I was very upset to read of the impending closure of the Lou Murray/Vic Leipzig column in the Daily Pilot and Huntington Beach Independent.

I have always looked forward to reading about Lou's efforts in growing vegetables at the community garden and at her home, and about Vic's bird-watching forays. This is the one column I looked forward to each week, as it is both informative and humorous.

I always learned from it. It was a painless way to receive information about how to care for our environment and how to grow healthy vegetables.

I regret very much the loss of the local flavor of our news media.

Norma Brandel Gibbs

Huntington Beach

The writer is the former mayor of Huntington Beach.

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Measure V

And the flawed charter goes down with a giant thud. The end.

Liz McNabb

Costa Mesa

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Newport PAC

The persistent and pervasive attempt by shadowy conservative outside special interests to meddle with Huntington Beach politics and civic affairs reared its ugly head again recently with a scurrilous hit piece put out by reactionary Atlas PAC targeting former Mayor Jill Hardy ("Hardy calls mailers untrue," Oct. 25).

The Newport Beach-based libertarian PAC produced a

hit piece that was personal, defamatory and wildly contrived.

Tim Geddes

Huntington Beach