Me and my husband witnessed the crash ("Authorities release crash victims' names," Nov. 21). We saw it glide straight down from our backyard — like 50 feet from our lawn — and hit the water. It looked like he was trying to slow down for an emergency landing. We saw a big splash from the water. I called 911 right away and my hubby went to the bay. I thought I heard someone scream for help, but that was probably one of the joggers down the bay. I can't believe all passengers were killed. So sad!
Barshtak, via DailyPilot.com
Boaters are paying fair share
Mr. Dennis Baker implies that boat owners are not paying their own way and should not be subsidized by the rest of the taxpayers ("Boat owners can pay their own way, Forum, Nov. 23"). What about the millions of dollars that are collected every year from boat owners in the form of property tax? The city of Newport Beach gets paid on these property taxes and those funds are added to the city's coffers. It is an insult to imply that boat owners are not paying their fair share.