Commentary: Big-city mayor needs to butt out of schools and just do his job

What is most intriguing about ("Commentary: Nanny state in schools lessens education,"

Mailbag: It's time for Costa Mesa to have a female mayor

Re. "Righeimer Wins Seat by 47 Votes," (Nov. 19): We worked very hard to get candidate Jay Humphrey into office, and am so sorry he lost by only 47 votes. I guess we will just have to...

Commentary: For a truly meaningful life, appreciate what you have

Slow down, you move too fast… — Simon and Garfunkel, "The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)"

Commentary: District must come up with a turnaround plan for under-performing schools

On Nov. 4, the California Department of Education revealed its list of the state's 1,000 worst-performing schools. Four schools in our Newport-Mesa district made the list, all of them in Costa Mesa. They are College Park, Rea, Whittier...

Commentary: We're still asking, what good is war?

I'm walking in Arlington National Cemetery on the Sunday before Veteran's Day. I can feel the weather changing and within minutes have to put on my coat again as I make my way across the grounds.

Commentary: Some myths, facts about sports-related concussions

This year the NFL raised the profile of head injuries in contact sports, highlighting the prevalence of concussions on the field and kicking off concern among parents of high school and club sports athletes.

Commentary: Libertarianism's the antidote to liberalism, conservatism

If you think about it, all people (except psychopaths) live their lives with the libertarian values of persuasion instead of coercion.

Commentary: The helping hand of Costa Mesa code enforcement

I just had a run-in with Costa Mesa City Code Enforcement, and to my surprise, the encounter was quite pleasant.

Mailbag: Protect the rabbit statues from the City Council

We would like to defend the bunny rabbits in civic center park.

Commentary: Thank you to those who helped me win office

I'm sitting in the airport and I have a few minutes before I need to catch my flight home from my first couple of days in Sacramento as an Assembly member-elect.

Mailbag: Meet someone who likes the bunnies — for the joy they provide

Councilman-elect Scott Peotter wants to get rid of Newport Beach's concrete bunnies. He says he's never met anyone who likes them. I would be happy to meet Peotter.

Mailbag: Peotter is wrong to take aim at bunny statues

Councilman-elect Scott Peotter's initial plan upon taking office is to get rid of the concrete bunnies in the upper reaches of the Newport Beach Civic Center park.

Commentary: Preventing illness begins in the produce aisle

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Mailbag: Bunnies are set in stone so leave them be

Re. "Councilman-elect Peotter: Newport Civic Center 'bunnies' should go," I am resting much easier this morning, knowing that my relatives in Newport Beach are in the hands (figuratively)...

Letters from the editor: The dog ate my rationale and worked his way into our hearts

Try and rebuff a child's please-please-please plea for a dog.

Commentary: Inoculating against flu-season myths

This season, you could protect yourself from the flu by holding your breath on elevators and avoiding touching handrails, doorknobs, faucets, arm rests, keyboards, money, mail and anyone wishing to shake your hand.

Commentary: Nanny state in schools lessens education

Lost in the middle of the midterm election coverage was a major press conference by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announcing a $150-million infusion into the Big Apple's 94 worst-performing schools, creating community schools.

Corona del Mar Today: New juice bar opening on PCH

A new juice bar could be opening at 2744 East Coast Highway in a space formerly occupied by a dry-cleaning business.

Commentary: How well should we know our neighbors?

On the street where I am temporarily staying in London, a newsletter arrives through the mailbox every few months. It details the neighborhood news, is often unintentionally hilarious (the last one had a single line about a local bakery running out of bread by 10:30 a.m., and the previous one...

Commentary: Technology is rapidly replacing human hands

Is humanity headed in the wrong direction? One could easily argue that with every technological advancement, another family goes hungry because of the obsolescence of the handmade concept.

The argument for a nature preserve and park at Banning Ranch

I'm writing on behalf of the Banning Ranch Conservancy in response to a full-page ad by Newport Banning Ranch LLC on page A14 of the Oct. 26 edition of the Daily Pilot. Specifically, the statement of concern in the ad is: "Industrial sites don't clean themselves."

Commentary: 'Cracker boxes' are changing the Westside's character

Re. "Commentary: Look at the changes — just what Costa Mesa needs," (Oct. 21): I do believe I have just been insulted for living on the Westside and liking it.

Commentary: We should invest in children before kindergarten starts

Two hunters are running from a grizzly. Al pauses and pulls off his heavy boots.

Commentary: It's time to treat the stigma of mental illness

World Mental Health Day was Oct. 10, and instead of celebrating how far we have come in the mental-health field, I've been dwelling on the stigma that is still heavily associated with it.

Commentary: Newport-Mesa schools need more student counselors

Can you handle the truth? Recently we had another school shooting in this country.

Commentary: World events can rattle our interior lives

I've said it before, and it's time to say it again: Terrorism works.

Commentary: Measure Y is better than Newport Coast development

On Election Day, I will be voting in favor of Measure Y. Here's why I think Measure Y offers a valuable amendment to the current general plan.

Mailbag: Readers sound off on local elections

Costa Mesa is safer than candidate implies

Commentary: Groupthink is informing Measure Y support

Being elected to the Newport Beach City Council or even being appointed to fill a vacancy or serve on a commission in no way conveys any special omniscience.

Commentary: Consider possible safety ramifications of Measure Y

As a District 4 resident representative on the 2006 General Plan Advisory Committee, I worked with the Newport Beach City Council to ensure that the final buildout development allotments at Newport Center did not generate traffic to exceed the six-lane capacities of Pacific Coast Highway, Jamboree...

Mailbag: Hill, Brown, Toerge are sensible choices in Newport Beach

As an accountant, I am fairly cognizant of the numbers and financial issues being brought up in the City Council election in Newport Beach.

Commentary: Foley, Humphrey own stronger records than Bunyan

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Mailbag: Recent sign conflict raises too many questions

Re. "Ex-Costa Mesa worker in another flap over campaign signs," Oct. 23: As stated in the article, "During the heated 2012 City Council race, (former city employee Steven) White allegedly was...

Commentary: Union endorsements are telling in Newport race

When it comes to endorsements, the employee associations usually stay with what they know, instead of what might be.

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?

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