 'effect' get this wrong

A recent Google search for the phrase "affect positive change" turned up about 101,000 hits. Here's one near the top of the list, a December 2014 story by Monica Middleton on the Guardian website: "Social investment: a powerful tool to affect positive change."

Carnett: Circuitous path to my religious core

The news media were all agog last week.

Apodaca: Rethinking higher education

In the last few weeks I've examined some of the most visible issues in higher education, including rising tuition and student loan debt, doubts about the real worth of brand-name colleges and the perception that only certain degrees are valued in the jobs market.

The Crowd: Patroness tea helps children find loving homes

The Adoption Guild of Southern Orange County, an auxiliary of Holy Family Services Adoption and Foster Care Agency, attracted more than 300 guests April 27 at Big Canyon Country Club, Newport Beach, for the 54th annual patroness tea.


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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