Costa Mesa

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Stop city takeover of senior center

The Costa Mesa council is furthering a plan for the city to take over the senior center by issuing demands, promising firings and offering no legal support or even the ability to clean the center's kitchen ("Center takeover is topic of meeting," May 9, "Senior Center deal hits a snag," May 21, and "Filth had plagued senior center," May 24).

I would strongly encourage the center board to reject the takeover plan. I believe it is dangerous for the council to have such control. Our current council majority has little regard for the responsibility of government to provide services, and the center board should be very wary of how this council would continue to provide services for our senior citizens.

I also believe that the council is reaching to appear to meet the need for meeting rooms for residents as it attempts to take the Neighborhood Community Center away from the community ("Conversion project on agenda," April 26). This is one more move by a council majority that has little regard for residents.

Margaret Mooney

Costa Mesa

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Teacher banquet was great

Our Favorite Teacher Awards Dinner & Gala was a sold-out success. Favorite Teacher finalists were Cindy Fernald, Denise McKenzie, Misty Smith and Rebeca Millam, with Smith winning the title ("Favorite teachers named," April 18).

Special gratitude to our sponsors — Orange County Register Family Magazine, Mesa Water District, Theodore Robins Ford, The Lab Anti-Mall and The Camp, and Weichman Realtors. Thank you to local businesses that donated gift-bag items for the teachers — Blackmarket Bakery, Michelle Haut Chocolat, Barnes & Noble, Elements, Brighton Collectibles and Drever Consulting, as well as hairstylists from Salon Rouge.

Barbara Steck

Costa Mesa

The writer is president of the Costa Mesa Library Foundation.

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Column doesn't support thesis

Re. "Apodaca: A racist but in a continual state of recovery" (May 25):

I twice read Patrice Apodaca's column in a vain search for some support of her opening declaration, "I am a racist." Should I await the evidence in a subsequent column? Columnists should avoid fuzziness.

M. Lewis Stein

Irvine

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Reject leanings toward plutocracy

Let's put democracy back in our civil discourse.

The United States has long stood for freedom and democracy, and we should reject tendencies toward plutocracy. Too many people have died to protect our democracy. Don't let money create a totalitarian plutocracy.

Terence O'Heany

Corona Del Mar