Editorials

Orange County toll road blues

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.

Editorial: Congratulations to the Sea Kings

The majority of high school football coaches want to teach their players to become men who will be productive in whatever career they choose. Winning? That's usually a bonus.

Editorial: Common Core is for the common good

Last weekend one our reporters produced a good story about a Newport Elementary School teacher implementing the state's new Common Core curriculum into her classroom. There has been much debate regarding this approach to teaching, which emphasizes conceptual understanding over old-school...

Editorial: Put the brakes on 405 toll lanes

Like its counterpart in Huntington Beach, the Costa Mesa City Council met recently to discuss options regarding its strong opposition to toll lanes proposed for the 405 Freeway between the interchanges with the 605 and 73. Officials are weighing whether to sue to block the proposal.

Editorial: We all pay for each other's mistakes

There's been a good deal of commotion about a pair of teenage Costa Mesa hikers who went missing in South County after Easter. Though the hikers were rescued after a five-day search, and drugs were allegedly found in one of their cars, the truly unfortunate part of this story is that a rescue worker...

Editorial: Thank you, Detective Delgadillo

Few events hurt a community more than the death of a sworn police officer. Costa Mesa, which lost 32-year veteran Mike Delgadillo last week to an off-duty car crash, is no exception. Gone is a trusted sentry, a father, a friend. How can those sworn to protect us all perish in flash?

Editorial: Do not arm school teachers

In the weeks following the tragic school shooting in Connecticut and the arrest of a man who allegedly fired 50 rounds into the air at Fashion Island the next day, the Daily Pilot's Forum page has featured multiple letters and comments about guns and school safety. Some folks have called on...

Editorial: Boycott would hit unintended targets

Like everybody, we love a parade. And like everybody in the media, we love a protest.

Editorial: Increase to dock fees is reasonable

There's been a good deal of discourse over Newport Beach's recently approved marina fee increase. Plenty of small business owners say their operations faced an unreasonable increase in the "dock tax." We agree that some of the levies may have been too high when first proposed, and it would have been...

Editorial: Navarro looks like the right choice

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District appears to have made a sound choice in hiring Fred Navarro as its new superintendent. Navarro's resume reflects valuable experience working with under- and high-achieving schools; that type of range should suit him nicely as the leader of a district that...

Editorial: Honor the fallen in the civil rights war too

On Memorial Day, we will again honor Americans who died in service to their country. Many of these men and women were, of course, gay, serving under that shameful compromise known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and in deeper secrecy before that.

Editorial: Homeowners should remove beach encroachments

The sand lining some Balboa Peninsula homes is adorned with grassy, sprinkler-fed landscaping. Personal fire pits, patio furniture, toys, playground equipment, sculptures and other features are commonplace.

Editorial: School board wise to reach out

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District deserves commendation for reaching out in a recent series of meetings asking parents, students and educators what they want in their next school superintendent. We're glad the community will have a voice in selecting the next schools chief.

Editorial: School board failed the Hubbard test

The Newport-Mesa Unified school board's decision to fire Supt. Jeffrey Hubbard last week was an easy one. He was, after all, a convicted felon when the trustees pulled the trigger.

Editorial: Activism is alive and well in O.C.

A wonderful upswing in activism is taking place in Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Irvine and much of Orange County, and it's assuring to see that a community once wrongly assumed apathetic is making itself heard on a wide range of issues. We're not here today to weigh in on Banning Ranch, the 19th...

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