Mailbag: Bunny issue indicative of oversight problem

Whether the sculptures of bunnies at the Civic Center stay or go will be debated. In the meantime, the bunnies point to a larger issue, namely an abdication of oversight and follow-through and lack of accountability by city staff and the previous City Council.

Commentary: 'Still Alice' is raising awareness about Alzheimer's disease

People often go to the movies to escape their problems. In the case of "Still Alice," many are flocking to the theaters to see their lives' biggest struggles writ large.

Commentary: New City Council is hardly revolutionary

It is always a joy to observe the new City Council members as they take office and embark on their various concepts of public service.

Commentary: Learning a life lesson in a church parking lot

"Yeah, somewhere in here it says something about people who haven't found God are the walking dead," the bearded homeless man said to a volumeter. "I think it means they have no sense of wholeness because you have not let God in yet."

Commentary: Oscar nods point to an old white boys club

I'm feeling a lot of the outrage since the announcement of the Academy Award nominations — namely, that all 20 lead and supporting nominees in the acting categories are white for only the second time in 14 years.

Mailbag: It's time to put the arts front and center

The art gallery on the Newport Beach campus of Coastline Community College provided a stunning backdrop for the Jan. 14 semi-annual meeting of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District Arts Commission.

Mailbag: The bunnies are nothing compared to the OCMA dog statue

I am astounded by the reaction to the statues of bunny rabbits at the City Hall park.

Mailbag: School district should share more field time

If Newport Beach or Costa Mesa residents needed an insight into the collective minds of the school board, they need look no further than a recent letter to the Fairview Park Citizens Advisory Committee, of which I am acting chairman.

Commentary: Newly single baby boomers will find a changed landscape

As Valentine's Day approaches, we thought it might be a good time to look at how finding love in one's 50s and 60s differs from the search when one is younger.

Commentary: Irvine's first superintendent had that 'vision thing'

Editor's note: A. Stanley Corey, the founding superintendent of the Irvine Unified School District, died at his Arroyo Grande home at age 89 on Dec. 30, according to the school district. John Rajcic was the original business manager at the district

Commentary: Widowhood is another life journey

"It's never too late to be who you might have been."

Commentary: The latest, greatest thing? Beware

Well ladies and gentlemen, it's a new year, when our thoughts turn to hope for a better world, optimism for a great 12 months ahead, resolutions to personally improve each of our lives, all of that stuff.

Commentary: Get involved before city changes for the worse

Commentary: Get involved before city changes for the worse

What matters to you most? Is it the ability to pay your mortgage or rent? Perhaps job security?

Mailbag: Paris killers distort Muhammad's teachings

Avenged, they said? The prophet Muhammad was not avenged by the massacre of the 12 people at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Mailbag: Perhaps the Newport bunnies will hop into Costa Mesa

Open space, children playing and bunnies. The photo on the cover of the Jan. 2 edition of the Daily Pilot warmed my heart on a chilly day. It's hard to argue against that image, unless it is in Newport Beach.

Commentary: Who speaks for Costa Mesa? You do

I've resided in Costa Mesa for 43 years. I say this not to suggest a particular ownership of the city, only to explain that I have seen it all.

Commentary: Make the best of marketing those bunnies to tourists

I am currently on a mission to see all 50 states, and the buzz about the concrete bunnies at the Newport Beach Civic Center and Park got me thinking about my travels.

Mailbag: Preserve Fairview Park for future generations

Wednesday could very well be the day that determines whether the last of Costa Mesa's undeveloped space will be developed into an urban city park with sports complexes, parking lots, municipal lighting and concrete sidewalks.

Commentary: Team Newport signals a taxpayer-minded era

With great anticipation and a sense of renewal, I attended the Dec. 9 Newport Beach City Council meeting.

Commentary: Newport Beach has much to be proud of and to look forward to

The year is almost complete and 2015 weighs on the horizon. I am proud of the Newport Beach City Council's accomplishments in 2014 and look forward to collaborating with my new colleagues in 2015.

Mailbag: Writer took great risk crossing into North Korea

As a Korean War veteran, I was more than interested in David C. Henley's recounting of his trip to the Korean demilitarized zone ("

Commentary: Lifting Cuban trade embargo would make economic sense

Recently President Obama began the process to lift the trade embargo against Cuba. I rarely agree with the president, but I support his decision to normalize relations with Cuba.

Mailbag: Admit it: Obama's economic policies are working

How many times do economists have to say something before people believe it's true? Despite the GOP's relentless attacks, President Obama's economic policies are working.

Commentary: Studio had no choice but to pull 'The Interview'

Well, what a year, huh? Crazy stuff in politics, in sports, in entertainment. Really crazy in entertainment.

Commentary: Get the facts on the Banning Ranch project

Gosh, it almost feels like election season is still underway, what with all the newspaper advertisements and mailers from the Newport Banning Ranch development team informing us of all the wonderful features planned for the 401-acre parcel of land in West Newport Beach.

Commentary: On the road to maturity, via Route 66

I recently took a drive almost to the edge of California. Going beyond the borders of Los Angeles County, I crossed over into San Bernardino, made a pit stop in Rialto and drove a few more hours until I reached the Mojave Desert, taking the historic and once-glorious Route 66 for the second half...

Reader Report: Sharing the boat parade with a Marine

Reader Report: Sharing the boat parade with a Marine

The boat parade outside the Balboa Corinthian Yacht Club is beautiful.

Commentary: Increase exercise over the holidays to offset overeating

Before you reach for that second helping of pumpkin pie, consider this: The average American adult gains between 2 and 12 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day.

Commentary: The day the angels sang the birth of a child

Christmas Eve. The children improvise costumes for a living nativity, as we read the Christmas story. Maren and Tommy are Mary and Joseph. Jimmy and Lily, with dish-towel shepherds' headdresses, abide in the fields watching over their flock, played convincingly by Winnie the dog.

Mailbag: Police union should be placed under citizen oversight

The recent felony arrests of two private investigators for allegedly setting up two sitting City Council members and attempting to set up a third should send chills down your back.

Reader Report: Getting sober in supportive Costa Mesa

At 6 a.m. on Feb. 20, 2014, I got out of the car and stood on the icy ground in front of the half-lit American Airlines check-in desk at O'Hare International Airport, in my hometown of Chicago, and looked at my exhausted, emotional mother.

Commentary: Councilmen should drop police union from their lawsuit

Some perspective is needed in the wake of two private investigators being charged relating to tactics they allegedly directed toward Councilmen Jim Righeimer, Steve Mensinger and Gary Monahan.

Commentary: Sleep-out was a valuable lesson in what it feels like to be homeless

I imagine that people like Karen McGlinn sleep really well at night. She is the CEO of the Share Our Selves (S.O.S.) health center in Costa Mesa and has been since 1993.

Commentary: The difference between sober homes and treatment facilities

The media, the "rehab" industry and even some attorneys and politicians conflate residential treatment facilities and sober-living homes, though there is a clear distinction between them.

Commentary: ExplorOcean lease raises questions for Newport

On Nov. 25, I addressed the City Council regarding the lease of Newport Beach land to ExplorOcean. This was the last working session of the old council.

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