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Commentary: One option omitted: no desalination plant at all

While Anthony Clark Carpio's article ("How would desalinated water be distributed? Water district decides to look at 5 of 8 options," Feb. 5) refers to the proposed Poseidon Water project as "highly contested," it did not deal with the sanest and most cost-effective option of all — don't build...

Letters and Commentary

  • Commentary: Bravo to innovative instructor and his Viking spirit

    Marina High School woodshop teacher Bob Meade exemplifies what education philosophers — from Marie Montessori to John Dewey to John Taylor Gatto — have long insisted constitutes a true education: relevance, an emphasis on problem-solving (critical-thinking skills) and learner involvement. ("Viking...

  • Commentary: I resolve to fight for schools, small businesses in 2016

    With the new year upon us, many people are resolving to get healthy, save money or learn a new skill. You may be joining others in committing to doing something to make this year great. I'm heading back to Sacramento, and this year my resolution is to fight for your freedom and your prosperity....

  • Mailbag: Candidates must step up on issues

    Kudos to the Independent on its Looking Ahead article for 2016 ("Vote on Poseidon among issues," Jan. 7) outlining important local issues on the docket for 2016. The key was the last section on the citywide 2016 election this year. Candidates for City Council in November have been put on notice...

  • Commentary: Take two tweets and call me in the morning

    If you're reading this on your phone (or your watch), I don't need to tell you how much technology has changed our lives. But while many people list the ways in which gadgets are ruining our lives, I would like to make the case in favor of technology as helpful, hopeful and even curative. From wearable...

  • Commentary: The Super Bowl still comes down to two teams slugging it out

    I can't believe the 50th Super Bowl will be played next month. I remember the first one between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs. I was a freshman at USC and still can hear the cheering from the Los Angeles Coliseum like it was yesterday. Who knew that first-ever AFL-NFL World Championship...

Columns

  • Fitness Files: We're missing the early potential for brain recovery after stroke

    Fitness Files: We're missing the early potential for brain recovery after stroke

    What if I told you that after a stroke, the human brain's growth potential can be compared to that of a baby's? Or that a video game might help recover movement in an arm partially paralyzed by stroke? "Stroke of Insight" and "One Hundred Names for Love" are both convincing memoirs of stroke recovery....

  • A Word, Please: One objective of copy editing is precision

    They say if it ain't broke, don't fix it. And though I don't know who "they" are, I can guarantee that they're not copy editors. A big part of my job is fixing errors that aren't really errors. NEWSLETTER: Get the latest headlines from the 818 straight to your inbox >> Imagine, for example, I have...

  • Fitness Files: For health, he relies on faith and hard work

    Fitness Files: For health, he relies on faith and hard work

    Running in circles around the high school track, I've often called out "Hi, Ryan" to Ryan O'Donnell, a friend's son. Marking the field for a football game, Ryan would return my greeting with a sidelong glance, a smile and — in barely more than a whisper — a "Hello." A mountain of a man, who stands...

  • 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...

  • A Word, Please: He or she may be happier with 'they'

    A Word, Please: He or she may be happier with 'they'

    Changes in language can come as unwelcome news. I get that. You spend years carefully following some usage rule you were taught is important — perhaps by using "literally" only in its strictest sense or never using "they" to mean "he or she" or, in my case, always putting the period before the...

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