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Council majority should explain why it changed mayors midstream

I have read Barbara Venezia’s column, “Costa Mesans deserve to know why the council stripped Mayor Foley of her title,” in the Nov. 17 Daily Pilot. I agree with Venezia’s implication that the cart (council vote) has been put before the horse (explanation for the action). I agree with her comment...

Letters and Commentary

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  • A Word, Please: Some plural usages have changed over time, others are still head-scratchers

    Possessives come up a lot in this column. That’s no surprise. They’re some of the most perplexing issues in English, as we saw in our recent column on Jess’s vs. Jess’ (P.S. both are acceptable). But plurals can be tough, too. We forget that because most plurals are easy: cats, dogs, cars, houses....

  • I've enlisted for the second time in my life

    I've enlisted for the second time in my life

    In my 2017 observance of Veterans Day, I carried out an action that’s been deeply rewarding for me. I joined up. Yep, I enlisted. Not in the military. As a matter of fact, I joined the U.S. Army and took the oath of enlistment more than half a century ago. At that time I was a freckle-faced 19-year-old....

  • The Crowd: Pickup Family Foundation gives $15 million to Hoag Neuroscience Institute

    The Crowd: Pickup Family Foundation gives $15 million to Hoag Neuroscience Institute

    “Most of my life, I’ve been trying to build an estate,” said Richard “Dick” Pickup, “but when you reach your 80s, you realize that material things pale in comparison to what mankind can do with these monies.” Pickup, a life-long stock broker and investor is a recent donor of a $15-million-dollar...

  • A Word, Please: Shy reader asks some compelling grammar questions

    A Word, Please: Shy reader asks some compelling grammar questions

    I have a secret inquirer. It’s like a secret admirer, but with less admiration and more grammar questions. A newsprint-shy reader in Burbank had a couple of questions for my eyes only. Not for publication. But he hit on some good topics — ones that perplex lots of people. So, without revealing...

  • Living through a schoolyard fight

    Living through a schoolyard fight

    There was a particular word employed frequently on my junior high school campus that sent shivers up and down my spine. “Pound.” Pound? Really? Not pound as in: “I need to lose a pound or 10 to get into my summer togs.” I’ve been thin all my life so that’s never been an issue. Not pound as in:...

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