Opinion

Mailbag: Davenport Marina article lacked community's perspective

Many of the Huntington Harbour residents feel the Independent's Aug. 17 article, "H.B. council pauses project," was biased toward the developer's (Stanko) position. After reading about the Davenport Marina parking lot, where the Stankos are looking to build two new homes adjacent to the waterway,...

Letters and Commentary

  • Mailbag: Heroes worth honoring? Not necessarily

    I read with interest the article about state Assemblyman Matt Harper's grandstanding ploy to honor John Wayne ("Harper's day for 'Duke' nixed," May 5). This is typical election-year theatrics. Harper (R-Huntington Beach) is running for reelection and is being challenged by a Republican, Katherine...

  • Mailbag: Old pools 'a sad commentary'

    Mailbag: Old pools 'a sad commentary'

    The recent article about the deplorable condition of our high school pools was an eye-opener for most of us who don't still have kids in education. I was stunned to hear that the pools are so unsuitable that water polo teams' home games have to be played in other cities. One of the pools has even...

  • Commentary: Californians work too long each year to pay their taxes

    As the song goes, everybody's working for the weekend. But if you are a California taxpayer, you are working for the government until April 30. According to the Tax Foundation, that is the day tax freedom comes to us here in the Golden State. While most of the country will be celebrating sooner,...

  • Commentary: Think before closing off libraries on Sundays

    Literacy experts have established the notion and proved the fact that literacy skills are positively correlated with easy access to a library. USC professor Stephen Krashen and other researchers have found unequivocally that the presence and accessibility of a library is consistently aligned with...

  • Mailbag: People need low-cost housing

    People need low-cost housing I have just one question for those Huntington Beach residents who oppose any plans for adding low-income housing in our community ("Low-cost housing again is a no-go," March 10): You know those people who make your coffees, wash your cars, prepare your meals, wash your...

Columns

  • A Word, Please: An easy fix to a faulty parallel

    A Word, Please: An easy fix to a faulty parallel

    Imagine you're taking an editing test and you come across the following sentence. "Barbara says Jack also is enrolling in classes in libiral arts, algebra, economics and is considering joining the soccer team." What do you do? You fix the spelling of "liberal," obviously. Even if your eyes glossed...

  • Fitness Files: Tea may be the answer to weak bones

    Fitness Files: Tea may be the answer to weak bones

    At 3:30 p.m., my fourth-grade classroom quieted. Students, parents, staff cleared out, and I would collapse behind my desk, confronting the next day's plans and pile of student papers. Shattering the first moments of silence, Arnie, the custodian would blast through the door with his turbo-charged...

  • A Word, Please: A political attack from a media comrade

    A Word, Please: A political attack from a media comrade

    As a member of the media, I attend all the "How to Stick It to Trump" summits. I go gleefully, but that's irrelevant. Attendance is mandatory. This is where the biggest names in news — the Bezoses and the Murdochs and the Blitzers and the Kellys — plan the media's take-down-the-Donald strategy...

  • Fitness Files: Caffeine and its effect on bone density

    Fitness Files: Caffeine and its effect on bone density

    Along with Sunday morning coffee, my newspaper reading is too often interrupted with runs to the bathroom — which led me to wonder if the diuretic effect of coffee is flushing the vitamins and minerals from my breakfast of organic orange, banana and oatmeal down the toilet. Since osteoporosis is...

  • A Word, Please: Things can get complicated at any time

    A Word, Please: Things can get complicated at any time

    If you sometimes struggle with "it's" and "its," if you don't know the past tense of the verb "to lead," if you write "could of" instead of "could've," this column isn't for you. Turn the page. Click something else. Run like the wind. I say that not out of elitism, but out of concern. Grammar is...

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