While many residents of Newport Beach use and enjoy the benefits of our "neighborhood airport," there are always some who complain about the noise and cause the city to be officially against the airport, though my guess is that most of the city officials also fly in and out of John Wayne when they can. We had a chance to have a bigger and better airport in Orange County at El Toro, but the politicians finally got their way, and so the runways still sit there intact and unused.
You can continue to fight it, but Orange County has been our commercial airport for 50 years, and it will probably be around for at least 50 more, so you might as well learn to live with it.
Roger Carlson honor
As a former Daily Pilot sportswriter before Roger Carlson came on, I admired his perseverance and professionalism through his many years. He truly is the Grantland Rice or Vin Scully of Harbor-area sports and should have his name on the press box (or a statue).
Police staffing reductions
The cuts that the Costa Mesa City Council are considering are unprecedented in their scope and depth. The community should know the implications of these actions.
Clay G. Epperson
Save money on tree trimming
My morning walk today in Wimbledon Park was rudely interrupted when a horde of tree trimmers descended on the park! The Costa Mesa budget can be trimmed by trimming the tree trimmers out of it! They pay no attention to bird nests, take away needed shade for our cars and create a horrendous noise as they go about their business of trimming trees. Who trims the trees in a forest?
I see no need to trim trees in Costa Mesa. I'm sure there are others who agree with me. A recent article in the paper tells of injured and dead birds found in their wake. I saw no licensed arborist present, but I could not tell as they were all dressed alike.
Tell the responsible councilman to scratch trimmers from the budget, thereby prolonging the presence of an extra police officer or fireman in our fair city.