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Mailbag: Another fine photo by Pilot photographer Don Leach

I realize sports is rich in photo opportunities. But Don Leach's photo of the Mustangs' bench is outstanding! I think this photo alone is worthy of another award for Don. We are lucky to have him. Dan Rycroft Costa Mesa * Photograph showed players' reaction The photo in Thursday's Daily Pilot by...

Letters and Commentary

  • Commentary: Let's give up violence, home and abroad, for Lent

    Each year, during the 40 days and Sundays leading up to the celebration of Easter, Christians throughout the world observe the season of Lent. Lent is often perceived as a time of testing one's will — perhaps trying to go 40 days without a cigarette, alcohol or chocolate — in order to discipline...

  • Commentary: Try falling in love with God on Valentine's Day

    Valentine's Day comes and goes with a flurry of cards, flowers, chocolates and jewelry. But is that all there is to love? Of course not! Sure, these are all sweet symbols designed to express our love. But our hearts hunger for more depth. Instead we are bombarded with product advertisements that...

  • Commentary: Early diagnosis gives dementia patients better chances

    We're at the beginning of the era of "curing" Alzheimer's disease. No more slipping into oblivion. No more loss of dignity. One day – not too long from now – degenerative cognitive conditions will be as manageable as high blood pressure, a disease that requires vigilance to keep at bay but doesn't...

  • Commentary: City Hall interference is 'dog beach overreach'

    Mayor Diane Dixon and the Newport Beach City Council are scheduled Tuesday to take up the issue of enforcement of the leash law on "Dog Beach," which is essentially the tiny strip of county land where the Santa Ana River meets the Pacific Ocean on the north side of the breakwater. This area has...

  • Mailbag: Argument against smart growth presents 'false dichotomy'

    Chris Bunyan's commentary ("Costa Mesa First's initiative will cause city to stagnate," Jan. 27) contains a number of exaggerations and misrepresentations about the Smart Growth Initiative. Bunyan alleges that the initiative is "no growth" and "lethal for Costa Mesa residents' future." Other cities...

Columns

  • The Crowd: 'Nutcracker' celebration and the annual Robert Burns Scotch dinner

    The Crowd: 'Nutcracker' celebration and the annual Robert Burns Scotch dinner

    As January closes, here's a final nod to the holiday events of 2015. Segerstrom Center for the Arts and the American Ballet Theatre presented a spectacular staging of "The Nutcracker" for Orange County enthusiasts. So well received was the show that it is already booked for a return engagement...

  • Fitness Files: Mile by mile, the marathon was run

    Fitness Files: Mile by mile, the marathon was run

    I brought a first-place award home from the Carlsbad Marathon on Jan. 17. That's one part of the story. I ran my slowest marathon by an hour, coming in at 5 hours 28 minutes. That's another part. But before I share the conclusion, here's the way it all unfolded. * Saturday, the day before the marathon...

  • Dad gave me a classical education

    Dad gave me a classical education

    I have become my father. Thank God! His was a life worth emulating. Stoic. Resourceful. Imaginative. But mostly, principled. And he was passionate about classical music. Tears would well in his eyes when he listened to Tchaikovsky's "Pathetique," Smetana's "Moldau" or Mozart's "Requiem." My daughter,...

  • From the Boathouse: A whale of a sight-seeing trip

    From the Boathouse: A whale of a sight-seeing trip

    Ahoy, and the whales have been seen breaching. It's that time of the year again for whale watching off our coastline in the Pacific Ocean and sometimes in our harbor as well, when a curious whale ventures inside the jetty entrance. Recently, landlubbers have been lucky to spot gray whales breaching...

  • We must be wily around coyotes

    We must be wily around coyotes

    We used to call them varmints, perhaps as a way to minimize the coyote's limited mystique. A coyote has always been like the wolf's ugly half-brother — scrawny, jumpy and unpredictable. They are our version of the hyena, and few people really like them, if they're honest. Varmints are just a step...

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