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Mailbag: Do not widen freeways in Costa Mesa

May 10, 2012

Let us hope that members of our City Council will somehow find the maturity to represent the residents of this city with more decorum and civility at future meetings. No one should have to fear backhanded retaliation when they take the time to study issues and present their views for the council to consider.

Geoff West

Costa Mesa

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Support Prop. 29

Growing up, I remember seeing and listening to teaching curricula in schools that emphasized the importance of giving up the smoking cigarettes. While today we know just how important are such messages to youth, there needs to be more done all across the board to help people to not start smoking in the first place, and to give up the habit once addicted.

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I know many older adults and young adults who are having tremendous trouble trying to give up cigarettes. My own father finally gave up smoking when he was told he had emphysema at the age of 78, but by then it was too late, and he succumbed to lung and metastasized cancers at the age of 82.

Today, the No on Proposition 29 campaign orchestrated by the tobacco industry features a physician spokesperson making questionable claims about an initiative that will save lives. Please consider the source of this misinformation. Tobacco itself is lethal. The tobacco industry has been playing people for years. Almost everyone has lost loved ones because of it.

Join the American Heart Assn,. American Cancer Society and American Lung Assn. in their support of it and vote yes on Proposition 29 on June 5.

Roberta Nematzadeh

Newport Beach

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Islam's influence on founders

"There's no doubt that when the Founding Fathers were forming the Constitution, they relied heavily on thinkers like John Locke." That sentence should have been the first, second and last sentence in Mona Shadia's column (Unveiled: A Muslim Girl In O.C.: Islam's influence on the Founding Fathers, April 25). Islam today is the most anti-liberal (not anti-Democratic for Democrats are not liberals) organization, culture, military political complex existing in the modern world. I guess a few years ago The Los Angeles Times Media Group took it seriously when they were lectured about hiring Muslims to spread the faith.

August Lightfoot

Newport Beach

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State beach passes

I honestly don't think the state knows what it is doing ("Annual beach passes get increased to $195," April 25). Here is its pricing for the last few years: $75 in 1996; then, in the "good times" for the state, they dropped the price of the pass to $35 in 2001; then it was up to $67 in 2003 and $125 in 2004, and now $195? Why not $500? The state just keeps grabbing figures out of the sky. It's too bad we don't get something for our money since we have some of the dirtiest beaches compared to other states, and that is because they keep cutting back on the state personnel who clean up. Maybe for the $195, they can buy sack lunches and have prisoners clean the beaches.

Gary Arneson

Huntington Beach

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