Commentary: Technology may be advancing but I'd rather stay put

"Last one out of the 20th century, turn off the lights!"

Commentary: Proposed breast screenings may put women at risk

This post has been corrected, as noted below.

Commentary: State must commit to aging infrastructure

The Legislature recently entered into a special session to deal with our state's most pressing matters. Among the top concerns, and of special concern to local government and area businesses, is transportation.

Commentary: Program gets schoolchidlren interested in environment

The Newport Banning Land Trust's field science education program is aimed at getting high school students engaged in the Orange County coastal environment.

Mailbag: Recall the dangerous time before Roe v. Wade

Let me share with you what it was like before Roe vs. Wade, when abortion was illegal in every state.

Mailbag: Salon practices are a step in the right direction

Re. "Her goal is to make sure customers are Polished Perfect," (Aug. 14): Twila True's work toward a more-sanitary nail salon is admirable. Her innovations, like creating nontoxic polishes,...

Commentary: Migrants and faith — needing something to hold onto

Two years ago, I visited a little German village just 25 miles from Leipzig with a pastor, a missionary who was a descendant of Germans but raised in South Africa.

Commentary: H.B. Walk will help bring potable water to the poor

Californians must indeed be weary of the state's drought, but consider this:

Mailbag: Shooting holes in support for Banning Ranch

I commend Parker Douglas, author of "Commentary: Do not allow misinformation to dampen Banning Ranch project


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

The God Squad: Prayer can't change the world, but it can change us

Question: Since losing our young daughter three years ago, many well-meaning friends and acquaintances have told me that prayer is the answer. After all, their prayers have been answered! I've seen comments posted on their Facebook pages like, "Thank you for your prayers; he is better now."...

A Word, Please: 'Rules' are sometimes just a matter of style

If you feel like one of the unfortunate few who missed out on a good grammar education, welcome to the club. Almost everyone I've ever talked to about the subject feels the same way — as if they were out sick the day that everyone else in school learned everything there is to know about word...

Fitness Files: Extolling the benefits of a midday nap

Just fell asleep on the computer keyboard. Gave up writing to take a nap.

Carnett: Enjoying post-fair peace. Is it too early to start worrying about next year?

Things have been rather quiet in my Costa Mesa neighborhood for the past fortnight.


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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