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December 10, 2013
Re. "Sailors run over by Ross," (Dec. 8): You must have had several photos from Saturday's CIF Championship, so why choose one that would lead the reader to assume that Garrett Hall was run over by Kai Ross? The Daily Pilot is the hometown newspaper for Newport Harbor High School, so I would think the editors wouldn't want to show the local team failing more than the Huntington Beach Oilers succeeding. Yes, Kai had an incredible game, is a great high school football player and should be spotlighted in the article, but the newspaper didn't have to make it appear as if Garrett missed the tackle.
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NEWS
December 9, 2013
Local agencies are putting forth a fantastic effort at addressing many of the homeless issues affecting our community, but Costa Mesa needs some sort of emergency-shelter system. Our community friends can receive at least one meal a day from Save Our Selves, Someone Cares Soup Kitchen, the Lighthouse Church and Costa Mesa Church of Christ, to name a few. The problem I heard after visiting some of these groups is that they don't have emergency housing to offer families, women or men who suddenly lose their jobs, face huge medical problems or become homeless for countless other reasons.
NEWS
December 6, 2013
I want to take a moment to update the community on all of the great things the Environmental Nature Center has been up to this year. We have put your donations to good use! This year more than 21,000 people participated in educational programs at the center — more than ever before. Here are some highlights: •More than 11,000 school children visited the center for hands-on field trips to learn more about their environment and local history. •Our "traveling naturalists" brought science and nature into hundreds of classroomsand nearly 5,000 students, sharing everything from live birds of prey to poppin' rockets.
NEWS
December 2, 2013
According to a recent Daily Pilot article, "Feds order removal of granite paths at Fairview," Nov. 27, Costa Mesa is required to remove the decomposed granite path from Fairview Park, as directed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The removal is going to be expensive. The person, or persons, who made the path are not known, and an environmental group is offering $500 for the identity of the culprit, or culprits. I would urge the City Council to also post a $500 prize leading to the identification of the people who made the path.
NEWS
This post has been updated, as noted below. | December 2, 2013
If you sign up for one of the public exchanges under Covered California, you will be given an array of choices for insurance. What you may not realize is that your favorite hospital and your current physicians or specialists are not part of that plan. I recently heard from a good friend who has been on the Blue Cross Prudent Buyer plan, which he purchased as an individual for many years. He was recently sent a notice that his insurance would be dropped at the end of the year because it did not meet the Obamacare mandates for coverage.
NEWS
November 27, 2013
I have a possible solution to the public comment timing that will deal with the overall efficiency of Costa Mesa City Council meetings. If the public comment segment is going to be limited at the beginning of the meetings, I believe the council members' remarks should be treated the same way. Rotate one council member each meeting to speak at the beginning of the evening, and leave the rest to be heard at the end, along with the remainder of...
NEWS
November 22, 2013
Would you take your children to a beach where 800 people were smoking cigarettes? How about exposing them to recreational radium as part of the beach tradition? Then why subject them to fire rings? The South Coast Air Quality Management District is moving forward with development of clean-burning beach fire pits, and Newport Beach is interested. We should all be more than interested in what's behind this win-win solution. It could be the best way to preserve tradition and cherished beach nostalgia - without the carcinogenic hangover from burning wood.
NEWS
November 21, 2013
Re. "Parents at odds over grade-school fencing," (Nov. 13): As a neighbor of Adams Elementary School (and parent of three Adams "graduates"), I opposed fencing off the school campus from the neighborhood. Adams is situated in a quiet, idyllic park-like setting enjoyed by neighbors and students. I filled out the school district's survey, registering my views, but knew there was a momentum for fencing for reasons of greater security — whether truly justified or not. I took some solace in the fact that Adams and Anderson, a Costa Mesa school and a Newport Beach school, respectively, presented very similar considerations and, thus, were in the same boat.
NEWS
November 15, 2013
With all due respect to the person who lost his life at Promontory Point Drive and East Coast Highway (" Driver dies in East Coast Highway crash ," Nov. 13), I take issue with having to shut down the highway for four hours when in fact no intersection was blocked. The wreckage was out of the roadway. About an hour after this accident, traveling west past the accident site unimpeded, I was dismayed by all the eastbound cars backed up from Bayside Drive to at least the Santa Ana River jetty - four miles.
NEWS
November 15, 2013
Re. "Patriotism flies high,": I was charmed by your Nov. 10 cover story about Thomas G. Riker, the 95-year-old veteran who has flown the American flag every day for about 40 years. It was also nice to hear the positive comments that so many neighbors had regarding this apparent patriotism, love and devotion to Old Glory. But I cannot help but comment on his obvious misguided action regarding the flying of his flag upside down for a few days after President Obama was elected. There is an accepted code when flying the U.S. flag.
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