Commentary: Measure Y could get drivers out of their cars, and that's OK

It was standing room only at the Civic Center the other night as Speak-Up Newport hosted a debate on Measure Y.

Mailbag: Viewpoint on political mailing was too one-sided

I am responding to the written piece presented by Eric Bever in the Daily Pilot ("Commentary: Employee unions are paying for Costa Mesa political mail," Oct. 22). As usual, he presents one side...

Commentary: Duplicity surrounds Newport's Measure Y

Councilman Ed Selich's commentary about Measure Y is misleading in the extreme ("Commentary: Why I Support Newport Beach Measure Y," Oct. 20).

Commentary: Costa Mesa would be harmed by a city charter

Pensions, pensions, pensions. Isn't it interesting that Costa Mesa is embroiled in political controversy that, in a microcosmic sense, reflects exactly what is going on throughout the nation?

Commentary: Measure O would concentrate power, be risky for the city

Re: Devin Lucas' commentary, "A vote for Measure O is a vote against union control," (Oct. 21):

Commentary: Keep Fairview Park in mind when you vote

When you vote this November — and you surely must — please keep reasoning in mind. Political parties are not an issue here. I know people from political persuasions different from mine, and they agree we must take care not to damage valuable natural areas in Fairview Park.

Commentary: Righeimer, council let city down on public safety

"Make Costa Mesa better for families" has been my guiding principle during my years on the Planning Commission, City Council and Newport-Mesa school board. Nothing is as important to families than knowing that they are safe and secure in their own homes.

Mailbag: Wendy Leece is the best choice for the water board

I urge voters to elect Wendy Leece to the Orange County Water District, Division 7.

Commentary: Each woman is an individual when it comes to cancer screening

Some researchers recommend that women get mammograms annually after age 40. Others suggest the test is best if women receive it every other year starting at age 50.

Commentary: Become breast-cancer aware no matter your family history

When I ask patients if they perform regular breast self-exams I often hear, "no," and the excuse, "I'm not high-risk."


A Word, Please: A listicle that spells things out for you

Listicles are all the rage these days, or so young folks tell me.

The Crowd: Cause in Cabo deserves attention

Americans have become somewhat numb to the constant barrage of disasters, natural and manmade, blasted across the media. Sadly, the media seldom follow up on the aftermath. It's on to the next headline.

Virgen's View: A night to celebrate

The Costa Mesa High School Madrigal Choir performed the perfect song Saturday night.

Carnett: Chalk the changes in school in 1950s up to progress

I was a student when the Newport-Mesa Unified School District unveiled what was considered at the time the grandest advance in classroom technology in decades.

Apodaca: Balance of creativity, test scores needed

In 1958, psychologist E. Paul Torrance developed a novel idea for a test, which he and his fellow researchers administered to about 400 Minneapolis children.


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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