Airport noise continues to rattle
Why was I woken up at 4:50 a.m. by the noise from a jet, apparently taking off out of John Wayne Airport on a recent morning? This is outrageous. I was assured that the runways are closed until 7 a.m.
J. Michael Hope
Save Newport lifeguard jobs
In the realm of no-brainer decisions, this one takes not a synapse. The heart and soul of Newport Beach is the beach — a conclusion so clear it begs recognition from the department of redundancy department.
The crucial imperative that follows is it must be a safe Newport Beach. That means an adequately "lifeguarded" beach.
That means the continued presence of some of the world's most dedicated and best-trained lifeguards. That means proper staffing levels of lifeguards at all times. Anything less will be a cruel distortion, a mockery, a smear of the City Council, the residents and the millions of visitors who visit this beach.
Anything less will be a subversion of the brave and exemplary accomplishments of the Newport Beach Lifeguards.
Presence of lifeguards still needed
The fundamental truth about lifeguards, as well as firefighters, law enforcement and the medical profession, is that little care is given to their presence until their presence is needed. And when it is needed, no taxpayer cares about the cost. They care that help is on its way. They care that they will live to see another day. They care that they will have a chance at having children, traveling the world, or feeling the warm sand under their toes day after day. And should at some point Councilwoman Leslie Daigle find herself among those post-season 9% in desperate need of a lifeguard, I suspect she will care that her proposal was ignored.
Marina del Ray